Housing prices fall by 15% in January-March in 8 cities

Housing prices fall 15% in Jan-Mar

The prices declined in eight major cities due to a slowdown in property demand, according to the latest data of the National Housing Bank.

  • New Delhi,  July 2, 2011  
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  • UPDATED   10:45 IST

Housing prices have declined in eight major cities by up to 15 per cent during January-March period of this year due to a slowdown in property demand, according to the latest data of the National Housing Bank.

The prices, however, have increased in six cities, including Delhi, while rates remained flat in Patna.

According to the data, housing prices have fallen the maximum in Kochi by 14.92 per cent in January-March period compared to the previous quarter. Bangalore at 12.87 per cent is next, followed by Faridabad at 6.37 per cent, Hyderabad at 4.6 per cent, Surat at 3.76 per cent, Bhopal at 3.55 per cent and Jaipur at 2.63 per cent.

Kolkata showed a marginal decline.

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Housing prices rose in Pune by 5.02 per cent, Lucknow by 3.09 per cent and Delhi by 2.64 per cent. Marginal increase was seen in Ahmedabad, Chennai and Mumbai.

NHB, which regulates housing finance firms, tracks the housing prices in the selcted 15 cities. It has been releasing housing prices index called 'NHB Residex' since 2008.

"The movement in prices of residential properties has shown a mixed trend in 15 cities covered under 'NHB Residex' in January-March 2011," NHB Chairman and Managing Director R V Verma told reporters in the national capital.

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Verma attributed the fall in prices in some cities to slowdown in housing demand owing to high property prices and rising interest rates.

RBI had raised the repo and reverse repo rate for the 10 times since March 2010 to control inflation.

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Verma said the age and earning profile could also possibly be one of the factor for fall in prices, particularly in cities such as Bangalore where there is more demand from younger generation who could postpone their decision to buy homes.

According to data, the housing prices have increased in all the 15 cities during January-March 2011 as compared with the same quarter of 2010.