Economists and real estate professionals have offered differing comments and interpretations regarding these falling prices. Whereas professionals in the construction sector are urging people to buy houses, as today is the most suitable time to do so, the economists are maintaining that real estate spending needs to be delayed because the uncertainty level in the market might increase even further.
While all the sectors are seeking to turn crisis into opportunity within their own possibilities, a number of developer and investor firms, which are seriously challenged by the crisis conditions, are resorting to flexible payment schemes, fixing the Turkish Lira’s exchange rate against foreign currencies, longer payment terms and other similar marketing methods in an effort to increase demand for their projects. According to our overall studies regarding A Class residential projects in Istanbul categorized by location, general price reductions have been observed in all areas since June 2008. Depending on each area’s own potential and location-related opportunities, the rate of the falling prices varies. The price reduction reaches up to 30-40% in projects located in suburban areas; however, the reduction in the central areas has remained restricted to 10-15%.
In the Maltepe - Kartal and Pendik - Tuzla districts, situated on the Asian side alongside the Marmara Sea, the residential prices have also fallen by 20-30%. The potential of these areas is expected to expand with the completion of the Marmaray Project in 2012 and the establishment of the metro line, as part of the Marmaray Project, which will extend as far as the Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The increasing accessibility will positively affect the residential market and prices in these areas in the future.
On the European side, the Bahçesehir – Esenyurt district has witnessed an extraordinary increase in residential stock since the early 1990s. This development has today caused a major excess of supply, and prices have fallen by around 25-35% in the area following the emergence of the economic slowdown. We believe that the adverse effects of the current credit crisis on the residential market will slow down towards the second half of 2009, and the residential demand will strengthen again in the year 2010.