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Core developers outperform corporate conglomerates

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Bottom Line: It is time to debate whether the homegrown developers with real estate as core business are better brand performers or corporate conglomerates have outperformed them.

Brand Realty, Real estate brands, brand leadership in Indian real estate, Top brands in Indian real estate, Track2Realty, Indian real estate news, India property market news, Brand reputation of Indian real estateIn a business that lacked the critical element of trust and transparency, forget brand equity, the entry of corporate conglomerates was widely perceived to be change of business outlook for the sector. The collective consciousness accepted the promise that the corporate giants would change the brand perception of the sector in no time. This load of trust & opportunity goaded many corporate houses into the non-core expertise area of real estate.

The last decade has been witness to the entry and consolidation of a number of corporate conglomerates. The giants in their core areas of expertise – Godrej, Tata, Mahindra, Piramal, Shriram, Hero Group, Ambuja, Zandu-Emaami, phoenix Mills, L&T, Shapoorjee Pallonji – have found the real estate as a happy hunting ground. The very fact that they are credible players in their areas of expertise and command corporate goodwill has earned them seal of trust in real estate.

A homebuyer who has been cheated, harassed and humiliated by the petty developers obviously finds the corporate giants more professional and trustworthy. A perception has hence gained ground in the last few years that these corporate groups are going to be the brand leaders in Indian real estate.

However, now that many of these corporate giants have spent years in the business of real estate and delivered some of the projects, it is pertinent to take stock of the performance of the brand. The debate needs to be shifted to not their brand legacy but brand performance. The larger issue today is whether these corporate groups have replicated the consumer satisfaction index of core areas of expertise into the real estate business.

Even more pertinent question is whether the corporate conglomerates have finally arrived as the brand leaders of the Indian real estate. And it is here that the issue of brand optimism versus the brand performance on the ground comes into play. The fact of the matter is that many of these corporate groups have either failed to live up to the consumer satisfaction or yet to deliver a sizeable inventory to be awarded the leadership mantle.

Godrej properties is the only exception that has continuously scaled up the brand leadership with both the delivery performance as well as the consumer satisfaction with the delivered projects. Tata Housing, on the contrary, fails to live up to the brand promise. The company is sitting over piles of consumer grievances and the chart is growing northward with their brand leadership chart moving to southward. If they still manage to be in the top leadership chart the credit, or the lack of it, goes to other bigger defaulters in the business. The brand study is, after all, relative study of the performance of the brands.

In the fifth edition of Track2Realty Brand X Report 2016-17 it has been noted that the performance of the homegrown developers with core expertise in the business of real estate has a slight edge over the corporate conglomerates who don’t have real estate as a core business. Most of these corporate giants are actually leveraging their brand goodwill and financial clout to the distressed small developers.

The Joint Development (JD) model or the Joint Venture (JV) partnership between corporate giants and small time builders may be a boon for the cash strapped developers and bring the hope back to the distressed buyers, the trend is not enough for these established business houses to be elevated as the top performers of Indian real estate.

Track2Realty study finds that going forward the leadership race is set among the homegrown Davids versus the corporate Goliaths. Who will win the brand leadership race? Well, for the corporate conglomerates there is a long way to go before they can claim to have earned the same kind of trust and goodwill of the buyers that they otherwise command. On the contrary, while the track record of real estate developers in general might be bad, a handful of them nevertheless command better brand equity than these corporate houses.

For this year brand leadership also, the race has been pretty close between the real estate focused group Sobha Limited and Godrej Properties. As a matter of fact, Godrej Properties has been way ahead of Sobha on some of the metrics, like financial performance among others, but in the end it is the vote of consumer confidence that has elevated Sobha Limited as the brand leader of the year. As a matter of fact, Sobha creates a history by becoming the first real estate developer to make a hat trick of brand leadership this time around.

It is not the brand leadership of Sobha alone that makes the turf more promising for the developers who have real estate as core business. The performance of Prestige Group or Purvankara this year is also testimony to the fact that the developers with core expertise in real estate have an edge over the corporates who are by and large yet to turn their promise into performance.

By: Ravi Sinha

TERI and Mahindra Lifespaces to establish Center of Excellence for Sustainable Habitats

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News Point: Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Habitats aims too address energy & resource challenges faced by the Indian housing sector.

Mahindra Lifespaces, Corporate Real Estate Developers, TERI, India real estate news, Sustainable Urban Development, India property market, Track2Realty, Green BuildingsThe Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Mahindra Lifespaces today announced the creation of a Center of Excellence (CoE) focused on improving energy efficiency in India’s residential buildings sector.

The ‘Mahindra TERI CoE for Sustainable Habitats’ – as this Center will be known – will evaluate both traditional and innovative technologies and alternative materials customised for the Indian buildings sector and climate zones.

The Center will bring the much needed informed validated knowledge about better performing materials and ways to use the ample daylight available, that will greatly help to mainstream greener buildings in the country.

Key focus areas of the CoE will include energy and water efficiency and use of low cost green materials. Another important intended outcome of the research efforts of the CoE will be to address the existing gap in available statistical datasets relevant to the Indian residential buildings sector.

The research output from the CoE will be disseminated to multiple stakeholder communities via conferences, workshops, academic courses, reports, journal archives and webinars, amongst other mediums. Wider industry participation and contribution will be sought to increase capacity and reach.  The CoE will be located at TERI’s Gual Pahari campus near Gurgaon, initially with a five-year horizon, with research initiatives split into modules based on priority and scale.

“Buildings are experiencing unprecedented growth in India, leading to increased energy demand and consumption. Extensive research is needed to enable energy efficiency in buildings, and the ‘Mahindra TERI CoE for Sustainable Habitats’ aims to evaluate innovative technologies tailored to the Indian consumer and climate, and available in the form of easy-to-use tools to the Indian building industry. We are delighted that Mahindra Lifespaces has come forth to support the establishment of this Center that will benefit the entire industry,” said Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI.

“The significance of energy efficiency in the Indian buildings sector has been highlighted over the last few years; however, there remains substantial potential for further advancements in knowledge assimilation and technology adoption that can benefit the industry and consequently, ensure a sustainable future for India’s urban areas. With its firm conviction that efficient utilization of energy and natural resources is crucial to drive urban development in the right direction, TERI is appropriately placed to drive this agenda and we are happy to support the establishment of the CoE,” said Anita Arjundas, Managing Director, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited.

Rapid growth in urban population over the past few years has resulted in accelerating urbanisation and infrastructure development, resulting in an increasing demand for energy. It is estimated that a significant part of urban India is yet to be built, building a strong case for the need to do it well.

At present, the buildings sector accounts for 30% of overall electricity consumption in the country, of which almost 72% is consumed by the residential sector. Studies have indicated that the average household will likely consume five times more electricity in 2020 than it did in 2000. Thus, the buildings sector in India offers huge potential for energy conservation, making initiatives such as the Mahindra TERI CoE for Sustainable Habitats the need of the hour.