Prices Of Residential Flats In MMR Seen Dip Of 9%: Knight Frank Report
The prices of residential flats in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has seen a dip of nine per cent on an average. According to a report by Knight Frank, an international real estate consultancy firm, realty prices have seen a maximum dip of eight per cent in Mulund, followed by Goregaon, where there was a six per cent dip in the first half of 2018 as compared to the last 12 months.
Despite undertaking corrective measures, sales haven’t picked up much and is hardly one per cent higher than the previous year. Moreover, the average size of homes has shrunk by 12 per cent.
In areas like Panvel and Badlapaur, the prices have come down by 10 per cent, while in Ghodbunder Road and Dombivali prices have slashed by seven per cent. However, the average per sq ft price in MMR is Rs 7,333. There has been hardly any change in prices in South Mumbai, Ghatkopar, Powai, and Bandra.
In Central Mumbai, areas like Lower Parel and Worli has seen a one per cent drop in prices. In suburbs such as Andheri, a drop of two per cent was witnessed, followed by four per cent in Borivali and Dahisar, eight per cent in Mira Road, six per cent in Virar, one per cent in Vashi, and four per cent in Kharghar.
According to Chief Economist & National Director, Research, the effective price drop is close to 10-15 per cent, as builders offer freebies and incentives. This has become the norm these days and almost 80-85 per cent of developers offer schemes now.
As per the report, Mumbai saw a significant jump in new launches at 35,974 units in H1 2018, compared to 15,765 units in H1 2017, recording a growth of 128 per cent in a year-on-year basis. Developers launching smaller units with lower ticket size to cater to market demand and large-scale affordable housing projects being undertaken in peripheral suburbs.
However, in spite of so many launches and price correction, the sales aren’t very impressive. While there is not a concrete answer to this, he says that Mumbai home buyers are still waiting and watching the mood, expecting the dust created by the policies to settle down.
The average size of homes in Mumbai has also dipped. The report mentions that a significant portion of the populace is salaried, and for most of them, owning a house remains a distant dream. In response to this discontent, developers are now launching smaller size units to be able to bring down the ticket size.
The unsold inventory in MMR stands at 1.19 lakh units, with highest of 22,912 units in the central peripheral suburbs, followed by the central suburbs, where 21,679 units remain unsold. The least unsold units at 1,024 are in South Mumbai, while in central Mumbai the unsold units stand at 4,780. The western suburbs have 19,112, while the western peripheral suburbs have 14,530 unsold units, respectively.
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