Gurgaon is safe as an investment bet.

Capital values rose by more than 30-35% in Gurgaon’s residential sector over the last one year. Developers are now going slow on execution of real estate projects, resulting in a drop in supply of residential apartments in most prime markets. Emerging residential areas are still not able to meet the huge housing demand.

Due to rampant construction delays, the expected supply of residential properties announced in early 2009 has not been able to reach the market. Around 500,000 units that were scheduled for possession in key markets by end of 2011 are delayed by another year.

There has been an increase in lateral hiring by corporates. With job scenario improving all over the country, people have more to spend. This has resulted in good investment opportunities, and investor sentiments in the affordable and mid-income segment of Gurgaon’s residential market have improved.

Gurgaon remains promising for office space, and there are good prospects for more major global players setting up operations here in near future. On the whole, this augurs well for the residential property market, more or less assuring relatively healthy absorption of residential space in the times to come. The new infrastructure initiatives being undertaken by the government will also play a crucial role for Gurgaon’s residential and commercial property sectors.

CCI again caught DLF for imposing unfair conditions on flat owners.

CCI has again accused DLF of imposing unfair conditions on home buyers on its high-end residential project Magnolia in Gurgaon. For this, Magnolia Flat Owners’ Association had filed a complaint against DLF Universal, Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Director Town and Country Planning, Haryana, with the Competition Commission of India (CCI).

In the report, the CCI director general found that DLF has issued allotment letters, and apartment buyers’ agreements were signed even before it got approvals from the town planner. Also, the builder has revised the building plans and applied for increasing the height of the towers after collecting 90% of the money from the buyers, and two months after the original date of delivery promised by the company.

CCI had also found DLF guilty of abusing its position at the Park Place Project in Gurgaon, where they asked the company to cease and desist from imposing unfair conditions on buyers. The order had also directed DLF to suitably modify the unfair conditions imposed on existing buyers within three months.

Drish Paul, the president of the Magnolia Flat Owners’ Association, said that “Many people are living on rent, waiting for apartments to be handed over. We would eventually like to get compensated for the loss due to the delay in completion of the project.”

In a similar order in August 2011,CCI had slapped a fine of 630 crore on DLF for unfair practices, abuse of market dominance and disregard for consumer rights in its Belaire residential project in Gurgaon.

Fire Capital Plans to Increase $ 100Million to Invest in Housing Projects

Fire Capital, the first private equity fund focused on the Indian real estate sector , plans to increase $100 million to capitalize in housing projects. The company will increase the money initially from its existing investors in the US to invest in tier-II and tier-III cities in states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, told the CEO Om Chaudhry.

“There is an intense scarcity of residential projects, as India would require at least another 30 million homes by 2012 to fulfil the existing housing need. We want to cut some bit of the demand and supply gap in small towns and accommodate to the middle income segment,” he said. Majorly homes are needed in the mid and lower income group. Fire Capital, established in 2004, raised its first fund worth $121 million in 2006, with an ability to invest around $250 million through the co-investment commitments of its investor base. All the funds are almost over. It is raising the additional amount to built 25-50 acres with each builder in small towns this financial year.

The real estate sector in the country was one of the biggest effected area of the global economic recession in 2008-09 as buyers kept away from the market and banks became panicky about giving loans. Although recovery in the sector is gaining speed, but the amount of debt in the industry is a big concern. According to industry estimates, real estate firms have built up a total debt of about 75,000 crore. Property developers are increasingly approaching private equity firms to complete both existing and new projects besides repaying a part of their debt.

Govt Approves FDI Proposals

The govt. today approved 21 foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals worth Rupees 1,027 crore, including ACB India and Oriental Tollways. FIPB took a total of 47 FDI proposals but the board delayed decisions on 17 applications and refused nine, the Ministry of Finance stated.

The board gave its approval to ‘Oriental Tollways Pvt Ltd’ (Delhi and Haryana) for launching of foreign equity in an investing company. The proposal may bring in FDI worth Rupees 475 crore and ‘Darjeeling Organic Tea Estates’ application for launching of foreign equity and to a collaborator to handle the business of production, distribution andalso the export of tea was approved by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board. The firm aims at FDI worth Rupees 93.37 crore.

‘M3M Golf Estate’ in Gurgaon – 7 Star Luxury Apartments

M3M India Ltd. chains up with Larsen & Toubro, one of the leading construction firms to build their finest luxury residence in Gurgaon which is 7 star to be named as “M3M Golf Estate”..  This project will be constructed by L&T in collaboration with LERA International, the world’s leading consulting firms. The estimated worth of this deal of phase – 1 is about Rupees 400 cr, out of a total investment of over Rupees 2,000 cr. Lera International will be providing it’s most modern and pioneering structural engineering designs. In a press release it is declared that the project will be completed in 33 months much prior to the scheduled time of completion of 42 months.

The project is tactically located on the Golf Course Road (Extn.) in Sec 65, Gurgaon, which is 30 mts drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport spread over an expansive 75 acrs. Graham Cooke, the world famous architect has designed the magnificent apartments around a 9 hole reversible ‘In City’ golf course. The architecture is a perfect fusion of eco friendly, green sceneries and cutting edge designs. The project is designed by world’s finest architects ARCOP headed by Ramesh Khosla. The project has already received awards internationally in USA, UK and Dubai, as “Best Upcoming Golfing Lifestyle Residence in India” .

“In line with our commitment to give the best of quality and timely delivery, we are happy to appoint L&T which is one of the world’s best construction groups. “M3M Golf Estate” is our much honoured project, internationally acclaimed, and we have designed this, keeping in mind the taste, class and the requirements of our target clients. We ensure the use of latest technology and safety of structures” said Basant Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, M3M Group.

M3M Golf Estate offers high – tech ultra modern luxury apartments with all modern amenities like wi-fi in all buildings, roof- top jogging path, and superior class club houses. These apartments will trait world class amenities, unique outdoor and indoor living spaces, modern kitchen, sated with fittings and high quality end fixtures. It also offers aesthetically designed golf course.

IREO to invest 500 million dollars

Global real estate giant IREO will invest 500 million dollars in various infrastructure projects in India.
IREO is already one of the largest investors in the country’s real estate sector. The company currently has thirteen projects and is in the process of constructing an IT SEZ in Pune. The company has projects in many states including Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Delhi. The company said it would develop an eight million square feet housing project in the next one year.