Mumbai’s April property registrations best in 10 years

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Property registrations in Mumbai, the country’s biggest real estate market, were the best in 10 years for April with more than 10,136 completed deals, due to a spillover effect from earlier months.


The completed deals led to stamp duty revenue collection of ₹514 crore during the month, data from the Inspector General of Registration (IGR), Maharashtra, showed.


Experts said a spillover effect from earlier months pushed up numbers as actual deals concluded in April were much lower.


The onset of the Covid-19 second wave, local restrictions and partial lockdowns had, as expected, slowed the sales momentum, resulting in delayed conclusion of deals.


Only 7% of these registration numbers were from new residential sales concluded in April, while 93% of the registrations were from properties transacted between December 2020 and March 2021 for which applicable stamp duties were paid during the lower rate window, a study conducted by property consultant Knight Frank India revealed.


In December, the Maharashtra government had given a leeway of four months to homebuyers to register a property after payment of stamp duty, to prevent crowding at registration offices.