Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mumbai home prices may drop significantly from record highs

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Mumbai home prices may decrease by as much as 15 per cent over the next nine months as record high prices deter buyers, brokerage Edelweiss Securities Ltd said.

“The festival season of September-November, which typically accounts for a significant chunk of sales volumes in Mumbai, has been a dampener with tepid sales in new projects,” analysts Aashiesh Agarwaal and Adhidev Chattopadhyay wrote in a note reported on by Bloomberg.

Home registrations in Mumbai, India’s most expensive real estate market, fell to their lowest level in 20 months in November, according to brokerage Prabhudas Lilladher Pvt. Property prices jumped between 30 per cent and 70 per cent across India in 2010 with some markets surpassing 2007 record highs, Mahesh Nandurkar, a real-estate analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets in Mumbai, said in November.

Mumbai developers may be forced to cut prices to revive sales after banks cut down on credit to the sector and loans to builders became due, the memo from Edelweiss said. Development companies are facing rising borrowing costs and less access to credit after a corruption probe into loans to developers, according to Bank of America Corp.’s Merril Lynch unit and Ambit Capital Pvt.