New Home launches pan-India jumps 48% in Q1: PropEquity Study

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April 19, New Delhi: In a report released by PropEquity, India’s leading real estate data, research and analytics firm on Thursday, it said that new home launches jumped 48 pct across top 9 cities in the first quarter of 2018 from 17,550 units to 25,970 units.

After several quarters, Q1 saw a significant jump in new launches as most of the developers were able to acclimatize themselves with RERA regulations and migration to GST compliances.

However, weighted average prices in the quarter fell 7 per cent from Rs 6,762 PSF to Rs 6,260 PSF suggesting aggressive pricing by the developers to ignite homebuyers demand.

“We expected realty market to start stabilizing Q1 onwards and this is what we are witnessing now. With this spurt of new launches in the first quarter of 2018, we expect the trend to continue with developers focussing on mid segment and affordable housing segment to take advantage of PMAY interest subsidy benefits. We continue to expect ready or about to be completed units to be sold more quickly than the newly launched units,,” Mr. Samir Jasuja, founder and CEO at PropEquity said.

The unsold inventory dipped by 2 pct to 5,95,074 units from 6,08,949 units due to increased buyers interest. This was evident from an 8 per cent spike in units absorption to 40,694 units from 37,555 units in the quarter.

Nine cities were included for the study including Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thane and Chennai.

Cities

Gurgaon

Gurgaon witnessed solid growth in Q1 as approx. 3,411 units were launched during the period, a jump of 156 per cent over QoQ.

However, absorption fell by 60 per cent as customers delayed their buying decisions for the next fiscal.

Noida

In Noida, few projects were launched and total units launched stood at 240 units, a decline of 55 per cent QoQ.

However, absorption increased on Q-o-Q (31%) as developers were clearing their earlier launched stock by offering discounts and offers.

Weighted Average Price stood at INR 5,585/sft, an increase of 3 per cent.

Mumbai

New launches witnessed drop on both Q-o-Q (18%)& Y-o-Y (49%) basis.

Absorption increased by 12 per cent in QoQ as earlier launched units were being absorbed at attractive offers.

Kolkata

Q1 2018 witnessed a considerable jump in new launch activity compared to Q-o-Q as it jumped 312 per cent to 2,149 units.

Absorption also increased by a healthy 16% jump on Q-o-Q basis.

Weighted Average Price of absorbed units stood at INR 3,602/sft, increasing by 2.4% from the previous quarter.

Hyderabad

New Launch activity in Q1 2018 witnessed a 54 per cent fall to just 800 units on Q-o-Q basis.

Absorption also witnessed a dip of 11%.

However, Weighted Average Price stood jumped by 9 per cent at INR 4,270/sft which indicates that the majority of the unsold units are in the affordable and mid segments.

Bengaluru

The city gained some solid traction in Q1 as approx. 9,557 units were launched during the period, a jump of 173 per cent over QoQ.

Absorption also witnessed a solid change on Q-o-Q basis and was increased by 45% showing trends of uptick in demand as developers ramped up their marketing and sales activities.

Pune

The city witnessed a muted growth in new launch activity with a drop of just 1 per cent in QoQ.

Weighted Average Price of available stock stood fell by 7 per cent at INR 4,773/sqft, which indicates that the majority of the unsold units are in the mid segment.

Chennai

Chennai saw a massive jump of 240 per cent in new launch activity in the Q1 as 2,095 units were launched which is significant as Chennai market was lagging behind others for a long time.

Absorption witnessed a sizeable jump of 71% on Q-o-Q as demand rose to significant levels. Weighted Average Price stood at INR 5,112/sft a jump of 6 per cent, which indicates that the majority of the unsold units are in the mid segment.

Thane

Q1 2018 witnessed a dip in new launch activity by 27% on Q-o-Q basis. Absorption also witnessed a considerable drop of 6% as buyers interest remained weak.

Weighted Average Price stood at INR 5,625/sft, a drop of 8 per cent in QoQ.