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Real Estate Preferred Asset Class For Investment: Survey

Real estate continues to be the preferred asset class for investment in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but majority of homebuyers want discounts along with flexible payment options as an incentive, according to Housing.com & NAREDCO Survey.

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The real estate portal Housing com conducted the survey between January to June 2021 of more than three thousand consumers.

According to the survey findings, real estate is the preferred mode of investment for 43 percent (35 percent last year) of respondents, followed by stocks 20 percent (15 percent last year), fixed deposit 19 percent (22 percent last year) and gold 18 percent (28 percent last year).

"The health crisis has reinforced the importance of home ownership across the world. As a result, the residential real estate market is not only witnessing fresh demand from first time homebuyers but also from a lot of consumers who are upgrading to bigger apartments," said Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO, Housing.com, Makaan.com and PropTiger.com.

"This demand increase generated post Covid, aided by rock bottom housing prices and historically low interest rates on home loans, has helped residential real estate developers to successfully navigate through the tough economic situation caused by this pandemic," he added. 

Commenting on the survey findings, NAREDCO President and Founder and MD Hiranandani Group, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani said: “while emphasizing on the fact that the demand for Housing is inherent, he opined that, “Value of owning a home has been reinforced by the Covid 19 pandemic crisis with the renewed preferences. Integrated township living will garner traction as it offers holistic lifestyle all at one stop destination and also offers work near home opportunities."

"As the economic recovery is scaling up gradually in backdrop of festive tailwinds, buoyant capital markets, softening of home loan interest rates, record high foreign reserve and FDI increasing employment rate and optimistic demand impetus. Slash in GST and Tax benefits will go long way in strengthening sustainable demand and built on signals positive consumer confidence index for H2 FY 21-22”, he added. 

Among other key findings, the majority of the respondents (71 percent) feel that flexible payment plans and discounts will provide much-needed financial aid during current times and drive them to make purchase decisions.

The survey found that economic and income outlook for the coming six months is more optimistic as compared to H1 2020. The sentiments have been less impacted this year given that uncertainty is lower as compared to last year. Also, lockdowns have been more selective along with vaccine availability.

"While the second wave did see homebuyers shying away from making a purchase, subsiding coronavirus cases has seen buyers resume their home searches a lot quicker than after the previous lockdown period," the report said.

As expected, prospective homebuyers are now taking into account nearby healthcare infrastructure for selecting a property. Recreational spaces and daycare centres have also made it to the list of top amenities that buyers look for.