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Affordable housing incentives key to property market revival: PropTiger.com

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March 15, 2022: Policy support from the government is seen fueling the attraction for affordable homes in India in 2021, indicates data shown by digital real estate brokerage firm PropTiger.com. This, in turn, helped the world’s second most populous nation register a jump in annual housing sales as well as supply.

According to numbers available with PropTiger.com, 43% of the total housing sales in India’s eight leading housing markets was within the price bracket of Rs 45 lakh, a cap essential to avail of certain government subsidies on home purchase in India. A PropTiger report, titled Real Insight Residential – Annual Round-up 2021, says, home sales in India’s eight prime housing markets increased 13% in 2021, when compared to the overall sales in 2020.

Under Section 80EEA of its income tax law, India offers its first-time homebuyers an additional tax deduction of Rs 1.50 lakh if the unit is worth up-to Rs 45 lakh. Such borrowers can also claim subsidy under the government Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Programme (PMAY).

According to PropTiger.com, the up-to-Rs-45-lakh-price bracket also contributed 41% to the annual new supply in these eight markets in 2021. A total of 2.14 lakh units were launched in 2021 in these markets compared to 1.22 lakh units in the preceding year, showcasing an upward swing of 75%.

The residential markets covered in the analysis include, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi-NCR (Gurugram, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad), MMR (Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Thane) and Pune.

Dhruv-Agarwala

“In addition to government subsidies, record low home loan interest rates too, have been a great driver of home sales in the country in 2021 even as the economy slowly recovered from the shock of the second wave of the pandemic during the year. We expect to see more intense activity in the housing market in 2022 especially in the affordable homes segment as various deadlines to avail of the government subsidies near the end,” said  Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO, Housing.com, PropTiger.com Makaan.com.

Ankita Sood

“The central government’s Rs 48,000 crore outlay to augment the supply in the affordable housing segment in both rural and urban areas is a welcome step which will accelerate the vision of ‘Housing for all’.  However, apart from boosting the supply, there is also a need to boost the demand in the segment through tax rebates, stamp duty waivers and by increasing the capping for homes to qualify as affordable homes in metro cities to further incentivize homebuyers.” said Ms Ankita Sood, Head and Research Housing.com, PropTiger.com & Makaan.com.

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