The report attributed the improvement in demand to better regulatory environment, falling prices and indirect discounts.
"The residential market saw some upward movement in sales velocity, but the year stopped short of being a year of recovery. Total sales of residential units were estimated to be 242,328 registering a 6 per cent increase over 2017," said the Knight Frank's July-December report on residential and commercial real estate. Knight Frank is global real estate consultancy firm.
Among the cities surveyed, Bengaluru recorded the highest annual increase in sales of 27 per cent at 43,775 units last year, on the back of economic stability and job security. Sales in the National Capital Region (NCR) witnessed an 8 per cent increase in sales at 40,643 units in 2018.
Among the other cities, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad recorded a 3 per cent rise in sales each and in Hyderabad realty sales were 9 per cent up.
On the contrary, Kolkata and Pune witnessed a 10 per cent and 1 per cent year-on-year decline in 2018, the report showed.
Further, it said that the number of launches of housing units during the year increased by 75 per cent from 2017 to around 1.82 lakh units.
"The growth in new launches was even more pronounced in H2 (July-December) 2018 as it saw supply levels spike by 119 per cent. H2 2018 saw a total of around 89,500 new unit launches which was 119 per cent up compared to H2 2017," it said.
The realty consultancy firm in its report also noted that 60 per cent of all launches were within the price bracket of Rs 50 lakh, showing that "most developers are concentrating on the affordable and mid-ranged segment in line with changing preferences of the customer".
"Mumbai (38,390 units), Pune (18,580 units) Bengaluru (11,830 units) saw the highest new unit launches in 2018," the report said.