Mumbaikars income grew world’s 3rd fastest in 5 yrs

Mumbaikars income grew world’s 3rd fastest in 5 yrs

Mumbai: Mumbai has recorded the third highest growth in annual household incomes among 32 major cities across the world during 2014-18, as per the inaugural issue of Knight Frank’s global report Urban Futures.

The steep hike in incomes coupled with a modest rise in house prices in the five-year period made Mumbai a more affordable city amongst its global peers despite it being the most expensive real estate market in India, the report noted. “The real house prices in comparison have grown at a much slower pace of 8 per cent, while the real disposable household income growth was over 20.4 per cent in the five-year period ending 2018,” Knight Frank said in its report.

The survey evaluated 32 cities across the world to understand the difference between house prices and income. San Francisco saw the highest income rise at 25 per cent while Amsterdam at 63.6 per cent recorded the highest rise in house prices in 2014-18.

“The affordability in the city has improved on account of reduced size of units with largely stable prices. Consistent reduction in apartment sizes has also lowered the average ticket price for Mumbai,” it said, adding new homes built during 2014-18 are smaller by 25 per cent.

Maximum launches, particularly in the last two years (2017 and 2018), are in the affordable and mid-ranged segment with ticket prices not exceeding Rs 75 lakh. “This should be viewed positively, as it indicates a further possibility of growth of global and Indian organisations in the city (Mumbai), who are always looking at locations that are strategic and yet within the affordable range,” Knight Frank India CMD Shishir Baijal said. (IANS)

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