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Hyderabad, NCR, and Bengaluru Top NRI Housing Wish List – Survey

NRI Housing sentiment survey
  • A majority of NRI participants in the latest CII-ANAROCK Consumer Sentiment Survey will buy housing properties in any of these 3 cities
  • Over 77% NRI respondents want bigger homes – 54% seek 3BHKs, 23% prefer 4BHKs and just 22% will consider 2BHKs; in pre-Covid survey, 40% preferred 2BHKs
  • 63% NRI respondents currently prefer premium homes priced between INR 90 lakh – 1.5 Cr; in last year’s survey, 59% NRIs preferred luxury homes priced between INR 1.5 – 2.5 Cr
  • Demand for real estate as an investment asset class continues to grow – 71% NRI respondents prefer residential real estate investment over stocks, FDs, gold, etc. – up from 55% in the pre-Covid period

Mumbai, 2 November 2022: The depreciating rupee value and the continuing buoyancy in the Indian residential real estate market are significant draws for NRIs to invest in their country of origin. The latest CII-ANAROCK Consumer Sentiment Survey shows that Hyderabad, NCR, and Bengaluru are NRIs’ top picks for housing investment. Interestingly, MMR comes a distant fourth on NRIs’ wish list. 

Notably, at least 60% of NRI respondents will buy homes in one of these three cities, with 22% focused on Hyderabad, 20% eyeing NCR, and 18% preferring Bengaluru. In last year’s corresponding period survey, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai were the top picks for most NRIs.

Of the 5,500 respondents participating in the survey, 7% were NRIs currently stationed in the US, Canada, Gulf, Europe, and various Asian countries. 

Top 3 Favourable Cities for Housing Investment for NRI in India

Pre Covid (H1 2019)Covid (H1 2021)Post Covid (H1 2022)
Bangalore, Hyderabad & NCRBangalore, Pune & ChennaiHyderabad, NCR & Bangalore
Source: ANAROCK Research

Notably, more NRIs prefer investing in Indian real estate over stocks, mutual funds, gold, and fixed deposits. In the survey’s current (H1 2022) edition, 71% NRI respondents saw Indian housing as the best investment bet. This is markedly higher than the 55% in the pre-Covid edition.

“Despite the worst of Covid-19 now in the past, NRIs have clearly not forgotten the uncertainties associated with living in a foreign country during a major pandemic,” says Prashant Thakur, Sr. Director & Head – Research, ANAROCK Group. “Securing homes in India became, and remains, a priority for Indians everywhere. While domestic homeownership sentiment remains strong despite hardening home loan interest rates and property prices, the depreciating rupee value against the US dollar gives NRIs a distinct advantage.”

Housing has seen a 15-20% increase in NRI demand in the first nine months of 2022 compared to the corresponding period in 2021. “As per ANAROCK Research, the Jan-Sept period of 2022 saw approx. 2.73 lakh homes sold in the top 7 cities,” says Thakur. “On an average, NRIs account for 10-15% of homes sold in any given quarter.”

Size Matters NRI

Demand for bigger homes has been one of the defining new developments in the post-Covid era. While schools and offices have reopened, the desire for extra living space remains undiminished. Many of the large IT employers companies and IT-driven start-ups now operate on a hybrid work model.

For NRIs, the favourable exchange rate is another prime motivator to secure bigger homes. The current H1 2022 survey finds that over 77% NRI respondents will buy bigger homes – 54% favouring 3BHKs and 23% looking to buy 4BHKs. Just 22% NRI respondents are now looking for 2BHKs. In the pre-Covid survey, at least 40% were eyeing 2BHKs.

63% NRI respondents currently prefer premium properties priced between INR 90 lakh – INR 1.5 Cr. In last year’s survey, 59% NRIs preferred luxury properties priced between INR 1.5 Cr to INR 2.5 Cr.

Many NRIs are now looking to shift back to India and actively use these homes. The current economic situation in many countries is uncertain because of the recessionary dynamics brought on by the Ukraine-Russia war, while the Indian economy is markedly better off. 

NRIs Most Preferred Budget Range
Pre Covid (H1 2019)Covid (H1 2021)Post Covid (H1 2022)
INR 90 lakh to INR 1.5 CrINR 1.5 Cr to INR 2.5 CrINR 90 lakh to INR 1.5 Cr
55%59%63%
Source: ANAROCK Research

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