Budget 2013: What it offers to Indian Realty?

Budget 2013 was expected to be a real estate friendly budget due to many reasons. Crushing the hopes of builders and realty players the Budget 2013 remain tepid to the sector.
Budget 2013 holds nothing special to the realty sector

Budget 2013 holds nothing special to the realty sector

The first time home buyers will be benefitting from this budget as the Budget 2013 has proposed Rs.1 lakh additional deduction to them. As per the proposal of the budget the home buyers will be given Rs.1 Lakh deduction for the loans up to Rs.25 lakh and Rs.1.5 lakh for the loans above Rs.25 lakh.

By raising the tax deduction limit by Rs.1 lakh, finance minister P Chidambaram aims to promote the housing sector.

Anuj Puri, Chairman Jones Lang LaSalle India, said that the Budget 2013 is not realistic as it was expected to be. In the opinion of Mr. Puri though the Budget 2013 as an overall level is a moderate one it was not so useful to the real estate sector.

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South Indian Real Estate Sector footprint

What a South Mumbai is to Mumbai or a South Delhi is to Delhi could well be South Indian cities to India! The question is – will the southern region become the downtown of India?

Southern India has for long been the silent crusader, building and strengthening its real estate development as one of the most sought after destinations in the country. With improving transparency and visibility of the real estate markets in the South zone, cities such as Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad have attained a place on the global real estate map, a status that was limited just to Mumbai and Delhi in the past.

While South Indian cities constitute nearly 45% of the country’s office space, the stock of 140 million sq ft in these cities is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the period 2012 – 2016, lower than the projected national growth of 11%. This implies that the southern cities, particularly Bangalore and Hyderabad, are relatively rationalised in terms of medium term supply of office space, and the cities have chosen a strategy of pursuing selective quality developments over rapid expansion. While this would keep their share in India’s office stock range bound at 37%-40%, the South Zone’s vacancy rate by end-2012 is expected to be 16%, considerably lower than the pan-India vacancy rate of over 20%.

While demand remains healthy for organised retail spaces, it is polarised towards either successful malls or high streets, which have better footfalls and conversion ratio. As the mall stock in the southern cities sum up to breach the 40 million sq ft mark by end-2016, the vacancy by then is expected to witness a notable decline from the peak levels of 2014 to drop below the national average of 20.5%.

South India’s residential market has been an ardent follower of the ‘affordability’ mantra, with more than 80% of the new launches in the past two years being priced under INR 4,000 per sq ft (USD1 812 per sqm). As a result, the residential markets of South Indian cities have remained resilient in the past few quarters, relative to the significant decline recorded in the sales volume of Mumbai and NCR-Delhi.

The focus of Indian real estate is shifting from Tier I to Tier II cities, and the southern region is also embracing the same, with secondary hubs developing in Kochi, Coimbatore, Vishakhapatnam and Mysore, that are persistently striving for higher milestones.

 

Realty PE Deal Volume in Q1 rises but Big Deals are missing.

Private equity deals are alive and kicking in Indian real estate space even though headline numbers do not reflect the same due to the absence of big ticket investments. The total number of PE deals during the first quarter of CY 2012 has hit a three-year high, according to VCCEdge, the financial research platform of VCCircle.

There were 12 deals worth $279 million in Q1, compared to 9 deals worth $432 million in Q1 CY2011 and 4 deals worth $97 million in the same period in 2010, according to VCCEdge. This is much lower than the peak of 22 deals cumulating to $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2008, after which stock markets went into a tailspin due to global financial meltdown.

Although the overall value of PE investments has shrunk and investors remain cautious about the sector, it does not necessarily reflect a poor investment scenario in the realty space, according to analysts.

Shobhit Agarwal, joint managing director (capital markets) at property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle India, says, “Most of the funding that is happening now is for last-mile project completion where most of the money has already been spent by the developers and they don’t need large-size funding.” In fact, the projects are 60-70 per cent complete and developers are looking for some more equity to finish them off, he adds.

Last year, the average deal for PE investments was skewed up in the first quarter due to two $100 million-plus investments, including one by Ascendas. This pushed up the average deal size to around $50 million, as against the average size of $20-25 million in Q1 of the previous two years.

But there is another reason for lower quantum of investments by PE firms in the realty sector. According to V Hari Krishna, director of Kotak Realty Fund, “Most of the funds are reaching their shelf life and new fundraising is not happening in the same pace as it happened in the earlier round. Therefore, a lot of funds have either exhausted their capital or are on the verge of it and investments are slowing down.”

Even though the average ticket size of PE investments has shrunk, real estate remains one of the top sectors drawing PE firms. During Q1, real estate accounted for almost 10 per cent of the total PE deal volume and around 15 per cent of total value of PE investments, as per VCCEdge.

NRI Market is less volatile.

For most top property developers in India, the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) is a crucial part of their business.

They know that the NRI will always want a piece of his/her homeland, no matter the price and no matter the time.

Thus, despite the price rise of 43 per cent to as much as 166 per cent in various cities, the NRI cash is still flowing into the Indian property market.

Developers say sales in that segment are not as variable as the domestic Indian market.

Noida-based property developer Amrapali Group’s chairman and managing Anil Kumar Sharma told tabla!

“NRIs wish to have a second home in the country they belong to. Favourable government policies are also a driving force behind the increased interest of NRIs in investing in Indian real estate. NRI investments are the least volatile of all in our industry. They are assured that they are investing in an asset which they can fall back upon.”

Mr Sharma, who is also the vice-president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India, added that prices are rising because of the expanding infrastructure, which in the long run will help the buyer and increase the value of the property even further.

He said: “Upcoming projects like the metro, monorail and the international projects in the big cities in India have contributed to the inflated real estate prices in these cities.”

Amrapali claims that almost 35 per cent of its overseas business comes from Singapore.

No wonder it will be participating in Sumansa Exhibitions’ Indian Property Show to be held in Suntec City on April 14 and 15.

Home Loan Rate Should Be Restructured.

With speculations about the Union Budget 2012-13 already doing the rounds, city’s real estate industry too has voiced its expectations. Mainly revolving around increased subsidy on interest rate for loans towards affordable housing and industry status for taxation and construction and relaxation of FDI up to 51 per cent into multi-branding, the industry is hopeful of a favourable budget.

Sushil Mantri, president of CREDAI, Bangalore, says that “The Indian real estate industry was riding through highs and lows in 2011. Last year, one per cent interest rate subsidy was offered for loans towards affordable housing. If the subsidy can be broadened, home buyers especially in mid and lower income groups will benefit.”

“Indian real estate, especially housing needs the government’s support for further growth. The government should consider restructuring interest rates on home loans to attract larger base of lower and middle income group to benefit. For loan amounts lesser than Rs 25 lakh, the interest rate should be lower and should scale up as the loan amount goes higher,” said Sankey Prasad, chairman and MD of Synergy Property Developments Services.

Further the Experts demanded that the glaring concerns of the real estate industry be addressed.

“The real estate industry will be looking forward to RBI’s intervention to control inflation which has adversely affected the industry. If FDI is relaxed up to 51 per cent in multi-branding, this will boost the growth path for the Indian retail industry,” Sushil Mantri added.

Prospectus for 513 million dollars filed by Realty Firms

250 Million Dollars
Last Monday, prospectus was filed according to which the Embassy Property Developers, an Indian real estate firm is planning to raise an amount of 513 million dollars through an IPO (Initial Public Offering) of shares.

As per the prospectus, a pre-IPO placement of around 57.5 million shares for up to 11.75 billion rupees is being considered by Embassy Property. However, it is expected that they will provide a discount of 5% to the retail investors.

The IPO time line is not yet set.

According to the data collected by Thomson Reuters, in 2009, there was a raise of $16 billion from 87 offerings, while in mid June of this year; a total raise of about $11 billion from 56 issues took place.

Indian Realty has Bright Future

The Future is Bright
The future of Indian Realty market seems to be brighter than ever. Following are the major reasons for the growth of Indian Realty:

  • The policies made by government for the Foreign Direct Investment have brought quite a large number of foreign investors into the Indian real estate market. India now ranks second in the list of most preferred location for real estate investment. In fiscal 2005-06, the FDI turned thrice to that in 2004-05, i.e., it turned from 2.38 billion USD to 7.96 USD.
  • Another reason for the growth of Indian realty sector is the positive reform implemented by the government. The growth of this sector is also evident by the fact that this sector is the largest sector after agriculture providing employment.
  • The education system also has impact on the realty sector. It is estimated that in next 2 or 3 years, there will be around 2 million graduates who would create a demand for 100 million sq ft of industrial space and office.
  • Lastly, the existence of world renowned Fortune 500 companies also other large companies to start operations in India, which in turn would generate huge demand for corporate hubs.

Beary’s Group Bags Prestigious Prize

A Bangalore based residential project has won the runner up award by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI). ‘Bearys Lakeside Habitat’, a twin tower residential project was awarded the prestigious award on May 27 at Bali, Indonesia.

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The ceremony was held in the presence of the President and the First lady of the Republic of Indonesia along with many other renowned developers and dignitaries especially flown in from around the world.

The project promoted by the Bearys Group, ‘Lakeside Habitat’ that welcomes you to the city as you drive into it from the airport is the only Indian project to win this award this year. This is not the first time that Lakeside Habitat has won an award; it has been recognized on many previous occasions also.

There were fifty-four projects chosen from across 11 countries to compete for the coveted Prix d’ Excellence award 2010.

The award was received by the Director of Beary’s Group, Mr. Siddique Beary.

Indian Real Estate has once again a reason to rejoice.

Tata Housing Won Cityspace Award

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One of the leading real estate companies of India, Tata Housing was honored by the Best developer award in the category of CSR in the recognized award ceremony called Cityscape Awards – Real Estate Asia, 2010.

According to experts, when they analyzed the commitment and positive contribution of the company in the society welfare, it would be fully justified to call it one of the best developers in the Indian real estate market.

The award ceremony was originally organized to honor the real estate companies and industry professionals who have put their heart and soul into the realty and have done significant contributions in the growth of Indian realty. A panel of experts was the judge.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tata Housing, Brotin Banerjee, said that the company has the motive of delivering to the consumer what he wants. They firmly believe in ‘what you see is what you get’. And the Cityscape award is the evident of the contributions the company has made over the years to the society.

Indian real estate trend

In coming years, India is expected to outperform the global markets with a growth rate in the range of 7 percent to 10 percent. This will benefit the real estate sector, which is closely linked to high growth in the economy.

A decrement in property prices, reduced interest rates and stability in the job market has helped the sector gain momentum once again. Developers now realized that affordability was the key to attract the prospective buyers; they tried out with smaller sized apartment. Projects that were launched in this segment received a good response, which indicated that home-buyers were waiting for a good opportunity.