Source : The Economic Times | Dated : Feb 17, 2021
BENGALURU: Amidst deals, discounts and cheaper home loans, an increasing number of homebuyers are considering it advantageous to buy houses right away. Real estate’s perception as an investment asset class has also increased distinctively post the outbreak of Covid19 pandemic.
Nearly 62% respondents, in a sentiment survey conducted jointly by the CII and Anarock Property Consultants, believe it is expedient to buy homes now. While 24% respondents have already booked properties–81% of this segment were previously unsure of buying–and 38% have opted for newly-launched projects, said CII-Anarock joint survey.
“The survey underscores the massive impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on home-buying decisions. The work-from-home and online education culture has resulted in buyers seeking larger homes, even if it entails moving to peripheral areas. Surprisingly, new launches are gaining traction post-COVID. 26% of the survey’s respondents will opt for homes in newly-launched projects, which is an increase of 4% over the pre-COVID period,” said Anuj Puri Chairman ANAROCK Property Consultants.
Property as an investment is also gaining popularity as around 57% respondents now favour property over fixed deposits, the stock market, and gold. The pandemic has effectively convinced more prospective homebuyers after riding the fence of uncertainty for a long time prior to Covid-19, the survey mentioned.
Buyers are also in the market for larger size homes with 43% respondents now showing preference towards living in peripheral areas while just 28% favour homes in the city limits in proximity to offices. However, there was a decrease in the preference for ready-to-move-in homes – a reduction of at least 17% since the lockdowns and 6% since the pre-COVID levels.
A growing number of homebuyers think it is most suitable to purchase a home sooner than later. The slashed home loan rates and the added side benefit of appealing payment schemes/discounts to induce homebuyers after the Covid19 pandemic have worked to bring the sheen back to the real estate sector. The growth trajectory is expected to strengthen further and register a steady pace of interest in our projects KG Centre Point and KG Earth Homes.