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Current Sentiment Score hits an all-time high in Q4, 2021: Knight Frank-FICCI- NAREDCO Real Estate Sentiment Index

Knight Frank-FICCI- NAREDCO

Delhi, January 24, 2022: Knight Frank India, in its latest report “Knight Frank-FICCI-NAREDCO Real Estate Sentiment Index – Q4 2021 (October – December 2021)” has noted that, despite the ongoing challenges of the third wave of COVID-19, Current Sentiment Index Score of the sector has notched up to an all-time high of 65 in Q4 2021. The previous high reached was a sentiment score of 63 in Q3 2021. This improvement in the Current Sentiment Score is on account of the reduced uncertainty on the economic front leading to stability in demand in the real estate sector. The Future Sentiment score, that gauges the stakeholders’ expectation in the short to medium term, also remains in the optimistic zone, albeit, dipped from 72 in Q3 2021 to 60 in Q4 2021, reflecting a prudent optimism as the Omicron inflicted risk on the Indian economy is yet to be discerned. The quarterly report is in its 31st edition.

With respect to the Economic outlook, 75% of respondents in Q4 2021 expect the overall economic momentum to remain stable over the next six months, while in terms of Credit Availability outlook, 60% of the respondents expect the credit situation to maintain status-quo over the next six months, while 37% expect it to increase during the period.

shishir baijal

Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director, Knight Frank India said, “While good demand conditions prevail for the real estate sector, stakeholders are adopting a cautious approach in the wake of the uncertainty arising from the third wave of COVID -19.  The real estate sector has demonstrated an indomitable spirit and has remained robust in the last 5 quarters mostly led by the residential sector growth. Home loan interest rates are at a historic low and the RBI’s firm assurance in maintaining the status quo has further boosted demand in the market. In terms of commercial real estate sector, the segment retained its momentum from the previous year as corporates continue to sign up for new spaces for their future growth as demonstrated by the robust hiring in the last 3- 4 quarters.”

rajan

Rajan Bandelkar President, NAREDCO India and Director Raunak Group said, “The Knight Frank-FICCI-NAREDCO Real Estate Sentiment Index has been a very true reflection of the actual consumer sentiment and how the market performs. I am very glad to see that the Current Sentiment score has increased from 63 in Q3 2021 to 65 in Q4 2021 which is indicative of the steady revival that the real estate sector has observed in the year 2021. We are currently in the third wave of Covid, which has definitely impacted the Future Sentiment score with a dip from 72 in Q3 2021 to 60 in Q4 2021. However, I must add that it still remains in the optimistic zone and is temporary and will inch back up soon. We plan to carry forward the momentum from last year and intend to make 2022 a benchmark year for the real estate sector.”

Compared to Q3 2021, the South and East Zones’ Future Sentiment score has inched up in Q4 2021. The Future Sentiment score for South Zone increased to 64 in Q4 2021 from 62 in Q3 2021 as key southern markets recorded good traction in both office and residential sectors. Whereas, for the East Zone the score rose from 57 in Q3 2021 to 58 in Q4 2021. The North and West Zones remained optimistic with scores of 57 and 56 respectively in Q4 2021. As the Omicron variant of COVID – 19 related risks unfold, stakeholders in these zones remain cautiously optimistic for the near term.

Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt, Joint Chairman – FICCI Real Estate Committee and Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer – Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd said, “2020 and 2021 can be coined as historic years for real estate. The commercial real estate is now focused on wellness besides sustainability & optimisation. It is now a hybrid work environment. The homes are now all about liveability supported by workability. With housing affordability in India at its decadal best, residential sales registered 59% growth. On the commercial side, leasing activity is again ramping up due to robust underlying demand from IT/ITES and global MNCs, augmented by a surge in smart cities and CBDs. As we deal with each wave more confidently, I am sure that we are on the cusp of a very exciting and unprecedented cycle of real estate growth.”

On the Office Market outlook, 61% respondents in Q4 2021 opined that office leasing will remain stable over the next 6 months. Stakeholder outlook for office rents improved in Q4 2021. Compared to Q3 2021 – when 27% respondents felt office rents may increase in next six months – this time, 47% opined the same. In terms of new office supply, 88% of the Q4 2021 respondents are of the opinion that new office supply will either remain stable or will witness an increase over the next six months.

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