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Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai most affordable housing markets of 2020: Knight Frank Survey

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on December 30, 2020 Published on December 30, 2020

Ahmedabad is the most affordable housing market in the country with an affordability ratio of 24 per cent followed by Pune and Chennai at 26 per cent each in 2020.

While Mumbai is the most expensive market, with affordability ratio of (61 per cent), other cities like Ahmedabad, Chennai and Pune are relatively more affordable.

Even for Mumbai, the affordability ratio has improved from a high of 93 per cent in 2010 to 61 per cent in 2020.

According to Knight Frank’s proprietary Affordability Index 2020, which tracks the EMI (Equated Monthly Installment) to income ratio for an average household, has shown improvement in affordability over the last decade.

Even in the pandemic year of 2020, housing affordability has further improved. Decline in house prices and multi-decade low home loan interest rates have helped improve housing affordability in 2020.

The Knight Frank Affordability index captures movement in key constituents like property prices, home loan interest rate and household income that determine the buyer’s ability to purchase a house.

City-wide average affordability statistics cannot highlight disparities in housing costs within sub-markets or across the income spectrum.

A ratio over 50 per cent makes it difficult to secure home loans from banks and housing finance companies making it unaffordable to purchase a house.

Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director, Knight Frank India in a statement said, “The affordability ratio across top eight cities has improved tremendously over this decade due to an increase in income level, lower interest rate and subsequently lower property prices. Government interventions around improved credit flow, lower interest rate and cut in stamp duty rate in some markets has brought confidence among homebuyers in 2020. We believe a combination of best in decade affordability level and pick-up in economy will serve as key catalysts for the country’s housing market next year.”

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Published on December 30, 2020
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