Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Group
As was anticipated, the RBI has decided to keep the repo rates unchanged at 6.5%. This gives some respite to prospective homebuyers looking to avail of home loans in the near future. The unchanged repo rate can help maintain the momentum in housing sales, which has so far been firing on all cylinders in 2023. As per ANAROCK Research, we saw housing sales in the first quarter of 2023 scale new heights, breaching the one lakh mark at 1.14 lakh units across the top 7 cities.
Given the current unchanged rates, the outlook for those looking to buy their first home via a home loan soon remains favorable. Interest rates from most banks will continue in the single digits. With top banks, they currently hover between 8.7 to 9.65%. A future rate hike, if any, may push the rates into double digits. The persisting financial instabilities in advanced economies of the world may have repercussions in India, causing the RBI to take such a step to face these headwinds.