Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) India forays into the retail real estate India market with the company’s tie up with Everstone, one of the leading Private Equity (PE) firms and real estate advisors of India. Both the companies will collaborate in the construction and launch of four shopping malls at four main cities of India namely Vadodara, Kochi, Pune and Ahmedabad. These shopping mall projects are to be finished by 2017 or within a span of five years. Continue reading
Jaipur Tourism City is a new 400 acre mixed use destination resort and is slated to be India’s first vacation city. The resort is comprised of two sites which are separated by a major highway. The project is one of a kind landmark retail/entertainment hub along the highway. The program includes retail, five hotels, two themed attractions, a golf course and residential.
Jaipur Tourism City also boasts of a 30 acre retail/entertainment destination as part of the overall 400 acre resort. The various components, including a 400 room hotel, are connected by a series of plazas, terraces and streets. An 800,000 sq. ft. mall and 200,000 sq. ft. entertainment complex form the central hub and landmark of the resort.
NEW DELHI | BANGALORE: Broker in Bangalore bylane has just opened a stationery shop. He has named it ‘Smart Shop’, borrowing the name from the realty brokerage firm that he ran from the same premises until about two months ago. He switched to retail after his property business hit a rough patch following a slump in home sales. About 03-quarters of his revenues came from sale of apartments, the remaining from renting.
“With home sales dropping, it doesn’t make business sense anymore,” he says. It’s the same story in other big cities. In Mumbai, a mid-size broker has set up a small fast food joint to make ends meet. In Nagpur, a real estater has quit the real estate business and set up an ice-cream parlour. Their worries are not unfounded. While the large and established players in the property business have managed to stay, even during the slump, thousands of smaller players like brokers and agents are being forced to look for other jobs.
It also hit lakhs of people employed with such small outfits – each of which hires 5-15 people.With many brokers closing shops or reducing size, these people are out in the market, looking for jobs in sectors such as retail, banking, insurance and call centres. The real estate industry employs about 10 lakh people across the country, the majority in the unorganised sector.
In the first quarter of 2011, home sales dropped 17 per cent in Mumbai, 14 percent in Bangalore and 15 percent in Hyderabad. According to consultant Jones Lang La-Salle, unsold residential units in projects that are complete or are nearing completion in 6-12 months in Mumbai and Delhi-NCR are as high as 25 percent and 16 percent, respectively. In other big cities, including Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata, the numbers range between 12 percent and 19 percent. Sales in tier-II and tier-III cities are steady, though there is some panic due to the increase in interest rates, which have climbed to about 11 percent from 8.25 percent a year ago.
“For smaller brokers, the impact of the current market factors is a lot more compared to the larger brokers,” says the president of the National Association of Realtors India . “Even for our members – who are fairly well-off – business is down 40 percent compared to 2009-10. But the smaller guys are in trouble and are setting up businesses that move on a daily basis. Many I know have asked their employees to look out” Ravindra Bramhe, chairman of the Maharashtra Property Brokers’ Association, says.
For whatever business is left in the market, there are hundreds of agents in queue. For instance, there are pockets on the Noida Expressway, near large projects, where real estate brokers can be seen sitting inside small tents, under the sweltering sun, waiting for business. Those who can’t afford to set up these tents can be seen on the roadside, running after every car that passes by, with brochures and flyers of projects in hand. Industry refers to them as the broker mandi. “All my friends and colleagues are now looking outside real estate before things get worse,” says Chaudhary. Many have returned to the insurance industry and others have found jobs with small call centres. A few have found employment with retail stores.
Po.Realty sector and Infrastructure firms like GMR and Hindustan Construction Company have announced to set up university campuses and other educational institutes within the country. They mainly aim to ride high on the huge returning education industry.
The education industry in India is worth more than 10 bn US dollars with continuous growth rate. As the Real Estate market is on a low developers are looking at alternate assets such as education.
Partnerships of such kind are increasing day by day in every other township or SEZ as educational institutes bring more revenue.
Chintan Patel, Associate Director, Transaction Advisory Services, E&Y said, “Access to social infrastructure such as schools and colleges serve as attractive features that make it easier for a developer to sell projects.”
Further he had to say that partnerships between a developer and an international institution benefits society and develops retail, office and residential spaces around.
The tie ups usually work on build-and-rent business model. While a developer acquires the land and builds the infrastructure for the educational facility, the institute runs the school or college. It either pays rent or works on a revenue-share model.
The companies which are laying out plans in education are HCC who have bought 500 acres for institutes at Lavasa, its hill city project close to Pune, Maharashtra.It has tied up with Symbiosis, Bangalore-based Christ University, Institute of International Business Relations of Germany, Switzerland-based hospitality Management Institute Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne and Educomp, and more.
Global infrastructure player GMR, too, has collaborated with Canada-based Schulich School of Business to build a campus in Shamsabad, Andhra Pradesh, The Company will construct the physical infrastructure for the institute, and in return, earn management fee on the maintenance of residences and hostel facilities. Also, it is planning an aviation academy on 25 acres in the same region, fueled by its international airport project in Hyderabad.