Covid-19 impact! Homebuyers to get flats from builders at 'no-profit, no-loss'?
Covid-19 is shaking up the world in various negative ways but it has a silver lining too.
Covid-19 is shaking up the world in various negative ways but it has a silver lining too. According to the latest development, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has asked real estate developers to clear their inventory without looking for high profits to save interest costs. In his address at a webinar organised by the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), Gadkari said that developers are sitting on huge inventories and they should sell flats at 'no-profit, no-loss' basis or whatever price they get for a liquidity boost and then move ahead.
'Float own home loan firms'
He also suggested to the industry body that real estate companies can have their own NBFCs in line with automobile companies. "(Many) Automobile companies operate their own finance companies for benefiting the customers. Even associations should form their own NBFCs to run the business. This will help developers to provide cheaper loans to home-buyers with faster approvals," Gadkari said, as per a report in IANS.
'Use latest technologies, save cost'
"The real estate industry should adopt new technologies and reduce their construction cost which will help the sector to generate more demand and sell inventory at a low cost," he added.
Housing quarters for employees?
The Minister also said that the Central and the state governments are planning to purchase housing quarters for employees on a large scale and if associations come forward with some plans that can be proposed to the government, it will certainly help the developers with liquidity.
NAREDCO national President Niranjan Hiranandani said: "His suggestion about real estate developers also diversifying from plain residential real estate to infrastructure and new asset classes like warehousing, infrastructure, logistics to keep liquidity flowing and functional was a brilliant suggestion."
Employment and GDP from real estate
Construction and real estate provides employment to around 15 per cent of the labour force in India, contributing nearly 8 per cent of India's GDP, and his suggestions will definitely take the share to higher numbers, Hiranandani added.
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