The current uptick in the demand for housing is structural in nature and here to stay, Parekh said at a virtual proptech summit.
The lower interest rates, stable property prices and continued fiscal benefits on housing loans have aided the growth in home loans over the past few months, he felt.
The pick-up in demand is a combination of first-time homebuyers and customers moving up the property ladder by shifting to larger homes or acquiring a second home in another location.
With the work from home (WFH) option, the proximity to one's work place is less compelling and homebuyers have wider options in terms of locations while buying property, he said.
Parekh also said the construction industry is one of the least digitised sectors in the world. It is estimated that the real estate
sector spends less than 1.5 per cent of its revenue on technology.
Real-time data on real estate
is hardly available, he added. He was of the opinion that the progress of projects can be monitored through digital dashboards, with data driving key decisions.
According to him, while fintech, healthtech and edutech have seen more activity, proptech is still in its infancy.
Proptech firms can play a big role in accelerating the government's smart city mission in terms of facilitating online approvals of building projects, said Parekh.
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