Thursday, September 24, 2009

Best time for a value deal in real estate Assetventures

It's perhaps the best time to look around for a value buy in real estate. With lower price points in locations which were not earlier within your wallet’s reach, buyers are scouting for good ‘value’ bargains at this time.

And with developers going big on affordable home launches, the timing may just be one of the best for buyers seeking a steal deal.

Anshuman Magazine, CMD of global real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) says that value buying is happening mostly in suburban locations as that is where the current supply is.

“Certain pockets in Gurgaon and Noida, where the price earlier used to be Rs 65 lakh-Rs 1.5 cr, today have deals to offer anywhere between Rs 35 lakh to Rs 50 lakh! Developers have reduced the total ticket sizes, adjusted area, price and given amenities. This has got people back and is making them hunt for value deals right now.”

Locations such as Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida in Delhi NCR and Navi Mumbai and Thane in Mumbai are some of the good locations for value buying, feels Navin M Raheja, chairman and managing director of Raheja Developers.

“Anything which is available between Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500 per sq ft is the right price depending, of course, upon the location and infrastructural facilities available in the vicinity with specifications offered .”

The developer is soon going to launch a housing project, ‘Raheja Shilas’ near IGI airport wherein the price would range between Rs 2,575 to Rs 2,875 per sq ft.

Raheja further adds that there are three kinds of value buying that are taking place in the real estate market right now.

Ready to move in residential property in and around metros and their suburbs, ready to move in commercial property which is already leased or generating income and low income and middle-income housing ranging from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 40 lakh are the primary types of value purchases in his opinion.

Many of those who were holding out have also decided to make a purchase now as prices have bottomed out. Plus with many affordable housing launches by developers , the view is that prices are more pocket friendly at this time.

“Prices have reached the bottom and in these prices you are bound to get good appreciation in future . So if you are buying a particular property now, one is definitely going to feel later that they grabbed a good deal,” says Vijay Jindal , CMD, SVP Group.

Jindal’s view is shared by many others in the market as well. Smaller investment opportunities with a starting price bracket of Rs 35 lakh-Rs 40 lakh have fuelled the demand .

“Earlier the prime focus was on high-end purchases, but today, the conversions are happening mostly for smaller properties. At least 50-60 % conversions are there in the market today for properties priced between Rs 30 lakh - Rs 80 lakh, 20-25 % are for the expensive ones priced between Rs 90 lakh - Rs 2.5 cr and a miniscule number is for the ones above Rs 5 cr,” says Pankaj Jain, executive director of Realistic Realtors, a North Indian real estate consulting firm.

But are people also looking at Tier II and Tier III cities right now, which were prime investment hubs in the good times? “People are not primarily seeing these locations for investment at this time. Value buys here are mostly end-user driven,” adds Magazine.

However it’s best not to overlook the pros and cons before deciding on such value buys. Though the pricing and the product may both look highly appealing, it’s best to read the fineprint carefully.

This will hold in good stead for the future. Rajeev Rai, vice president, corporate, Assotech, advises about key strategies that should be followed.

“One shouldn’t get carried away by sops or discounts offered and one must also not ignore the sold stock status of such a project. As far as the dos are concerned, one must set their priority of the price, location , size etc. A due diligence about the supply and demand of such projects is necessary .

Lastly, one must check the developer’s profile, delivery schedule and legality of the project.” Assotech has projects such as The Nest in Crossings Republik at Rs 2,300 per sq ft and Metropolis in Rudrapur at Rs 1,850 per sq ft.

So if you have been thinking of investing your money in a home, it’s the right time to go deal hunting. Negotiate a bargain, go for value and close the deal.

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