India’s cities draw the most housing demand for reasons like better job opportunities, living standards and infrastructure.
However, rapid urbanisation and development of these cities into mega-cities have given rise to challenges such as pollution, traffic issues, high property prices, etc.
The government’s initiative to provide ‘Housing for All by 2022’ is being pursued laboriously. The simple motive is to provide affordable homes within the price budget of up to Rs 25 lakh. This vision must necessarily encompass the smaller cities near the bustling cities of India.
Though affordability is a relative term, it is pertinent to look destinations where residential properties within the budget range of Rs 30-50 lakh are available, and are classified either emerging or growing submarkets supported by good infrastructural development. These towns and cities offer a wide spectrum of investable options in real estate with relatively lower price levels, providing the incentives for future capital appreciation and healthy returns.
Here are 10 cities that offer great lower-budget real estate investment prospects over mid- to long-term.
After a prolonged slump due to the global recession followed by political turmoil, Hyderabad’s realty market is now once again set for an upswing. Hyderabad, with its buoyant and thriving economy and a dynamic workforce, is once again trending as a buyer’s market. The IT/ITeS industry has given further impetus to the real estate consumer trend, which is evident from the growing demand for residential, commercial and retail spaces.
The perfect blend of Pune’s manufacturing and services sectors makes the city a standalone economic powerhouse in all respects, with a rate of job generation that is hard to match. The city has witnessed steady appreciation over the last few years, and is ranked as one of the best markets for real estate investment.
The luxury homes segment has been burgeoning on the Pune’s real estate market, with many large players entering with excellent luxurious projects. However, Pune is now witnessing a slight shift in the development trend. Many new players on Pune’s burgeoning real estate market can be seen venturing into the affordable housing segment. This is obviously the segment where the greatest demand lies.
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Over the last few years, the real estate market in Navi Mumbai and surrounding areas have shown impressive growth, largely because of the planned approach taken towards development. Now, with Navi Mumbai receiving final nod for the International Airport, its property market and that of the surrounding areas have been showing great potential. While property prices have increasingly become unaffordable in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai still provides numerous options for residential housing within the budget of Rs 30-50 lakh.
Emerging out of its image of being a majorly tourism-led economy; Jaipur has grown beyond everyone’s expectation to become one of the top global outsourcing cities in India. The upcoming IT Parks promise a great future across all real estate asset classes. The 250-kilometer stretch between Delhi and Jaipur has become a hotbed for real estate development, with areas like Manesar, Dharuhera, Bhiwadi, Neemrana, Kotputli and Alwar becoming the new catchwords for investors.
Surat, known as the diamond capital of the world, is a well-developed metropolis in Gujarat. Rated as one of the fastest growing cities of the world and also recently conferred with ‘Best Urban City of India’ award, Surat has also gained prominence and recognition for being the Cleanest City in India by INTACH. Rapidly improving infrastructure initiatives have helped modernise Surat significantly.
Ghaziabad is an emerging residential neighbourhood of NCR which has a very high supply of residential properties in the budget of Rs 30-50 lakh. Well connected via Metro and roads to the job markets of Delhi-NCR, the city caters largely to the mid-segment home buyers. The city has a high supply of ready-to-move-in properties offered by renowned developers. Some of the well-established residential clusters in Ghaziabad that have gain prominence in the recent time include Indirapuram, Kaushambi and Vaishali.
Although a city with extreme climatic conditions, Nagpur is one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Nagpur’s main claims to fame include its MIHAN and SEZ projects. However, with the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government taking keen interest in turning Nagpur into the next IT hub of Maharashtra, the city is set for a major transition in its real estate profile. The already-established MIDC corridor along with the upcoming IT parks have made Nagpur one of the cities that bear close watching by real estate investors.
Kochi is a metropolis in the making where modern urban lifestyles are settling into antiquated old traditions. During the days of its realty boom, Kochi grew exponentially, with more people migrating to the city and consuming even the outlying catchments of Palarivattom, Vytilla, Kakkanad, Edappally and Kadavanthra. Development of IT/ITeS projects such as the Kochi Smart City and initiatives to channelise traffic and improve connectivity, such as the Mobility Hub at Vytilla, have fuelled significantly increased demand for real estate, which more and more developers are cashing in on.
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore is the major industrial centre in Tamil Nadu after Chennai — and as incentives are given to IT companies by the Tamil Nadu government, Coimbatore has gained momentum as a preferred destination for IT/ITeS. With the government in power promoting the city by enhancing infrastructure development, Coimbatore’s property market has witnessed an upward push in demand for residential units in the core areas of the city such as R S Puram, Avinashi Road and Race Course, which are considered posh areas. Nevertheless, it has no shortage of affordable housing options.
Coimbatore is a market where 40 per cent of real estate investments come from investors living in cities such as Bengaluru, Cochin and Chennai. Apart from the demand from professionals engaged in IT/ITeS, Coimbatore is emerging as a retirement destination, and demand for 2 BHK homes is high from senior citizens. Demand for smaller apartments is primarily from young IT professionals, while villas and row houses see demand from NRIs, retirees and IT professionals with a preference for such properties.
Ahmedabad may be the last one in the list, but it is in no way the least. With the city being a prime example of organised and fast-paced development for the rest of the cities in India, Ahmedabad has come a long way. With huge investments pouring into the state, rapid infrastructural development in the form of bullet trains, GIFT Smart City, the entrepreneurial nature of the population and a supportive, stable government, everything is going right for Ahmedabad. The oil, gas and energy industries, petro-chemical industries and automobile manufacturing industries are some of the major factors driving perennial demand for real estate in the city.