Smaller Homes – A Clear Trend For Indian Real Estate Companies

Residential Space Housing Demand

Residential Housing Demand

Residential Housing Demand in Million Square Feet
  • Based on the above data, one can note that sales for under 500 sq. ft. area has gone up significantly over the years, except in 2018, when it took a hit. 
  • The under 500 sq. ft. has grown at a CAGR of 28% whereas the 501-1000 sq. ft. housing demand has grown at a CAGR of 10%. There has been de-growth in the 1501-2000 sq. ft. and above 2000 sq. ft category of 2% each.
CAGR of Residential Housing Demand
CAGR of Residential Housing Demand
  • Due to oversupply in the market and tepid demand, developers were already selling on thin margins. The developers were also desperately trying to make houses more affordable to ensure liquidity. That, combined with the housing demand trend, led developers to shrink unit sizes.
Residential Housing Demand Reduction in Unit Sizes By Developers
(Source: Anarock Research)
  • Average sizes in the top 7 cities of India shrunk in the range of 3% to 49% from 2013 to 2019. MMR reported the maximum reduction of 49% in average size of the apartment followed by Pune at 45%.
  • On the other hand, the average size of the apartment in Chennai reduced by only 3% in last seven years. While Hyderabad has shown its appetite for bigger sized units, approximately 1,600 sq. ft., MMR has the lowest average apartment size of nearly 500 sq. ft. in top 7 cities of India owing to scarcity of land resulting in higher prices. 
  • Despite having a majority of the launches in affordable segment in MMR, the city has the maximum unsold inventory and highest inventory overhang amongst top 7 cities of India. Hyderabad is the best performing market with unsold inventory of nearly 24,000 units and inventory overhang of 16 months only, which is the lowest compared to other top cities of India. In addition to that, unsold inventory in Hyderabad decreased by 12% in last one year owing to higher demand than new supply. 
  • NCR has the highest inventory overhang of 43 months with close to 1.8 Lakh units of unsold inventory.

(Source: Anarock Research)

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