PKR Depreciation, Interest Rates & Real Estate
Before you continue with this article I will request you to read our 2018 real estate forecast. Real estate in Pakistan is one of the biggest and foremost sector where not only expats but also the locals invest. For decades it has formulated the base of our economy and one of the biggest sectors to attract investments. Imlaak has always brought to you a realistic and unbiased analysis which is at least 90% correct in predicting the future.
Real estate is one of the basic economic indicators and is entangled with over all policy financial health of the state. In this article we are going to see how these policies in conjunction with record PKR depreciation of more than 28% will effect real estate sector in the upcoming days.
Following has changed since Dec 2017
- PKR has depreciated from 108 to 138 in one year.
- Interest rate has been increased to 10% by state bank of Pakistan.
Effect of PKR depreciation on real estate
Depreciation in PKR actually means that real estate has gone down as well in terms of dollar. A plot which has not increased in value in last one year and was available in 50 Lacs or $ 46296 in 2017 Dec is now available in $ 36231. This accounts to a decline of 28% in terms of real estate prices in one year.
Technically even if you have made a profit of 28% on real estate in last one year that means you are actually just at par.
However we are actually looking at a narrow window and if we really want to calculate if $ is a better investment than real estate we may need to make our analysis on a much wider time range.
Ten years PKR vs USD and Real Estate
In Dec of 2008 1 USD was only at 78 against PKR , today it stands at 138. This shows a deprecation of 76% in ten years or 7.6% annually.
In the same time frame real estate sector has given great returns. 1 Kanal file in DHA Lahore 9 Prism was roughly between 13 to 14 Lacs and is now a plot with an average worth of 100 lacs. This shows a significant growth of more than 700%.
It is also important to note that interest rates on foreign currencies has remained very low in last 10 years and would not have given you any significant profits even if you kept that money in a savings account.
Now coming on to the interest rates hike by the state bank of Pakistan recently. As per the latest interest rates if you keep your money in the bank, you will probably double it in 7 years and grow it 400% in 14 years. That is if you do not take any profits out of it in 14 years.
Like any other investment the interest rates may increase or decrease in coming years and can also significantly effect your profit ratio.
However it is clear that even if the interest rates remain stable, real estate which has offered 700% growth in last 10 years has the promise to offer you at least 1000% growth in next 14 years considering past trends. All you need to do is make the right choice at the right time and we can help you achieve that.
Increase in interest rates should be harmful for the rental properties, however in Pakistan this does not happen because of the presence of black money which is more safe in a property than in a bank”
One year performance of imlaak investment
I am the man of the future yet we need to look at the past to predict the future. If you have read our forecast for 2018, which was published on 1st Jan 2018, you will have a clear idea that we have achieved our objectives set in 2018.
Although we had no idea of such sharp increase in the value of USD, yet our investments have given us 30 to 40% returns in one year and we were able to hedge against depreciating PKR.
Moving on to the future
Now it is time to compare what might be best for you in days to come between keeping your money as USD , keeping it in a bank or investing in real estate.
Firstly USD is not expected to move any further high and thus will not offer you any returns in the next year. If you have USD, I will suggest that you get them exchanged into PKR and either invest in real estate or put it in bank for interest.
If you are conscious about taking interest from banks than real estate is the only sector where you can safely park your money for profits. In addition investing in real estate offers you a chance to grow your money many times over as compared to taking interest from the bank.
If you are a fan of monthly income it is best to invest it in rental properties as you will achieve 5% rental per year and an appreciation of at least 10% per annum. Thus making it more feasible than putting it in a bank.
Making wise choices
Those of you who have not made enough money in real estate need to look back and see what they did wrong”
While some may worry about the risks involved in real estate sector and prefer a more secure and safe investment option like keeping your money in a bank. I will like to suggest an alternative, you see like any other thing in life, while investing in real estate you need to make a wise choice and that is what our plans are all about: helping you make a wiser investment choices in real estate.
I do have a few suggestions if you are failing in making your real estate investments profitable:
- Find a great consultant, good is just not good enough any more, you need to be with the market leader if you want to succeed.
- You need to invest safely in projects all across Pakistan launched by safe and reliable developers.
- Avoid investing in Bahria town in 2019 and wait till things settle down.
A lot of people are still uncertain regarding dollar and some are still planning to buy more or holding on to what they already have. Let me give you a word of advise, this depreciation we experienced last year is unprecedented and will probably not happen again any time soon. I do get involved in forex and stocks so I am completely certain that USD is not a valid investment at this point of time.
Those who have not purchased USD earlier have missed the band wagon and those who did have gained profits. It is the right time to get your profits and reinvest some place else.
Investment Consultant and CEO at Imlaak
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Captain Shahnawaz Bhatti (Retd) is the founder and CEO of Imlaak which is based in DHA Lahore. He has represented a large number of investors in a wide array of real estate transactions. With more then 8 years experience in commercial real estate, marketing and real estate project management, he has a proven track record of guiding national and multi-national clients with their real estate portfolios and asset management. He is also an active real estate blogger and offers free advice through his articles. Imlaak handles real estate transactions valued at well over 9000 million every year. Our specific area of expertise includes strategic planning , transaction management, asset trading, partnerships & venture capitalist with experienced business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors & some proven-concept start-ups. In a very short time, Imlaak has introduced a new vision of professionalism, transparency and hard work in the real estate industry. ‘There is no better time to invest in real estate than today’ Captain S. Bhatti