Housing rents up by 25–30 per cent across major cities from 2019 level: Housing.com report

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HousingMumbai,9th February 2024: Housing rents have surged by a substantial 25–30 percent in top micro-markets within major cities since 2019. Meanwhile, the average monthly rents for residential properties have experienced a notable uptick of 15-20 percent across major top 8 cities compared to the pre-pandemic era of 2019. This surge in rents has contributed to a modest enhancement in rental yields. Despite these positive trends, there remains a considerable gap to bridge when compared to global real estate hubs such as New York, London, Dubai, and Singapore, as highlighted in a report by Housing.com.

Country’s leading Real estate tech platform Housing.com latest report titled ‘Residential Rents on the Rise! A report on rental property in India’ shows the growth in monthly average rent has been higher than the appreciation in capital values.

While property prices in top cities saw a 15–20 percent growth compared to pre-pandemic levels of 2019, average monthly asking rents skyrocketed by 25–30 percent, with certain key localities in service sector dominant cities witnessing significant rent spikes exceeding 30 percent during the same period.

Not only median rents, but there is a surge in demand for renting a home post-pandemic as indicated by the Housing.com IRIS index. The index which gauges upcoming demand by tracking the online search activity on the platform, indicates that post-pandemic the online rental search activity has surged ahead of buying activity. Currently, the IRIS index for rent is trending 23 points higher than the buying index.

Source: Residential Rents on the Rise! A report on rental property in India 2024, Housing Research

Mr. Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO, Housing.com, PropTiger.com & Makaan.com: Post-pandemic, there has been a sharp revival in housing demand, both for buying and renting purposes. The housing market has seen price appreciation in the last two years after almost a decade of stagnation. The average price rise has been modest at a city level, but there have been sharp rises in some major locations of top cities.”

Ms. Ankita Sood, Head of Research at Housing.com said, “Rental returns in India historically trailed global counterparts due to factors like higher interest rates and acquisition costs. However, post-pandemic dynamics, including rising property values, affordability challenges for potential buyers, and a limited supply of ready inventory, have sparked a significant surge in rental demand. We see notable spikes to the tune of 25–30% in CBDs of service sector dominant cities like Gurugram, Bengaluru, Pune, and Hyderabad.

Looking ahead, with a fresh ready supply set to hit the market only in the next 2–3 years, we expect the momentum in rental demand to persist. This sustained growth has piqued the interest of both mid and long-term investors alike, signaling promising opportunities in the rental market”, Ms. Sood added.

Housing.com Research has also computed the price-to-rent ratio to compare the rental returns in India’s key housing market with major global cities. The price-to-rent ratio is determined by dividing the median property value by the median annual rent price within a specific geographical area.

A lower price-to-rent ratio means higher rental yield or return on investment for property owners. This ratio helps in evaluating the comparative affordability of renting versus purchasing a property.