NCR & MMR Housing Prices Surge 49% in 5 Years, Unsold Inventory Plunges

Mumbai 08th July 2024: To say that India’s two leading realty hotspots NCR and MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) have seen off-the-charts housing market activity in the last five years is an understatement. Record-breaking sales have caused unsold inventory to decline and average residential prices to soar by 49% in this period.

“Latest ANAROCK Research data finds that NCR recorded a 49% five-yearly jump in average residential prices between H1 2019 and H1 2024 – from INR 4,565 per sq. ft. to INR 6,800 per sq. ft.,” says Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Group. “In MMR, average residential prices appreciated 48% in the period – from INR 10,610 per sq. ft. in H1 2019 to INR 15,650 per sq. ft. in H1 2024.”

The steep rise of housing prices in Delhi-NCR and MMR is attributable to steep hikes in construction costs as well as healthy sales. Prices in both regions had maintained status quo from late 2016 to 2019. Just when these two markets were beginning to see green revival shoots, the pandemic struck.

The COVID-19 pandemic was a boon for these two residential markets, causing demand to soar to new heights. Initially, developers induced sales with offers and freebies; but with demand heading north, they gradually increased average prices. Strong sales helped unsold inventory to decline in the period, especially in NCR.

“Paradoxically, the pandemic was an undisguised blessing for the National Capital Region,” says Puri. “Once infamous for high unsold inventory fed by speculative demand and supply, the region has seen a sharp decline of over 52% in its unsold stock in the last five years – from approx. 1.82 lakh units at H1 2019-end to approx. 86,900 units by H1 2024-end. Interestingly, the inventory overhang has reduced to 16 months in NCR in H1 2024 as against 44 months back in H1 2019.”

Conscious curtailment of fresh supply was a major factor that helped the region to clear its stock. ANAROCK data indicates that only about 1.72 lakh units were launched in NCR between H1 2019 and H1 2024.

Meanwhile, MMR’s current available stock is at approx. 1.95 lakh units. In the last five years, the region has seen a 13% decline in its unsold stock – largely on account of substantial new launches to meet resurgent demand. MMR has seen over 5.26 lakh units launched between H1 2019 and H1 2024 – thrice the new supply in NCR in this period. The inventory overhang in the region came down 14 months as of H1 2024-end from 34 months back in H1 2019-end.

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