Chennai, January, 2018: Knight Frank India today launched the eighth edition of its flagship half yearly report – India Real Estate. It presents a comprehensive analysis of the residential and office market performance of Chennai for the period July–December 2017 (H2 2017).
- Political instability, recurring natural calamities and overall gloom in the market sentiment stagnated signs of recovery noticed in the first half of 2017 and the Chennai residential real estate market makes new lows in terms of unit launches and sales for 2017 and H2 2017
- Just 3,200 new homes were launchedthe Chennai market in H2 2017, recording 33% fall YoY and the lowest in this decade. The annual launches dropped to 4 figures for the first time as well at 9,200.
- Residential sales also fell by 14% YOY for H2 2017 amid ambiguity over RERA and concerns of job security in the IT sector
- Average asking price weakened by 3% as developers reoffered existing unsold units at discounted rates
- The supply crunch in the office space market eased slightly with 1.8 mnsqft coming online during 2017 but this is still not enough to stem the fall in vacancy.
- The lack of viable, good quality office stock led to 17% YoY decline in transactions volume during H2 2017 and a 12% decline for the entire year
- Traditionally the largest consumer of office space in Chennai, the share of IT/ITeS sector nearly halved from 43% in H2 2016 to 25% during the same period of 2017
- BFSI and Other Services Sector almost doubled their share of absorption with the latter accounting for nearly 1 mn. Sq. ft of the total office space transacted in the second half of 2017
- Chennai recorded strong rental growth of 4.5% YoY in 2017 on the back of a supply crunch that caused vacancy levels to nearly halve to 10.2% in H2 2017 over the past two years.
Speaking about the findings, Kanchana Krishnan, Director – Chennaisaid,“After showing signs of a promising recovery during H1 2017, the Chennai residential market once againhit new lows in terms of sales andsupply numbers during H2 2017.The lacklustre demand scenario inaddition to the implementation of theReal Estate Regulation Act and theGST Act led to a 33%YoY drop in new projects in H2 2017thus bringing down the annual supply number under 10,000 unitsfor the first time during thisdecade. The residential market also witnessed a drop of 86% and 56% in the half yearly launches and sales respectively, from the peak levels during H12011.Developers focussing onoffloading existing inventories during H22017 by re-launching old products atlower prices and smaller configurationswherever possible has resulted in a reduction the average asking price by 3% YoY. Affordably priced properties in less than Rs. 5 mn bracket saw the share of launches increase to 68%.
Chennai office market continued to be plagued by an acute shortage of viable and goodquality office stock resulting in a 17% YoY decline intransactions volume during H2 2017and a 12% decline for the entire year.Although 2017 saw a 243% increase interms of office space supply, it is stillquite limited in comparison with theaverage transaction volumes that themarket needs to cater to.H2 2017 saw the IT/ITeS sector takeup only 0.66 Mnsqft which translatesto 25% of the total space transactedduring H2 2017, a significant andconsistent drop from 43%during H2 2016. However, the share of other services sectors led by e-commerce and co-working, more than doubled in the last one year to 38%. The sustained decline in vacancylevels along with a steady interestby occupiers looking to consolidate orexpand their real estate footprint withinthe city, has kept rental growth strongat 4.5% YoY in 2017. Micro-marketsand SBD locations such as Perungudi,Guindy and Taramani continued towitness above-average rental growth.”
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