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Mumbai top investment destinations among UAE based Indians
Nov 19, 2014
DUBAI: Despite high property prices, India's commercial capital Mumbai has once again emerged as the most popular and attractive property investment hotspot amongst the UAE-based Indian expats
NRIs invest over $2 billion in Indian realty in 2013 on weak rupee
Sep 18, 2014
Non-resident Indians invested over $2 billion in Indian real estate in 2013, riding on the back of a weak rupee and heightened promotions by developers to attract them at a time when domestic demand was weak
PE investment in real estate to cross Rs 12,000 crore
Aug 31, 2014
Private equity investment in real estate sector jumped over two-fold to Rs 4,100 crore in the first six months of 2014 and is likely to cross Rs 12,000 crore by end of the year
Inorbit to invest Rs 250crore every year for brownfield expansion
May 19, 2014
MUMBAI: Inorbit Mall, a subsidiary of K Raheja Corporation, plans to invest around Rs 250 crore every year for expanding its presence in the country through brownfield route, a top company official said.
Vivendi Ventures to launch realty PE biz
Apr 08, 2014
CHENNAI: Chennai-based Vivendi Ventures, which is into real estate development and fund management, is planning to launch a private equity arm headquartered in Singapore, to invest in real estate projects in India.
Global investment in realty to grow
Mar 21, 2014
PUNE: Rapid urbanization and demographic changes, especially in the emerging markets, will lead to substantial growth in the real estate investment industry, over the next six years. At the same time as the industry’s opportunities grow, so will assets invested into the sector.
Star Hotels Turn Luxury Homes
Mar 19, 2014
CHENNAI: The city may soon be losing out a few star hotels. They are likely to be converted into luxury homes as the hospitality sector has hit a low with declining occupancy and fall in business.
Onus on government to protect, boost real estate
Mar 07, 2014
DELHI: Presently, the real estate sector in India is facing several challenges. These include lack of adequate sources of finance, shortage of labour, steep rise in the prices of raw material, multiple tax system and lengthy and delayed procedures for approvals.
HDFC Mutual Fund to raise Rs 1,500 crore for real estate
Mar 01, 2014
MUMBAI|BANGALORE: HDFC Mutual Fund plans to raise up to Rs 1,500 crore for real estate through a newly-formed category — alternative investment funds (AIF). According to two persons familiar with the matter, the asset management company will raise the money through a new division that is likely to be called HDFC AIF.
Global investment in realty sector to reach $45 trillion by 2020
Feb 28, 2014
MUMBAI: Driven by rapid urbanisation and demographic changes, especially in emerging markets, global investment in the real estate sector is likely to increase 55 per cent to $45.3 trillion by 2020 from $29 trillion in 2012, according to PwC.
'Now is not a good time to invest in real estate'
Feb 27, 2014
THANE: Even as Thane city is witnessing a spurt in the number of residential projects being launched by developers, property consultants and experts are, however, divided over whether this is the right time to invest.
Vote on Account 2014: Indian real estate embracing change in the time of economic revival
Feb 15, 2014
MUMBAI: The past decade has seen the Indian real estate industry ride on a roller coaster ride through many highs and lows. This period has seen the expansion fury which gripped the sector with the market peaking in 2006 -2007 characterized by a growth in demand, substantial development and increased foreign investments. By mid-2008, this fervour was replaced by cautious evaluation of business models and plans, which was the key agenda of the business houses when the market loomed large with unc
Things to know before you buy your home
Feb 12, 2014
DELHI: Getting into real estate investment without a proper understanding of what you aim to achieve is not advisable. There are many risks involved in real estate investment. However, with the right data and advice, you can definitely succeed in property investment. Here is a general blueprint.
Should you prepay your home loan or invest the money?
Feb 12, 2014
DELHI: The home loan EMI is divided into interest and principal repayment, and the proportion of each changes over the years as the interest component falls and the principal rises. So, if Kamat prepays the loan, he will find a large amount of principal still outstanding, while the interest would already have been paid, assuming full term. When a loan is paid in part, the EMI for the remaining period is reworked. However, this is also based on the assumption of a full-term repayment, where the i
Decision to blacklist Cyprus for not providing tax data will hit developers and realty funds
Feb 06, 2014
MUMBAI/BANGALORE: India's recent decision to blacklist Cyprus for not providing tax data will hit developers and realty funds. Investors who have routed their funds through Cyprus are likely to face a big decline in returns as developers will now be expected to withhold higher tax amounts. So far, these investments were structured around 10% withholding tax, which is likely to jump to 30%.
Rod Hunter: Why India needs to take intellectual property seriously
Jan 13, 2014
DELHI: Dr Reddy's Laboratories' chairman, G V Prasad, called for the Indian pharmaceutical industry to move up the value chain from generics through investing in research and innovation, reported the Business Standard last week. Mr Prasad's aspirational call to action is, however, a sad reminder of how the government's policies create a hostile environment for investment and hobble Indian creativity. A salient example of these counterproductive policies are the attacks on some 15 medicine patent
Build a corpus soon after buying a house
Dec 31, 2013
MUMBAI: Raghavan and Radhika Ranjan recently purchased their own apartment, their first big-ticket investment. It was an achievement for them considering that they are in their early thirties. The process of finding the right property, completing the paper-work, furnishing took the Ranjans nearly 10 months.
Investments in India's realty sector decline 6% YoY: Assocham
Dec 28, 2013
DELHI: Outstanding investments in the country's real estate sector were six per cent lower at Rs 14.51 lakh crore in September 2013 as against the same month previous year, according to a study by industry body Assocham.
Oversupply affects real estate
Dec 28, 2013
MUMBAI:High price points and sticky borrowing costs have weakened buyer sentiment in the commercial and housing markets but realtors hope that since pent-up demand has increased over the three year slowdown in demand the first quarter of 2014 could see an upturn.
2013 roundup: Despite key reforms, realty industry remained stressed
Dec 27, 2013
MUMBAI: Economic slowdown, inflationary pressures, volatility in foreign exchange and stock markets, together with liquidity crunch and costly debt, took a toll on India's real estate sector in 2013, with investor sentiment taking a severe beating despite a number of reform initiatives undertaken by the government.
Investors bet on smaller leased office properties
Dec 16, 2013
MUMBAI: Ganesh Kumar, a real estate consultant in the Andheri area here, recently bought a 2,200-sq-ft property in Pune and leased it to a financial services firm. “I invested in office property for the first time. I am getting returns of 12-13 per cent, which is very good,” Kumar says.
Does real estate give spectacular returns
Dec 02, 2013
DELHI: A client called me for advice on a real estate investment. He had recently sold some old family property and wanted to invest his share of the proceeds in a commercial property. Real estate dominated his portfolio, so I told him not to put all eggs in one basket. The client shared his inherited piece of wisdom that since time immemorial, real estate has given great returns: "Invest in thousands and reap in lakhs."
Foreign banks offer dual-rate products
Oct 28, 2013
MUMBAi: Amid rising interest rates, foreign banks in the country are making an effort to attract home loan borrowers by introducing dual rate or fixed-cum-floating rate products.
Curbs on realty foreign direct investment below 50% may stay
Oct 09, 2013
DELHI: The government may reject the urban development ministry's proposal to scrap all restrictions on foreign direct investment below 50% in real estate on the grounds that there can be no exemptions on rules such as minimum area norms.
Gujarat tops; 35% realty projects completed
Oct 01, 2013
AHMEDABAD: Although Gujarat has seen no new investments in the realty sector in the first quarter of 2013-14, the State topped a list of 20 States in the country with 35 per cent completed projects in the sector during this quarter, apex industry body Assocham said on Monday.

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