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Industry reaction on the new RBI Monetary Policy

Industry reaction on the new RBI Monetary Policy

Dr Niranjan Hiranandani –National President- NAREDCO

Dr Niranjan Hiranandani –National President- NAREDCO commented on the accommodative stance of RBI policy saying that, “ Under the given market scenario and circumstance , the RBI’s direction on unchanged repo rate is very much on the anticipated lines, though a rate cut would have been better to combat the negativity of pandemic led economic crisis across the industry. As the economy is gradually opening up and getting back on track to restore the lost momentum, the regulator has indeed brought innovative liquidity injection measures to maintain the policy stability and ensured that additional liquidity is provisional. It is extremely important for the regulator to balance its borrowings from the market so that it doesn’t jeopardize the financial stability and disrupts other market players.

The new policy’s paramount objective of economic revival were addressed by announcing an innovative measures like enhancing liquidity by allowing NBFC to tap TLTRO on tap scheme, allowing additional credit for small MSME borrower’s up to Rs 25 lakhs, exemption to FPI investment in defaulted corporate bonds to boost further investment in recaptured economic revival and firming up consumer protection.  The observation that sales and new launches of residential units in major metropolitan cities reflect a renewed confidence in the real estate sector’ reinforces the need for further positive booster dose to strengthen its core revival that enacts a multiplier effect on 270 allied industries.”

Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Executive Chairman, Capital India Finance Limited (CIFL)

“With this accommodative stance, the RBI is expecting normalization of sectors as the CRR will further open up space for a variety of market operations and make lending easier. The RBI extending Targeted Long Term Repo Operations (TLTRO) to NBFCs will further enhance credit flow and potential for the affordable housing sector, SMEs, infrastructure projects etc.  Since the resident individuals can now make remittances to IFSCs for NRIs, it will increase the flow of remittances from foreign countries.”

Amit Modi, Director ABA CORP, President-Elect CREDAI Western UP

The RBI announcements have been very much on the expected lines, even though no measures were made for real estate and home buyers particularly in the Budget gone by. It would have been a relief, if some benefit were extended to the sector today, as the experts awaited it. The repo rate remains unchanged at 4%, however for the industry to revive we are still expecting some kind of stimulus from the Union government and RBI in its forthcoming policy meetings.

Manoj Gaur, CMD, Gaurs Group and Chairman, Affordable Housing Committee, CREDAI (National)

The decision of RBI to keep the key rates unchanged is in line with the expectation of the markets. The headline inflation is on a downward spiral now which gives hope that the RBI will be able to bring down Repo Rates as the year progresses. For now, we are happy that the Apex bank wants to back growth and help the sectors that have worst affected in the last few quarters. The momentum presented by the Finance Minister in the Budget recently seems to be continuing with the MPC today

Mohit Goel,CEO, Omaxe Ltd.

The RBI’s decision to hold repo rate at 4% and maintain accommodative stance in the future augurs well for the real estate sector which has seen some uptick in demand due to low lending rates. On the back of an infrastructure led Budget, we hope the RBI’s continued support to the sector will help revive growth.

Prasoon Chauhan, Founder & CEO, BlackOpal

While the RBI has kept the repo rate unchanged, we feel that real estate will benefit from the position of the Apex bank that the NBFCs will have access to the targeted long-term repo activity (TLTRO). With this decision, we hope the liquidity situation will improve and the NBFCs will extend financial support to the real estate sector. The demand for real estate assets is already strong and we are seeing increased sales in the coming quarter due to multiple factors including low home loan interest rates.

Uddhav Poddar, MD, Bhumika Group

The Apex bank has keep repo rate unchanged, and it was on the expected lines. Looking at the whole MPC, it is obvious that the Apex bank is positive about economic development. The position exudes trust in the growth of the economy, and it has taken measures for different industries and sectors in the last few months. The real estate sector has always been looking for easy liquidity, and the RBI has decided to raise it by allowing more funds to NBFCs, which would keep liquidity in the market and may also help the real estate sector. While real estate needs several measures, it is good enough to implement the announcements made in the last few months to achieve progress. We expect banks to disburse loans more quickly to ensure that the sentiment of buyers remains high

Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO, Housing.com, Makaan.com and Proptiger.com:

The decision of RBI to keep the Repo Rate unchanged along with accommodative stance is understandable at this juncture, although a further cut in the key rates would have given a boost to current demand uptick that we have seen recently. The measures announced by the RBI Governor today for liquidity enhancement in the economy is indeed a good step and was much required. Real estate has been badly hit during the pandemic and the recent Budget announcements and the RBI’s decision today will help the sector to cope up with markets’ uncertainties better in the near future.

Pradeep Aggarwal, Founder & Chairman, Signature Global Group, Chairman, ASSOCHAM, National Council on Real Estate, Housing and Urban Development

Increased demand is already enjoyed by the affordable housing market, and the RBI’s new unchanged stance will not have much impact on demand per se. Indeed, the RBI’s growth forecasts will instill optimistic market sentiment, which will translate into good numbers for the real estate sector as well. If the economy recovers, which is likely after the RBI said in the MPC review that it will preserve market liquidity and the job market remains vibrant, then the buyer of the affordable housing segment can speed up the property ownership process. Right now, we understand the step taken in this MPC by the RBI and hope that growth forecasts will improve, leading to a vibrant real estate sector market.

Ashish Bhutani, MD, Bhutani Infra

We were expecting the RBI to come up with unique announcements for the commercial segment that could fuel investment. We understand the status quo situation, however, since the ability to adjust the repo rate below 4 percent was restricted. The last significant announcement for the commercial segment was in February 2020, when the RBI allowed project loans for commercial real estate to be extended to the date of commencement of commercial operations (DCCO). The segment is in desperate need of liquidity, which also depends on the status of the priority lending, and we hope that the segment will get sufficient liquidity as the RBI said TLTRO is available for NBFCs.

Raman Gupta, Director – Branding & Construction, GBP Group

The real estate sector has always been struggling to maintain liquidity, and the apex bank in today’s MPC meeting has decided to address it by granting more funds to NBFCs, which would keep liquidity in the market and may also help the real estate sector, backbone of the country. The buyer sentiment is positive towards real estate, as it emerged as the most preferred investment option post unlock. It is likely to continue in the coming year with support extended to affordable housing and boost given to infrastructure leading to growth opportunities in Tier II-III cities.

Harvinder Singh Sikka, MD, Sikka Group

The recent Budget Announcements gave some support to the real estate industry today MPC announcements, coming right after the Budget, have further given hope to the sector. The accommodative stance of the RBI, together with the impetus given by the Union Budget recently, will pave the way for speedier recovery of the economy. Any move to put money in the hands of the people at this juncture will improve the demand for housing and will give the relief to the real estate developers who have been gasping for breath due to the punishment meted out by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Kushagr Ansal, Ansal Housing and President, CREDAI, Haryana

In its recent monetary policy review meeting, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) retained the status quo on key policy rates in line with expectations, keeping key policy rates unchanged. Given that the repo rate at which the central bank loans money to scheduled commercial banks in India is already at a record low of 4%, there has certainly been little scope for further reductions.

Ashok Gupta, CMD, Ajnara India

Backed by the growth forecast, the real estate sector can rely on the initiatives previously announced by the RBI. Over the past few months, Apex Bank has taken a range of steps targeting the real estate market, such as rationalising risk-weighting criteria, connecting home loans to LTV, and reforming project-based loans. As home loan interest rates are already low, the growth curve is likely to be sustained by demand in the residential sector. With banks launching on boarding digital customers, the quicker disbursement of loans would also help the sector quickly close deals. To attract borrowers, several banks have already declared exemptions on transaction fees and other related costs.

We hope banks will lend vigorously, and the RBI will allow them to support the real estate sector, which is an important component of the Indian economy.

Ankit Kansal, Founder & MD 360 Realtors

After undermined by the pandemic, real estate in India is witnessing heightened demand on the back of liquidity infusion policies of the government and reduction in stamp duty in states like Maharashtra and Karnataka. In this regard, keeping the repo rate unchanged is a prudent step as it will continue to give the required liquidity cushion to the sector, where leverage plays an important role. However, government and RBI need to think more proactively towards helping stressed real estate in the country. The industry suffering from large piles of stressed/stuck inventory and to placate the growing challenge, governing bodies need to think of ways to generate need-based credit for developers, recapitalization of the NBFCs & HFCs, and forging of meaningful partnerships with private funding entities.

Nagaraju Routhu, CEO, Hero Realty

RBI’s decision to keep the key rates unchanged and its accommodative stance is positive for the real estate sector, which has been seeing some positive movement in demand off late. The expectation of the apex bank of 10.5 % GDP growth rate for the current fiscal certainly bodes well for the real estate industry, along with other sectors. RBI has done a fine balancing act by keeping the Repo Rate unchanged, yet taking measures to improve liquidity. The Budget Announcement and the decisions of the RBI today together will improve the scenario ahead for the real estate developers in the country.

Akshat Taneja, MD, TDI Infratech

RBI MPC meeting is the first after the announcement of Budget, the expectations of real estate sector remained untouched in Budget. While the Governor predicted growth rate of 10.5 per cent for the financial year 2021-22, which comes as a positive sign for the overall economy. The last repo rate cut was announced in May 2020, and it still remains unchanged due to the recovery pace exhibited by the economy. We were looking for, RBI to take an Input Tax Credit call, which would have initiated buyer’s interest more due to the profit aspect

Ms. Sarojini Ahuja, VP – Sales, Marketing & CRM, Transcon Developers

“The RBI Governor’s announcement to hold the key interest rates was much anticipated. After the Government’s growth focused budget, the status quo by RBI will create demand for the real estate sector further strengthening the economy. The stamp duty cut announced by the State Government has already given a much needed push to the real estate sector especially the luxury housing segment. We expect the demand to sustain in this quarter as well as these is still some time left to avail the stamp duty benefit. RBI’s accommodative stance will help mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on businesses and will be a key to the recovery of real estate and the overall economy.”

Mr. Bhushan Nemlekar, Director, Sumit Woods Limited

“RBI continues to maintain an accommodative stance while focusing on economic revival and to allow elbow room for further policy interventions if required. Through the proactive measures, RBI has taken honest efforts to provide access to easier credit to smaller businesses. Also, the focus of the Union Budget 2021 was on overall economic development and one segment that stood out was affordable housing, which will benefit from the tax holidays provided for an additional year. RBI’s stance is a step in the right direction and is expected to provide a fillip to housing loans, thus having a positive impact on the residential sector.”

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