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Homebuyers make a resurgence thanks to lower interest rates and reforms

The repressed interest for housing is presently getting converted into real sales. While industry specialists have been naming the situation as buyers’ market for quite a while, homebuyers themselves appear to have turned out to be more active at this point.

Things are looking positive as indicated by the performance some of the listed real estate companies with regards to residential sales over the last one year.

A key role in this resurgence is played by lower interest in home loans and government’s encouragements on affordable housing. The government, to support affordable housing fund, has introduced a number of schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Lower Goods and Services Tax (GST) and extended income tax benefits to apartments of carpet area of 645 sq ft.

HDFC Bank has recently reported a 26% increase in individual loans in FY18. Godrej Properties reported a 152% on-year increase (at Rs. 5,083 crores) in the value of bookings for FY18. The organization’s most noteworthy ever sales in any budgetary year was led by booking volume of 6.26 million sq ft.

Amid the final quarter alone, the organization’s booking value saw 210% on-year development at Rs 1,054 crore. The executive chairman of Godrej Properties, Mr Pirojsha Godrej said, “For the first time in its history, GPL has delivered sales of more than Rs 1,000 crore for four consecutive quarters. We look forward to building on this momentum in FY19”.

The final quarter and the full financial year swung out to the best-ever in value terms for Bengaluru-headquartered Sobha, with an increase across regions and product categories. It has recorded new sales volume of 3.63 million sq ft, evaluated at around Rs 2,861 crore amid the year with yearly sales volume and values increased 21% and 42%, respectively. The performance of Kochi and Gurugram also saw an improvement.

Indiabulls Real Estate, a Mumbai-headquartered real estate developer saw a 20% growth in both 600 apartments and sales value at Rs 3000 crore. Strangely, the premium segment also contributed to the organization’s performance during the year.

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Desires of homebuyers and developers from Budget 2018

With the 2018 budget to be announced soon, the year 2018 is full of expectations as the developers are keen to sell the homes to the homebuyers who are looking forward to buying homes. Many people will be helped by the tax benefits, while also fulfilling the ‘Housing for All’ objective of the government. Many people desire that the reduction in taxes and incentives will result in the rise of the real estate market.
Let’s see what are the expectations by the industry and buyers from this year’s budget:

Buyers are hoping:

1. Cheaper Home Loans: Banks already offer a low interest rate but the buyers hope for more. To increase the buying the rate of interest on housing loans needs a further cut. The credit-linked subsidy scheme (CLSS) under the PMAY (U) has notably helped the middle-class group. “Benefits section 80C for home loan repayments should be increased from Rs 1.5 to 5 lakh. Incentives and lower interest rates reduce the burden of EMIs on the salaried class and gives them the confidence to buy a house,” notes Nikhil Kain, a homebuyer in Delhi.
2. Exemption and Incentives: An increase in incentives for the first time homebuyers is expected by the buyers under section 80EE by way of increasing the limit to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 50,000. Young homebuyers who desire to own a home but aren’t able to do so because of the budget problems can be hopefully aided by this.
3. Reduction in tax slab: A raise in personal income tax limit is expected from 2018 Budget as the lower-income group falls in this category. In the affordable house segment, it is one of the most significant categories so the tax benefits will hopefully be helpful for homebuyers in this segment. In this budget, the tax exemption is expected to be raised to Rs 3 lakh from 2.5 lakh.

Developers hope for:

1. Industry Status for the Real Estate Sector: “The Real Estate Sector should be allotted ‘Infrastructure’ status. This will lead to construction funds being available to the developer at much lower interest rates. This is eventually going to benefit customers from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG) as developers would be in a position of making the projects ‘affordable’ in its true sense,” notes the Managing Director of Poddar Housing and Development Ltd, Rohit Poddar.

2. Infrastructure Status to the Housing Sector: Giving Infrastructure status to the Housing Sector is expected to simplify the approval process for affordable projects, create guidelines and increase transparency. It could also attract debt and pension funds to invest in the affordable housing segment.

3. Single window clearance: The approval process is one of the main reasons for the delay in projects. A single window clearance will not only help developers kick off their projects at the earliest but buyers are also likely to get possession without any delay.

The Industry has been demanding this for a while. “The biggest delays in delivery of houses occur due to delay in approvals of projects and authorities have a major role to play in this. An online single window clearance with bare minimum human interface and precise deadlines for approvals will not only bring down the deliveries of the project by at least three years but also reduce the cost of the project by at least 15% which can further be passed on to the consumers. Going online will also boost transparency,” says the Director of ABA Corp and Vice President of CREDAI Western UP, Amit Modi.
The budget this year is expected to be different as now the tax rates for goods and services are decided by the GST Council. But to boost the real estate industry, the developers and buyers are hoping for tax relief and incentives.

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