Investment in township projects reaps better

Investment in township projects remains better for reaping higher returns. Township projects hold better potentials to grow, providing better returns to the investors.
Investment in township projects are wiser.

Is investment in township projects wiser?

New Delhi: As long as there is no option than to develop new cities around the existing cities, the suburbs and the tier II and tier III cities will remain a better option for property investment.

Population is growing very fast in the urban cities. There is no space in the cities to accommodate the increasing number of population. So the suburbs and the tier II and III cities are the remaining option.

Prakash S Shah, while talking about the investment options, said that areas under the new master plans will be more suitable for investment. Hiranandani Constructions Pvt. Ltd.’s Finance & Business Development Director added that these areas will be more profitable for the investors as the property prices will be comparatively low in these areas.

Mr. Shah opined that residential sector is the best option for investment. This is all the more wise to have investment in some township projects. After a while, there will be commercial developments in the township projects. This will boost the property prices. So the investor can exit with higher returns.

Another important aspect related to the township projects is that the infrastructure development also will take place. As it, infrastructure development, happens, the prices will be further pushed. Moreover to raise the market value of the project, the builder himself will stand for infrastructure development.

New areas are developed around the mega cities. As they are well-planned, there will be better development.

Another best investment options would be pre-launch properties. This is mainly because the payment for these properties is linked with construction status. Additionally there will be more freebies and discounts from the part of the developers. Though these freebies are not so high, some thousands can be saved.

However the investor should access the aspects such as reliability of the developer, location advantages, connectivity features and potential infrastructure development, etc. before having any form of investment. This will make the investment wiser.

Foreign investors to focus on commercial realty

With the drop of home prices in many of the top cities, foreign investors now plan to invest in commercial properties in India.
Foreign investors plan to shift investment to commercial sector in India.

Foreign investors plan to shift investment to commercial sector in India.

Foreign investors are active in the country since 2005 the year in which they were permitted. However their main investment options remained residential market due to simpler investment norms. Moreover, once the home is finished, the housing sector offered them chances to exit easily with higher returns.

However with surging number of unsold homes in the country, the foreign investors plan to shift to commercial sector now. It is true that the residential market in India is not as vibrant as it was earlier. This would be a reason what prompts them to exit from the housing sector.

Foreign investors including Blackstone Group, now plans to the move on to the commercial sector for their investment, reported Reuters. The sluggish residential is shown as the reason for their shifted interest.

Though the foreign investors are keen to invest in India due to its fast-growing economy, they do not find investment in the residential project as suitable as it was. Home prices have fallen by 5 to 30% since 2009. This fall of home prices prompts foreign investors to look out for other options. Continue reading

Banks cut down lending to commercial sector

In 2009-10, the lenders such as Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Union Bank of India, ICICI, Bank of India and Canara Bank reduced lending to the some sectors of real estate. As per the data provided by banks, the largest private sector bank, ICICI reduced its lending to realty by 17 % and to capital markets by almost 10 %.
However, the public sector banks such as Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India, Syndicate Bank and IDBI Bank rose lending to these sectors between 34% and 46%.
Among the private banks, rank 1 lender was YES bank, next was IndusInd Bank, and followed by Development Credit Bank and HDFC Bank.
Other than ICICI bank which reduced its lending by 9.6 %, the total growth in the lending to realty was around 16.7 % in the fiscal 2009-10.There was a mixed response from the banks. On one hand, around 10 banks rose lending by 30% each, while on the other hand, 14 banks witnessed a decline in lending.
After all these ups and downs, the exact scenario was that the lending to the residential sector increased from 47.5 to 53%, and commercial mortgages reduced from 27.7 to 23.3%.

Flourishing Indian Realty Sector

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India no more lacks in the race of real estate market. Although many developers are nurturing this fact, but its high time now and they should come out of their shell to realize the boom of realty market.

Due to the rise of upper middle class in India, a sense of better lifestyle and good living has made home in the heart of society. Now days, people believe in spending and enjoying rather than saving and worrying. Easy living is the demand of the time.

People now do not compromise on their comfort level. When one comes back home after a day’s work, he just want an ambiance that helps him to unwind. And this statement has proved itself as a boom for the developers since they now provide facilities and get customers as soon as the project launches. The demand in the residential sector is increasing day by day. Also, due to globalization, demand for office spaces has also grown. Thus, it can be easily concluded that realty sector is flourishing to the fullest.

Commercial Realty unable to seek Buyers

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Due to the continuous oversupply of the commercial projects, the signs of pickup in demand in the sector seems becoming dull and thus banks are also backing out from lending to real estate firms.

As compared to the residential sector, the demand growth of the commercial sector in past few months is much behind that of the residential one. Not only the office spaces are yet to be occupied, but also the ready projects are unable to seek buyers. This lack of buyer’s interest in the office spaces, multiplexes and retail has forced banks to back off lending to commercial sector.

Other than the uncertain demand scenario for commercial space, banks also have to look and take care of the rising realty sector debt on their ledgers. Ranjan Dhawan, the chief general manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB) said that since some of the banks have reached their sectoral exposure limit, they cannot now get into more lending. He also added that although PNB is still in is exposure limit, still it would get into some other lending only after thorough due-diligence.

Survey on Realty Growth

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Analysis of the growth in real estate sector in last few years was performed. It revealed some very interesting statistics of the growth. The facts go like this:

In 2007, the office sector experienced highest demand. Grade A office space of about 32 million sq ft leased out in that year. But after that, it has been a decline throughout. In 2008, it reduced to 28 million and a further decrease to 21 million in 2009. However, now a growth back to 28-29 million is seen. Although it is less than what was in 2007, but still is complementary. This demand majorly comes from infrastructure companies, from Indian corporate who wish to merge, from pharmaceutical etc and it is at pace in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.

After the office space, we move on to the residential sector, where once again these three cities are putting their landmarks. Even on the account of increasing prices, these cities have managed to go through a rise in demand. In cities like Mumbai where the pricing went through a downfall of around 25-30%, it has once again come back with the demand as well as pricing. However, the situation is not the same in the other regions of India as far as residential sector is concerned.

Next comes the retail sector. This sector has not seen much growth. Although the demand from some new Indian corporate, the existing retailers and many foreign retailers, this sector still seems to be gloomy for now.

Real estate is back on track

According to CREDAI, real estate sector is picking up in both residential and commercial sector. Both real estate sectors are getting more and more enquiries. Along with enquiries, demand in both sectors has also increased. However, there are various major and minor factors behind this, but two major factors are, affordable housing concept and reduction in home loan rates. Investors have more choice and offer these days.

Mr. Raj Menda, President of CREDAI-Karnatak announced a 2 day realty expo starting from 15th of this month. This realty expo will showcase 150 properties. During this announcement Mr. Menda said that there is a growth of 60% in March of this year as compared to December last year.

Price correction supports realty

Market is encouraged by price correction and low interest rates after few months of slump. The improvement is visible in residential sector, especially in low to mid-end housing segment. Level of inquiries went up and transaction velocity increased marginally as compared to first quarter of this year. Most developers deferred plans for launching any new projects, the focus being on deploying the scarce resources on completing projects in hand.