India slips to 56th position in home price appreciation: Knight Frank

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 Aniruddha Chowdhury/MintIndia, which was at the 43rd rank in Q4 2019, saw a decline of 3.6% year-on-year (YoY) in home prices, leading to the drop in global position. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint 2 min read . Updated: 18 Mar 2021, 01:39 PM IST Kalpana Pathak
Turkey continued to lead the annual rankings with prices up by 30.3% YoY, followed by New Zealand at 18.6% and Slovakia at 16.0%

Mumbai: India has moved down 13 spots in the latest global home price index, finishing last at 56th rank in the quarter ended December 2020, according to property consultancy Knight Frank's Global House Price Index.

India, which was at the 43rd rank in Q4 2019, saw a decline of 3.6% year-on-year (YoY) in home prices, leading to the drop in global position, the report showed.

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The Global House Price Index tracks the movement in mainstream residential prices across 56 countries and territories worldwide using official statistics.

In the 12-month percentage change for the period Q4 2019-Q4 2020, Turkey continued to lead the annual rankings with prices up by 30.3% YoY, followed by New Zealand at 18.6% and Slovakia at 16.0%.

India was the weakest-performing country, followed by Morocco with a drop of 3.3% YoY.

The report highlighted that 89% of countries and territories saw prices increase in 2020, with several emerging markets performing strongly, including Turkey, which leads the index for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Mainstream residential prices across 56 countries and territories worldwide rose at an annual rate change of 5.6% on average in 2020, compared to 5.3% in 2019.

“Low-interest rates and other demand stimulation measures by the Government have fueled real estate demand. This has led to sales and launches in Q4 2020 witnessed a significant jump compared to the first three quarters of 2020. The pandemic has effectively changed end users’ the outlook towards ownership of homes leading many fence sitters to make their purchase decisions," said Shishir Baijal, Chairman & Managing Director, Knight Frank India.

According to the report, markets like New Zealand (19), Russia (14%), the US (10%), Canada and UK (both 9%) have recorded accelerated growth in rankings in the last three months due to a growth in housing demand.

In Asia Pacific, the performance remains surprisingly anemic given its relatively efficient handling of the pandemic. Although New Zealand stood in second place, the region’s next highest ranking is Japan (5%) in 27th place. Hong Kong and Malaysia both saw annual price growth slip into negative territory, and even Singapore’s growth rate was muted at 2.5%.

Indian markets have finished last on the table owing to conditions created by the pandemic.

During 2020, the union and state governments have taken many steps to incentives spending and create demand, including low home loan rates, reduction in stamp duty and other levies on residential purchases in key markets.

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