17 Oct 2009, 0135 hrs IST, Supriya Verma Mishra, ET Bureau

Mumbai's residential property prices are on the rise even as the buyer is not in a hurry to finish a deal. According to the city’s property registration data, there has been a 13% month-on-month drop in the number of apartments registered in August 2009 this year as compared with the previous month. This trend was holding out in September as well.

“As prices increase, customers shy away and this is evident from the registration data,” said Ram Yadav, CFO, Orbit Corporation. The slowdown in demand comes after an average month-on-month increase of 6% since March 2009. “The drop in sales is clearly visible in Mumbai as compared to other parts of the country. It is more visible in projects that cost over Rs 3,000 per sq ft,” said Pankaj Kapoor, CEO, Liases Foras, a real estate research agency.

Real estate agents profess a similar view. “Builders have increased prices faster than expected. This has forced buyers to defer their purchase decision,” said Vipul Shah, a property consultant. Builders have merely reacted to the sentiment which revolves around the demand picking up in the residential segment.
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