Monday, May 03, 2010

Sales drop 50% as realty prices get unreal again in Mumbai

DNA Report here

Mumbai: City developers, who witnessed a revival of sales at hefty prices in the past six months, are now up against buyer resistance. With demand dropping like a stone, the sale of residential flats across segments has nosedived, property experts said. The drop is as high as 50% in some segments.

Sandeep Sadh of Mumbai Property Exchange says it is a weird situation. “In South Mumbai, where there are no new constructions, people are deferring buying due to high prices even in resale flats. In contrast, despite having a large number of flats available in the suburbs, buyers are unable to buy due to unrealistically high prices.’’ Sadh says his clients are sitting on the fence and have deferred buying till after August when prices may just become a bit realistic.

Venkatesh Iyer of Siddhivinayak Real Estate Consultants says the number of inquiries he gets seldom translates into actual sales. “People’s budgets have become constrained, as prices have increased exorbitantly. In Chembur, prices have jumped from Rs8,000 per sq ft to Rs10,000 per sq ft, to almost Rs14,000 in six months. High prices have affected the resale market the most, as owners find the next new flat to be more expensive,’’ said Iyer.

A negative fallout of recent trends is that developers have increased the carpet area-to-built-up area difference to almost 50%. “This is a dangerous trend. There is no clarity on what rate developers have calculated the balcony area, terrace or storage room. Baring a few places, there is no mention of it in agreement papers. It is time the government brings clarity to the issue,’’ said Vakil.

3 comments:

shailesh said...

The key statement is:

In contrast, despite having a large number of flats available in the suburbs, buyers are unable to buy due to unrealistically high prices.

Well that means Inventory and Supply is not the issue. Lets see how long builder/investor hold out.

Vik said...

It is meaningless for anyone to pay 14000 per sq. ft and end up with an apt with super built-up area of 50%. Moronic Indian media talks about the Chinese bubble but ignores the 700 pound gorilla in its own backyard.

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