Unsold housing inventory in NCR down by 57%, south 11% in 5 yrs

RERA, GST and the intervention of AIFs like the SWAMIH fund have played a major role revival of positive sentiment, resulting in increased supply by leading and listed players in the region

Unsold Housing Inventory India

Mumbai: Going by a region’s prevailing unsold housing inventory as an indicator of its realty market’s health, North India’s Delhi-NCR – once notorious for speculation-driven oversupply and all-round market disarray – is in significantly better shape than the other regions. Latest Anarock data indicates that Delhi-NCR’s unsold housing inventory declined by a massive 57% in the last five years.

The top southern markets Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai saw their collective unsold stock shrinking by 11% in this period. MMR and Pune in the West saw their cumulative unsold stock reduced by 8%. In the East, Kolkata saw its unsold inventory declining by an impressive 41% in the period.

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NCR’s unsold stock declined from 2 lakh units at Q1 2018-end to 86,420 units by Q1 2024-end. In the same period, the main southern cities saw their unsold stock decline from over 1.96 lakh units in Q1 2018 to over 1.76 lakh units in Q1 2024.

South India’s relatively low decline of unsold inventory is attributable to a massive new launch rate in Hyderabad, most notably over the last two years. The city saw its housing stock almost quadruple in the last 5 years. Bengaluru saw unsold inventory decline by 50% in this period.

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In the West, MMR and Pune saw unsold stock decline by 8% in the last five years – from approx. 3.13 lakh units in Q1 2018 to approx. 2.90 lakh units in Q1 2024.

Santhosh Kumar, vice chairman, Anarock Group, says, “What really worked for NCR market was developers’ determination to keep new supply addition under control. Anarock data indicates that NCR witnessed total new supply of 1.81 lakh units between Q1 2018 to Q1 2024. In contrast, the southern and western markets saw significantly higher new supply additions of 6.07 lakh units and 8.42 lakh units respectively.”

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“NCR’s upbeat performance also reflects renewed buyer confidence in the region,” says Santhosh Kumar. “RERA, GST and the intervention of AIFs like the SWAMIH fund have played a major role in this sentiment revival. As a result, more leading and listed players have increased supply in the region.”

Of the total NCR inventory, Gurgaon currently has the maximum stock of 33,326 units-a 37% decrease in the last five years. Greater Noida is next with 18,668 units lying unsold as of Q1 2024-end. However, Greater Noida reduced its stock by a whopping 70% since Q1 2018. Ghaziabad saw its unsold stock declining to 11,011 units in Q1 2024, from 37,005 units in Q1 2018 – a massive 70% decline in five year.

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Noida had approx. 7,451 unsold units by Q1 2024-end, against 25,669 units in same quarter of 2018 – thus declining by 71%. Delhi, Faridabad & Bhiwadi together had 15,964 unsold units as on Q1 2024-end, from 23,038 units at Q1 2018-end, a 31% decrease.

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