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Govt. Sops Boost Housing Sales by 12% in Q1 2019 over Q4 2018: ANAROCK

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  • New supply across top 7 cities up by 27% q-o-q – from 55,600 units in Q4 2018 to 70,490 units this quarter; defies conventional election period trends
  • Pune and MMR see max. quarterly rise in both housing sales and new supply; absorption in Pune rose by 24%, in MMR by 19%
  • Bengaluru frontrunner in shedding unsold stock; sees 9% decline in Q1 2019 over previous quarter & a 27% yearly fall
  • New affordable housing supply sees over 47% q-o-q jump – from 20,800 units in Q4 2018 to 30,750 units this quarter
  • Annual housing sales rise 58%, new launches up by 91% across the top 7 cities

Defying previous election year trends when sales and new launches remained muted during this period, Q1 2019 saw both housing sales and new supply rise due to multiple Government sops in the first three months of 2019. ANAROCK Property Consultants’ data shows that housing sales rose by 12% and new residential supply by 27% q-o-q due to sops in the interim budget, GST rate cuts and lowering of home loan rates post RBI’s recent repo rate cut.

Of the total new supply, affordable housing saw the maximum share at 44%. However, overall unsold inventory across the top cities saw a meagre 1% decline in Q1 2019 over the previous quarter. Unsold housing stock stands at 6.65 lakh units as of Q1 2019.

Pune and MMR were the top performers with new housing supply increasing by 160% and 62% respectively. Housing sales in these two leading Western region cities saw a maximum increase in the quarter by 24% and 19% respectively.

Anuj Puri
Chairman ANAROCK Property Consultants

“While we anticipated a negative spill-over impact of the NBFC crisis in the first quarter of 2019, housing sales and new supply assumed an upward trajectory,” says Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants. “The sector is currently riding on a new wave of optimism following the triple benefits it received from the Government in the first three months of 2019. These sops have not only increased homebuyers’ sentiments but will also boost the confidence of builders and long-term investors.”

“Despite a 1% hike in stamp duty and registration charges in Maharashtra, MMR and Pune markets performed significantly well as far as new launches and housing sales are concerned,” says Puri. “With project approvals in place, builders in these regions had been waiting for an opportune time to launch their projects, and the prevailing upbeat buyer sentiments was a major kickstart.”

Q1 2019 New Launch Overview:

The top 7 cities recorded new unit launches of around 70,490 units in Q1 2019 (as opposed to 55,600 units in Q4 2018) – a quarterly increase of 27%

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  • Key cities contributing to Q1 2019 new unit launches included Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR)PuneBengaluru and NCR, together accounting for 87% of new supply
  • Approx. 17,520 units were launched in Pune – a whopping rise of over 160% from Q4 2019. More than 45% of new supply was added in the affordable segment
  • MMR added approx. 26,850 units in Q1 2019 – a significant quarterly increase of 62% over the previous quarter. More than 70% new supply was added in sub INR 80 lakh price bracket.
  • Hyderabad added fresh supply of 4,850 units in Q1 2019 (compared to 3,940 units in Q4 2018), increasing by 23%
  • Bengaluru added 9,070 units in Q1 2019 – a quarterly decrease of 22%. Approx. 64% new supply was added in sub INR 80 lakh price bracket.
  • NCR new launches recorded a drop of 9% from the previous quarter with approx. 8,030 units launched in Q1 2019
  • Chennai added 3,170 units in Q1 2019 – a decrease of 19% over the previous quarter
  • In Kolkata, new launches recorded a massive drop of 75% from the previous quarter, with approx. 1,000 units launched in Q1 2019. The city saw the least new supply in the quarter among the top 7 cities.
City-wise New Supply (in units) and Q-o-Q percentage change
 Cities Name  Q1 2019  Q4 2018  %Change (Q4 2018 vs Q1 2019)  Q1 2018  %Change (Q1 2018 vs Q1 2019)
NCR 8,030 8,800 -9% 4,540 77%
MMR 26,850 16,590 62% 9,490 183%
Bengaluru 9,070 11,610 -22% 7,320 24%
Pune 17,520 6,730 160% 2,750 538%
Hyderabad 4,850 3,940 23% 3,680 32%
Chennai 3,170 3,900 -19% 2,720 17%
Kolkata 1000 4,030 -75% 6,470 -85%
Total 70,490 55,600 27% 36,970 91%

Source: ANAROCK Research

The ripple effect of the NBFC crisis Q4 2018, coupled with the usually slow pre-election sentiment, could have played spoilsport for both new launches and housing sales in Q1 2019. However, the Government’s various interventions have had not only a buffering but a boosting effect. Working closely with the RBI, it has been successful in curtailing the liquidity crisis in the sector.

On a yearly basis, new launches across the top 7 cities together saw a 91% jump in Q1 2019 against the corresponding period in 2018. Similarly, housing sales saw a yearly increase of over 58% in the top cities – led by MMRPune and NCR with an increase of over 95%80% and 52% respectively.

Q1 2019 Overall Sales Overview:

Around 78,520 units were sold in Q1 2019 with NCR,

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