26 January, 2021

Highrises Of Nightmares! Why Coronavirus Will Extend Slowdown Period In Real Estate Sector

With banks reducing lending rates, people would buy property as lower EMIs match rents. Bloodshed in financial markets will impact homebuyers’ sentiments for investing in cost-intensive real estate

A luxury housing project in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Photo by Jitender Gupta
Highrises Of Nightmares! Why Coronavirus Will Extend Slowdown Period In Real Estate Sector

Revival of the Indian real estate sector, one of the largest employment generators, seems to have hit another brickwall in the wake of the panic generated by the spreading coronavirus, the rising death toll and an economy in temporary lockdown. Many had been looking forward to 2020 heralding the return of buyers for commercial and housing properties, given the government incentives, particularly for affordable housing segment, and the recent lowering of interest rates. In addition, the recent turmoil witnessed in the financial markets had raised hopes that investors would look at real estate as a safer investment option, considering that property prices have dipped in many cities.

“One could previously have surmised that the downfall in the stock market would have benefited real estate. However, considering the present scenario and its inherent challenges, inv­estors will largely stay away from this sector as well,” states Anuj Puri, chairman, Anarock Property Consultants. He feels the bloodshed in the financial markets will further dampen homebuyers’...



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