RBI has cut the repo rate by a further 25 basis points. This can be the fifth straight rate cut as RBI helps the government in boosting economy. Central bank has brought down GDP development estimate from 6.9% to 6.1%.

The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has sliced key repo rate for the fifth time within the year because it points to boost request and private utilization in the midst of a financial lull. Whereas the RBI committee had cut repo rate by 35 bps in the August policy meeting, it has decreased the key loaning rate by an extra 25 bps after its most recent bi-monthly audit assembly.

With the festive season around the corner, this move has been welcomed as individuals make purchases amid Navratras and Diwali. The real estate sector has been looking forward to such activities to boost deals because it is profoundly delicate to intrigued rate developments. This encourages diminishment of repo rate will not as it brought down the loaning rates but moreover incentivise speculation and boost utilization. The government has as of now reported an arrangement of measures counting steepest cut in corporate charge among others to jump-start development and restore the drooping economy.

Repo rate is the rate which RBI lends to the commercial banks. A repo rate cut permits banks to diminish intrigued rates for customers and brings down break even with monthly instalments on home loans, personal loans and auto and car loans.

Will this cut affect real-time deployment of the stressed funds?

This rate cut comes near on the heels of the later declaration of setting up stretch finance of INR 20,000 crore to supply last-mile subsidizing to ventures slowed down due to need of capital. This finance ought to get into action before long and illustrate significant comes about to make strides the emotions of industry partners like FIs, PEs, engineers – and most imperatively, homebuyers. A declaration with respect to the real-time deployment of the stressed fund during the festive season can dovetail well with this rate cut and yield a positive consumer response.

In the backdrop of weakening economy and falling GDP growth as an outcome of domestic policy disruptions and geo-politics trade war fuming around globally, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani –National President -NAREDCO sounds affirmative by saying, “India’s Monetary Policy Committee continues its ‘Accommodative’ stance for the fifth consecutive time in this year by reducing the repo rate by 0.25 bps which now stands at 5.15%. The paring of repo rate is a move inclined to revive economic growth, ensuring inflation remains muted and spur up the consumption and investment.” He also added, “The current economic scenario makes it the right time for RBI to announce its one time rollover scheme similar to that was rolled out during the Lehman crisis in 2009 under the global slowdown scenario, which shall act as a remedy to the ailing companies.”

On the successive transmission of rate cuts to the end consumers, Surendra Hiranandani, Chairman and Managing Director, House of Hiranandani said, “Real estate is a safe investment that will definitely give good appreciation and returns in a long term. Overall, it is not only the festive spirit but also the market momentum that is poised to be in favour of the home-buyers. So, one must take advantage of the current scenario and invest with a long term perspective to ensure superior returns.”

“The Reserve Bank of India’s decision to reduce repo rate by 0.25% bps is a step in the right direction. This accommodative stance will help in stirring demand among homebuyers. With festive season beginning, this decision has come at the right time. RBI’s recent mandate on directly linking repo rate with fresh home loan rate was much needed to ensure the immediate transmission of rate cut. After RBI’s decision, we request the government to take necessary steps to create housing demand across segments in this slowed economy,” said Chintan Sheth, Director, Ashwin Sheth Group.

Srinivasan Gopalan, CEO, Ozone Group on RBI policy announced today said, “The rate cut of 25 bps was expected and we are optimistic that with lending rates coming down marginally, there will be a speedy consumption. We are yet hopeful for further rate cut by RBI in next bi-monthly policy which is need of the hour.” Whereas Ram Walase, Managing Director & CEO, VBHC Value Homes Ltd. said, “The rate cut pass-on alongwith the existing incentives would benefit the affordable housing sector.”