Category — Real Estate

Flexible Office Concepts Gain Traction in India

To set up its presence in India, China‘s e-commerce firm Alibaba rented 30 seats in a flexible office in Bangalore. The deal for the dedicated seats or private studios is with co-working community venture CoWrks one of the largest commercial real estate developers in the country.

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Sidharth Menda, CEO at CoWrks, said many corporations have been rethinking their real estate strategy to now include working out of CoWrks. Bangalore-based data tracking firm Tracxn says that currently there are 61 sites where co-working spaces are available in India of which 16 were set up last year. Start-ups and e-commerce firms opt for such spaces to keep overheads low, reports the Economic Times.

March 29, 2017   No Comments

India’s Realty to Get $4.2 Billion in New Global Investments

According to a report from Chicago-based Cushman & Wakefield, India’s real estate sector is expected to record inflow of newly-raised capital amounting to $4.2 billion, including debt and equity in 2017. Global investments are finding routes to India with a long-term horizon on account of strong economic growth and sentiments of the country adds the report.

Investors are acquiring assets in anticipation of the introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts by the government, and investments in the country’s office sector is expected to more than double this year, reports the Economic Times.

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“India’s attractiveness as a global investment destination has strengthened on account of the country’s political will to attract and protect investment growths. India’s inclusion in the top investment destination is a testament of this confidence. The country saw its best year in 2016 with private equity investments the highest in 9 years,” said Anshul Jain, managing director, India, Cushman & Wakefield. “Globally too funds are revising their strategies to concentrate on specific growth circles. India’s office space provides great promise in this direction. Further, the core office markets in India provide stronger rental returns as well as easier exit options as against other sectors.”

 

March 23, 2017   No Comments

Global Finance Firms to Add Office Space in India

Even as they downsize their retail operations worldwide, Barclays Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Standard Chartered Plc and Citigroup Inc., are among global financial firms looking to add office space in India.

Barclay Technologies Center India Ltd, an offshore unit of the London-based financial services firm, is planning to add 100,000 sq. ft in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai, where it currently operates. At Panchshil Realty Ltd’s IT parks in Pune, approximately 35% of the total space is occupied by the captive technology businesses of Deutsche Bank AG, MasterCard Inc. and Credit Suisse, while Swiss bank UBS leased around 400,000 sq. ft at K Raheja Corp.’s IT park at Navi Mumbai.

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“Captive banking, financial services and insurance clients, which were outsourcing earlier, prefer to do the work themselves, given the cost optimization. Instead of paying third-party operators, it’s better to have your own offshore unit,” said Gautam Saraf, managing director (Mumbai region), of global property consultant Cushman and Wakefield.

Mike Holland, chief executive officer of Embassy Office Parks, Bangalore said, “The BFSI industry is a strong demand driver, especially in Pune and Bangalore. We are also doing transactions in Chennai and Hyderabad in that segment.”

March 22, 2017   No Comments

Blackstone Puts Big Money in Indian Real Estate

New York City-based Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to acquire over 360,000 sq ft spread over six floors in the First International Financial Center (FIFC) Tower at Bandra-Kurla Complex, a business district in Mumbai, for over $125 million.

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With rising income levels of India’s consumers, Blackstone has started focusing on retail spaces in India. The company has acquired properties across major markets in India in deals that are turning out to be benchmarks in the real estate sector. It owns India’s biggest portfolio of income producing office assets totaling over 30 million sq ft worth over a billion dollars across Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore says ET Realty.

 

February 13, 2017   No Comments

India’s Property Market May Flourish in 2017

Word on the street was that India’s November 2016 demonetization of high value currency notes would have a significant impact on the real estate price; here is what the experts say:

Forbes reports that 2017 will be a bumper year for India’s real estate market as well as for its economy. The country tops the list of preferred destinations for investment in property by institutional investors.

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The middle class in India, the driver of the surge in domestic consumption, has very little household debt and is looking for suitable housing. The finance industry is supportive and India’s central bank has repeatedly cut interest rates. All these factors are promising trends for investors in the realty market, and for 2017 Bangalore and Mumbai are the top-ranked cities for both investment and development, according to the 2017 version of Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific, put out by Washington D.C.-based Urban Land Institute.

India is seeing a boom in business-park development, and suburban development is creating new business and residential neighborhoods. Blackstone of New York City, the Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management, privately-held Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda are seriously interested in property assets in India.

Anuj Puri, chairman and country head of Jones Lang LaSalle India says: 2016 saw the biggest changes in decades, especially on the policy front – the Goods and Services Tax and the Real Estate Regulatory Authority bill cleared hurdles, and are on their way to implementation. REITs will help smaller investors to invest in Grade-A commercial real estate across India. India’s first REIT listing will happen in 2017.

India’s Tier-I cities moved up to the 36th rank in JLL’s biannual Global Real Estate Transparency Index in 2016 due to improvements in structural reforms and liberalization of the foreign direct investment policy. India came 4th in developing Asia in terms of Foreign Direct Investment inflows per the World Investment Report 2016 by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development. Thanks to a proactive government keen on improving India’s ranking on different indices and strengthening public institutions, the country is poised to become a modern economy.

As the real estate market achieves higher transparency, the mismatch of demand/supply can offer opportunities for developers and investors alike. Indian real estate is on its way to becoming a consolidated and moderately efficient  sector over the next few years.

 

December 30, 2016   No Comments