Real estate is a pillar of any economy. The land that owns it, where it is located, where the wealth is concentrated, and where human society will organize itself is an important factor. Zembuilders provides you a real estate sector analysis in Pakistan based on some facts and figures that will clear your vision.
According to the World Bank, about 60-70pc of a country’s total wealth is stored in its immovable assets. If we apply these estimates to Pakistan, and you are looking for a real estate sector worth between 300$ to 400$ billion. With any number of billions, leave hundreds of billions alone, it will not gain attention and importance. However, to meet the financial, economic, and political challenges, the immovable property has been a disaster over the past year and looks no brighter in 2020. The positive thing, however, is that things are stagnant for now, and that means development is likely.
The current turmoil in the real estate sector in Pakistan can be traced back to 2017, when a strange combination of political instability, confusion in tax policy, and mistrust in economic and fiscal policies once again caused the dynamic sector to create an uneasy break and was coming to a great stop
The complete absence of incentives for investors was imposed because the government had somehow tried to circumvent the tax net. Non-filers were prohibited from buying property worth more than 5 million unless they registered with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The board then scrutinized the banking transactions of non-filers, imposed higher taxes on property transfers, and discouraged investors from actively investing in the sector in 2018-19.
Another factor that added to the slowdown of the real estate sector was the non-utilization of the developmental budget that led to the reduction of the construction sector and the real estate sector. Despite the dark outlook in the last few years, there is evidence that 2020 will be an exciting time for investors, especially overseas Pakistanis.
Furthermore, there is an urgent need for developers and builders to monitor the development of societies as the process of land stabilization takes many years to complete. Supervision of immovable property is necessary as it gives the business some legitimacy and, some accountability. Overseas people will not have to worry about scams.
Real estate in Pakistan is unable to reach its maximum capacity due to excessive regulation by the FBR. Currently, there is no tax on property held for more than four years. But if a property worth Rs 5 million is sold within five years, a five percent tax will be levied and the property sold within ten years of ownership will be taxed at 15 percent.
Now, the market has been compromised and the ban on non-filers and the imposition of heavy taxes on already paying citizens have eroded investor confidence. The government needs to develop a long-term strategy to expand the tax base.
Existing taxpayers will suffer more by imposing higher taxes, first by squeezing the tax base, because people will start using cash transactions instead of banking transactions and hide their wealth, and secondly that investors Forcing people to buy property abroad and stand out from Pakistan. There is a need to follow the system of the increasing system as fast-track reforms can have a negative impact on the economy, especially the real estate sector.