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RBI OFFERS MULTIPLE INDISCERNIBLE PLUSSES

The financial year 2016 – 17 was a true example of any developing economy which was marked with both ups and downs for the real estate sector.  Where one could see the peak of the sector in the past couple of years during the festive season, suddenly after it, demonetisation crippled the sector to it’s bottom most for the upcoming two months. But with things like RERA, Smart Cities Mission and Housing for All in the pipeline, the sector is expected to perform better than ever. As one of the highest contributors to the country’s GDP and an end user to over 30 allied industries, very high hopes rest on this sector to perform well in order for the economy to revive. On top of it all, the Reserve Bank would always play a key role in deciding the fate of this sector through it’s bi – monthly monetary policy reviews.

With today’s decision in the monetary policy review, the Repo rate remains unchanged at 6.25 percent. However, the corridor under the LAF has been narrowed down to 25 basis points which makes the Reverse Repo rate stand at 6.0 percent. This adjustment under the LAF also means that the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) also stands reduced at 6.5 percent basis the recalibration of MSF difference to 50 basis points above the Reverse Repo rate. Cash Reserve Ration (CRR) at 4 percent and Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)  at 20.5 percent remain unchanged. There are no direct benefits attached for the financial institutions but indirectly they gain a lot with the increase in Reverse Repo and reduction in the MSF, allowing them to lend to RBI at higher rates and enabling overnight borrowing at a lower rate.

Industry Reacts: 

Manoj Gaur, President CREDAI-NCR & MD, Gaursons India Ltd.

It is great to see that the Reserve Bank has been so persuasive towards reduced lending rates in the market, specially from the end of Financial Institutions. Increased Reverse Repo rate would mean RBI withdrawing money from the market at a higher rate, hence filling the hands of the banks further. However, it’s on the part of the financial institutions to convert these indirect benefits into something substantial for the end users and promote healthy business environment in the market.

Gaurav Gupta, General Secretary, CREDAI – RNE

A recalibrated MSF standing reduced at 6.5 percent would mean that the overnight borrowing of banks from RBI would come at a lower rate giving a freer hand to banks at lending. However, some direct rate cuts could have been also beneficial in the short term for the realty sector because with the recent data release by RBI which states that HPI has picked up in the last calendar year would have allowed the realty sector to ride on improved sentiments from all corners of the economy.

Vikas Bhasin, MD, Saya Group

Also with global growth indicators showing signs of stronger activity in most of the Advanced Economies and further indicators pointing to a modest improvement in the macroeconomic outlook of the country might have prompted the apex bank to keep a cautious approach towards any major changes in the key rates. However, it was very heartening to see that the RBI has been very accommodative towards reduced lending rates in the market and hence has passed on benefits indirectly to the government allowing them the necessary room to work upon.

Dhiraj Jain, Director, Mahagun Group

In case of a low interest rate environment surrounding the economy and cash available in abundance, the risk of inflation moving up exists. Hence, the RBI doesn’t reduce the rates until it has been fully convinced about the inflation control; as even the inflation had been on a rise for the fifth straight month till February but has taken a downward trend in March which would be kept under strict vigil the next policy review allowing them the necessary cushion to work further on the key rates. Till then, even the financial institutions should also devise ways to offer indirect benefits to borrowers. 

Rajesh Goyal, Vice President CREDAI-Western U.P. & MD, RG Group

This is not a surprise move by the RBI as everyone was expecting a stagnant approach towards the key rates. The market has been gaining stability and post the union budget, further ease could have been thought off on the cards. Even though the RBI has not provided any rate cut this time, fresh home loan borrowers should not worry much as they may still witness lowered EMIs because amidst intensifying competition among the lenders, the banks might be forced to start cutting down the interest rates themselves.

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DEHRADUN’S REALTY CATCHING UP PACE

       If you are planning to buy a second property, then Dehradun might just be the perfect destination to fulfil your desires. From being a favoured tourist hot spot to a pilgrimage, Dehradun is a good real estate bet that can allow a buyer to not only get a second home residence option, but provide greater returns on investments too. Due to its existing institutional, education and industrial hubs, the infrastructure in the region is ever-expanding; and now with the realty giants stepping up, a big makeover is in progress that will further enhance the attraction quotient of the city.

Even the NRIs have been showing a keen interest in the region, says Avneesh Sood, Director of Eros Group as he adds, “Since the fall of Rupee against the dollar, last couple of years have witnessed a surge in foreign investments in Dehradun and it ranks quite well against other major cities in the country and we expect this investment plan to increase by another 20-25 percent in the next couple of years.” According to a report by Assocham in 2013, Dehradun ranked fifth amongst the top favoured destinations in India by NRIs where Bangalore claimed the first spot.

Realty Map of Dehradun

The city being the capital of Uttrakhand is spread across an area of 3,088 sq. kms. with a population of almost 1.7 million. Apart from this population, there is a strong domestic and international footfall that takes place across Uttrakhand where Dehradun picks up the limelight. According to a data from Ministry of Tourism, total of approx. 2.5 crore Indian tourists visited Uttrakhand in 2015 coupled with over 1 lakh foreign travellers. This footfall has been increasing on an annual basis, highlighting the development of the state and its major cities, where Dehradun is most prominent. These increasing numbers have pushed the developers to come out with residential, commercial and mixed-land use projects across the city. “Hospitality, retail and realty sector and industries gain the most when a region offers a wide variety of options for a tourist. Developed retail and hospitality sites in such regions allows greater footfall that can also enhance the demand for real estate in the long run. Tourism in India has been a strong converter for the realty sector as well where Tier 2 regions gain the most”, avers Prithvi Raj Kasana, MD, Morpheus Group.

Speaking about the popular micro pockets of Dehradun, there are a total of 11 favoured regions by the developers where construction is taking place at a rapid pace and several projects have been already delivered. Descending on the basis of demand of the regions, chart begins with Sahastradhara, followed by Rajpur Road, GMS Road, Mussoorie Road, Haridwar-Dehradun Road, Dalanwala, Nehrugram, Canal Road, Race Course, Jakhan and Chakrata Road.

S. NO.

REGION

CIRCLE RATES(Rs. per sq. mtr.)

AVG. PRICE(Rs.)

UNIT SIZE RANGE(sq. ft.)

1

Sahastradhara

28,200

35 Lakh

550-3,550

2

Rajpur Road

65,000

55 Lakh

475-3,019

3

GMS Road

36,000

40 Lakh

1,120-2,883

4

Mussoorie Road

38,100

40 Lakh

413-3,250

5

Haridwar-Dehradun Road

38,100

40 Lakh

625-3,200

6

Dalanwala

38,100

40 Lakh

631-5,712

7

Nehrugram

28,000

35 Lakh

950-5,100

8

Canal Road

65,000

55 Lakh

1,020-4,030

9

Race Course

38,100

45 Lakh

850-2,620

10

Jakhan

28,000

40 Lakh

970-3,143

11

Chakrata Road

28,200

35 Lakh

845-1,555

“Real estate map of Dehradun offers a wide range of unit sizes available at highly affordable prices which makes it an even better deal for people opting for second property options. Even the property prices observe good appreciation on an annual basis with infrastructure witnessing a major revamp. Due to the residential sales rising in the regions, demand for commercial setups has lead to the supply of retail and office spaces”, says Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Group.

At present, Dehradun offers a total of 157 residential and 6 commercial projects that are in different stages of construction with several projects ready to move in. Amongst the big names, Pacific Group, Supertech, ATS Group, Pushpanjali Builders, Unitech Group, Pearls Infrastructure, Parsvanath, Sikka and others have projects in place.

Demand for housing in Dehradun is a lot different from that of NCR. Obvious reason being, located at hilltop, it doesn’t allow the developers to construct high rises. As per the present building by-laws in the city, a tower can have a maximum of G+9 floors. Thus, the concept of independent or villa living is predominant in Dehradun. Even the current inventory of Dehradun offer more villas than apartments. Highlighting the same, Kushagr Ansal, Director of Ansal Housing explains, “The criteria for development on hilltops is way different from the plains due to the different building by-laws present in those regions and thus, the concept and demand is also different. Duplex and Villa living is more common than apartment style living and thus, projects offered according to the former concept is more prominent in such regions than the latter.”

Infrastructure In Focus

Dehradun has been quite active in terms of developing and upgrading the infrastructure along the micro regions. Speaking about the developed infrastructure, there is a strong presence of hospitality, retail, health, educational institutes, IT parks, administrative setups and strong road and aerial connectivity. For instance, Doon University, Indian Military Academy, IIAE aeronautical college, Forest Research Institute and Institute of Petroleum comprise amongst the educational strongholds in the region. FMCG industry has been the core behind Dehradun’s development with the presence of big brands such as HUL, ITC, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and inclusion of Patanjali in 2006. Furthermore, Jolly Grant Airport has been upgraded and shares a strategic connectivity with Dehradun, Hrishikesh and Haridwar, falling within a distance of 25 Kms from each. Also, the existing Helipad in Sahastradhara is under plans to be upgraded into an Airport that will directly cater the city. Dehradun is located nearly 45 Kms from NH 58 and has another National Highway- NH 307 which links it with Chhutmalpur in Uttar Pradesh on NH 344. Also, there are 2 state highways connecting Dehradun with Shimla and Saharanpur via SH 2 and SH 57 respectively. “Long run acceptance and performance of any region is directly dependent on its infrastructure. Tier 2 cities have been well planned and connected with Tier 1 cities, where Uttrakhand and UP presents a classic case of infrastructure driven realty. With so many infra projects in pipeline, National and State Highways offering superior road network, the region’s realty sector will shape up even better few years down the line”, concludes Rakesh Yadav, Chairman, Antriksh India Group.

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DEHRADUN’S REALTY CATCHING UP PACE

       If you are planning to buy a second property, then Dehradun might just be the perfect destination to fulfil your desires. From being a favoured tourist hot spot to a pilgrimage, Dehradun is a good real estate bet that can allow a buyer to not only get a second home residence option, but provide greater returns on investments too. Due to its existing institutional, education and industrial hubs, the infrastructure in the region is ever-expanding; and now with the realty giants stepping up, a big makeover is in progress that will further enhance the attraction quotient of the city.

Even the NRIs have been showing a keen interest in the region, says Avneesh Sood, Director of Eros Group as he adds, “Since the fall of Rupee against the dollar, last couple of years have witnessed a surge in foreign investments in Dehradun and it ranks quite well against other major cities in the country and we expect this investment plan to increase by another 20-25 percent in the next couple of years.” According to a report by Assocham in 2013, Dehradun ranked fifth amongst the top favoured destinations in India by NRIs where Bangalore claimed the first spot.

Realty Map of Dehradun

The city being the capital of Uttrakhand is spread across an area of 3,088 sq. kms. with a population of almost 1.7 million. Apart from this population, there is a strong domestic and international footfall that takes place across Uttrakhand where Dehradun picks up the limelight. According to a data from Ministry of Tourism, total of approx. 2.5 crore Indian tourists visited Uttrakhand in 2015 coupled with over 1 lakh foreign travellers. This footfall has been increasing on an annual basis, highlighting the development of the state and its major cities, where Dehradun is most prominent. These increasing numbers have pushed the developers to come out with residential, commercial and mixed-land use projects across the city. “Hospitality, retail and realty sector and industries gain the most when a region offers a wide variety of options for a tourist. Developed retail and hospitality sites in such regions allows greater footfall that can also enhance the demand for real estate in the long run. Tourism in India has been a strong converter for the realty sector as well where Tier 2 regions gain the most”, avers Prithvi Raj Kasana, MD, Morpheus Group.

Speaking about the popular micro pockets of Dehradun, there are a total of 11 favoured regions by the developers where construction is taking place at a rapid pace and several projects have been already delivered. Descending on the basis of demand of the regions, chart begins with Sahastradhara, followed by Rajpur Road, GMS Road, Mussoorie Road, Haridwar-Dehradun Road, Dalanwala, Nehrugram, Canal Road, Race Course, Jakhan and Chakrata Road.

S. NO.

REGION

CIRCLE RATES(Rs. per sq. mtr.)

AVG. PRICE(Rs.)

UNIT SIZE RANGE(sq. ft.)

1

Sahastradhara

28,200

35 Lakh

550-3,550

2

Rajpur Road

65,000

55 Lakh

475-3,019

3

GMS Road

36,000

40 Lakh

1,120-2,883

4

Mussoorie Road

38,100

40 Lakh

413-3,250

5

Haridwar-Dehradun Road

38,100

40 Lakh

625-3,200

6

Dalanwala

38,100

40 Lakh

631-5,712

7

Nehrugram

28,000

35 Lakh

950-5,100

8

Canal Road

65,000

55 Lakh

1,020-4,030

9

Race Course

38,100

45 Lakh

850-2,620

10

Jakhan

28,000

40 Lakh

970-3,143

11

Chakrata Road

28,200

35 Lakh

845-1,555

“Real estate map of Dehradun offers a wide range of unit sizes available at highly affordable prices which makes it an even better deal for people opting for second property options. Even the property prices observe good appreciation on an annual basis with infrastructure witnessing a major revamp. Due to the residential sales rising in the regions, demand for commercial setups has lead to the supply of retail and office spaces”, says Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Group.

At present, Dehradun offers a total of 157 residential and 6 commercial projects that are in different stages of construction with several projects ready to move in. Amongst the big names, Pacific Group, Supertech, ATS Group, Pushpanjali Builders, Unitech Group, Pearls Infrastructure, Parsvanath, Sikka and others have projects in place.

Demand for housing in Dehradun is a lot different from that of NCR. Obvious reason being, located at hilltop, it doesn’t allow the developers to construct high rises. As per the present building by-laws in the city, a tower can have a maximum of G+9 floors. Thus, the concept of independent or villa living is predominant in Dehradun. Even the current inventory of Dehradun offer more villas than apartments. Highlighting the same, Kushagr Ansal, Director of Ansal Housing explains, “The criteria for development on hilltops is way different from the plains due to the different building by-laws present in those regions and thus, the concept and demand is also different. Duplex and Villa living is more common than apartment style living and thus, projects offered according to the former concept is more prominent in such regions than the latter.”

Infrastructure In Focus

Dehradun has been quite active in terms of developing and upgrading the infrastructure along the micro regions. Speaking about the developed infrastructure, there is a strong presence of hospitality, retail, health, educational institutes, IT parks, administrative setups and strong road and aerial connectivity. For instance, Doon University, Indian Military Academy, IIAE aeronautical college, Forest Research Institute and Institute of Petroleum comprise amongst the educational strongholds in the region. FMCG industry has been the core behind Dehradun’s development with the presence of big brands such as HUL, ITC, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and inclusion of Patanjali in 2006. Furthermore, Jolly Grant Airport has been upgraded and shares a strategic connectivity with Dehradun, Hrishikesh and Haridwar, falling within a distance of 25 Kms from each. Also, the existing Helipad in Sahastradhara is under plans to be upgraded into an Airport that will directly cater the city. Dehradun is located nearly 45 Kms from NH 58 and has another National Highway- NH 307 which links it with Chhutmalpur in Uttar Pradesh on NH 344. Also, there are 2 state highways connecting Dehradun with Shimla and Saharanpur via SH 2 and SH 57 respectively. “Long run acceptance and performance of any region is directly dependent on its infrastructure. Tier 2 cities have been well planned and connected with Tier 1 cities, where Uttrakhand and UP presents a classic case of infrastructure driven realty. With so many infra projects in pipeline, National and State Highways offering superior road network, the region’s realty sector will shape up even better few years down the line”, concludes Rakesh Yadav, Chairman, Antriksh India Group.

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RBI FAILS TO MEET MARKET EXPECTATIONS

     With the Union Budget 2017-18 recently announced, markets were anticipating the RBI to come out with a decision to further ease the pressure off the market. With the banks currently holding high liquidity, a rate cut today could have assisted the borrowers in a big way. RBI’s neutral stance today, becomes its second in a row after the previous bi-monthly policy review in December last year. Markets were hopeful that the apex bank will reduce the key rate this time to allow the economy to breathe easy, but has failed to meet the expectations yet again. This being the first bi-monthly policy review for the current calendar year and post the budget; and the sixth and final for this financial year, a rate cut at this point of time would have pushed the banks to further drop their lending rates in near future. This further drop in the lending rates could have motivated the borrowers to gain access to funds at even more lowered rates, thereby signalling a growth in the demand and reduction in EMIs.

With today’s decision in the monetary policy review, the Repo rate remains unchanged at 6.25 percent, Reverse Repo rate under the LAF at 5.75 percent, Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) changed to 20.5 percent from previous 20.75 percent, Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 4 percent and Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) at 6.75 percent respectively. After a series of rate cuts for the general and affordable housing markets recently, this move could have only benefitted further. Realty experts aren’t welcoming this move as the economy was gaining momentum especially after demonetisation, and they believe that the growth graph will carry on to look a bit stagnant until rates are reduced further.

Industry Reacts:

Deepak Kapoor, President CREDAI-Western U.P. & Director, Gulshan Homz

Looking at the current market scenario, we were anticipating a repo rate cut by at least 25 basis points as the banks were already holding high liquidity and the benefit could have been passed onto the buyers. Lowered interest rates just ahead of the financial year closing could have allowed the buyers to plan their future investments, and realty sector would have benefitted the most especially after the recent lending rate deductions by the banks. RBI has played a wait and watch approach and might be waiting for the remonetisation drive to conclude properly and should cut the rates in April.

Kushagr Ansal, Director, Ansal Housing

We had pretty much entered a rate reduction cycle which was bringing back the demand for property investments in the market. After such a populous budget, a rate cut should have been there but the RBI has gone against the market forecasts. A rate reduction today could have allowed the realty buyers to plan property purchase as EMIs could have further eased. Banks are still to pass on the benefits of the previous repo rate cuts and a deduction today could have escalated the matter further.

Vikas Bhasin, MD, Saya Group

The government borrowings had reduced to INR 3.48 lakh crore from 4.25 lakh crore as presented in the Budget, which meant that a rate reduction was quite evident. Earlier this year, the government had provided subsidy on interest rates for affordable housing segment and banks had also reduced the general home loan interest rates by upto 50-60 basis points. A rate cut today could have allowed the potential buyers to invest in property as the EMIs would have reduced further in coming months. We hope that the next bi-monthly policy review observes a rate cut as it has been a neutral review for the second straight time.

Dhiraj Jain, Director, Mahagun Group

In case of a low interest rate environment surrounding the economy and cash available in abundance, the risk of inflation moving up exists. Hence, the RBI doesn’t reduce the rates until it has been fully convinced about the inflation control; as even the inflation has been on a rise for the fifth straight month in December. On the other hand though, since demonetisation, banks are keeping a strong credit and a rate cut today would have allowed them to pass on the benefits to the borrowers where reduced EMIs could have made the demand to take an upward movement on the demand graph for the property market.

Rajesh Goyal, Vice President CREDAI-Western U.P. & MD, RG Group

This is a surprise move by the RBI as we were expecting a 25-50 basis point reduction of the repo rate. The market has been gaining stability and post the union budget, further ease was looking on the cards. Even though the RBI has not provided any rate cut this time, fresh home loan borrowers should not worry much as they may still witness lowered EMIs because amidst intensifying competition among the lenders, the banks might be forced to start cutting down the interest rates themselves.

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RBI FAILS TO MEET MARKET EXPECTATIONS

     With the Union Budget 2017-18 recently announced, markets were anticipating the RBI to come out with a decision to further ease the pressure off the market. With the banks currently holding high liquidity, a rate cut today could have assisted the borrowers in a big way. RBI’s neutral stance today, becomes its second in a row after the previous bi-monthly policy review in December last year. Markets were hopeful that the apex bank will reduce the key rate this time to allow the economy to breathe easy, but has failed to meet the expectations yet again. This being the first bi-monthly policy review for the current calendar year and post the budget; and the sixth and final for this financial year, a rate cut at this point of time would have pushed the banks to further drop their lending rates in near future. This further drop in the lending rates could have motivated the borrowers to gain access to funds at even more lowered rates, thereby signalling a growth in the demand and reduction in EMIs.

With today’s decision in the monetary policy review, the Repo rate remains unchanged at 6.25 percent, Reverse Repo rate under the LAF at 5.75 percent, Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) changed to 20.5 percent from previous 20.75 percent, Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 4 percent and Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) at 6.75 percent respectively. After a series of rate cuts for the general and affordable housing markets recently, this move could have only benefitted further. Realty experts aren’t welcoming this move as the economy was gaining momentum especially after demonetisation, and they believe that the growth graph will carry on to look a bit stagnant until rates are reduced further.

Industry Reacts:

Deepak Kapoor, President CREDAI-Western U.P. & Director, Gulshan Homz

Looking at the current market scenario, we were anticipating a repo rate cut by at least 25 basis points as the banks were already holding high liquidity and the benefit could have been passed onto the buyers. Lowered interest rates just ahead of the financial year closing could have allowed the buyers to plan their future investments, and realty sector would have benefitted the most especially after the recent lending rate deductions by the banks. RBI has played a wait and watch approach and might be waiting for the remonetisation drive to conclude properly and should cut the rates in April.

Kushagr Ansal, Director, Ansal Housing

We had pretty much entered a rate reduction cycle which was bringing back the demand for property investments in the market. After such a populous budget, a rate cut should have been there but the RBI has gone against the market forecasts. A rate reduction today could have allowed the realty buyers to plan property purchase as EMIs could have further eased. Banks are still to pass on the benefits of the previous repo rate cuts and a deduction today could have escalated the matter further.

Vikas Bhasin, MD, Saya Group

The government borrowings had reduced to INR 3.48 lakh crore from 4.25 lakh crore as presented in the Budget, which meant that a rate reduction was quite evident. Earlier this year, the government had provided subsidy on interest rates for affordable housing segment and banks had also reduced the general home loan interest rates by upto 50-60 basis points. A rate cut today could have allowed the potential buyers to invest in property as the EMIs would have reduced further in coming months. We hope that the next bi-monthly policy review observes a rate cut as it has been a neutral review for the second straight time.

Dhiraj Jain, Director, Mahagun Group

In case of a low interest rate environment surrounding the economy and cash available in abundance, the risk of inflation moving up exists. Hence, the RBI doesn’t reduce the rates until it has been fully convinced about the inflation control; as even the inflation has been on a rise for the fifth straight month in December. On the other hand though, since demonetisation, banks are keeping a strong credit and a rate cut today would have allowed them to pass on the benefits to the borrowers where reduced EMIs could have made the demand to take an upward movement on the demand graph for the property market.

Rajesh Goyal, Vice President CREDAI-Western U.P. & MD, RG Group

This is a surprise move by the RBI as we were expecting a 25-50 basis point reduction of the repo rate. The market has been gaining stability and post the union budget, further ease was looking on the cards. Even though the RBI has not provided any rate cut this time, fresh home loan borrowers should not worry much as they may still witness lowered EMIs because amidst intensifying competition among the lenders, the banks might be forced to start cutting down the interest rates themselves.

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REALTY SECTOR HAILS THE UNION BUDGET 2017-18

        The much awaited Union Budget 2017-18 has been finally announced and has scored high in terms of impressing the countrymen, with the realty sector making the most out of it. This being the third extensive Budget presentation by the current government, and first after the recently concluded 50 days of Demonetisation, the government was observed to be pro-active in terms of offering incentives and rebates to the people. The New Year Eve of 2017 saw incentives announced for the affordable housing segment which was followed by the banks declaring lending rate reductions very next day. Teasers about positive changes in the personal income tax structure were making rounds well ahead of the Budget day too. By granting infrastructure status to the affordable housing segment, reducing the tax rate for the initial slab and big plans laid for the infrastructural development of the country, this Union Budget has expressed its road ahead for the realty sector of the country which will now bet big in near future. As predicted, a common man’s Budget has been presented and this is expected to bring about a transformation in the economy.

Key Economic Highlights:

  • CPI inflation dropped to 3.4 percent from 6 percent.
  • Trade deficit dropped from 1 percent of the GDP to 0.3 percent of the GDP.
  • FDI increased from INR 1.07 lakh crore to 1.45 lakh crore.
  • Forex $ 361 Billion which is equivalent to sustain 12 months of imports.
  • GDP stable at 7.3%.
  • Revenue Deficit stands at 1.9%

Key Hits from the Budget:

  • Infrastructure Status accorded to Affordable Housing also redefining the unit sizes of 30 sq. mtr. and 60 sq. mtr. from built up area to carpet area. Projects in the direct municipalities of the four metropolitans to be considered for 30 sq. mtr. capping, rest all regions to have the capping at 60 sq. mtr. for affordable housing.
  • Affordable housing projects to be awarded a completion time of 5 years from launch as against the previous tenure of 3 years.
  • Developers to get one year’s time to pay tax on notional rental income on completed unsold residential inventory.
  • Tax benefits to the middle income group providing tax rate cuts of 5% for people in the income slab of INR 2,50,000 to INR 5,00,000. Additional reduction of INR 2,500 for people earning INR 3,00,000 annually making their total tax component zero. Reduction of INR 12,500 allowed on the final tax figures of remaining slabs.
  • Income Tax rate for MSMEs with turnover upto INR 50 crores reduced to 25% from the earlier rate of 30%. 
  • Pradham Mantri Gram Awas Yojna to build 1 crore houses by 2019. INR 23,000 crores allocated for this financial year compared to INR 15,000 crores in the last financial year.
  • Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna allocated funds of INR 19,000 crores which will cumulatively amount to INR 27,000 crores with the contribution from states.
  • INR 64,000 crores allocated for Highways against last year’s INR 57,676 crores. This would also include 2,000 Kms of coastal connectivity which have been identified.
  • A total of INR 3,96,135 crores have been allocated towards infrastructure development which is the highest in history.
  • Airports in smaller towns to come up on PPP model.
  • FDI norms to be further liberalised and online application to be enabled for FDI. FIPB to be abolished.

Key Misses from the Budget:

  • Industry status for the real estate sector.
  • Single window clearance system not yet operational Pan – India.
  • No changes in the exemption limit for income tax.
  • No changes in the savings or investments cap.
  • No cushion for the reduction in the rate of interest on loans borrowed by developers for building projects.
  • No major benefits announced for the allied industries like steel, cement, iron, sand, etc. that serve as the backbone for the raw material needs of the realty sector.

Industry Reacts:

Avneesh Sood, Director, Eros Group

The government has yet again presented a Budget that will bring about a cheer to the masses. From favourable changes in the personal income tax structure to heavy investment plans for the infrastructure along with the according of infra status for the affordable housing segment and so much more, real estate sector is sure to directly and indirectly benefit from this budget in the near future. Amongst the big decisions, an outlay of almost 4 lakh crore has been planned for infrastructural development across the country, no tax for earners upto INR 3 lakh a year and no property tax for developers on unsold inventory till one year after completion certificate is issued. With such announcements, we are projecting the demand for budget housing to multiply that will also allow a positive drift in the momentum for the realty sector.

Deepak Kapoor, President CREDAI-Western U.P. & Director, Gulshan Homz

Announcement of infra status for the affordable housing segment in the Budget will open up new avenues for the developers planning to offer budget housing units and will make it easy and comfortable for them to get finance from lending agencies. Affordable housing developers will now be eligible for various government incentives and subsidies, where this infra status could also mean that the government might come out with land parcels for such development in future. With the basic slab of income tax now reduced to half the effect, people will have access to higher disposable income which can now be utilised for saving and investment purposes, where real estate will look attractive. Also, to promote foreign investment in the country, FDI is planned to be liberalised further.

Rakesh Yadav, Chairman, Antriksh India

The popularity and acceptance of this budget was clearly visible for the realty sector as we saw the real estate stocks driving the day in the share market. The decision of granting infra status for the affordable housing segment along with the rebate in personal income tax announced by the government will provoke the developers to shift their gears and develop affordable housing projects; which is now sure to meet the demand as well. One major issue faced by various builders across the major Tier 1 cities of the country is the inventory pile up. The tax break up of one year post the receipt of the completion certificate for the project, for the unsold stock, offers a slight breather for the builders. Overall, this budget looks quite favourable for the realty sector and its buyers in the long run.

Rajesh Goyal, Vice President CREDAI-Western U.P. & MD, RG Group

As anticipated, a populous budget has been announced by the government which will allow the young generation to save more and invest further. This budget saw the government offering several benefits to the realty sector, at the same time missing out on a few important decisions. Single window clearance system is still not implemented across the country which is hampering the delivery schedule of the developers. Amongst the major hits, the criteria for affordable housing has been changed from built up area to carpet area basis. This will allow affordable housing segment to look more lucrative for both, developers and buyers. With the income tax rebate for the first slab and affordable housing incentives in place, we will now observe the youth of the country looking out at realty sector as an avenue for investment or residing.

Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Group

With today’s budget announcement, the affordable housing segment and the retail industry will see the biggest boom. The moment tax structure is simplified and relaxed, the spending power of people increases and this spending is directly contributed towards either savings or investments. Although, the young earning age in India is expected to spend and invest more rather than save, thus retail industry will witness increased footfall in the upcoming financial year. Real estate sector on the other hand, will benefit from the affordable housing development and hence, developers will now be eager to plan accordingly. Buyers interest will now shift towards low budget houses as these units will now come with a reduced price tag with the developers gaining access to easy finance from lenders; well supported by recent rate cuts and announcements.

Ashok Gupta, CMD, Ajnara India Ltd.

With a mammoth budget investment plan for the infrastructure of the country announced, various untapped regions will gain connectivity with major cities. This development will further broaden the avenues for realty development across the country. Affordable housing has yet again been the prime target of the government as it looks to fulfil the dream of housing for all. With the initial tax slab relieved and infra status announced for the affordable housing segment, upcoming project launches will witness majority of affordable projects. In a nut shell, this budget will provide a massive thrust to India’s realty sector which has been picking up pace gradually over the years.

Ashwani Prakash, Executive Director, Paramount Group

Union Budget 2017-18 was likely to give some respite to the realty sector and it was highly expected that this sector might get industry status this year, but this has not happened. However, the FM has still taken an appreciable step in giving infrastructure status to affordable housing and increasing the scope of the same. The decision of increasing the period of completion for affordable housing projects from 3 to 5 years is also a welcome move. Reduction in interest rates for home loans is already in place, relaxation in the individual tax limit would also encourage the home buyers to come forward.

Pradeep Aggarwal, Co-Founder & Chairman, Signature Global

Driven with the view to provide houses to all at affordable rates, government’s move to grant infrastructure status to the affordable housing segment in the country along with the relaxation especially in the first slab of the personal income tax will not only spur growth in the construction of affordable housing but also enhance the demand for the same. As the disposable income increases, people will be inclined to invest towards property. With the lending interest rates lowered and purchasing power increased, we will witness a steep rise in affordable housing demand across the country, which will now be well met with the upcoming supply.

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A POPULOUS BUDGET 2017-18 ON THE CARDS

     With another year passing by and the date for Union Budget 2017-18 fixed for 1st February, all eyes and ears are now eagerly awaiting for this year’s Union Budget which is expected to offer relief to the majority of the population. Also, looking into the political angle of the same, it is no coincidence that the dates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections have been planned just after the Budget announcement. Thus, it is quite evident that a populous Budget is on its way. One of the country’s largest contributor towards Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment generation, real estate sector, is extremely hopeful for a fruitful Budget 2017-18.

For the last couple of months, central government has been proactive in terms of providing relief to this sector, its stakeholders and the buyers. Passage of RERA and GST last year, recently concluded 50 days of demonetisation, affordable housing incentives by the Prime Minister on the New Year Eve of 2017 and the relief provided by several banks through lending rate cuts on the New Year day has provided much needed fuel to the realty sector entering into 2017. With such activity, hopes are high for a positive budget for the realty sector this time, if not directly then at least through indirect means.

Although, there are mixed reactions from the realty sector’s stalwarts and experts who somewhere believe that a balanced budget might be announced, where there will not be many benefits for the realty sector; but indirect announcements such as exemptions in tax slabs, etc. that might help the consumers to increase their purchasing power and thus, maintain the flow of money in the economy.

Industry Reactions and Expectations:

Avneesh Sood, Director, Eros Group

Government has already been very active for the realty sector since the Union Budget announcement for 2016-17 last year. Major incentives for both, developers and buyers was announced under affordable housing initiatives and rental housing. Very recently we even observed rate cuts by banks for the housing segment in general, where affordable category received even bigger boosts by the government. This time we are predicting the government to ease the taxation slabs and provide higher spending power to the consumers that will indirectly benefit the economy and the realty sector. Infrastructure will be a crucial side where the government might announce big projects and greater spending. This in return will allow the conversion of rural to urban regions, thereby promoting tier 2 and 3 cities to gain real estate momentum and increase job opportunities.

Deepak Kapoor, President CREDAI-Western U.P. & Director, Gulshan Homz

Housing for all and Affordable Housing have been the two major jargons of the government for the real estate sector, where work has been carried out diligently. Its time now to expand these concepts and increase the benefits for other segments of the population as well. At present, only the EWS and LIG segments have access to the PMAY benefits, and still there is a large segment of youth population which is in dire need of an abode at low cost, and they don’t fall under such categories. This Budget must focus upon providing such benefit to the masses and provide clarity over projects been covered under this scheme. Industry status for the realty sector has been long awaited and it would be a game changer for the sector if it is granted this time. Also, clarity over the slab of GST where the realty sector will fall is still uncovered. Overall, it is expected that Union Budget 2017-18 will be a common man’s budget where positive changes in the income tax structure is highly anticipated.

Ashok Gupta, CMD, Ajnara India Ltd.

We are projecting infrastructural development as the core aim of the government for this Budget. Huge amount for infra development may be announced this year as well especially for developing regions of the country falling under AMRUT scheme. Apart from that, GST’s proper implementation, relief on income tax, more incentives for digital means of transacting and promoting REITs and InvITs might be amongst the highlights from the upcoming Budget. No direct benefits for the sector are expected at this time, as recent rate cuts and affordable housing incentives have already been announced by the government. We might only witness the Budget providing indirect benefits to this sector that will act as a catalyst in the long run.

Dhiraj Jain, Director, Mahagun Group

This Union Budget, policies for allied industries such as steel and cement needs to be standardised as it indirectly affects the cost of housing units. Also, tax deduction limit for housing loans of Rs. 2 lakh is quite less especially for major Tier 1 cities where ticket sizes cross 1 crore in several cases. This limit can be looked upon along with reduction in stamp duty charges to allow higher savings. Finally, changes in the tax slabs are pretty much on the cards that will allow young working class to look upto real estate as an avenue for investment or even residing.

Pradeep Aggarwal, Chairman, Signature Global

Union Budget 2017-18 is expected to bring cheer to the masses in the country. We have just witnessed banks reducing lending rates and the government also promoting affordable housing for EWS and LIG categories by providing special interest rate reductions. This year’s budget will focus upon improving infrastructure in the country in order to bring smaller regions into the limelight. Making changes in the income tax slabs will allow higher savings and better spending capacity for the public, thus allowing people to look at real estate as an attractive avenue for residing and investment purpose.

Ashwani Prakash, Executive Director, Paramount Group

This year’s budget might not offer much to the realty sector directly as the government has already been offering benefits and incentives during the course of year 2016. Last year itself, a lot has been delivered by the government for the budget housing segment and infrastructure of the country, and this year too infra segment might receive the biggest chunk. Although, single window clearance and industry status is an urgent need of this sector in order to provide the much needed impetus on a larger scale. With RERA and GST to become operational this year, it is imperative that single window clearance is announced across the country.

Vikas Bhasin, MD, Saya Group

For the real estate sector, government is already moving on the right track with timely announcements and policy implementations taking place at a decent pace. Post demonetisation and with the banks reducing lending rates, the government is leaving no stones unturned to achieve its target of Housing for all by 2022. It is important though to reach out to all the possible audience segments and not only the weaker sections of the society. Rebates on income tax, clarity over GST and RERA, easing norms for FDI, making route for REITs and InvITs easier and passage of the long awaited land acquisition bill should be in plan for the upcoming budget session 2017-18.