Look Back 2023: India’s Real Estate Sector Sees Dominance Of Luxury Housing – ABP Live

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By Ravish Kapoor

As we bid adieu to the year 2023, it would be prudent to look back at the year gone by and develop a panoramic analysis of the Indian real estate market. In 2023, the Indian economy was the fastest-growing economy in the world. This was made possible in no small measure by the nation’s real estate sector valued at over $477 billion and contributing approximately 7.3 per cent to the national GDP. Against this backdrop, it would be an understatement to say that the Indian real estate sector is experiencing a remarkable transformation, with luxury housing emerging as the dominant force shaping the industry landscape. The surge in demand for high-end properties is evident across major cities, redefining the traditional dynamics of the real estate sector.

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The Rise of Luxury Housing

In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift in the preferences of Indian homebuyers towards luxury housing. According to data from leading real estate agencies, the demand for luxury properties has witnessed a substantial increase, outpacing the growth in other segments of the market. The luxury housing market, which includes premium apartments, villas, and penthouses, has become a key driver of the overall real estate sector.

Strategic Analytical Insights

According to a recent report by CBRE, the sale of residences valued at Rs 4 crore and above experienced a substantial 97 per cent year-on-year increase in the seven major cities of India during the period from January to September 2023. The study highlighted that Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, and Hyderabad collectively contributed to 90 per centof the overall luxury housing transactions in this timeframe. This surge is particularly prominent in metro cities. Specifically, Delhi-NCR constituted 37 per cent of the sales, Mumbai accounted for 35 per cent, and Hyderabad for 18 per cent, with Pune representing the remaining 4 per cent. The proliferation in the sale of luxury housing can be attributed to various factors, including a robust economy, rising disposable incomes, an aspiration for elevated living standards, and a scarcity of luxury residences in major metropolitan areas.

Furthermore, the average price per square foot for luxury properties has witnessed a noteworthy appreciation. This price appreciation is attributed to the scarcity of prime land and the growing demand for exclusive residences. The latest data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) indicates a continued upward trend in housing prices across India during the June quarter. The All-India Home Price Index (HPI) surged by 5.1 per cent, reaching 311.9 in June 2023 compared to 296.6 in the same period of the previous year. The central bank’s data also reveals a 4.6 per cent increase in the All-India Home Price Index during the March quarter. Specifically, Delhi NCR (including Gurgaon and Noida) is forecasted to experience the most significant growth in the Housing Price Index for the first quarter of 2024, registering a 15 per cent year-on-year increase. Mumbai is expected to follow second with an 8 per cent rise, while other major Indian cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune are also projected to witness substantial property price appreciations in the same period, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s released figures.

Factors Contributing to the Dominance of Luxury Housing

Several factors contribute to the dominance of luxury housing in India’s real estate landscape. Economic growth, an expanding middle class, and increased urbanization have created a pool of high-net-worth individuals (HNIs) with a penchant for luxurious living. Additionally, favourable government policies, easing of regulations, and the introduction of real estate investment trusts (REITs) have enhanced the investment climate, attracting developers to focus on the luxury segment.

Changing Preferences of Homebuyers

The evolving preferences of homebuyers play a pivotal role in the surge of luxury housing. Modern consumers, particularly the younger demographic, are inclined towards a lifestyle that seamlessly integrates comfort, convenience, and sophistication. As per a survey conducted by a leading real estate publication, a significant percentage of homebuyers in 2023 prioritize amenities such as smart home technology, eco-friendly features, and recreational facilities when choosing a property. This shift in preferences has spurred developers to incorporate cutting-edge technologies and premium amenities in luxury projects, further fuelling their popularity.

Impact of Evolving Lifestyles

The changing lifestyles of urban Indians have significantly impacted the real estate landscape. With an increasing emphasis on work-life balance and a desire for a holistic living experience, luxury properties have become more appealing. The demand for spacious homes with well-designed interiors, proximity to business hubs, and access to high-end amenities reflects the evolving aspirations of the urban population. Developers have responded to this trend by conceptualising projects that go beyond conventional housing, offering a lifestyle that caters to the diverse needs of the modern homeowner.

Bright Future Prospects

Investors are recognizing the potential of luxury housing as a lucrative asset class. The robust performance of the luxury real estate sector has attracted both domestic and international investors. With the stability and high returns associated with premium properties, luxury housing has become a preferred choice for those looking to diversify their investment portfolios. The dominance of luxury housing in India’s real estate landscape is a result of a confluence of factors, including economic growth, changing preferences of homebuyers, and the impact of evolving lifestyles. The surge in demand for high-end properties, coupled with favourable government policies and investment trends, has positioned luxury housing as the driving force behind the transformation of the real estate sector in 2023. As the market continues to evolve, developers and investors alike are capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the growing demand for luxurious living spaces, ushering in a new era of sophistication in India’s real estate market.

The author is the managing director at Elan Group.

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