Housing sales up 12 percent
Housing sales have increased by 12 per cent to 1,38,051 units during the January-September period of the current calendar year from 1,23,725 units in the corresponding period of 2020 as per the recent report ‘Real Insight Residential Q3 2021’ by housing brokerage firm PropTiger.com. According to the report, driven by pent up demand and festive sales as well as gradual recovery in the Indian economy, improved job market and low interest rates, housing sales are likely to rise by 15-20 per cent above 2020 level during the current calendar year despite the strong second wave of the Covid pandemic.
Property sales picked up from July onwards as the infection rates waned, said Rajan Sood, Business Head, PropTiger.com. However, Mr Sood added, “despite the revival in the residential real estate market, housing sales might still fall short of 2019 numbers. A lot depends on sales numbers in the ongoing quarter.” As per market estimates, housing sales could rise by a high double-digit percentage during the October-December period of this year from 58,914 units in the same quarter last year.
In the 2020 calendar year, sales plunged 47 per cent to 1,82,639 units from 3,47,586 units in the previous year, mainly because of strict nationwide lockdowns to control the deadly coronavirus during April-June last year. “The likely growth in housing sales augurs well for the Indian real estate market and the overall Indian economy. The contribution of real estate in employment generation as well as the country’s GDP is immense.