Pakistan real estate correction PKR and USD 2016 till 2019
Real estate in Pakistan has been slow since 2016 when the Government announced tax reforms. Prices stumbled shortly afterwards and a steady decline set in and like all property bubbles in the past this one also finally burst. This is the nature of things in our world, for every rise there is a fall and it is so true when it comes to real estate or stocks or for that matter any kind of trading market.
The fact of the matter is that the prices will never keep going up in a single line rather they form a pattern of highs and lows.During an up trend it makes higher highs and higher lows and in a down trending market it will form lower highs and lower lows. Property has been in an up trend ever since we set foot in this world and with growing population & economy it is expected to get more expensive throughout the 21st century.
What is real estate correction
In terms of stocks etc, a correction is generally defined as a 10 percent or greater decline in the price of a security from its most recent peak during an uptrend. The same is applicable when it comes to real estate because some times due to higher demand the property gets over valued and at one point you will start seeing less buyers and than a correction cycle initiates resulting in prices coming down till it reaches around its actual assessed value or a state of balance. In terms of property this cycle may take a few years and price will eventually settle down at a much lower price than the peak.
In time due to negative sentiment in the market the demand lowers and so does the price because of general rule of supply and demand. Eventually it gets undervalued and it is at this time that the informed investors starts investing again. This renewed interest starts to change the sentiment of the property and eventually lift the price up. In time more and more investors join in and the property price again rise higher than the actual assessed value and we finally start seeing lack of interest from investors which eventually pushes the market into next correction.
This entire process is not as simple as it looks as you will see that some sectors in property market will continue to grow even when in general the property is in recession. This happens because every sector has its own cycle as well and it may happen that while one sector is undergoing correction the other sector may be preparing itself for an up trend.
Recession is the best time to invest
It is a proven fact that recession is the best time to invest as it offers you lowest possible risk and a huge upside opportunity. The most important thing however is your timing as that will determine your overall rate of interest. The easiest way to analyze that is to see how much the property prices have fallen.
This requires a strong heart and mind with a deep understanding of the market as psychologically while we were ready to invest in the same property at a higher price earlier, now we feel that we should not even when the property is a lot cheaper. We being social animals instinctively tend to follow the crowd as moving with crowd makes us feel more secure. However when it comes to investments this is not really applicable. Successful people have understood this and use their mind rather than instinct to make a decision and while majority is buying they tend to sell and when majority is selling they take it as an opportunity to buy cheap.
The property is undervalued
The real estate prices have been down trending since 2016 June in Pakistan, however in the year 2018 the huge PKR depreciation of 28% against USD has resulted in the under evaluation of the real estate sector. Pakistani real estate sector is highly dependent on Expats and while the local investors do not see a huge downside so far in term of PKR the Expats are starting to see an opportunity because the prices have come down a huge percentage in terms of USD.
The calculations below are for some sectors of real estate and are based on actual transactions and not demands. Also we have only accounted for certain portions within that sector which we consider are suitable for investment rather than entire areas as under :
- MB front commercials accounted for in our fact sheet are between 1 to 125.
- Mb back commercials from 240 to 358.
- Phase 8 proper 1 Kanal plots of S,T,U,V,W and X.
- Broadway 8 Marla commercials on back only.
- Phase 8 Z Ivy green only 5 Marla in Z6
Now this is very interesting as you can see that while some sectors show positive growth in terms of PKR but are negative when it comes to USD and there are those which are negative both in PKR and USD. This is also important to notice that regardless of an over all perception of a negative real estate there are sectors which have performed, as you can see a 90% gain in DHA Peshawar and some other areas of DHA Lahore performing in terms of both USD and PKR.
If you are a long-term investor targeting 3 to 5 years time frame than this is the best time to invest specially if you are an expat. Broadway commercials in Phase 8 and 4 Marla commercial files of DHA Lahore are one of the top options in this scenario.
If you are a short-term investor than you can consider DHA Multan for a one year trade or else I will suggest that you wait for the market sentiment to change.
It is hard to predict an exact bottom or when exactly we will see the market to start a positive uptrend again, however in my personal opinion we may see optimism to build up in 2020 and 2021 and markets reaching peak around 2025. However this is a general sentiment and the performance of various sectors within the next up trend may vary greatly according to market demand and supply.
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