In theory, lower interest rates are supposed to push demand for real estate. but if one looks at what has happened in the last one year, this theory has been turned upside down. Interest rates are high on a relative basis as compared to what they were three years back, but still demand for real estate has not been impacted. It is the economic growth which matters for the demand of real estate. There are two or three ways to play to the real estate boom. One of them is the housing finance companies, which had gone through its fair share of problems then a clean up in the last few years. A number of them have also implemented tech solutions both from growth and controlling non performing assets NPAs.
The recent RBI guidelines on tightening the normal for provision for unsecured lending, bring back the debate to whether from a long term perspective, it is better to own a good housing finance stocks as it largely secured portfolio or should be stick to unsecured lenders who have faster growth rate. Despite all the ills of the real estate and housing finance business, one of the biggest wealth creators in the history of the Indian stock market
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