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Average housing prices rise 5% in April-June across 8 cities: Report

New Delhi: Revival in housing demand and rise in construction cost have led to a 5 per cent average annual increase in residential property prices across eight major cities during the April-June quarter, according to a report.

Delhi-NCR saw the maximum rise in housing prices at 10 per cent.

Realtors' apex body Credai, real estate consultant Colliers India and data analytic firm Liases Foras have come out with 'Housing Price-Tracker Report 2022' for eight major cities -- Delhi-NCR, Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad.

"During Q2 (April-June) 2022, housing prices in India have surpassed pre-pandemic levels, indicating robust demand and supply that is well-aligned with the demand," the report said.

As per the data, housing prices in Ahmedabad rose 9 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to Rs 5,927 per square foot during the April-June quarter of this calendar year.

Bengaluru saw a 4 per cent price appreciation to Rs 7,848 per square foot, while Chennai witnessed only one per cent increase to Rs 7,129 per square foot.

Housing rates in Hyderabad stood at Rs 9,218 per square feet in April-June, up 8 per cent from the year-ago period.

Prices of residential properties in Kolkata too increased 8 per cent to Rs 6,362 per square foot. MMR, the costliest real estate market, saw only a 1 per cent rise in housing prices at Rs 19,677 per square foot.

Housing prices in the Delhi-NCR property market saw the highest annual increase of 10 per cent to Rs 7,434 per square foot.

Pune reported a 5 per cent rise in housing prices to Rs 7,681 per square foot during the June quarter.

The prices are based on carpet area.

In the report, Pankaj Kapoor, Managing Director, Liases Foras, said prices would remain "range bound".

"With discounted EMI schemes, we see early signs of developers absorbing the impact of increasing interest rates. Sales volumes are likely to improve as we see growing new supply with festive offers," Kapoor said.

Credai National President Harsh Vardhan Patodia attributed the rise in housing prices to a hike in rates of key building materials as well as labour wages, besides some strong fundamentals.

He said there could be a marginal impact on demand due to a hike in interest rates on home loans but sales would continue to grow from September onwards.

Colliers India Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Nair said the upcoming festive season is likely to keep the market sentiment high, resulting in higher sales despite the hike in interest rates.

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