The Impression of Covid-19 on Bangalore Actual Property Market.

A Detailed Case Examine by Mr. Thangala Likhith Sreenivas.

Historical past of Bangalore Actual Property Market

The ascent of the actual property business in Bengaluru began a lot earlier than town turned the main target for all issues IT. Should you communicate to native actual property czars who’ve traced Bengaluru’s actual time progress historical past, they’ll vouch that there was a bullish sentiment concerning the metropolis’s prospects from as early as 1993. After the Indian financial system was liberalised, Bengaluru – like different metros in India – witnessed a hitherto unseen appreciation of actual property costs. Additionally, with Hong Kong being handed over to China, numerous expat Indians headed house, particularly in direction of Bangalore, thus inflicting a requirement spurt. This, coupled with the then state authorities’s insurance policies to encourage IT progress within the state and metropolis, introduced Bengaluru beneath the actual property highlight.

Although the IT business was in its infancy, Bengaluru held out a sure financial promise. There was enormous investor curiosity and the optimism led to town seeing property costs improve at an unimaginable fee. Ofcourse this unnatural progress, needed to tone down.  “The appreciation in property values was pushed by hypothesis with out too many critical transactions that resulted in tasks. In 1997, when the markets crashed, the areas to endure essentially the most have been the suburban areas in Bangalore which had seen speculative progress

Within the first half of the final decade, India turned a vital and profitable international financial vacation spot and Bengaluru was on the centre of consideration from the worldwide enterprise world. Analysts from multinational actual property companies agency, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) say that “the investments pouring into Bangalore resulted in making a stable demand for high quality workplace area, thus re-defining the actual property market in Bangalore.” Bengaluru’s actual property demand has been, and continues to be, pushed by IT / ITES and the banking and monetary companies sectors.

Individuals from the business attest that the financial progress resulted in progress of excessive disposable revenue teams, which in flip fuelled the scaling up of residential tasks in Bengaluru. Villas and premium class flats turned the fad. Engaging tax rebates on house loans and affordable house mortgage charges took the actual property market to the subsequent degree. Infrastructure clever, Bengaluru grew on this interval and town turned house to many campus styled IT parks, Particular Financial Zones (SEZs) and Software program Expertise Parks of India (STPIs) within the IT belt of Whitefield, Hosur and Digital Metropolis. Outer Ring Roads (ORRs) within the metropolis have since turn out to be a hotbed for IT campuses.

Pre-Covid Market-12 months 2018-19

Bangalore noticed the launch of round 200 new tasks in 2019 towards 350 in 2018. Of all new tasks this 12 months, over 40 p.c belonged to low-to-mid revenue housing class (Rs 25-50 lakh). This validates the builders’ efforts in direction of matching the demand for compact finances homes. Resultantly, common property costs within the metropolis didn’t witness any main alterations. On the demand entrance, housing belts close to the IT/ITeS corridors equivalent to Sarjapur Street, Kanakapura Street, Digital Metropolis, Whitefield and Jakkur continued to be the prime selections of the homebuyer group. Whereas civic points equivalent to the continued water disaster within the metropolis, and financial put-offs such because the revision within the GST slabs hampered town’s progress, gross sales witnessed some enchancment, YoY. The 12 months reported the sale of round 28,255 models in H1 2019, about 25 p.c up from the identical interval in 2018. The third quarter, nevertheless, suffering from the inauspicious ‘aadi’ interval, noticed gross sales declining by a margin. The final quarter, too, couldn’t stir end-users from their state of inertia. Total, the unsold stock within the metropolis dipped by 30 p.c, from 93,000 models in Q1 2019 to 70,000 models in This fall 2019. Town didn’t witness any change in present property tax charges. Additional, a complete of two,906 mission registrations beneath Karnataka RERA spoke of the bettering state of actual property within the metropolis.

Development Inducers for Bangalore market

  • Approval of 30,000 low-cost properties beneath Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), eased guidelines for beneficiaries beneath ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, unchanged property tax charges and new constructing bye-laws strengthened the realty market in 2019.
  • Quick-paced mission registrations beneath Karnataka RERA and dispute decision firmed up the customer sentiment. Undertaking registrations went up from 1,500 in 2018 to over 3,000 in 2019. The authority reportedly resolved 30 p.c of the whole complaints.
  • The State added one other wing to the City Planning Division for expediting the approval of constructing tasks. Additional, single-unit residential buildings on 60×40 sq ft plot space have been free of looking for permission from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
  • Some essential connectivity mission bulletins equivalent to YelachenahalliAnjanapura Metro hall, a double-decker flyover from JC Nagar to Shantinagar Bus Station, an underpass at Goraguntepalya Junction and street widening tasks at Tannery Street and Sarjapur Street lifted sentiment. Moreover, the authority additionally accredited the allocation of Rs 2,000 crore for Section 2 of the Namma Metro and modified the Peripheral Ring Street (PPR) mission.
  • Town continued to be India’s healthiest workplace marketplace for co-working areas with 7.8 million sq ft of absorption in Q3 2019. Improved enterprise insurance policies, seamless infrastructure and entry to a number of coworking choices contributed to the pattern.

About SBR Group

SBR Group is an built-in actual property improvement agency that fulfills all necessities that interprets clients desires of high quality residing area into actuality. SBR GROUP in its 16 years of existence efficiently delivered a number of Infrastructural actions just like the Structure Formation, Business and Residential complexes.

By 2019, The Group accomplished two of its landmark tasks referred to as ‘The Nest’ with 142 Flats and ‘Horizon’ with 180 flats in East Bangalore. SBR Horizon has additionally 75000 sq ft of business complicated with 5 display multiplex, retail & workplace area and a meals court docket.

In the course of the buoyant market of 2018-19, the corporate began three tasks viz.
SBR Tejas on Previous Madras Street with 120 flats and a business complicated of 90000 sq ft with 4 display multiplexes, foodcourt and so forth.
SBR Keerthi on Previous Madras Street with 217 flats and a mall of 1,56,000 sq ft with 10 display multiplex and retail shops.
SBR Pravanika, a purely residential high-rise constructing, additionally on Previous Madras Street with 220 flats.

Impact of Covid-19 in Bangalore Market:

In the course of the early months of 2020, the complete World got here beneath the grip of Covid-19 virus. The influence of Coronavirus on the Indian actual property sector was stifling to the purpose that it introduced property transactions to a near-halt final 12 months when the nation went into a whole lockdown between March and June 2020. Since then, the market has taken a number of strides in direction of -recovery, and simply when it appeared the revival was not far, the nation has been struck by yet one more wave of the virus, this time, much more deadly. Consultants say the restoration of the realty market in India might now delay till 2022.From halted building actions to a mass exodus of migrant employees, the 12 months 2020 was a watershed 12 months within the historical past of financial downturns. From negligible homebuyer enquiries and website visits to incessant curbs on the development actions, the disaster caught the actual property sector unawares. After a sequence of lockdowns and restrictions, the nation began to get again on its toes by July 2020. The pandemic compelled the actual property sector to make use of digital enterprise methods, which led to a speedy transformation of kinds. Resultantly, the share of digital website visits elevated manifold inside a span of 2-3 months.

The unprecedented scale of the influence of COVID-19 on Indian actual property may be gauged from the truth that the sector has incurred a lack of over Rs 1 lakh crore because the pandemic broke out (Supply: KPMG). In response to a report by KPMG, the pandemic resulted in a critical liquidity crunch for the actual property builders. The credit score scarcity introduced down the residential gross sales from 4 lakh models in 2019-20 to 2.8 lakh models in 2020-21 throughout the highest seven cities of India.

There is a rise in reverse migration throughout India’s size and breadth as city residents look to stay protected and be with their households. The peripheries and suburbs might witness the demand for plotted developments and luxurious villas providing greener area, enabling social distancing.

For example, in a metropolis equivalent to Bangalore that’s infamous for its site visitors, homebuyers have historically most popular staying near their workplace to save lots of commute time, typically at the price of their lifestyle-related preferences. However that’s altering for the higher. Many corporations have talked about that their staff will proceed to earn a living from home within the wake of the pandemic till June 2021. Consequently, homebuyers wish to purchase properties which are extra spacious and positioned in much less populated areas, no matter the property’s distance from the office.

This pattern is mirrored in the truth that Bangalore localities, equivalent to Whitefield, Marathahalli, HSR Structure, and Digital metropolis have been excessive in demand pre-COVID-19, and the identical localities have now skilled a lower in demand. Conversely, new localities which are attracting higher curiosity from homebuyers post-Could 2020 embody Horamavu (32 p.c), Yelahanka (56 p.c), RT Nagar (42 p.c), and Hebbal (36 p.c).

New launches recovered 68 p.c in Q3 2020 in comparison with pre-COVID-19 ranges of Q1 2020. Over the last quarter, the vast majority of the brand new launches have been added in East Bangalore, which accounted for a 37 p.c share, carefully adopted by South Bangalore with a 33 p.c share. Town witnessed a majority of the launches within the mid-segment class, accounting for 66 p.c of recent launches.

SBR Group throughout Corona Virus-

As Corona Virus and Locked Down had crippled the complete actual property eco system in 2020, SBR Group remained bullish by launching 3 main Initiatives in Bangalore

SBR Towers:

A 3.5 lacs sq ft of workplace area, with floor and eleven flooring within the Sarjapur Important Street.

SBR Fortunate Mall:

A 2.8 lacs Sq.Ft. of retail area within the coronary heart of Digital Metropolis. It’s a Floor and Six Flooring with Terrace of Retail, Multiplex, Sport zone and Meals court docket.

SBR Gokulam:

A mixture improvement of residential and business area, it’s positioned within the Whitefield- Hoskote Street. The whole variety of flats might be 108 and the business area contains of 72000 sq ft.

Although the corporate confronted lot of challenges by way of gross sales, arranging supplies for building throughout this making an attempt time, the spirit and the arrogance have been held excessive and eventually made it by unscathed.

Market-Put up Covid 20-21-

Regardless of the pandemic, town noticed property costs rise by 2% – from Rs 4,975 per sq. ft. in Q1 2020 to Rs 5,060 per sq. ft. in Q1 2021. This was the very best value rise among the many prime 7 cities, and it occurred primarily as a result of town continued to see regular progress in housing gross sales q-o-q.

SBR Group launched a brand new mission referred to as SBR Keerthi Prime, a residential mission with 171 flats in two towers of 9 flooring.

Amidst restricted new provide, Anarock knowledge reveals that Bengaluru noticed complete gross sales of approx. 8,670 models within the first quarter of 2021, whereas its unsold stock declined by 7% in a 12 months – from approx. 62,800 models in Q1 2020 to approx. 58,350 models in Q1 2021.

In Bengaluru, the reasonably priced and mid-segments are driving residential demand. Given the nice gross sales, builders noticed it opportune to extend the typical costs. Additionally, property costs within the metropolis had remained range-bound prior to now few years, and progress was lengthy overdue.

Sadly, the discount in stamp obligation in Karnataka introduced in March of 2021 was just for properties valued between Rs 35 lakh to Rs 45 lakh. This discount has, thus far, not given a big increase to housing gross sales in Bengaluru on the traces seen in Mumbai and Pune.

It is because, albeit for a restricted interval, Maharashtra diminished stamp obligation throughout all finances segments and never only one class. Housing demand in Bengaluru is skewed in direction of the mid-segment – properties priced inside Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore finances. The stamp obligation fees for this finances class have remained unchanged at approx. 5%. The Karnataka State authorities would do effectively to think about a limited-period stamp obligation cuts throughout all finances segments.

The Bangalore Growth Authority might quickly tie up with builders to deploy its many enormous land parcels for housing improvement. How a lot this may assist town will depend upon the kind of tasks to be constructed. In states like Maharashtra, authorities land is primarily launched for the event of reasonably priced housing. Nevertheless, in Bengaluru the very best demand is for mid-range properties.

Workplace actual property

Bengaluru’s workplace actual property market has been beneath pressure because the pandemic began. Whereas there was some momentum seen within the first quarter of 2021, the second covid-19 wave within the April-June quarter noticed a lot of it eroded. For now, most IT/ITeS corporations have prolonged the WFH choice for now and are ready for issues to vary in favour of the earlier established order. Trade and Anarock knowledge point out that in 2021, over 7,400 leases accounting for approx. 90 mn sq. ft. of business actual property space within the prime 6 business actual property hubs – Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Gurugram and Noida – might be due for renewal this 12 months. Furthermore, when in comparison with the subsequent two years (2022 and 2023) 2021 has the very best lease expiry pipeline. Of the 90 Mn sq. ft. space leases up for renewal in 2021, IT capital Bengaluru has the very best share at 37%.

That mentioned, the IT/ITeS sectors – that are Bengaluru’s financial heartbeat – have been actively hiring new staff within the final two years. Factoring within the gradual return of staff and adoption of hybrid office practices by main IT/ITeS corporations, Bengaluru’s workplace area demand is about for progress once more as these corporations will assuredly renew their leases.

Property costs in India’s eight prime residential markets


Common fee per sq ft as on September 2020 Annual change


Rs 3,151 6%


Rs 5,310 2%


Rs 5,240 2%


Rs 5,593 6%
Kolkata Rs 4,158


MMR Rs 9,465


NCR Rs 4,232


Pune Rs 4,970


Nationwide common Rs 6,066


Supply: Prop Tiger Information Labs

Worth progress in This fall 2020: Metropolis-wise break-up


Common value as on December 31, 2020 (in Rs per sq ft)

Annual progress in %


















No change



No change




Nationwide common 6,042

No change

Supply: Actual Perception: Q1 2021

Why property costs in India didn’t drop after COVID-19?

The developer group in India has been in a tizzy after union minister of commerce and business Piyush Goyal on June 3, 2020, mentioned builders wanted to promote housing tasks at diminished costs and let go of the high-priced unsold inventory.  In a terse message to the group, the minister mentioned the federal government would possibly supply some concession in circle charges, to decrease their burden however they have to be extra forthcoming in decreasing costs.

“If any considered one of you’re feeling that authorities will be capable to finance in such a manner you can maintain longer and look forward to the market to enhance — as a result of market will not be bettering in a rush — your finest guess is to promote,” Goyal mentioned throughout a video convention assembly organised by business physique Nationwide Actual Property Growth Council (NAREDCO).

“You possibly can select to be caught along with your materials (stock), then default with the banks. Or, you’ll be able to select to promote it even when you have purchased it at excessive costs and transfer ahead,” he added.

The assertion got here as a impolite shock to the NAREDCO, which has sought USD 200 billion in aid, to take care of the aftermath of the Coronavirus disaster. Earlier than issues went dangerous, due to the pandemic, the sector was already grappling with a USD 120 billion-bad debt scenario with banks.

Coming down closely on the group, at present saddled with dangerous loans and large stock, the minister added, “You must full your tasks earlier than you promote, as a result of patrons is not going to purchase under-construction tasks. In my life, I cannot purchase an under-construction flat from anyone.”

The Financial Survey 2019-20 additionally identified that builders ought to enable costs to drop, by taking a haircut as a treatment to scale back their stock burden.  Related views have been aired by the HDFC chairman when he mentioned builders ought to promote their stock at no matter costs they get to generate liquidity. Nevertheless, numerous points are at play, which makes accepting such strategies troublesome.

When requested whether or not his firm plans to scale back costs to spice up gross sales within the prevailing circumstances, Godrej Properties’ managing director Mohit Malhotra replied within the detrimental. “We do not need any plans of chopping costs. The business has been reeling beneath a slowdown for the previous eight years. There’s restricted scope to chop costs,” Malhotra was quoted by the media as saying. Lots of his friends within the business really feel the identical manner. Why so?

Second Wave of Covid

The second wave of Covid-19 has been extra devastating than the primary, with extreme repercussions on the healthcare system throughout. To curtail instances, there have been localized lockdowns throughout a lot of the prime cities and this has affected website visits and, due to this fact, housing gross sales.

Not like earlier, persons are cautious of going out on the present time, and residential patrons are due to this fact in a wait-and-watch mode. Most builders too have turn out to be cautious and are deferring new launches.

No matter be the case, builders imagine that the influence of the second wave of pandemic might be restricted on actual property because the sector is best ready now and has already tailored to digital instruments.

Abhishek Pandey, VP-Buyer Engagement and Distribution, Viridian RED, says, “The true property sector has staged a powerful progress in 2021, however the second wave of Coronavirus has impacted the tempo. Well being and well-being are the topmost precedence and in such a case, corporations have been banking on digital instruments and platforms. They’re specializing in digital excursions and digitally-enabled advertising and marketing actions.”

Some builders say that the second wave of Coronavirus has introduced uncertainty in the actual property section and its influence might be felt throughout new launches, website visits and property gross sales.

“Right now, the potential patrons are stepping cautiously and lockdown restrictions or motion laws in varied states will trigger a delay within the decision-making course of. Nevertheless, the realty section has proven indomitable spirit and resilience towards the pandemic and is best ready now. We are going to witness restoration within the Indian financial system quickly as persons are getting inoculated and a speedy revival is inevitable. The increase in investor sentiments will end result within the regular progress of the sector,” says Mukul Bansal, Director, Motia Group.

Trade specialists say the second wave has shaken the complete nation together with the administration. As a result of lockdown in virtually the complete nation, the financial actions and demand have slowed down. The true property sector too is being affected by the second wave. So, the first quarter of 2021 will lead to low gross sales figures and website visits.

Nevertheless, “in the event you see the previous, after the first wave and lockdown when nobody might anticipate the longer term course, actual property had bounced again effectively. Each the third and 4th quarter of 2020 -21 have proven excessive quantity gross sales and quick closures. Many of the ready-to-move-in residential stock had bought out in these 2 quarters and high quality pre rented business actual property has seen main funding influx. Surge in facilities, well-maintained, high-safety requirements and low-density residing are the rationale behind the rise in residential gross sales and the excessive confidence of buyers in rented comercial properties,” says Ashish Thapar, Managing Director, T and T Realty Companies.

A latest analysis report by QuantEco Analysis additionally confirmed that the second wave would hit the Indian financial system, by prompting individuals to save lots of, quite than spend. Contemplating that housing purchases require big-ticket investments, the demand for properties could be subdued within the interval that follows the second and third waves in India. Charges of properties would possibly, thus, be adversely affected, due to the stress on demand.

Not like the primary wave that made naked the significance of housing possession, as towards different belongings within the occasion of a pandemic and thus, acted as a propeller of demand for the housing sector, the Coronavirus second wave might in actual fact disrupt the demand momentum brought on by the primary wave.

India is second among the many most-affected international locations by lively instances on the planet. On Could 30, 2021, the nation added 1,65,553 instances to take its complete caseload to 2,78,94,800. With 3,460 deaths on the identical date, India’s complete dying toll because of the pandemic has now reached 3,25,972.

Nonetheless, housing affordability in India has improved considerably since 2015. In a report issued on Could 24, 2021, JM Monetary Institutional Securities Ltd mentioned that housing affordability in India had improved over time, in view of the truth that annual incomes have been on an upward trajectory whereas property value has been pretty steady since 2015.

New Traits to Undertake Put up Second Wave

Expertise adoption

the pandemic compelled the federal government to take a look at options for minimizing the chance posed to the financial system, and expertise rose to deal with this problem. quicker adoption of expertise can show to be helpful for the revival of the sector. proptech, digital building, precast expertise, 3d printing are all improvements that may be leveraged to derive progress and prosperity for the sector within the ‘new regular’. the state authorities can present engaging subsidies or tax exemptions to builders who promote the usage of expertise.

Monetary measures

Lack of liquidity is a large problem for builders. Decreasing of revenue tax can increase the sector as it would cut back the monetary burden on the patrons and improve their disposable revenue. The federal government ought to provide you with differential pricing of stamp obligation based mostly on gender.

Single window for approvals

Actual property wants a single-window clearance system, offering a significant impetus to the market and streamlining the actual property cycle’s provide and demand aspect. This can assist make mission implementation quicker and seamless. This may also assist the sector circumvent wastage of time, cash and sources.

Stamp obligation correction

With an intention to additional increase purchaser sentiment and cut back the general value of buy for patrons, some states have additionally introduced reductions in stamp obligation—the tax that patrons must pay to the state authorities as the share of the transaction worth—within the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic. For instance, Maharashtra has introduced a brief discount in charges for a interval of six months. Consumers in that state, which is house to the costliest property market in India (Mumbai), can at present register a property by paying 2% of the property worth as stamp obligation.  Karnataka has additionally diminished the stamp obligation to three% on properties price as much as Rs 30 lakhs. On September 7, 2020, the Madhya Pradesh authorities additionally introduced a discount within the cess on stamp obligation charged for registration of properties by 2%.

SBR Group has adopted new methods to deal with the publish covid market in addition to to be prepared in case the third Wave follows

  1. As an alternative of counting on the standard advertising and marketing ways, it has advanced to extra technological based mostly methods to succeed in clients. i.e., utilization of social media, extra on-line presences, utilization of search engine optimisation and so forth.
  2. Utilization of digital excursions of the tasks in order that the purchasers can have a really feel of it from the consolation of his or her home.
  3. Engaged on varied schemes with monetary establishments equivalent to simple EMI and so forth., for the advantage of the purchasers.
  4. Appointment based mostly website visits in order that there isn’t a rush on the website workplace, thereby avoiding any form publicity to the virus.
  5. Documentation and funds are largely inspired on-line.

So, with due precautions and new methods, the corporate wish to create new milestones out there and emerge as a market chief.

 The Approach Ahead and Conclusion

The true property market in India is the second-highest employment generator within the nation after agriculture. The sector which accounts for 6-7 per cent of the financial system is interlinked to as many as 250 allied sectors. By 2025, the sector is predicted to account for 13 per cent of the nation’s financial system. With well timed execution of all of the wanted reforms, it might turn out to be a significant wealth creator within the forthcoming many years, as housing requirement booms.

In an try to uplift the slumping actual property section publish COVID-19, the Authorities of India has declared particular measures to finance reasonably priced housing tasks which are caught because of lack of funding. Moreover this, the Authorities is planning to assemble Nationwide Highways additional to ease companies throughout cities and enhance the Nation’s GDP as a lot as attainable. For this, the Authorities can be investing closely in tasks such because the enlargement of airports in smaller cities, the extension of metro rail companies, and the event of sensible cities throughout India. The Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, has additionally proposed a optimistic annual finances for 2021-22 to improvise financial efficacy and assist infrastructure progress. This, as per the specialists, would facilitate the accomplishment of the Authorities mission of offering Housing to all by 2022.

Because the unlocking course of begins in Bangalore publish second wave, the longer term seems to be fairly promising for SBR Group, as the corporate has chosen and bought few land parcels in and round East Bangalore.

The Firm goals to assemble and ship prime quality, clear title residential flats, purchasing malls and workplace areas because it aspires to be amongst prime actual property corporations in coming years.

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