Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thane Real Estate Prices Start Tumbling

Runwal is offering free parking and a write-off on your stamp duty and registration costs, while Dosti is providing an upfront 10-15% concession. These Mumbai builders are offering sops to those willing to invest in their projects. Clearly, Thane's realty boom is slowly turning sour.

Encroachment of Forest lands by developers, a case that is now in the ambit of the Supreme Court, has made Thane a shaky destination for real estate home buyers. If the Supreme court case turns against them, they stand to lose their entire investment. Banks too are unwilling to fund such properties. Further compounding these problems are sky-high real estate rates.

Owners of apartments on forest land are even offering their homes for Rs 1,500 cheaper per sq ft, yet are unable to attract buyers. May is the peak month for real estate and a time when brokers and builders have a field's day, demanding prices according to whims and fancies. This has not been the case this year. In private brokers admit that they foresee a slowdown once monsoons arrive and the slack sets in.

According to Edelweiss analysts tracking the realty sector, demand for homes in Thane has fallen 20-30% percent in the last quarter. In Mulund it is 40-50 percent say broker sources. Despite this, builders are not toeing this line, but say that rates have in fact been increased 5-10% percent. This however is a gimmick, since all of this becomes negotiable once the money is placed on the table.

Affordability and forest land issue have become a bone of contention in Thane. No one wants to shell out Rs 4,200 to Rs 6,500 per sq ft for apartments in this city. Brokers are advising that unless there is a pressing need for a home, 4-5 months, homes are certain to fall further.

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Dipesh Shinde said...

Because of new upcoming Metro train projects,Flyovers in both Thane and Navi Mumbai, the property rates of this area are increasing very fast.and its best place for investors who are searching new properties for investment.

Dipesh Shinde said...

The real estate in Thane is the fastest growing in the whole country. This growth partly can be attributed to its proximity to Mumbai. Those who are not able to buy a home within Mumbai can certainly buy a wonderful home in Thane and commute in between the cities. The main reason why this city is on the top in the housing sector is the presence of good real estate developers. This is actually one of the main reasons why any city sees development. The best developers develop really good projects that bring in buyers. There is healthy competition amongst them which ensures even more development. This benefits the buyers a lot as they get more amenities and features at amazing prices.

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