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Residential unit sales at 10-yr low in H1; office vacancy rate at 4-yr high

The Covid-19 pandemic and the following nationwide lockdown since March 2020 has severely dented the Indian actual property sector that was already grappling with slowing sales and rising unsold stock ranges because the previous few years. While sales of residential models throughout eight main metros in India – Mumbai, National Capital Region (NCR), Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad – hit a 10-year low, office vacancy charges throughout these metros are close to four-year high.


Prices of residential property in these eight main metros witnessed a pointy fall in the primary half of 2020 (H1-2020) with Kolkata witnessing the steepest drop of seven.5 per cent, or Rs 3,106 per sq. toes (sq. ft.), to Rs 33,433 per sq. ft. throughout this era, says the newest report by Knight Frank India. Sales of residential models throughout this era throughout these metros dropped 54 per cent to a decadal low of 59,538 models as in comparison with 129,285 models in the 12 months in the past interval with new launches dropping 46 per cent to 60,489 models.

Residential unit sales at 10-yr low in H1; office vacancy rate at 4-yr high

“The impact can be gauged by the fact that sales and launches have capitulated by 84 per cent and 90 per cent YoY in the April – June 2020 quarter of the calendar year 2020 (Q2-2020) across the eight markets under review. NCR, Chennai and Hyderabad had near zero sales during this period, while developers were forced to postpone launches across markets due to labour unavailability and the well anticipated drop in demand,” the Knight Frank report mentioned.

Office market

The same development was witnessed throughout the office market. Office demand and provide, in accordance with Knight Frank, got here to a close to standstill in the course of the April – June 2020 quarter of calendar 12 months 2020 (Q2-2020) with complete transactions and venture completions falling 79 per cent year-on-year (YoY) throughout this era.

“Transactions in H1-2020 fell by a massive 37 per cent YoY to 17.2 million sq. ft., the steepest in a decade. Demand fell the most in Pune and NCR markets at 47 per cent and 45 per cent respectively, while Mumbai transaction volumes fell by a comparatively modest 17 per cent YoY due to two big ticket leases totaling 1.8 million sq. ft. that amounted to almost half of Mumbai’s total transactions and salvaged an otherwise disastrous period. Bengaluru and Hyderabad office market transactions fell by 42 per cent and 43 per cent, respectively,” the Knight Frank report mentioned.

For now, Shishir Baijal, chairman and managing director at Knight Frank India doesn’t anticipate a pointy restoration in the residential phase, whereas the restoration in the office phase, he says, will rely on how the pandemic performs out over the subsequent few quarters.

“For the residential segment, I don’t expect a V-shaped recovery. The demand needs to pick up first for this segment to stabilise and then recover. A recovery in the office segment, on the other hand, will happen only when employees resume going to the office,” Baijal mentioned.

Residential unit sales at 10-yr low in H1; office vacancy rate at 4-yr high

‘Work from home’ tradition sees vacancy ranges rise

As India adopted the make money working from home (WFH) tradition over the previous few months, office vacancy ranges throughout these metros noticed an uptick with most corporations letting go of the leased areas to avoid wasting on value. Office leases in this backdrop throughout these markets additionally witnessed a drop with the NCR recording the sharpest fall of 8.Eight per cent to Rs 844 per sq. ft. per thirty days. At an combination degree, the mixed vacancy degree throughout these markets moved as much as 14.1 per cent in H1-2020, as in comparison with 12.7 per cent in the corresponding interval in 2019.

“Bengaluru accounted for almost 56 per cent of the space surrendered during H1-2020. Kolkata and Ahmedabad which are the smallest and relatively less established markets among the eight under review saw vacancy level jump the most, by 9 and 8 percentage points YoY respectively to 41 per cent and 42 per cent by the end of H1 2020,” the Knight Frank report mentioned.

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