A spike in property sales and registrations, following the twin sops announced for home buyers in this year’s state budget, have led developers in Kolkata to expect all-time record sales this year in the real estate sector, an industry that has seen negative growth in the last three years.

As many as 39,832 property registrations were completed in Kolkata between January and October, a little more than double the number (19,876) of the corresponding period last year. With three more months of sops to follow, the industry is hopeful of an “unprecedented” good show.

“The sales have been phenomenal since July, when the government announced a 2% reduction in stamp duty and a 10% cut in circle rates for registration of properties,” said Nandu Belani, president, Bengal chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai). “I believe transactions will now accelerate even further in the next three month.

Between July and October, the directorate of registration and stamp revenue clocked 19,843 registrations, up from 9,351 registrations of the corresponding period last year. Sources said they expected the registration number to cross 50,000 in the next three months. “The 2021-2022 fiscal will easily be the best we have seen,” said Sanjay Jain, chairman of a real estate group.

“The registration figures till October are a mix of new units sold and homes andapartments purchased earlier that had not been registered. But, from November, it will predominantly be driven by new home sales, as customers are ready to avail themselves of the stamp duty cut,” he added.

Sales data of new homes for the July-September quarter shows that sales during the quarter this — 6,861 — is almost double that of the 3,921 units in the corresponding period last year. Also, it is 125% more than Q3 2019, at 6,861.

The largest number of registrations have happened in north Kolkata 43% followed by south Kolkata at 34%. In terms of unit size, apartments over 500sq ft-1,000sq ft category, 2,275 units were registered this October, up from 631 units last year. In apartments sized over 1,000sqft, 1,227 units were registered in October, up from 341 units registered in October 2020.

By LNN (Liyaans News Network)