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Prop-tech scenario post covid as compared to pre- Covid

For generations, real estate leaders were cautious in changing their business models. But in recent years there has been a significant change. So far the numbers have been on the lower side, but Covid 19, has initiated companies to adopt digital solutions at an unprecedented pace. According to a survey, digitisation is taking precedence across the sector and more than 90 percent of the occupiers and developers are aiming to bring a technological shift in their business operations within the next five years.

Analysis Coronavirus Affecting Property Market, Covid-19 Affecting Property, Anuj Puri, ANAROCK Property Consultants, Coronavirus Halts Construction, Affordable Housing and Coronavirus
COVID-19 derails affordable housing growth in 2020, ~ 6.1 lakh units impacted in Top 7 cities

There are altogether over 6.1 lakh affordable units under construction across the top 7 cities, of which NCR and MMR alone account for nearly 59% – or 3.59 lakh units. These units were launched between 2013 to 2019. Both cities together also have a 57% share (approx. 1.34 lakh units) of the overall unsold stock of 2.34 lakh units in the budget homes category. (Unsold affordable stock consists of both under-construction and ready-to-move homes.)

Column Ravi Sinha- Diary of a Real Estate Journalist, Home Buyers' Activism, Home Buyers' Fight with Builders, Builder Buyer Conflict, Housing Delays, Housing Defaults, India Real Estate News, Indian Realty News, Real Estate News India, Indian Property market News, Investment in Property
Corona is not publicity tourism Mr Builder

It is in this backdrop that in a typical “Ravi Sinha Uncensored” tone I told a PR girl who called me for one such Press Release by one of the largest developers of Mumbai, “Listen! As a matter of principle I am not carrying any story on food distribution to construction workers. But wait! Please give my feedback to your client, “He or any other builder is not doing any charity; not worth beating its own trumpet. This is a national calamity and you are morally bound to do so. Such Press Releases only make you look really petty. You can weave this info into some other story once the dust settles and everything is normal. But glorifying humanitarian gesture at this point of time is at best Corona Tourism for Publicity which is highly deplorable.” 

Column Advocate Aditya Pratap, Bombay High Court, India real estate news, Indian realty news, Real estate news India, Indian property market news, Investment in real estate, Realty Plus, Track2Realty, Realty Fact, Litigations in real estate, Land titles in real estate, Dgitisation in real estate, Consumer complaints in real estate
Compliances for real estate PE under section 42 of The Companies Act, 2013

Private Equity funds, domestic and multi-national, have become major players in the Indian real estate market, investing tens of thousands of crores. While Blackstone and Brookfield have hitherto been largest foreign investors in Indian real estate, a gamut of Japanese Private Equity giants are also making waves. Heavyweight Japanese Corporations such as Mitsui Fudson, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Genkai Capital too have made big-ticket investments in Indian metro cities.

Editorial Balvinder Kumar, Member, UP RERA in an interview with Ravi Sinha
Star Rating to be the game changer of real estate: Balvinder Kumar, Member, UP RERA

Balvinder Kumar, member of the UP RERA is no stranger to the functioning of the real estate and the government agencies. As a former bureaucrat, he has seen it as an insider with many key positions, including his stint with the high profile Delhi Development Authority (DDA). In an exclusive interview with Ravi Sinha, he shares his roadmap for making RERA an ideal platform for due diligence as well.  

Analysis Newsroom, Diary ofd a Real Estate Journalist, Ravi Sinha, Real Estate Positive News, Real Estate Negative News, Property News Positive, Negative Property News
Certified guarantee of positive coverage is not journalism

I have taken up the challenging practice of evaluating the performance of the real estate companies through rating the respective brands. I often hear two very different voices about my professional existence within the sector. A group of developers, though minority community, not only take the learnings out of the rating & ranking but also endorse that the sector needs someone like me for the larger interests of the business.

Analysis REIT, Real Estate Investment Trust, REIT in India, REIT Success in India, REIT Potential in India, REIT Potential & Performance
India can raise over $25 bn with REITs in next 3 years – ANAROCK

While the commercial office sector will dominate Indian REIT listings for the next couple of years, retail and logistics REITs are sure to follow. However, Indian residential REITs remain at best a distant possibility. The draft Model Tenancy Act, 2019 will make rental housing a more attractive investment play – but for Indian residential REITs to succeed as they have in countries like Singapore and the US, rental yields on Indian housing need to significantly surpass the current 1-3%.

Analysis REITs, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Indian REITS, Future of REITs, Success of REITs, ROI of REITs
Present and future of Indian REITs

The success of the Embassy Parks REIT has given global investors strong reason to increase their stake in multiple commercial assets across the country so that these could be listed under REITs in the future. Some of these global institutional investors who are eyeing the country’s real estate market via REITs include Japan’s NikkoAm StraitsTrading Asia, US’ North Carolina Fund, Taiwan’s Eastspring Investments, Malaysia’s Hwang Asia Pacific REITs and Infrastructure Fund, and Canada-based Sentry Global.

Editorial Festival Season in Property Market, Ganesh Chaturthi and Property Purchase, Festive Deals in Real Estate, Home Buying in Festive Seasons, Festive Offers in Property market
Will govt. light Indian housing sector’s festive lamp?

Traditionally, the festive quarter fares better than the previous quarters of the year when it comes to housing sales – the combination of religious sentiment and festive deals and freebies is a potent mix during this part of the year. For instance, Q4 2015 saw 70,000 homes sold in the seven major cities. However, as tempting as it was for developers to believe that this was an unshakeable performance standard, it was certainly shaken just a year later. After demonetization (DeMo) was announced in this critical quarter in 2016, housing sales halved to 32,100 units.

Analysis NRI Investment, NRI Property Investment, NRI Investment in India, Real Estate Returnsd on Investment, Real Estate ROI, Real Estate Versus Gold, Real Estate Versus Equities
Indian housing a good hedge in troubled times for NRI investors

Indian real estate is still a viable and fairly safe long-term investment option. Investors with a short-term view on ‘instant returns’ need to look elsewhere, but most other asset classes are quite volatile in nature and will continue to remain so.  Indian residential real estate is a long-time favourite of resident Indians and NRIs, and recent trends suggest a positive outlook for this asset class going forward. Property prices have bottomed out and cannot possibly reduce further, especially since construction costs are gradually heading north.

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