Affordable housing finance industry’s long-term growth outlook remains positive, says ICRA


Affordable housing finance corporations’ growth is predicted to select up within the monetary yr 2021-22 submit moderation on this fiscal yr and the tempo is predicted to stay increased than housing finance corporations, stated rankings company ICRA.

Amid situations of enterprise de-growth for the housing finance corporations (HFC)s, the reasonably priced housing finance corporations (AHFC)s have continued to develop, albeit at a slower tempo.

The complete portfolio of the brand new AHFCs within the reasonably priced housing house stood at Rs. 55,061 crores as on September finish and registered a reasonable year-on-year growth of 9% in comparison with sector’s total destructive growth, ICRA stated in a current report.

Although the growth is far decrease than the three-year common of over 30%, as per the rankings company, the long-term growth outlook for AHFC remains beneficial, supported by a number of elements. At this present dimension, AHFCs accounted for round 5% of the general Indian HFC market as on September finish.

“Given the target borrower profile–largely self-employed and middle-to-low-income borrowers–the impact of the pandemic on earnings and savings could be high, leading to the deferment of home purchases for some time by such borrowers. Thus, the growth numbers for FY2021 could be much lower at 8-10%. However, the long-term growth outlook for the sector remains positive given the large underserved market, favourable demographic profile, housing shortage and government support in the form of tax sops and subsidies,” stated Manushree Saggar, Vice President and Head – Financial Sector Ratings, ICRA. “We expect that the growth would pick up to 12-15% in FY2022.”

Over the final decade, a number of new gamers have emerged within the housing finance house, focusing totally on the reasonably priced housing section. The property value on this section is normally under Rs 20 lakh and debtors have comparatively low earnings and normally wouldn’t have any formal earnings proof.

Earlier, most giant gamers didn’t cater to this section. However, over the past couple of years, even giant HFCs have arrange devoted verticals targeted on the reasonably priced housing section. While banks are additionally current within the smaller-ticket residence mortgage market, their lending to the economically weaker part (EWS) and low-income group (LIG) segments and debtors with none formal earnings proof is proscribed. These specialised HFCs try to faucet this underserved market section.

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