As property prices exceeds the 2008 peak levels, realty experts believe that a correction is possible in the next couple of quarters, especially in cities like Delhi and Mumbai where prices have grown up fast. This offers an opportunity to real estate investors to gain profits.
A Navi Mumbai-based marketing executive, Parvinder Singh Sidhu, agrees. Five years ago, he had bought a second home of 750-sq-ft flat at Belapur in Navi Mumbai for about Inr13 lakh. At present, the price of the flat is Inr35-40 lakh. However, with the talk of correction in the Mumbai property market, Sidhu is planning to sell this house and earn profits now. “I have a house to stay, so I can think of selling this one. If property rates come down in the future, I could buy a similar property at a lower price,” he says.
Is it really a good time to cash in on your real estate investment? Yashwant Dalal , president of the (EAAI) Estate Agents Association of India, says that property prices in many markets have begun to show signs of correction. ” Where the rates have peaked, we expect the prices to go down by 25-40% in metro cities. If you had bought a house previously just as an investment, I would suggest that you sell as soon as you can and buy a similar property at cheaper price later,” says Dalal. According to him, property bought even 03 years ago may have appreciated nearly 100-150 percent in some areas, so it may be a good time to book profits.