Rising real estate rates may have resulted in a spiky decline in property sales, but it has lead to a good growth in rental value in Mumbai and other metropolitan cities in the country. Mumbai and the outskirts of the city have seen an 11% growth in rental value in the past year. The figure for Bangalore, Pune and Delhi has shot up by 13%, 11% and 9% respectively.
Unexpectedly, rental value in South Mumbai, one of the most preferred locations to stay in the city, has seen a drop. The Worli residential market saw a 21.31% drop last year, while the figure for Prabhadevi, Parel and Bandra (West) fell by 18%, 12% and 11.57%. “The rent in South Mumbai had gone up to the roof. It is still unaffordable. So, people are shifting towards the suburbs and outskirt of the city,” a real estate expert said. However, the rental value in the suburbs too has shot up radically. Borivli (West) witnessed a record of 42.25% growth, while the rates have shot up by 35.04% in Powai, 28.32% in Malad and 20.40% in Kandivli (East). The Mumbai metropolitan region too has seen a rise in rental value. The figure for Mira Road and Seawoods shot up by 39.28% and 36.36% respectively in the past year.
A real estate expert featured the rise in rental value to exorbitant property rates in Mumbai. “People prefer to stay in rented homes instead of buying a house. Also, there is a huge arrival of people in the city. As a result, there is a huge demand for rented homes,” a study says. Government data compiled by the stamp duty department also shows that there is a 35% of rise in the number of lease agreements being signed in the city.
It is never easy to find answers for the questions like how to buy a house, which option is best for me, or whom to rent my house, etc. Although these questions are important to one, but people forget the most basic question which is ‘when to buy?’.
Someone has rightly said “Never bite off more than how much you can chew”. One must always be realistic and look forward to a house according to his own budget.
The financial planners advice you to have a thumb rule that never go for a property for which the EMI loan amount exceeds 40% of your take home. You must be careful enough and make sure that the return on investment pitch given to you by the broker or the builder doesn’t fool you.
Next, the reverse mortgage schemes offered by the financial institutions can be of great use in the latter years of life if so required. At any point of time, one must not give a thought to how much money he can save in the long run if a house is purchased.
Another area which one must consider is that the decreasing interest rates and the increasing real estate rates are not always a nice combination. Thus, one must be careful enough while selecting his dream home.
Finally, especially for the individuals who are on the drive of establishing themselves, the financial advisers suggest not to have heavy loan burdens as it may hinder their growth.