Housing price at lowest: CREDAI
Realtors’ body CREDAI said that there is no further scope for correction in housing prices in the primary market post demonetization as rates are already ruling at the lowest level. Credai, however, said that the real estate industry fully and unequivocally supports the decision of the government to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in the national endeavour to eliminate black money, corruption, fake currency and terror financing.
The government’s resolve to eliminate black money and corruption is in the interest of the common man as well as business and industry, it said. Real estate industry contributes 7% of country’s GDP and is the second biggest employer after agriculture. Given the scale and size of the industry, it is imperative that Credai articulates the impact of demonetization on the industry and brings it to the knowledge of the general public, it said.
According to Credai, we see home loan rates coming down from the present level of 9.25% to less than 7% in less than one year from now. This would bring down the EMI for the ultimate consumers. Credai expects the mop up of black money to also lead to higher tax collection and a lower rate of personal and corporate income tax from the next financial year onwards. In other words, the demonetization would put more money into the pocket of home purchasers through lower tax burden and incentives for home ownership.