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Focus shifting beyond metro cities-II

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By: Abhay Garg, Director, Curo India

Abhay Garg, Director, Curo India, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Property new, Home, Policy Advocacy, Activism, Mall, Retail, Office space, SEZ, IT/ITeS, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Project, Location, Regulation, FDI, Taxation, Investment, Banking, Property Management, Ravi Sinha, Track2Media, Track2RealtyTrack2Realty Exclusive: The numerous options available in these markets are a great advantage. With many constructions under progress, be it commercial space for offices, shops or residential houses/apartments, there is plenty of options to choose from.

If one wishes to lead a peaceful professional and personal life, Tier II and Tier III cities are good choices. They are any day better to the environment pollution, traffic congestion, power and water shortages, and choking civic systems that have become integral to the lifestyle in Tier I cities.

There is always better camaraderie among people in smaller towns as there is sufficient time for socializing. More NRIs prefer to come back to India to lead such a life distinguished by its family values.

Modern retail is also expected to grow by a whopping 50-60 percent per annum in tier II and III cities of India over the next few years, compared to only 35 percent in tier I cities.

Clearly, the metro citizens are not the only ones aware of various brands, fast-food, and modern lifestyle – thanks to satellite TV and inexpensive mobile phones, smaller towns have got an evolving consuming class that aspires to be like the big-city consumers.

A recent study confirms that the tier II cities are seeing a rapid rise in consumer spending. While the modern trade sector grew 28 percent in 2012 all over India, this was overshadowed by sales in modern retail stores in cities such Jaipur, Indore, and Surat which grew by around 40, 39 and 27 percent, respectively. This trend of expansion of modern retail in smaller cities is going to strengthen in the future, the study says.

Like anywhere else, selecting the right location for stores is the key to success in smaller towns too. There are various angles to be considered. The basic parameter of successful retailing is the aggregate demand generated by the catchment area, and most national retailers see the population base as critical in choosing which cities to open stores in.

High streets in smaller towns are doing quite well. People there have never been exposed to the kind of atmosphere that modern retail offers. High streets in these small towns are working with brands to raise awareness levels of customers.

All the above factors put together have created a demand in the Real Estate and Retail Sector. The influx of knowledgeable professionals is on the rise, which is a factor for growth of smaller economies. The present trends coupled with favourable Government policies, point the needle towards a promising future.

Focus shifting beyond metro cities-I

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By: Abhay Garg, Director, Curo India

Abhay Garg, Director, Curo India, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Property new, Home, Policy Advocacy, Activism, Mall, Retail, Office space, SEZ, IT/ITeS, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Project, Location, Regulation, FDI, Taxation, Investment, Banking, Property Management, Ravi Sinha, Track2Media, Track2RealtyTrack2Realty Exclusive: The property rates and cost of living in the metros like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore have been soaring drastically over the years and owing to this, these cities have reached a kind of stagnation in terms of real estate and retail growth.  This scenario has shifted the focus of investors as well as the customers towards the tier II & tier III cities.

Many Retailers are expanding to smaller towns and cities across India to tap a new breed of customers who are getting richer and increasingly willing to shell out money to shop at modern retail formats. Also, these cities are now becoming new real estate hubs in India with both commercial & residential projects getting developed at a fast pace.

Urbanisation and rising household income are some of the major factors that influence demand for residential and commercial real estate and growth in the retail sector. Real estate follows industrialization, as people come to work they bring their families and settle in and around big cities.

This has increased the demand in the residential segment. Growth in this segment is thus primarily driven by growing urbanisation, rise in the number of white-collar professionals, rising incomes, etc. The residential segment is again witnessing growth in demand for luxury and super premium homes among the globe-trotting executives, new and successful businessmen, non-resident Indians (NRIs), and so on.

However, with growing urbanization beyond the metros, it can now be said that most of the growth in the real estate industry can be visible in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. Despite being a highly fragmented market, affordability of homes has made these cities lucrative for customers.

People have started investing in tier two and three cities now because the tier one cities have reached a kind of torpor. As the peripheral infrastructure including transportation, education and employment improves in these cities, the real estate industry is seeing consequent growth.

The rising income levels and the growing business environment have also enabled the development of the retail sector in these cities. The industry reports estimate that 35 per cent of the retail space will grow in Tier II and Tier III cities, in the coming years.

Major Indian and multi-national companies have established their business in these cities. Today, one can witness a gamut of business activities that were never heard of before.

Tier III cities like Lucknow, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Guwahati, Surat, Nagpur, Indore, Goa, Mysore, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Vijayawada, Mangalore, Trivandrum and Baroda have great potential for growth. One of the reasons that make these cities a preferred choice for investment in business and real estate activities is the cost factor. As compared to Tier I cities, the capital values are much lower in Tier II and Tier III cities. The cost of labour too is low.

The rental is proportionate to the capital prices, and manpower is less because of the cost of living. This is one of the reasons that many IT and ITES companies are setting up business here. Retail giants and other business conglomerates are eyeing these cities as potential investment destinations.

…to be continued

Women more than just developer’s wife

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By: Kruti Jain, Director, Kumar Urban Development

Kruti Jain, Director, KUL, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Property new, Home, Policy Advocacy, Activism, Mall, Retail, Office space, SEZ, IT/ITeS, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Project, Location, Regulation, FDI, Taxation, Investment, Banking, Property Management, Ravi Sinha, Track2Media, Track2RealtyTrack2Realty Exclusive: Historically, the involvement of women in matters relating to real estate has been there as it was always a small scale family run business. So, handling administrative and employee management was a common role of developer wife’s.

But on the service side the opportunities were minimal. This was for multiple reasons not only education but also lack of infrastructure and security for women to work independently. Also, in a male dominated society as ours, women are confined to the role of housewives. This is especially true for women in the rural areas of the country. Their consent or advice is barely taken in financial matters.

However, things are changing at a fast pace. The 21st century has seen the emergence of women as power wielders in great force. Now, women are leaders everywhere you look–from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household.

With more women playing a greater role in the boardroom, equality in women legislative rights, and an increase in the number of impressive women role models in every aspect of life, one would think that women might have just gained true equality. However, there are miles to go before this utopian dream turns into a reality.

Women have conventionally been allotted prominent roles only in traditionally women-centric fields such as nursing and other similar professions. However, things are changing rapidly now. An increasing number of women are dominating the male stronghold areas.

Women are in every possible field today and the real estate is no exception. Considered to be a very male centric industry, a rising number of women are joining the real estate sector and excelling at it. It has to be noted that it is the organised sector of the industry which is spearheading this revolution.

As a woman and third generation into the business of real estate, personally I feel privileged to have grown up in an atmosphere where being in the business was a natural progression. However, I do understand that all women are not that privileged and at times they do feel some discrimination at various level.

I try my best to encourage more women employees in my organisation and most importantly give try to prove equal opportunity employer in the true sense of the term.

Having said that, I must say women are joining this burgeoning industry in several key capacities in good numbers lately. The rate of involvement of women in real estate is growing at a healthy pace and there is no ceiling for women’s growth and income. Most of the international firms already have women in their teams who are actively working on projects. In India, there is a slow but promising change for the same.

A woman in today’s scenario stands at the same pedestal as men. She is independent, self-earning and intelligent enough to make decisions for herself. A broader market vision, positive, interpersonal and warm board dynamics, and increase in corporate goodwill are what women bring to the table when they reach the upper echelons of companies. Successful and happy women communicate a feeling of empowerment for other aspiring women and are a source of inspiration to all.

In this business, it is very important to maintain good interpersonal relationships. The ability to get work done and a compassionate approach towards people is what makes a woman a better leader.