Is it good time to buy or sell in real estate mkt now?

Published: July 27, 2009

Is it a good time to buy or sell in the real estate market right now? Chances are that as a prospective buyer or a property owner, you may be facing a serious dilemma. Industry players feel that while it may be a good decision to buy in certain locations, a sell off needs to be given a few more months till the market picks up completely.

So which are the best places to buy in right now? According to global real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), in Delhi NCR, it is Noida, Greater Noida Expressway and areas in Gurgaon along the Golf Course Extension Road. In Mumbai, central Mumbai and western suburbs such as Bandra, Kalina and JVLR are good bets. New emerging destinations in Bangalore such as Sarjapur Road, North and central Bangalore, apart from a few projects within the city can be considered.

Aditi Vijayakar, executive director, residential services India, C&W, says that this is a good time to buy a property for self use as prices have corrected considerably over their peak in 2007-08. “Buyers at this time can take advantage of lucrative interest rates on home loans. However, for investors entering the market, this time should be evaluated keeping the various arbitrage options that they can take advantage of in the current scenario. As far as selling is concerned, this is not a sellers market. The decision should be taken when the owner is confident of achieving the expected appreciation of the capital value of that property.”

While developers such as Vipul, Realtech, Raheja Developers and SVP Group say the market is picking up and one should look at buying, they don’t sound equally enthusiastic about selling off one’s property at this time.

The fact that prices have corrected to far more realistic levels today makes buying a much better bet in these times, feel many developers. Says Punit Beriwala, MD, Vipul, “Whatever correction was possible has already happened and the properties are available at best prices today. From the investment view point, buying a property and holding it for few years is a good option. The demand for housing in mid and affordable segment is on the rise and definitely is an appropriate buying option in these times.”

However, on selling the property at this juncture, many are of the view that it’s better to hold on for some time. Harinder Dhillon, GM, marketing, Raheja Developers, says one should refrain from selling right now as the market is bouncing back. “A lot of projects recently launched have generated a fantastic response in the market. Rates have already started climbing up in select areas, and the rest are poised for growth in the next few weeks. One should wait, as in a few months’ time, a seller will get a much better rate for the property.”

Agrees Vijay Jindal, CMD, SVP Group. He says that to reap the benefits in the seller’s market, one should wait as the market is really down. “It is better to wait. The reason is that property in the primary market is much cheaper than property in the secondary market. People are preferring to invest in new projects rather than going for the secondary market.”

However, keeping a few basics in mind will work well in this scenario. Rohit Malhotra, CEO, Realtech, feels that in both the cases one should consider key factors. “For those buying, it is prudent to look for better prices (as liquidity is still an issue) and they can drive better bargains. For sellers, depending upon the need to liquidate the assets, it is better to hold on for another six months and take it from there.”

Be sure not to overlook the primary do’s and don’ts whether you are buying or selling off in this market. In the case of buying activity, analyse your requirement before going in for any transaction in the market, adds Mr Dhillon of Raheja Developers. According to him, if the requirement is for a ready-to-move-in property at a prime location, prices have already started firming up so it is better not to delay any further.

Legal issues together with well drafted documents relating to broker
agreements must be thorough. Varied financing options must also be explored completely before finalising a property deal.

Apart from the location, an important aspect to look into is the project, adds Vijayakar of C&W. “Factors such as credentials of the developer, construction time line and actual location vis-a-vis surrounding infrastructure should be taken into consideration before finalising any purchase. This is especially true in the case of purchase for investment purposes.”

Make your decision after careful consideration of all the factors in play. As long as your judgement to buy or sell is a well thought out one, it is bound to give you a profitable edge.

Source: Economic Times

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