Financial Year End, General Elections, Uncertain Equity Markets: Doom for Real Estate?


Our regular readers must have noticed that we have become quite inactive recently. We are not posting, sharing our opinions or exchanging our experiences with our readers on a frequent basis. Well, you are correct here! We have become dormant from last 2 months just as the sector itself looks inactive due to several reasons. Let’s have a look at these reasons & their effects on the Real Estate.


Financial Year End

World may celebrate new year’s eve on 31st December but for corporates and financial world, the new year eve is on 31st March. All the financial books and accounts are settled in the March-end. Every year around this period, the real estate and investment sector suffers a seasonality blow. People generally hesitate from making new investments in any asset class around this time due to taxation issues & paper formalities.


This is one of the reasons that there is no noticeable activity in Real Estate from last 1-2 months.


Equity Markets

Due to the General Elections in the largest democracy of the World – India, the equity markets are experiencing a roller coaster ride. With strong wave of change in Government, the markets are reciprocating in a non-deterministic manner. This is creating a huge confusion and restlessness in the equity and investment markets and investors are shying away from making any investment until the markets achieve stability.
This restlessness has also been passed to real estate which is adding more to the realty doom.





General Elections

As discussed in our earlier post, Effectsof General Elections, 2014 on Real Estate <link>, the General Lok Sabha Elections are creating a lot of turmoil in Indian Realty Markets.




Closing Remarks: All the above mentioned factors are creating a negative environment for Real Estate but very soon the market will bounce back to greater heights.


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The Goa Property Market – a Quick Overview


Once a tourist heaven, Goa has now opened up its doors to the real property market. The property souk of Goa has loads of options – from villas to beach houses. The following post explores the real property market of Goa. Read on to know more.




Introduction


Deep blue seas, vast skies stretching up to the horizon – and sun-kissed beaches – Goa is definitely a haven for travelers. Tourists from all across the globe flock to this state every year; whether to soak up the sun or to experience a long stay at a traditional Goan house — the place offers absolute ecstasy.

However, while the smallest Indian state offers an exciting experience in terms of travel and tourism, it also happens to be one of the leading states offering the best Gross Domestic Product (GDP)—almost two times higher than that of the entire country.


The Goa Property Market


While the state continues to be one of the best travel destinations, of late, the property market of Goa has been in the news. Interestingly, among all the Konkan properties, the property market of Goa has been pretty much in demand with the end users. Investors have been rolling out enough money in order to capitalize the potentials of the Goa residential property market. One of the biggest factors contributing to the growth of the Goan property market is the tourism boost in the state.

Since tourism is one of the most popular revenue generating segments in the state, tourism has propelled the growth of the property market to a great extent; industry experts opine that a recent trend of second hand homes being sold off at a bigger price has been noticed. This shows that end-users are even considering buying a property in Goa for investment purpose as well.


Trends within the Goa Property Market


Interestingly, the Goan property market has been a favourite with foreigners and also non-resident Indians. While Goa is yet to come at par with other locales like Phuket, Maldives and Bali, NRIs have started shifting focus to this state. End users can choose from loads of options in the residential souk of Goa. These comprise the following:

  • Hill Villas and Apartments
  • Farmlands
  • Beach Properties and Apartments
  • Commercial and Retail Spaces
  • Portuguese style villas and traditional Goan cottages


As the place happens to be a tourist heaven, even foreign tourists have started taking a keen interest in Goan properties. It has been found that foreigners have been inquiring about apartments and beach properties in Goa to a great extent. France and United Kingdom tops the list of foreign tourist in this category. Reasons adhered for the same is the low crime rate along with the lifestyle of the state that is highly westernized in nature.

Another trend observant within the real property market of Goa is that NRIs have been flocking to the region quite often. NRIs especially from the Gujarati community have been flocking to the region for investment purpose. This is because; Goa is the only Indian state that offers

The real property markets of the region have recorded a substantial hike of 15% to 20% in the last two year. Apartments in areas in Vasco and Panjim are some of the hot properties within the Goa property. These areas have sold off multiple inventories within a few months of their launch. Leading developers like DLF, Riviera, Parsavnath and Nirvana Nest have launched several real estate projects within the state. Some of the prime locations where you can find properties are Anjuna, Vasco, Vagator and Calangute.

Overall, the property market of Goa has been performing extremely well in terms of investments and also mere purchase powers. Those who are willing to invest in beach properties or a property that is a little different from the normal ones – the Goa property market has several options for them.


Author Bio: A follower of the latest trends in Real Estate, Sampurna Majumder has been lending her expertise to 99acres.com by writing articles and blog posts on the in-news topics such as these. She is a passionate writer as well as a blogger. The above post throws light on the Goa property market.



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Reader Queries [RQ] – Investment along Yamuna Expressway?


One of our readers – Dr. Shama Idris has asked us following questions about Yamuna Expressway Real Estate scenario:


  • Is it viable to invest in the ongoing projects on Yamuna Expressway?
  • How long will it take before the area becomes busy, bustling with easy means of transportation?
  • It appears unfit for living at the moment, how long will it take to be a good destination?

As we believe that our other readers would also be interested in the answers to the above queries, we decided to write a post on this topic. Here we go.




What is the purpose of your interest?

 Dear Dr. Idris, before reading our answers to your questions, we would request you to first decide whether you are looking at the said property for the purpose of Investment or for Residing. This is important because the scenario will differ in both the cases.




Current Scenario of Yamuna Expressway

Although the properties along Yamuna Expressway Corridor started off at an alarming rate, but the present scenario speak a different tale altogether. The prices have been almost stagnant in the range of INR 2000 per sq. ft. to INR 4000 per sq. ft. from last 2 years. To add to more woes, prices have fallen in some of the projects recently.




What do you think is the reason behind this? Let’s see.

Political upturn in the State – The previous State Government in Uttar Pradesh (where this expressway is located) started off this project and was very enthusiastic about the development along this corridor. This is the reason why several allied projects like Buddha Racing Course, Hotels etc. came along so rapidly. But with a change in the Government, all the intentions took a U-turn and looks like the new government is not-so-keen in accelerating this project.

Demand-Supply mismatch – As has been an old tale in this market, real estate builders & developers flood every area with projects where at least one of them sees the potential. Same is true for Yamuna Expressway! Today there is plethora of projects (ongoing & completed) present along this expressway. Result – there are fewer buyers than suppliers! The above scenario too forces the land prices to decrease gradually.

Too much investment but no habitation – Most of the people who have purchased properties here have purchased them for investment, not for self-residence. This has created a situation that even while much of the properties have been sold, but the area still exists deserted. Consequently the connectivity to mainland Delhi through public transportation is limited here. This situation inhibits anybody who wishes to reside in this area as the area is still not so-busy and difficultly accessible.

Negative word-of-mouth – Due to all the above mentioned issues, coupled with other factors like availability of other areas in Delhi-NCR, there has been a wave of negative word-of-mouth about Yamuna Expressway. This has also created unrest among the investors about the area.


Answering your Queries


Query1: Is it viable to invest in the ongoing projects on Yamuna Expressway?

Answer: If you ask us our personal opinion, we would say that it depends on your purpose of investment and its time horizon.


  • For long term (5-10 years): it seems to be a decent investment.
  • For shorter terms: We are afraid, it may not be fruitful to invest here as appreciation would be small and there would not be so much rental gains as well.


Query2: How long will it take before the area becomes busy, bustling with easy means of transportation?

Query3: It appears unfit for living at the moment, how long will it take to be a good destination?

Answer:  Nothing can be said with 100% surety, but as per our analysis it should take at least 3-4 years more for this area to become busy and be a decent destination. Reason being, we can expect a change in government policies and development of accessibility channels to this area in upcoming years.




Disclaimer: All the above analysis of the area has been done by RealT Horizon and we hold no interest with any particular developer or project at Yamuna Expressway! Investors should make a rationale decision based on their analysis and cognizance before investing here.


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