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No more than a hiccup for Indian market

Published: November 30, 2009

Indian Real Estate companies together have an exposure of $2 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a big chunk of it in Dubai. Almost half the exposure is of real estate developers based in Mumbai.
The Mumbai companies’ total investments in the UAE are between $500 million and $1 billion; those from Bangalore and [...]

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Dubai realty debacle: Indian firms say they are unaffected

Published: November 28, 2009

Bangalore / New Delhi: Four years ago, when developer Niranjan Hiranandani and his son Darshan announced the 23 Marina skyscraper project in Dubai, the emirate was the place to be in.
The city had turned into a construction site, its skyline was dotted with yellow cranes, and Indian developers and investors were lining up for a [...]

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Increase in prices sours revival in demand for real estate

Published: November 27, 2009

Mumbai: The much-heralded revival in home-building could come to nothing as property developers may have raised prices too much too soon, data from realty research company Liases Foras shows.
The country’s largest mortgage lender has a word of caution for real estate companies looking to cash in on the increase in demand.
“Developers have to be careful [...]

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DIPP proposes further relaxation of FDI for realty

Published: November 24, 2009

The Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy (DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has proposed further relaxation of the foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for the real estate sector.
The department has proposed the removal of the lock-in of three years on original investment made into integrated township development and other construction development projects.
Currently, [...]

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‘Despite downturn, real estate market favourable’

Published: November 24, 2009

Global economic crisis aside, the local real estate market looks optimistic.
This was the opinion of Thomas Justin, president of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Speaking at the opening on Thursday of the two-day Caribbean Land Conference seminar hosted by the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) at the Crowne Plaza hotel, [...]

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Office property leads signs of recovery in the commerical real estate sector in india

Published: September 8, 2009

The office property market in key business districts in India is experiencing an increase in confidence with banks and financial services companies buying but the IT and ITeS sectors are yet to enter the growth spree as they are still depressed by the global economic downturn, according to analysts.
Delhi and Mumbai are seeing the most [...]

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Real Estate Prices to Remain Stable This Festive Season

Published: September 7, 2009

Property prices are unlikely to rise sharply during the festive season as buyers have become very price sensitive and are not ready to pay premium on flats. Talking to Hindustan Times, Anuj Puri, chairman and country head, Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj (JLLM) said, “Developers have realised that they can no longer increase the prices at [...]

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Is the worst over for the real estate sector?

Published: September 7, 2009

New Delhi / Bangalore: Nitesh Shetty, a developer of high-end properties in Bangalore, has no qualms over dropping the premium tag—and prices—in some of his projects as demand for affordable housing picks up pace in India.
“Demand lies here and we need (to) adapt accordingly,” said Shetty, founder and managing director of unlisted realty company Nitesh [...]

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Developers Target Industrial Areas of Tier 2 & 3 Cities

Published: September 4, 2009

The demand fundamentals of India are now focused around cities that have sufficient economic activity, be it industrial, service sector-driven or incentive-driven programs by the State Government. In Gujarat, which has seen considerable industrial progress, cities of Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara come readily to mind.
Baddi in Himachal Pradesh and Pantnagar and Rudrapur in Uttaranchal attracted [...]

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Changes in Indian Real Estate Affairs

Published: September 3, 2009

Real estate in India has always been the playing field for entrepreneurs. This industry has witnessed unprecedented highs and frightening lows over the years. One is often left dyspnoeic with the continuous shifts in this sector. Due to rise in demand in the IT/ITeS sector and significant increase in FDI, the commercial and retail real [...]

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Bandra-Worli Sea Link Expected to Boost Real Estate Prices by 10-15 per cent in Surrounding Areas

Published: August 28, 2009

It’s a classic case of infrastructural development boosting real estate prices. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link seems to be doing more than just easing the traffic flow from north and south Mumbai. Experts in the country’s financial capital say that there could be an increase of 10-15 per cent in property rates in surrounding areas. “The [...]

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Supreme Court Blames Influential People for Illegal Real Estate Construction

Published: August 27, 2009

The Supreme Court today came down heavily on economically affluent people, bureaucrary and civic body officials for mushrooming illegal real estate construction in the country and ruled file notings by ministers or officials do not have any legal validity. “Economically affluent people and those having support of the political and executive apparatus of the state [...]

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Commercial real estate rentals seem to be bottoming out

Published: August 26, 2009

Mumbai commercial rental continues to be the second costliest in Asia Pacific. With rent of about USD 800 per sq metre per annum, Mumbai is ahead of the likes of Tokyo (USD 750 per sq metre p.a.) and Singapore (USD 625 per sq metre p.a.) as per the latest report of real estate consultancy [...]

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Bangalore Based Developer Plans Alliance with Mexican Housing Company

Published: August 25, 2009

Realty major Puravankara Projects is in talks for an alliance with Homex, a Mexican company that specialises in affordable housing. The idea is to give a boost to its affordable housing subsidiary Provident Housing. Ashish Puravankara, director, Puravankara Projects, said, “We are holding discussions with Homex as they have build a large number of affordable [...]

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Realty: Retail segment not a lucrative avenue

Published: August 24, 2009

When the going was good in the real estate sector a few years back, retail was seen as a lucrative avenue to park one’s funds. But given that the current scenario creates scepticism on the return on investment, is retail still seen as a profitable option?
Take the case of businessman Manoj Shah who had invested [...]

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Property demand revives

Published: August 21, 2009

In a providential turn of events, the global economic slowdown has provided end users a unique opportunity to buy their long cherished ’sweet homes’ as prices in many pockets in the National Capital Region have fallen steeply. In particular, apartments in the new launches are now available in some markets at almost 50% of the [...]

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Master plan gives new life to Gurgaon

Published: August 21, 2009

Gurgaon has emerged as one of the most modern cities of India, with state-ofthe-art commercial buildings, posh residential condominiums and large malls. It has emerged as the first choice for a large number of multinational companies opening their offices in the country. The township has benefited hugely from its proximity to India’s capital and power [...]

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India’s biggest land deals

Published: August 20, 2009

DLF, India’s largest real estate developer, has emerged as the sole bidder for the 350.71-acre land parcel in Gurgaon put up for auction by HSIIDC. With a reserve price of Rs 1,700 crore, it’s said to be one of the largest land deals in India in terms of value.
Mega land deals, however, are not new [...]

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Realty firms may get Rs12,000 crore push

Published: August 11, 2009

New Delhi: Real estate firms and construction companies will see an increase in business with the country’s home ministry looking to build—at a cost of Rs12,000 crore—100,000 houses for people who serve in paramilitary forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force.
These houses will be built over the next four [...]

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Project Delays Mainly Caused by Diversion of Funds by Major Developers

Published: August 10, 2009

The prime reason behind project delays in Delhi-NCR has been the diversion of funds by all the major developers. During the boom time, they had over-booked their projects and then failed to deliver their commitments. In fact, the immediate impact of the global slowdown on the Indian residential real estate market was most visible during [...]

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1% loan subsidy to boost affordable housing in Tier II & III cities

Published: August 10, 2009

Govt has offered 1% subsidy on loans up to Rs 10 lakh & doled out tax sops for developers. But this will mainly boost affordable housing projects in Tier II & III cities. Metros will be missing from the list.
At a time when low cost is the clearly the buzzword in the real estate sector, [...]

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Realty sector begins to look up, ahead: boom by Diwali?

Published: August 6, 2009

New Delhi Bogged down by the economic slowdown, the real estate sector is going all out to woo would-be buyers. Builders and realtors from across the country, thus, went all out to promote their upcoming projects at the three-day Property Expo, which concluded at Pragati Maidan on Monday.
In an attempt to get some of their [...]

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Realtors may not gain from tax benefit extension

Published: August 6, 2009

The government’s decision to extend the time limit for claiming tax exemption on profit earned from projects may not give the desired benefits to real estate developers. Instead of giving benefits to ongoing projects, the government chose to extend a tax waiver to ‘affordable’ housing projects that were approved till March 31, 2008.
“A change in [...]

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Mall owners focus on space fillers

Published: July 27, 2009

AHMEDABAD: Mall vacancies in major retail destinations such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad climbed between 5% and 15% in June 2009, even as developers rewire their strategies to sustain cash flows. During the past six months, developers juggling with various revenue models have discovered to their relief that certain “flexible” formats like ‘minimum guarantee’ [...]

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Is it good time to buy or sell in real estate mkt now?

Published: July 27, 2009

Is it a good time to buy or sell in the real estate market right now? Chances are that as a prospective buyer or a property owner, you may be facing a serious dilemma. Industry players feel that while it may be a good decision to buy in certain locations, a sell off needs to [...]

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Real Estate Shows Signs of Stability after a Long Freefall

Published: July 14, 2009

Commercial real estate transactions, considered a key indicator of economic activity, is showing first signs of stability after a free fall during the early part of this year. According to real estate consultants, the worst phase for the industry seems to be over as lease rentals both in peripheral areas as well as the central [...]

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Centre to bring in law to regulate real estate in Delhi

Published: July 14, 2009

The Government has announced that it is considering a model legislation on regulating real estate in Delhi.
In reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for urban development Saugata Roy said that the Delhi Real Estate Management (Regulation and Control) Bill can also serve as a reference for other states.
The minister, [...]

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Real estate giant IREO to invest $500 mn in India

Published: July 10, 2009

NEW DELHI: Global real estate giant IREO will pump in $500 million in various infrastructure projects in India over a period of seven years, the company said Thursday.IREO, which has invested $1.5 billion in India, is already one of the largest investors in the country’s real estate sector.
“Having already invested $1.5 billion, we still have [...]

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Realtors use technology to boost productivity

Published: July 10, 2009

SALES slowdown, stagnating capital values and a need to manage resources better are pushing Indian realty firms to invest in technology that will help them achieve optimum productivity, information access and regulatory compliance.End-to-end enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, that manage diverse projects across different locations, are slowly finding favour. ERP vendors are seeing increased enquiries [...]

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Govt plugs loophole to stop illegal profits by developers

Published: July 10, 2009

The government is bringing an amendment that would prevent you and your closest kin from buying more than one flat in the same building in affordable home projects. This is applicable for buildings approved for construction of smaller flats of less than 1000 square feet of built-up area targeted at low and middle income households [...]

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Law to regulate real estate in Delhi?

Published: July 10, 2009

The Central government said on Thursday it is considering a model legislation on regulating real estate in Delhi.In reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy said “the Delhi Real Estate Management (Regulation and Control) Bill” could serve as reference for other states.
The minister, however, ruled [...]

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No Additional Tax and Duties is a Good Move- Real Estate Sector

Published: July 8, 2009

The real estate sector leaders believe that no additional burden of taxes and duties in the Union Budget is good news for them as input costs will remain the same. “No negative news for the sector which is seeing signs of revival now is by itself good news. We are happy with the structural directions [...]

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ECB policy: Realty players see no near-term gain

Published: July 2, 2009

New Delhi, July 1 Real estate players on Wednesday hailed the Government’s decision to open the external commercial borrowing (ECB) window for special economic zone (SEZ) developers, although some players felt that the move may not offer immediate gains given the global economic downturn.
Reacting to the latest changes in ECB policy, real estate major Unitech [...]

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Property market showing signs of recovery

Published: July 2, 2009

The property prices are expected to remain stable over the next six months even as the real estate market has shown signs of improvement since March in terms of sales, an expert said.
“Since March, we have seen movement in the market. Before that, the confidence and sentiments were very low in the real estate market [...]

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Slowdown-hit real estate bets big on Budget

Published: July 1, 2009

Having been hit the hardest by the economic downturn, embattled realty majors are betting big on the forthcoming Budget, to be presented on July 6, in a bid to revive the sector’s fortunes. Experts say the sector needs government support as well as further stimulus to get out of the current slump.
While the government with [...]

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DLF, Unitech plan to put Mumbai projects on track

Published: June 29, 2009

MUMBAI: Mumbai seems to be the next destination for India’s biggest realty companies, Unitech and DLF, to try and restart some of their projects Realty which were put on the backburner. Both these companies have been in the midst of overcoming some serious liquidity problems that they were confronted with.
Unitech, which recently raised $325 million [...]

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CMDA Puts MBS on Fast Track in Chennai

Published: June 29, 2009

Hot on the heels of hastening the planning permission mechanism for small buildings, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority has initiated steps to put the approval process for multistoreyed buildings (MSB) also on fast track in the Chennai metropolitan area. Only recently, the regulatory agency had done away with the necessity to obtain seven out of [...]

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Parsvnath Developers 2009 profit at Rs 112.8 crore

Published: June 23, 2009

New Delhi June 22, 2009: Parsvnath Developers Limited (PDL), one of India’s leading real estate and infrastructure companies, today reported total revenue for the fourth quarter ended 31st March, 2009 stood at Rs. 76.18 crore, Profit after tax was at Rs. 13.55 crore and EBIDTA for Q4 FY09 was at Rs. 39.65 crore.
The Consolidated total [...]

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Signs of Recovery for Real Estate India

Published: June 23, 2009

Spurred by price corrections, new launches, lowering of interest rates, increase in sales inquiries and, more importantly, the new found mantra of ‘affordable housing’, the real estate industry has started showing signs of recovery. Industry body Assocham has gone to the extent of saying that the real estate recovery is possible in the coming three [...]

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Is it the right time to expand biz in property market?

Published: June 22, 2009

The good news is that the commercial segment in real estate is upbeat and demand is picking up. While initially, the first quarter of the calendar year saw a major decline in rental values in commercial spaces, the process of stabilisation has now begun over the last few weeks.
Companies, which were earlier hesitant to set [...]

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DLF Decides Against Selling Core Asset, Will Only Sell Hotel Plots

Published: June 19, 2009

India’s largest real estate company DLF has decided against selling core assets — residential, industrial and commercial plots — which it had put on the block. The company will now sell only the hotel plots, which are non-core to its business. DLF executive director YK Tyagi told ET that the company has pulled back these [...]

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Union Development Minister Favours Cheap Home Loan Rates

Published: June 18, 2009

In order to revive the demand in the real estate sector, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy today favoured cheaper loans for buying houses. “Real estate is facing a slowdown. So, we should make an arrangement for giving loans at 6.5 per cent for houses in the below Rs 5-lakh category to the poor,” he said [...]

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Stimulus Expected for Real Estate Sector in Budget 09- Experts

Published: June 18, 2009

Although, Indian economy as a whole has largely been insulated against the global economic slowdown, the Indian real estate sector has been severely been affected keeping in sync with the fortunes of the global real estate sector. Demand dynamics of one large industry decide the fortune of its ancillary industries. The ups and downs of [...]

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Discounts pay, home buyers back in market

Published: June 15, 2009

NEW DELHI: Home sales have picked up in select Indian markets over the past couple of months, but analysts warn that prices may not have bottomed out yet as developers are sitting on a huge inventory.
Markets such as Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), including Delhi and surrounding areas such as Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad, [...]

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India Property Expo in Dubai Seals Rs 65.33 cr Deal

Published: June 15, 2009

The 12th India Realty Expo 2009 held in Dubai saw 106 flats worth Rs 65.33 crore being booked, a senior real estate industry official said. “106 flats worth Rs 65.33 crore were booked (during the expo),” Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), CEO, Zubin Mehta, said in a press release issued here. “Around 86 flats [...]

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Big Malls Make a Comeback

Published: June 12, 2009

The global financial meltdown and its concomitant effect on India’s real estate industry had forced developers to defer supply of mall space in 2008. However, in what could be seen as early signs of revival of retail real estate, as many as 100 malls, spread over 30 million sq ft, are expected to come up [...]

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Affordable Housing Segment has High Expectation from the GOVT

Published: June 12, 2009

After the President of India, Dr Pratibha Patil, mentioned affordable housing in her joint Parliamentary address a week ago, real estate sector has high expectations that this segment will get a leg-up in the Budget. Housing Min may get Rs 5000-10000 cr in Budget. Kumar Gera of Gera Developers and President of realty body Confederation [...]

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Developers Resort to Discounts to Sell Commercial Properties

Published: June 10, 2009

Realty companies are resorting to discounts to sell commercial properties in order to improve cash flows and reduce mounting debts. DLF, the country’s biggest real estate firm by market capitalisation, has recently sold its 66% stake in a special purpose vehicle that owns eight acres at Prabhadevi in Mumbai for Rs 310 crore, which analysts [...]

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Home demand inching up, but recovery not in sight

Published: June 10, 2009

MUMBAI — Homes sales in India are trickling back in some sections of the market, but industry watchers say a rebound is months away as buyers in the world’s second-most populous country await further price corrections.
Builders have begun new projects after a year-long hiatus, and are also swapping older premium project proposals for cheaper ones [...]

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Developers focus on Service Apartment to Fight Tough Times

Published: June 8, 2009

After being launched in cities like New Delhi, Bangalore and Pune, service apartments will soon be a reality in Tier II and III cities. Considering the growing number of corporate honchos visiting the tri-city, Ludhiana and Amritsar, real estate developers will soon introduce service apartments in these cities. Another reason that has evoked developers’ interest [...]

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10 top most expensive office spots

Published: June 8, 2009

NEW DELHI: Mumbai, which became the second-most expensive office property market globally one-and-a-half years ago at the peak of a real estate boom in the country, has now slipped out of the top-five list, as per a survey of 170 cities by real estate consultant CB Richard Ellis. The city remained at the sixth position [...]

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Drop in Rentals Lure Retailers towards Metros

Published: June 3, 2009

With rentals dropping sharply, large retailers such as Aditya Birla Retail, Reliance Retail and Shoppers Stop, and food chains such as McDonald’s are looking at metros and mini-metros for expansion. Aditya Birla Retail and Reliance Retail had started their operations two years ago in Pune and Hyderabad, respectively, as realty costs were too high in [...]

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India Realty Expo 2009 to be Held from June 4

Published: June 3, 2009

DUBAI - Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry, or MCHI, will be showcasing properties of major builders from India at the 12th India Realty Expo 2009, to be held in Dubai from June 4 to 6 at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers.
The expo will be held under the aegis of MCHI, a member of [...]

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Real Estate Recovery in Coming 3 Months : ASSOCHAM

Published: June 3, 2009

Anticipating strong policy measures for real estate in forthcoming Budget, embattled realty majors see positive signs of recovery taking place, within next Three months as affordable housing rev up demand and improved cash flows address their liquidity concerns, according to The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
The ASSOCHAM Business Barometer (ABB) Survey [...]

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Real Estate: Buyers willing to come forward at the right price

Published: June 2, 2009

“Land monopoly is not only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies; it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other
forms of monopoly.”
Said former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and that’s the sense of power felt by those who hold land. The thinking of Indian developers is no [...]

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Over 100 malls to spring up in India by end-2010

Published: June 1, 2009

Mumbai: Keen on matching supply with demand, real estate developers may spring up more than a hundred malls spread over 30 million sq ft in the country by end-2010, a report says.
“Between now and 2010, an additional 31,846,504-square feet of mall space will be created across India through just over 100 new shopping centres,” findings [...]

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Realtors to make Low cost House for poor

Published: June 1, 2009

The private sector real estate players must reset their priorities so as to provide low-cost housing to the middle class and the poor. S Jaipal Reddey made the pint clear while taking charge of the urban ministry for the second consecutive term here on Friday.
“The private sector, which is a major player in the housing [...]

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Tata Real Estate and Infrastructure Limited Plans 20,000 Crore Investment

Published: May 29, 2009

TRIL has hired Sanjay G. Ubale, a former IAS officer to head its real estate and infrastructure foray. Tata Realty & Infrastructure Limited (TRIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, has unleashed it mega investment plans for the sector. The company, part of a $62.5 billion Tata group, has said that it plans to develop [...]

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Real estate recovery in next three months: Assocham

Published: May 29, 2009

New Delhi: India’s realtors believe the sector will see signs of recovery in the next three months, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). A survey report by the industry lobby said 88 percent of chief executives of real estate firms see a quick revival within the next three months [...]

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Demand High for Affordable Housing

Published: May 27, 2009

The possibility of an affordable home not only eludes the vast middle class in the private sector, but also the Central public sector employees across the country, reflecting the gross shortage of houses. Huge deficit between demand and supply, especially in metro cities, has forced the Central government real estate firm National Buildings Construction Corporation [...]

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Real Estate India Ready to Roar Again

Published: May 27, 2009

Investors and analysts have begun re-rating the realty sector on optimism that the worst may be over, as the efforts of recent months and a stable global environment will help developers attract funds and boost earnings. Developers in the past year have restructured debt, sold non-core assets and tweaked product mix, helping to push up [...]

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TDI launches Tuscan City in Kundli

Published: May 22, 2009

New Delhi: Real estate developer TDI Infrastructure Ltd has announced the launch of Tuscan City in Kundli. Designed around the theme of Italy, this is an affordable housing project, which claims to bring to India for the first time the look and feel of Italian lifestyle, known for its panache, design and architecture.
Says Kamal Taneja, [...]

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DLF Consolidates its Realty Division into 2 Groups

Published: May 22, 2009

DLF, India’s largest realty company, has consolidated all its real estate verticals under two divisions as part of a restructuring exercise aimed at leveraging synergies and imparting greater customer focus. The company till now had six verticals in the real estate division: retail, offices, commercial, homes, SEZs and hotels. Now, the retail, offices, IT parks [...]

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Unitech sells Saket office for Rs 450 cr

Published: May 21, 2009

NEW DELHI: India’s second-largest real estate firm Unitech has sold its office building in Saket, New Delhi, for around Rs 425-450 crore to an
unnamed property investor, following over six months of negotiations with several prospective buyers.
Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra said the deal amount is over Rs 500 crore, but didn’t disclose the buyer’s name. People [...]

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Commercial rentals in Delhi, Mumbai plunge

Published: May 21, 2009

Commercial real estate rentals in Mumbai and New Delhi have seen a steep decline of 24 per cent in the January March quarter over the previous quarter of the financial year 2008-09, according to a research report by Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj (JLLM), a property consultancy firm.
“The biggest decline in commercial rentals have been in [...]

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Builders Allege Upturn in Property Demands- Banks Disagree

Published: May 20, 2009

Builders seem to have reset their price expectation and it is starting to reflect in the new stock entering the market Banks say that they have not seen any change in either loan disbursement or loan applications. After six to eight months of a dry spell in the real estate space, builders are claiming that [...]

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Realty industry hopes for better days under new government

Published: May 18, 2009

NEW DELHI: India’s realtors, one of the worst-hit by the slowdown, believes the sector will get more attention under the new government given its professed thrust on infrastructure. Anuj Puri, chairman and country head of realty consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj, says the industry can expect the broad reform agenda would continue under the next [...]

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Real Estate India can see a Turnaround

Published: May 18, 2009

The election of a stable government at the Centre could bring a bottom to the real estate market and may help in turning it around, as improved economic sentiment and rallying stock markets bring back confidence into the battered sector, industry experts say. The real estate sector has seen a steep fall in prices in [...]

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Realty may see sales building up in Q4, but profits could fall

Published: April 24, 2009

India’s real estate companies are expected to see a marginal rise in sequential sales in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2009, on the back of good demand for their new projects, coming at up to 20% discount to existing market prices. However, their profits may take a hit. On a year-on-year basis, the top [...]

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Price negotiations begin as commercial rents tend southward

Published: April 24, 2009

Bangalore / Mumbai: After two failed attempts to pre-sell its Hafeez Contractor House development in central Mumbai over the past two years, real estate developer Orbit Corp. Ltd has decided to build premium residences instead of corporate offices on the 250,000 sq. ft property. The move comes as demand for commercial space across India, and [...]

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Retail and Real Estate Projects on hold in Kolkata

Published: April 21, 2009

Around 100 small and large retail and real estate projects in Kolkata are being delayed or deferred due to the financial credit crunch. According to analysts and industry insiders, increased retail development in Kolkata and in its suburbs had nearly doubled real estate prices over the last few years. However, although 40 to 50 projects [...]

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End the waiting, real estate developers tell consumers

Published: April 12, 2009

CHENNAI: At a time when real estate prices seem to be in free-fall, many potential home-buyers are sitting on the fence in the hope that prices will drop still further. Real estate developers are now warning that if they wait too long, there could be dire consequences for a number of support industries, millions of [...]

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Agni goes pan India with its property broking biz

Published: April 8, 2009

New Delhi: Realty broking firm Agni Property will invest Rs 60 crore for making a pan India presence in the next one year. Agni Property, which claims to be India’s first professionally managed, real estate and property broking company, currently present in the northern region, has planned to open offices in the western and southern [...]

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EMI as Important as Rates in Home loans

Published: April 1, 2009

Home loans are not all about low interest rates. The most important factor of a home loan is serviceability of the equated monthly instalment (EMI). Lenders too realise this. For the convenience of the customers, many banks have come up with products that can suit individuals needs. State Bank of India (SBI) markets this products [...]

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Realty prices to drop 35-50% in 2009: Orbit Corp

Published: March 20, 2009

Real estate rates have fallen drastically in the past year. Prices in central Mumbai’s Worli and Lower Parel are down to Rs 12,000-18,000 per square foot as compared to Rs 35,000 per square foot a year ago. In Bandra, rates have fallen 20% to about Rs 15,000-25,000 per square foot.
Pujit Aggarwal, Managaing Director, Orbit Corporation, [...]

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Housing gains through tax incentives

Published: March 17, 2009

Investment begins at home. Though the real estate sector has seen a deep correction, a house is probably one of the best investment avenues one can seek today. Despite the global economic slump, which has hit the property prices too, real estate still remains a prized possession.
If falling interest rates and cooling off property prices [...]

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Buying land a good option in downturn

Published: March 17, 2009

So said the famous playwright Mark Twain, and it holds true till date. Land values are known to appreciate more than 40-50 times, though, over a long period.
However, investors get bogged down by the procedure and legal formalities involved in the buying a plot of land. ET Intelligence Group takes you through some of the [...]

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Price cut will be key to survival

Published: March 16, 2009

Despite the cut in interest rates, we do not see much pick-up in real estate demand. Everybody said that interest rates were high and hence there was no demand. But the demand did not pick up despite a cut in home loan rates. Prices should be brought down to a level where people come back [...]

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Real estate market similar to stock market

Published: March 16, 2009

Will real estate prices fall further? Do builders have the financial muscle to complete ongoing projects? Should I hold my stocks in real estate companies or sell? These are the questions on everybody’s minds. And answers are unfortunately hard to come by. As a buyer, one would want to save the last penny. But [...]

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Ambuja Realty to Start 3 New Projects in Bengal

Published: March 13, 2009

Notwithstanding the slowdown, city-based developer Ambuja Realty plans to unveil three new real estate projects in West Bengal this year, a top company official says. The projects comprise a 150-room hotel, a mall and an IT park at Rajarhat on the northeastern fringes of the city. “We will invest Rs.250 crore (Rs.2.5 billion) for building [...]

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ASK Investment Launches 500 cr Real Estate Fund

Published: March 12, 2009

At a time when property prices have been moving southwards and experts are predicting a tough period ahead, private equity firm ASK Investment Holdings has launched its Rs 500-crore real estate fund. ASK’s management thinks that the real estate advisory business will complement its existing wealth management business, apart from growth opportunities existing in the [...]

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DLF Plans Commercial and Residential Projects in Chennai and Hyderabad

Published: March 9, 2009

DLF plans to invest around INR 3,500 crore in various residential and commercial projects in and around Chennai and in Hyderabad. The projects will be developed through a SPV, which will have equity capital from DLF, JV partners. The balance fund requirement would be met through internal accruals. DLF Commercial Developers have proposed to set [...]

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Brokers’ fees go up as real estate sales drop

Published: March 6, 2009

New Delhi: Property brokers are taking advantage of the slowdown in the residential real estate market by increasing the commission they charge from developers. As house and apartment sales sag, brokers, who typically charged 2-5% of the value of the property as commission, are demanding as much as 8-9%.
“The slump in sales is so dramatic [...]

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Indian real estate market - Is the worst over?

Published: March 5, 2009

“The worst is over” for the Indian real estate market, a leading developer has claimed, pointing to lower interest rates.
Sanjay Rastogi, director of Saviour Builders, said real estate schemes were now becoming more attractive investments after government measures.
Saviour is behind the planned GreenIsle housing project, Ghaziabad, which the developer has dubbed as an eco-friendly scheme.
Mr. [...]

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DLF to Cut Apartments rates in Chennai and Bangalore

Published: March 5, 2009

A decision by DLF Ltd, the country’s biggest realty firm by market value, to reduce prices of its apartments in Chennai and Bangalore by between 10% and 30% could trigger a wider correction in what is still an overheated market, according to analysts and consultants. The DLF move will force other realtors to cut apartment [...]

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The current slump in demand is temporary

Published: March 3, 2009

R K Mittal, CMD, CHD Developers believes that the overall scenario in the real estate sector is moving towards favourable times and demands will soon start to pick up. CHD Developers, a public limited company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) since 1995, is developing several projects across the country.
Excerpts from a conversation with [...]

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DLF raises Fund from Bond sale

Published: March 3, 2009

DLF, the nation’s biggest real estate developer, has raised Rs 720 crore from selling bonds to insurance companies as part of its plan to raise Rs 5,000 crore from such sales.
DLF on February 24 raised the funds through issue of non-convertible debentures maturing in five years which offered as much as 14 per cent interest, [...]

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Goa realty prices come down by 25%

Published: February 19, 2009

PANAJI: The meltdown has started to trickle into Goa’s real estate market. According to developers, prime property rates are down by 5-10%, while the prices of flats constructed by small-time builders are down by 20-25% since the New Year. Prices, they predict, are likely to fall further by mid-2009.
“Small builders have reduced their rates by [...]

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It’s not the best of times for real estate funds

Published: February 19, 2009

MUMBAI: It’s not the best of times for real estate funds. Given the slowdown in the sector, realty funds are going slow on raising money from their investors - a process that is referred to as the draw down option. Lack of  investment opportunity is cited as the prime reason.
Typically, a real estate fund works [...]

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Kolkata Govt Rejects DLF Township Proposal

Published: February 17, 2009

The West Bengal government has rejected DLF Ltd’s proposal to build a 500-acre township at Dankuni in the suburbs of Kolkata, according to the state’s principal secretary Subesh Das.
Though in July 2006, the state government had chosen DLF through competitive bidding to build a 4,840-acre township in the same area, it couldn’t acquire land for [...]

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Real estate market in for a sea change

Published: February 17, 2009

CHENNAI: With the economic slowdown, the real estate market will undergo a sea change and both residential and commercial markets will get corrected. This will lead to stabilized market for real estate across the country.
As far as residential space is concerned, the market for affordable housing has been on the increase. In the last few [...]

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How a real-estate firm tries to buck the slump

Published: February 11, 2009

New Delhi: The slump in the Indian real-estate industry has forced one of the country’s largest real-estate developers to introduce a scheme that would have sounded incredible yesterday.
The company, which is listed in India, told The Indian Express it would pioneer a ‘price protection’ scheme soon for customers buying homes in the Rs 20 lakh-to-Rs [...]

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Six Home Loan Mistakes to Avoid

Published: February 11, 2009

The age-old fear of moneylenders has instilled a natural financial discipline among Indians. Yet, the heady growth over the past four years has lulled many into a false sense of security and put them at risk of falling into a debt trap.
Risks for borrowers increased manifold after the markets moved towards a floating rate regime [...]

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NRIs urged to invest in property business

Published: February 9, 2009

MANAMA: Indians should turn the present financial crisis to their advantage by investing in the real estate business back home, says a leading Bahrain businessman.
With property prices and rents spiraling in the Gulf and the Indian rupee depreciating, Indian real estate developers are actively promoting their products among expatriate Indians, including those in Bahrain.
“Despite the [...]

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DLF Plans 500 Acre Township Project in Kolkata

Published: February 5, 2009

DLF Ltd has proposed building a 500-acre township at Dankuni in the suburbs of Kolkata, abandoning plans to develop a 4,840-acre township in the same area, which was to be its biggest project in eastern India. In July 2006, the West Bengal government had awarded the contract to build a 4,840-acre township in Dankuni in [...]

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Twists and Turns in the Bangalore Real Estate

Published: February 3, 2009

Are you planning to set up your dream home here? It’s an excellent time, because prices are down and promotions are up. But it will help to have the cash, because loans are hard to come by in this age of recession. Real estate developers in the Karnataka capital are bending over backwards by offering [...]

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Excellence Awards 2009 for real estate

Published: January 28, 2009

To acknowledge the extraordinary contribution of various developers in the real estate sector in the year gone by, Realty Plus, the leading magazine for all real estate needs, announced the winners of Realty Plus Excellence Awards 2009 at New Delhi on Friday evening.
“Developer of the Year” award in residential category was awarded to HIRCO Group, [...]

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Slump in Real Estate Investment

Published: January 27, 2009

According to an ASSOCHAM Investment Meter study, the real estate sector investment plans slumped drastically from INR 1,15,326 crore in Q1 FY 208-09 to meek INR 22,482 crore in the Q3 of the fiscal. Owing to tighter credit and a steep decline in demand, CAPEX announcements of the sector plummeted 82% between the first and [...]

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Still unreal estate

Published: January 22, 2009

Among the measures taken by the Reserve Bank of India in recent weeks, a special importance has been placed on the real estate sector as an engine of economic recovery. Concessions have been given on the interest charged on home loans below Rs 20 lakh, and repayment terms made more liberal for developers who had [...]

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Real Estate slowly becoming buyer’s market

Published: January 22, 2009

Is real estate gradually becoming a buyer’s market from being a seller’s market? More than 50 of the 220 people who booked plush flats at the Sea woods NRI Estate in Nerul have stopped paying their monthly installments. And, the developer of the two projects, City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), is running after them [...]

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