Chennai real estate market has been stable with moderate price appreciation of 8 10% in 2012. With inprogress infrastructure projects taking shape, the demand and capital values are expected to rise across all sectors. Focus on improvement of public modes of transport has been one of the major highlights in Chennai. This is evident from the expansion of the existing highways, work on Chennai Metro and the Outer Ring Road.
Approval of three new bridges connecting ECR and OMR at Neelankarai, Palavakkam and Kottivakkam is expected to impact the capital values. Going forward growth in Chennai would not solely be determined by the IT/ITES sector, but also the transport corridors of the above mentioned infrastructure projects. Chennai market is looking forward to the MRTS and BRTS projects to give the city a new face in 2014-15. 2012 has seen the city shift investor focus from the usual OMR, ECR to the WEST and NORTH of Chennai. The operationalization of the TIDCO & Ascendas SEZ at Tiruvallur and the operationalization of the new airport at Sriperumpudur in 2015 is driving interest in the North & West Chennai regions.
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Global uncertainties and IT/ITES sector going slow with their expansion plans impacted the real estate scenario in Chennai with high vacancy rate. Though the focus on residential sector from developers end was high, and Chennai market saw remarkably high number of new launches in 2012. Sales were moderate in comparison to the new residential supply added to the market. In 2013 Chennai residential market is likely to see few launches compared to 2012 but improvement in sales with an overhang of 18-22 months.