Delhi: Homes Sells Faster Than Mumbai

Mumbai may be second to Delhi in unsold homes, but it will take longer to sell them. Real estate developers in the financial capital must wait over three years to clear 1.13 lakh units or 120 million sq ft as high prices deter potential buyers, shows a study released by Liases Foras, a real estate rating and research consultant.

The study covers units in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) — including Mumbai city, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai — National Capital Region in Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. NCR, with 232.57 million square feet or 1.60 lakh units of unsold homes — roughly double Mumbai’s —will likely sell homes much faster, in 23 months.

“The NCR market is primarily an investor market and has very little comparison with Mumbai,” says Om Ahuja, chief executive officer (residential services) at Jones Lang LaSalle India. “The real estate market in areas like Gurgaon or Noida attracts a lot of money from neighbouring states like Punjab, UP and Delhi as people invest in residential properties.” Among the six metros, Pune homes will be sold the fastest, taking just 14 months to sell its 43.06 m sq ft at the current pace of buying. A steep rise in interest rates in the last 18 months was seen as the key reason for low sales as buyers try to avoid high home loan instalments.

The Reserve Bank of India cut key rates by 50 basis points last month, forcing lenders to lower their retail lending rates which could push sales.

 

 

Unitech comes up with Gardens Galleria in Noida.

Unitech, one of the India’s leading integrated developers of large-scale real estate projects, has launched Gardens Galleria in Noida. It is part of Unitech’s existing 147 acres entertainment-cum-retail destination in Noida.
Gardens Galleria, designed by US-based firm Callihon, is spread over 8.36 acres, is strategically positioned adjacent to sector -18, Noida and Film City. It is minutes away from ITO, East Delhi, South Delhi, and Noida Expressway. The project is in the midst of established residential areas, offices, colleges and other commercial towers.

The destination already comprises of an international standard themed amusement park Worlds of Wonder and The Great India Place, a shopping mall. The mall, a combination of entertainment, retail and hospitality, in Noida will comprise of hyper market, departmental stores, international shops, spa, gymnasium, banks, ATMs, food and fun joints. The project comprises 230 retail outlets and there is also parking facility for 8,500 cars. Unitech has already got over 10 lakh patrons a month in its three operational malls the Metro Walk in New Delhi, Great India Place in Noida and Gurgaon Central.

Commenting on the launch, Munish Baldev, head-retail of Unitech said, “We are happy to launch Gardens Galleria in Noida. Unitech has already developed 1.3 million sq ft of mall area in New Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon since 2006, and is developing another 4 million sq ft of retail space in cities such as Kochi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Lucknow, Mohali, Bhopal, Bhub­aneswar, and Dehradun. We have always been bullish about the retail development space and have been developing the shopping malls as per our business plan. We have been getting strong traction from retailers for leasing of the mall-space under development.”

Genesis Luxury, Genesis Lifest­yle, French Connection, Nautica, Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein are among some of the major brands who have their stores in Galleria. The company is also developing another 4 million sq ft of retail space in cities such as Kochi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bangalore, Dehradun, Mohali, Lucknow, and Gurgaon in the next 4-5 years.

Buyers back in Real Estate Sector this Navaratra.

Buyers are back in the realty market this Navaratra, lending credence to this festive season’s reputation as a golden period for business in this sector.

There is flurry of activity in the offices of realty firms as buyers are coming out to seal deals. The mood is likely to remain upbeat till the end of summer vacation of schools.

“I am sure that this positive momentum in the market will continue till summer vacation when even more end users are likely to clinch deals,” Samir Jasuja, the chairman and managing director of Prop Equity, says.

“After Navaratra, summer vacation in schools is regarded a good time for realty, as people wait for the end of term of their children to shift houses or buy one. The summer is a time of transfers and relocation; a time of school admissions and hunting for a house near schools, so that children can have an easy commute,” Jasuja says.

Gaurav Mittal, the managing director of CHD Developers, says: “The mood is really upbeat in the market with people finalizing deals in property. While market warms up during Navaratras even during bad times, this Navaratra is different. The quantum of deals is unexpected, though a welcome development.”

Jasuja says, “Notwithstanding a slew of legal battles, buyers are taking a final call on their new purchases in Noida and Greater Noida.” A report of Prop Equity says that the current financial year has proved to be good for almost all the big cities of the NCR including, Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Faridabad.

Sanjay Khanna, the director of Kailash Nath Developers Pvt Ltd, says: “I hope the worst is over for realty market and transactions take place till the end of summer vacation in schools. This Navaratra is proving to be very auspicious for the realty world. I know that NRIs, too, find the summer months an ideal time to return to their roots in order to buy property. Their search for a property also starts during the summer. This is the time when they visit India in order to meet their relatives and, side by side, also look for nice properties. They do not mind paying slightly more for good properties.”

Realty watchers say that April-June period records a high quantum of property transactions. Realty market picks pace from Navaratras. This is a time when end users finalize their deals and those looking for new homes on rent, also shift. The summer is also a time when the resale market picks up nicely.

Vijay Jindal, the chairman and managing director of SVP group, says: “It is a hectic period from Navaratra and through the summer months. A lot of transactions take place at all levels.” He says that during the summer, buyers give priority to those projects which are close to good schools.

Hopes Revive for Housing , Infra Projects in Patwari

With the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissing as withdrawn a special leave petition (SLP) filed by a group of Patwari farmers ,who challenged the Government ‘s move to work out an out of court settlement with farmers , The greater noida industrial development authority (GNIDA) is confident that the crises in Patwari will be resolved soon. There’s relief for 20,000 homebuyers who have booked flats in projects coming up in Noida Extention’s paywari village.

The Dismissal of the SLP and the indications that the Allahabad high court will begin hearing the Noida and Greater Noida land acquisition cases only after two weeks have allowed the government more time to make more and more Patwari farmers fall in line.
Not only homebuyers but projects like Metro line which is proposed from Noida to Greater Noida road (140 Metre wide, 28 Kms long) , a Greater Noida – Ghaziabad road (60 Metre wide , 22 Kms Long) will also get a new lease if life.
The authority had allotted 3,000 residential plots to people , plus there are number of corporate offices , besides schools and other institutions in that area. A section of farmers in Patwari , where the state government on August 6 struck a higher compensation deal to revive real estate projects , had moved the Supreme Court against the arrangement. Greater Noida chief executive officer Rama Raman termed the SC order “a positive sign”.
A two judge bench of the same court on July 19 quashed forcible acquition of 589 hectares of land in Patwari. But another two judge bench of the same court , while hearing some remaining petitions from Patwari on July 26 , referred the matter to the higher bench for hearing. The court also allowed the contesting parties time till August 12 for the settlement.
Farmer Layer Mr Parminder Bhati said “our contentions was when the HC had quashed acquition in Patwari village , the remaining petitions should have got the same relief. In the name of out of court settlements , government, officials and its heavy weight politicians have been putting pressure on farmers”
Farmers also claimed the court’s stand on Wednesday as victory for them. Ranveer Pradhan a farmer said “we thought we might not get back our land.but the court has approved of the july 19 verdict of the high court”.”The court has said the July 19 verdict was in favour of farmers and assured if the high court’s higher bench ruled against the interest of farmers they can move the Supreme Court.” Said Bhati.

Property Prices Set to Soar in Twin Cities

The lands in Noida and Greater Noida will make houses costlier in both cities. Out of 54 villages in Noida, 40 have been agitating for plots for years. So, more land is still required. There will be no land left for allotment to developers. Demand for land is ever increasing; land prices are bound to go up considerably. Apart from 10,000 odd farmers who are seeking developed land plots, about 4500 farmers in 11 villages of Noida, whose land was acquired before 1997 have also launched an agitation.

The authority says in order to meet the demand the option of raising floor area ratio that allows construction of bulkier buildings. But this alone can’t solve the crisis. The land rates have to go up.

In Greater Noida, the situation is different. Here, two court decisions have quashed forcible acquisition of about 750 hectares of land in two villages. Other villages have also moved court. The process of out-of-court settlement is on. If the farmers are paid more, land prices automatically will go up. If there is no out-of-court settlement, land has to be reacquired under the state’s new acquisition policy, which leaves less saleable land with the authority.

Proposed Delhi Metro Project to Greater Noida through Noida Extension Shelved

In Noida extension land buyers woes know no end. The Allahabad court quashed acquisition of about 600 hectares of land in village Patwari. Almost 20,000 buyers have been affected. But the damage caused is huge.  The court deferred its hearing on a petition till July 26 challenging the acquisition of 466 hectares of land in Roza-Yaqoobpur village.

The GNIDA will have to dig up two important inter-city road links and make the stretch fit for cultivation. The authority will not be able to build its Metro line from Noida to Greater Noida via Noida extension. The CEO Rama Raman, GNIDA, confirmed the undoing of the road links and shelving of Metro  project.

GNIDA has so far spent INR 1500 crore in Noida extension in terms of development to its infrastructure. The common catchphrase is, when roads have to be dug up and returned then why build one? The Deputy CEO Akhilesh Singh of GNIDA said, 70% work on Greater Noida – Noida road which is 130mtr wide and 28 Km long is over. The link was even operational in patches. But since it passes through Shahberi, Patwari and some other villages, so this road might have to be returned to the farmers in the form of agricultural field. Similarly, the Greater Noida – Ghaziabad road which stretches 60mtr wide, 22 Km long will have to be undone as its land also falls within the affected areas of Noida Extension.

Babus Turn Out to be Ingenious Investors.

NEW DELHI: Out of the 4,587 members of the IAS, about 660 has not filed their statements even on the last day for declaring immovable property.The statements posted on the department of personnel and training website shows how babus are clever investors since most of them own several properties, Greater Noida is the most preferred investment place, followed by other parts of the extensive and fast growing NCR.

Any senior bureaucrat on Central deputation owns a plot or flat or house in Greater Noida. It is also a favourite destination for babus of AGMUT cadre, who are usually posted in Delhi at some point of their careers.

Several officers, irrespective of their ranks, own several properties. However, there are certain exceptions among senior officials, whose returns show that neither they nor their spouses own any property. Many officers have not filled in the column on current market value on the plea that they have not determined it. There are some statements, which show suspect at first glance.

Former NDMC chairman Parimal Rai, who was one of the officers indicated in the Shunglu Commission report, has declared 08 properties, including 02 flats in posh area of Green Park. He has valued the flats at Rs 10 lakh each, which is out of sync with the prevailing property prices in the city. His other propertues include a four-bedroom deluxe flat in Lucknow, and a plot in Ghaziabad. A K Mehta, a J K cadre 1978 batch Joint Secretary in UUD ministry, owns 10 immovable properties, which are three plots – two of which are in Golf City (Noida sector 75) worth Rs 37 lakh each – and a property in a Dwarka mall worth Rs 16 lakh.