Questions and Answers
India is developing country, So there is no saturation in Real Estate field in India till 2020. Try to focus on cities where software development is Rapid .
Because the People who will invest the huge amount in less time are from Information & Technolgy.
My cities are:
Hyderabad, Bangalore, Noida, Calcutta, Chennai, Vishakapatnam (good choice if you have courage), Gurgaon, Maysore.
Does Ahmedabad, Chandigardh or some other city have immense potential of rapid development and sky rocketing home prices.
I would probably look more at satellite cities than 2nd tier. With public transportaion and roads getting better it will eventually become easy to commute and the satellite cities become important.
Having said that, I see the biggest potential for Pune, Mysore and probably Bhubaneshwar.
I will agains the grain on this answer and here is the reason why:
Following is an article I wrotte back in November 2005 and this still stands:
(FYI: Speculators GET OUT!! Real true investors/homeowners THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING HERE!!)
REAL ESTATE MARKET BUBBLE BURST!!!???
Well, we’ve heard so much from so many different “experts” but we ask how many print media columnists does it take to create a Real Estate market bubble? They really can’t but they can sure create fear on the consumer of a bursting housing bubble.
Most media are always looking for ways to increase circulation, which would equal to profits therefore any story suggesting a bursting bubble is going to attract readers. Not that they write this articles for the sole purpose of inducing fear on the consumer but don’t let media stories convince you that a bubble will burst or even worst become a self fulfilling prophecy.
Ultimately, the consumer is the one that dictates if there will be a bubble burst in the Real Estate market.
Three important facts that guide property values are:
Supply vs. Demand: If supply of housing is greater than the demand, housing values will drop. If the supply is less than the demand, housing values will rise.
(In California the supply has increased and demand has diminished therefore it has forced prices to dip)
Employment: This should be a no brainer. Solid and growing employment provides income for down payment and house payments.
Interest rates: This is very powerful driver in creating and sustaining property values. When the rates are reasonable, most people are willing to make important investments like purchasing a home. With lenders now offering easier loan programs to qualify, there are now many people able to purchase a home.
Now, just because lenders have been offering “generous” programs should not encourage people to go out and obtain any type of loan available. Many loans are dangerous and don’t fit with everyone’s lifestyle and economic situation. Many loan agents have been quick to over qualify borrowers and what’s worst not explain completely the pros and cons of each loan program available.
Rates have been creeping up little by little over the past couple of months and are expected to continue to rise a bit more next year as well.
It could be possible the “bubble” will burst but not likely. The Real Estate market will most likely will slow its rapid ascent, level out and maybe dip a bit. But a big burst? I don’t think so.
Nobody can tell what exactly will happen in 2006 with the Real Estate market or the interest rates. What you can do is get informed and protect yourself against a busting of the bubble. You can sure minimize the damage if there was a burst by planning ahead. How well secured are you in your current job? Your income? Have much equity have tied up with loans? Does the equity you have now along with your savings withstand a dip in your home’s value during the time you anticipate to own it?
Don’t stretch your finances by paying a high price for a home just because you’re stubborn and want to have that home.
And one FINAL thought: If you are looking to invest in Real Estate, this might be the best time for you to do it IF AND ONLY IF you are a true investor looking to invest long term. Real Estate is the BEST investment you will ever make in your life!
If you are a speculator/flipper I suggest you dont do anything right now, you will end up loosing money.