04.03.2022, 08:44

Interest rates putting dampener on real estate


Interest rates putting dampener on real estate

Nguyen Quoc Anh, deputy CEO of Batdongsan.com.vn, highlighted that the demand for property, particularly those for living purposes, still remains high despite the lingering pandemic.

“Over 90 per cent of people surveyed in recent research conducted by our firm express their ambition to purchase real estate/house in the future. More than half are looking to buy within the next two years. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi remain in the top spots as the hottest housing markets in the country, followed by provinces adjacent to these two cities.”

The biggest impediment for future homebuyers, notwithstanding, is associated with ballooning prices that continue to swell.

Additionally, homeowners also confront challenges such as income losses and concerns over an economic downturn.

Moreover, 53 per cent of respondents thought that the current house loan interest rate is too high, hampering their appetite and ability to purchase homes.

Su Ngoc Khuong, senior director of investment of Savills Vietnam, assessed that in general, higher interest rates exert an influence on input costs, thus minimising the competitiveness of local goods. In the real estate sector, when interest rates go up and expenses rise, real estate developers will have to raise prices in response.

“Consumers would have to feel the brunt when using financial leverage to purchase property due to the effect increasing interest rates will have on their income. This is a source of tension for purchasers,” Khuong said.

As the high rates have a detrimental impact on their ability to purchase property, customers will have to thoroughly consider whether to use financial leverage or not when making purchases in the real estate market, he added. “This puts a lot of strain on end-users. However, I believe that the rate hike is merely a technical matter of fiscal policy in the short term. The government is adamant about supporting enterprises through stimulus packages.”

SSI Research stated the deposit interest rate schedule has been on an upward trajectory in recent months, so banks could attract more spare money. Credit growth is outpacing deposit growth, placing commercial banks’ business operations under strain.

Given the economic openness when Vietnam signals its intention to fully resume international tourism, a robust hike in credit demand, and steadily escalating inflationary strain, SSI states that deposit interest rates have bottomed out and will begin to rise in the second half of the year. As a result, deposit rates will go up by 20-25 basis points as per the base scenario.

Likewise, VNDirect Securities anticipates a 0.3-0.5 percentage point rise in the deposit interest rate this year. Interest rates might rise as a result of greater demand for capital mobilisation as a result of immense credit and inflationary tension, as well as competition from alternative investment channels like real estate and securities.

According to research conducted by the BIDV Research and Training Institute, inflation is slated to be between 3.5 and 3.8 per cent this year. The deposit rate may fluctuate between 0.3 and 0.8 per cent, while the fundamental lending rate remains constant. This anticipated interest rate hike took into account the effect of the higher price of goods and services, as well as the government’s socioeconomic recovery and development agenda.