The 2nd wave of the COVID-19 has lead to a drop in the future sentiments index in the real estate sector for a minimum of 1 year.
Due to uncertainties & spread of the 2nd wave of Covid-19, the "Future Sentiment Score" declined from 65 in Quarter 4 of 2020 to 57 in Quarter 1 of 2021 as per a survey conducted by Knight Frank-FICCI-NAREDCO.
The 'Current Sentiment Score' recorded a marginal improvement, from 54 in Quarter 4 of 2020 to 57 in Quarter 1 of 2021. As per Knight Frank India, this improvement has been mainly due to the healthy momentum in the Commercial & Residential Real Estate segments during the period October 2020 to February 2021.
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases since March 2021, the search for residential launches and sales has decreased substantially.
The share of respondents that expect the residential market to grow or remain steady in the next 6 Months is exceeding 80%, across parameters of launches, sales and prices.
Office Occupancy levels have been adversely affected due to the 2nd wave of COVID-19 & mobility restrictions & also possible lockdowns in some cities. Due to this office space outlook has been weakened for at least the next 6 months.
During the last few quarters, the real estate industry had seen a strong bounce-back, which has kept the future sentiment of stakeholders within the positive zone but with this 2nd wave, the scenario seems to be very tough.