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Friday, 7 February 2014

Real Estate Prices Increase Irrespective of Slow Demand

A recent study by India Ratings & Research has showed a negative sign regarding the unchanging view of reality industry in 2014-15, which is based on the unrelenting depressed end-user demand and the differing consumer sentiments.

The rating agency also showed that the real estate market is seeing drop in sales, reduce in income, Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) limits and sustained deterioration in credit metrics and inflow of cash.


The agency rated most of real estate companies with a steady view, based on the hazards impacting the sector. The companies or group rated at investment level are residential companies with robust sales and resilient cash flows or single commercial properties with long-term lease agreements.

The rating agency believes credit metrics will continue to decline in fiscal year 2015, due to increase in residential prices that will lower the sales, that will lead to increase in bank credit and an increase in inventory for the sector.

In the first half of 2013-2014, the sale of new residential units has recorded a decline and the reason behind this is the reducing consumer sentiments and high price of real estate properties.

Though, the end-user demand seem to be weak, prices continue to remain high and it is considered due to the restrain of gold import by the government that has regarded to have boosted the investors and speculators.

This rise in property price is also justified by the report of National Housing Bank's house price index in the second quarter of financial year 2014, which recorded after a decline in the earlier two quarters, as it overlaps with the obligation on gold import.

According to Ind-Ra, it is likely that the commercial property demand would continue to subdue in 2014, because of decline in economic growth and it is due to the continued slow economic growth that would affect the new requirements in most sectors of the real estate market. It is also anticipated that demand in retail will be sluggish in Financial Year 2015, as retail companies would endure to enhance their store ranges.

In 2013, the private equity and foreign investors interests was observed to be strong in the real estate sector and strong investment was seen in rent-yielding commercial properties where several large transactions took place by the leading private equity players like Blackstone.

Ind-Ra also anticipated that the starting of real estate investment trusts (REITs) would be optimistic for the sector, as it would attract new investors and enhance finance convenience. It is also anticipated that REITs would give easy liquidity option for commercial property developers as most of their funds are invested into rent-yielding commercial properties.

4 on: "Real Estate Prices Increase Irrespective of Slow Demand"
  1. Because of drastic fall in 2013-2014 GDP, real estate and other sector prices are going to high. That is the reason we are seeing slow down in all sectors. Hope in future we will get some good news..

  2. Agreed with Mr. Sanjay. From last few months in every sectors there is some down trend. but according to experts 2014 will be good particularly for real estate sector. We can wait and see some changes should happened in couple of time.

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