Emerging Growth Corridors in India make 2016 a great year to invest in real estate
When the new government took charge in 2014, it was expected that the real estate market would get revived, but property prices remained low. As a result, the urgency that usually surrounds the decision to buy a house-for investment or residence alike-abated. What replaced this urgency was complacency; would-be home buyers began to feel that since prices are in a downward spiral, they should delay the purchase of a home until prices fall even further. Is it the right time to invest in real estate?
But data suggests that the realty market has remained stagnant, and it is unlikely that property prices will fall even in the latter half of 2016. Thus, these delays may very well be in vain.
Further, experts from JLL India and Cushman and Wakefield suggest that prices of real estate are likely to rise in 2017 and beyond, confirming that 2016 may be the last year that homeowners can enjoy reduced rates.
Deciding where to invest in real estate
Even if you’ve made the decision to invest, choosing a location to buy property can seem like shooting in the dark. For people who bought houses in Gurgaon 20 years ago, for instance, the property price appreciation would have been a life-changingly pleasant surprise. Similarly, Powai wasn’t always the buzzing entrepreurial hub that it is today. But with massive investment in infrastructure and setting up connectivity with Mumbai and other suburbs, it now boasts of being the birthplace of pioneering startups such as Housing and Olacabs and one of the most sought after real estate locations.
But is there a way that you too can discover areas that are on the verge of a real estate boom?
As of January this year, there might just be. As part of its “Smart Cities Mission”, the government released the first list of 20 cities it is working towards making “Smart”. This list has made it much easier to recognise signs of development a real estate investor must look out for when deciding where to invest.
You see, when a city has secured adequate water and electricity supply, proper sanitation and waste disposal systems, robust IT connectivity and digitalisation, effective health and education facilities or even greater connectivity to metros, it shows the government’s dedication to developing it.
Further, as companies start setting up base, there is an influx of employees, and that increases the residential real estate demand, forcing property prices up.
What this means for home-buyers is that identifying ideal places to invest in real estate isn’t out of your grasp anymore. When signs of development begin to appear, it means that real estate prices are on the cusp of rising. To benefit from this extensive growth and appreciation, it’s essential you grab the opportunity to buy a home before it’s too late.