Bangalore: Pune and Bangalore have beaten the gloom and doom in the real estate sector with robust launches, clever project formats, quicker approvals and consistent demand from home buyers.
An October report by SBI Capital Securities Ltd indicates Pune and Bangalore saw a slew of launches and sales in two completely different price categories.
Pune saw huge demand for small homes at low prices, primarily on the outskirts, where a chunk of fresh projects are coming up. The city, two hours from Mumbai by road, saw a steady pace of launches of around 3 million sq. ft a month.
Bangalore is seeing greater demand for larger properties at higher prices.
Property analysts reasoned that while projects at affordable prices played a major role in boosting sales in Pune, Bangalore saw huge demand for high-end properties such as villas or luxury apartments due to a strong buyer base of information technology professionals and senior corporate executives.
In the past year or so, home sales in India have been lukewarm owing to the slowing economy. Developers struggled also because of a scarcity of funds with lenders becoming wary of the sector.
Overcoming this lacklustre period, at least a dozen projects with small-size apartments were launched in Pune in recent months, and sales have been upbeat, data by SBI Capital show.
Gera Developments Pvt. Ltd’s Park View 1 project in Kharadi, about 15km from Pune, is one such example, which has 680 sq. ft apartments.
There is a lot of demand for small homes and the project has seen good sales momentum since its launch, said Kumar Gera, chairman, Gera Developments.
Absorption of new homes outpaced new launches in Pune, keeping inventory at steady levels, analyst Akshit Shah wrote in the SBI Capital report.
Bangalore developers saw good sales in the July-September quarter, when their counterparts in Mumbai and the national capital region, or NCR, struggled.
Sobha Developers Ltd, a large realty firm in the city, posted a record quarterly performance. In the September quarter, it sold 950,000 sq. ft of space for Rs.520 crore, a revenue growth of 10% quarter-on-quarter and 8.6% year-on-year, brokerage Prabhudas Lilladher Pvt. Ltd said in a report this month.
A slew of luxury projects were launched in Bangalore in recent months, the latest being a villa project by Godrej Properties Ltd last week.
Pirojsha Godrej, managing director and chief executive, said there was a good demand in Bangalore for such projects and that home buyers in the city can afford to buy in the Rs.2-3 crore range, though Rs.8-10 crore homes would occupy a smaller market.
Chennai, after seeing a number of new launches for a few months, seems to have paused though average prices in the city have increased from Rs.57 lakh in January to Rs.65 lakh (by July), SBI Capital said in its report. Mumbai, which includes large micro-markets such as Thane, Navi Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, is witnessing a decline in the pace of new projects every month. NCR has seen steady launches but at a slower pace than Pune or Bangalore.
“Mumbai has seen a stagnation in supply of new projects for two years now and prices have remained intact. Its neighbouring Pune, even after seeing a 5-15% increase in prices this year, has many projects in the Rs.15-50 lakh category, which is fast moving,” said Lalit Kumar Jain, national president, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India.
NCR will see a mixed bag, with strength persisting in markets such as Gurgaon and New Delhi, while other markets with high speculative participation are likely to see substantial oversupply as both investors and developers offer their products for sale, Macquarie Capital Securities (India) Pvt. Ltd said in a report this month.
In terms of project completion and delivery of homes, Chennai, Pune and Bangalore will see high levels of handing over of apartments to buyers, said SBI’s Shah.
In Mumbai, though, only 63% of the existing inventory is expected to get completed by 2014, he said in the report.