'India slips to 56th position in global home price index'

'India slips to 56th position in global home price index'

Real estate projects. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Mumbai, March 18 (IANS) India has moved down 13 spots in the latest global home price index finishing last at 56th rank in the quarter ending December 2020, a research report from Knight Frank said on Thursday. According to the research report - Global House Price Index Q4 2020 - by the international property consultancy, against its 43rd rank in Q4 2019, India saw a decline of 3.6 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in home prices, leading to the drop in global position. The Global House Price Index tracks the movement in mainstream residential prices across 56 countries and territories worldwide using official statistics. In the 12-month percentage change for the period Q4 2019 - Q4 2020, Turkey continues to lead the annual rankings with prices up by 30.3 per cent YoY, followed by New Zealand at 18.6 per cent YoY and Slovakia at 16.0 per cent YoY. India was the weakest-performing country in Q4 2020, with a decline of 3.6 per cent YoY in home prices, followed by Morocco with a drop of 3.3 per cent YoY. The report highlights that 89 per cent of countries and territories saw prices increase in 2020, with several emerging markets performing strongly, including Turkey, which leads the index for the fourth consecutive quarter. Mainstream residential prices across 56 countries and territories worldwide rose at an annual rate change of 5.6 per cent on average in 2020, compared to 5.3 per cent in 2019. Indian markets have finished last on the table owing to conditions created by the pandemic, the report said. During 2020, the union and state governments have taken many steps to incentives spending and create demand. Steps included historic low home loan rates, reduction in stamp duty and other levies on residential purchases in key markets. Developers have added concessions to the government steps that have amounting to a further reduction in effective prices of homes. These steps have stimulated demand for housing in the latter part of 2020 but have kept prices at bay, Knight Frank said. Shishir Baijal, Chairman & Managing Director, Knight Frank India said, "Low-interest rates and other demand stimulation measures by the Government have fuelled real estate demand. This has led to sales and launches in Q4 2020 witnessed a significant jump compared to the first three quarters of 2020. The pandemic has effectively changed end users' the outlook towards ownership of homes leading many fence sitters to make their purchase decisions. As the vaccine roll out takes place, we expect normality to return, post which the government will have device measures to extend the current sales momentum." According to the report, markets like New Zealand (19 per cent), Russia (14 per cent), the US (10 per cent), Canada and UK (both 9 per cent) have recorded accelerated growth in rankings in the last three months due to a growth in housing demand. In the context of Asia Pacific, the performance remains surprisingly anaemic given its relatively efficient handling of the pandemic. Although New Zealand stood in second place, the region's next highest ranking is Japan (5 per cent) in 27th place. Hong Kong and Malaysia both saw annual price growth slip into negative territory, and even Singapore's growth rate was muted at 2.5 per cent.

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