KARACHI, 24 NOVEMBER 2016: We wrap up quarter three with mostly positive price
increases which represent a healthy real estate market. Plots and houses in core DHA
projects have remained popular with steady demand. The newly built houses in DHA
housing schemes have maintained constant demand given their high investment potential
and central location.
Plots prices surge in DHA
Plots in the popular DHA housing schemes increased substantially in the quarter to
September 2016. Leading the price hikes was DHA Phase 9 where the average price for a
1-kanal plot climbed to Rs 9.5 million. Investors and private buyers will be encouraged by
the price trends and analysts at Lamudi Pakistan expect this uptick to continue into 2017.
State Life Housing Society has increased in price by a marked 16 percent up to Rs
7,847,101 for a 1-kanal plot. This is no surprise given its accessible location close to the
Lahore Ring Road and just 15 minute drive to the Allama Iqbal International Airport.
DHA Phase 6 is the most expensive of all 1-kanal plots in Lahore (under the Lamudi study)
and the average price is Rs 18,267,437 but has decreased 5.92 percent since quarter two.
However, Phase 6 has been on a steady price incline since 2011, so the slight downturn is
likely to be temporary.
Demand for houses remains high
Topping the charts in the housing segment is once again DHA; with DHA Phase 5 and 6 still
the most popular and most expensive housing schemes in the Lamudi report. The average
prices to buy there are Rs 47,691,575 and Rs 44,344,988 respectively. One of the main
draws for DHA 5 is the international standard features for instance balconies, solar hot
water, and ocean views are normal, and security remains a priority for the management
DHA 6 is similarly upmarket when it comes to its showcase features which include designer
interiors, multiple bathrooms, and secure parking facilities.
DHA Phase 3 tops the rental market
Average prices in DHA Phase 3 are Rs 139,218 per month making it the cheapest of the top
five most popular rental locations. The top five most popular in the period from July to
September were DHA Phase 3, Phase 4, Johar Town, DHA Phase 5, and DHA Phase 1.
The most expensive is Johar Town where the monthly rent will set you back Rs 188,056 per
month. At Johar Town, you are spoiled for local amenities given the many education
institutions, healthcare centers, and restaurants in the area. Many young professionals and
families are happy to live in the locality.
Overall, Lamudi Pakistan concludes that the market is healthy despite the uncertainty
caused by tax amendments in the past few months. DHA continues to dominate the market
offering investors a good opportunity to realize a return on investment—as long as they are
willing to wait a number of years.
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