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Buying a house likely to cost 15% more: report

Buying a house likely to cost 15% more: report
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Sep 03 2009. 03 15 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Sep 03 2009. 03 15 PM IST
New Delhi: Housing prices, which have cooled down from their peak, are expected to rise by 15% in the next one year on the back of increased demand, a report said.
“We expect residential prices to rise 15% from the bottom over a one year period,” Investment banker J P Morgan said in its latest report on the realty sector.
After falling 25-30% from peak levels, property prices in India are showing signs of stabilisation as volumes have picked up significantly, it said, adding “we see this as a precursor for price increases to start flowing through”.
J P Morgan said, if the sale during festival season is substantial, then “there is a good chance of a 15-20% appreciation being undertaken by developers”.
Strong volume offtake in new launches, low real mortgage yields, marked improvement in the job environment and limited supply of ‘ready to move in’ are some of the reasons, which have started to drive housing property rates upwards, it said.
“Job security is now much better and this should enable first-time home buyers to commit to house purchases. If salary increments in January-March 2010 are much better, one can expect a very direct benefit to the housing sector,” the report said.
Indian property market witnessed huge slump in demand during second half of 2008-09 fiscal, forcing the developers to focus on affordable housing to boost their sales. The shift seems to have paid dividend as sales in the low-income segment have improved.
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First Published: Thu, Sep 03 2009. 03 15 PM IST