Luxury Housing in ICU: Unsold stock grows 10% in Top 7 Cities

Source :SIFY
Author :Anuj Puri
Last Updated: Fri, Jan 31st, 2020, 14:53:58hrs
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  • At least 89,200 luxury units (priced > INR 1.5 Crore) remained unsold across the top 7 cities by 2019-end; 81,290 units a year ago
  •  Total Value of unsold luxury stock is approx. INR 1.59 lakh crore, nearly 34% of total value of entire unsold stock
  •  Total unsold stock across budget segments at 6.48 lakh units in top 7 cities by 2019-end is worth INR 4.64 lakh crore
  •  MMR had highest unsold luxury stock share at 55% (approx. 48,970 units), but also saw least yearly stock increase (2%) among top cities
  • Hyderabad recorded highest jump of 58% in unsold luxury stock – from 3,000 units in 2018-end to 4,740 units by 2019-end
  • Only Kolkata saw a 10% decline in its unsold luxury stock

Snapped up like hot cakes by investors in previous years, luxury housing sales are still in the doldrums and hinging largely on end-user sales. Even after three years of demonetization, despite having the lowest share of overall unsold stock in the top 7 cities, it remains the worst-performing of all budget categories.

Unsold luxury stock had increased by 10% y-o-y in the top 7 cities by 2019-end, reveals ANAROCK data. There were 89,200 units of unsold luxury stock (homes priced >INR 1.5 Crore) by 2019-end as against 81,290 units in 2018. Overall value of unsold luxury stock as on 2019 is estimated to be nearly INR 1.59 lakh crore, which is 34% of total unsold stock value.

Overall unsold housing stock across different budget segments stood at 6.48 lakh units worth INR 4.64 lakh crore in top 7 cities by 2019-end, declining by mere 4% since 2018. On breaking down the unsold stock at the two extreme ends of the budget spectrum, it emerges that affordable homes comprised the maximum share at 36% while luxury homes had the least, with less than 14% share. Luxury developers have severely curtailed the supply pipeline, primarily due to the absence of investors in this segment.

Mid-segment homes priced between INR 40-80 lakh shed the maximum unsold stock in 2019 by 15% - from nearly 2.27 lakh units in 2018 to approx. 2.02 lakh units in 2019-end.

Except Kolkata, all cities saw their unsold luxury stock increase in 2019:

  • Kolkata - in sharp contrast to other cities - saw a 10% decline in its unsold luxury stock, from 2,265 units as on 2018-end to approx. 2,050 units by 2019.
  • MMR did reasonably well - despite adding almost 11,250 luxury units in 2019, the region saw a mere 2% y-o-y increase in unsold luxury stock – from 48,040 units in 2018 to 48,970 units by 2019-end.
  • Hyderabad and Pune saw unsold luxury stock increase by a whopping 58% and 56% respectively during the period. Hyderabad's pent-up luxury stock rose from 3,000 units in 2018 to nearly 4,740 units in 2019; in Pune, it increased from 2,750 units in 2018 to 4,290 units in 2019.
  • In Chennai, unsold luxury stock increased by 33% in a year – from 2,480 units in 2018 to nearly 3,300 units by 2019-end.
  • NCR saw its unsold luxury stock increase by 17% in the period. The unsold luxury stock here was the second-highest after MMR with around 18,400 units by 2019-end.
  • Bangalore's unsold luxury stock also increased by 6% - from 7,010 units in 2018 to 7,470 units by 2019-end.

Unsold Housing Stock: Budget-wise Performance

Of the total current unsold stock of nearly 6,48,400 units in the top 7 cities, affordable housing (priced

  • Mid-segment homes shed over 15% unsold stock during the year – from 2,36,600 units in 2018-end to approx. 2,01,670 units by 2019-end. Bangalore and Hyderabad saw the maximum yearly stock decline of 37% and 34% respectively.
  • Affordable housing, with the highest new supply in 2019, affordable homes saw unsold stock reduce by a marginal 1% - from 2,38,750 units in 2018 to 2,36,640 units by 2019-end. Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and NCR shed maximum unsold affordable stock - by 28%, 11%, 10% and 9% respectively.
  • Unsold stock of premium homes priced from INR 80 lakh to INR 1.5 Cr increased by 4% to 1,20,900 units as on 2019-end.

Disclaimer: Opinions and data are offered by Anarock. does not claim responsibility for accuracy of the data or opinions shared within the story. 


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