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Why you should invest in REITs
Jan 11, 2014
MUMBAI: The concept of REIT is an attempt to infuse the characteristic of “Equity and/or Unit” in the real estate sector. This concept, though prevalent in foreign countries, is new for India and is yet to take off. Savings and investments of general public are pooled as equity/unit for ultimate investment in real estate entity. The units are listed. Thus, entry and exit options are always open to investors.
What attracts NRI investment in Indian real estate
Jan 10, 2014
MUMBAI: For Non Resident Indians, a base in their homeland is always considered a safe prospect and gives them an added sense of security. When it comes to the Indian real estate, non-resident Indians (NRIs) take centre-stage, especially with the depreciating rupee. The recent market trend where there is high inflation, volatility and the rupee value depreciating, NRIs make the most of the opportunity and invest in the Indian real estate market.
Rajasthan ideal for investments, Vasundhara Raje tells NRIs
Jan 10, 2014
JAIPUR: In an effort to fulfill the poll promise of providing 15 lakh jobs in the next five years, chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday appealed to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to invest in the state. In her message to NRIs on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi, she underscored Rajasthan's advantage over other states.
SC retains bar on Subrata Roy's foreign trips
Jan 10, 2014
DELHI: Retaining the bar on Sahara group chief Subrata Roy's visits abroad, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked his two real estate companies to disclose in two weeks the source of the Rs 20,000 crore these claimed to have refunded to the investors in their optionally fully-convertible debentures (OFCDs).
Realty investment drops 6% in 20 states
Jan 08, 2014
HYDERABAD: Outstanding investments attracted by the real estate sector in Andhra Pradesh (AP) have dropped from over Rs 1.44 lakh crore as of September 2012 to about Rs 1.39 lakh crore by September 2013, registering a marginal decline of about 3.2 per cent, according to The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham).
Slow economy makes time right to buy property
Jan 07, 2014
MUMBAI: The Indian economy has had another tough year. Inflation went as high as 7.52 per cent, job opportunities reduced significantly across industries, the rupee saw steady erosion against the US dollar and market sentiments reached what was possibly their lowest point ever. And yet, things could be worse.
Realty segment hoping for turnaround in 2014
Dec 31, 2013
MUMBAI: While the Indian real estate sector has been on a growth mode in the last three years, though not much support has been extended by the market or the policy makers, there is a strong optimism within the built environment that 2014, would be a turnaround year. Though, nothing much has changed in terms of issues and concerns of the sector as another year comes to an end, some of the policy decisions in the last six months, indicate that the sector is finally on the road to recovery. To add
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.
Qatar fund may invest $200 mn in Indian realty
Dec 30, 2013
MUMBAI: Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the gas-rich Gulf emirate, is in talks to invest $200 million in residential property in India, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Investing lessons and strategies for 2014
Dec 30, 2013
DELHI: The investing landscape saw momentous developments in 2013, most of them driven by regulatory actions. Whether it was the introduction of direct plans in mutual funds, new guidelines for health insurance, or the precipitous fall in debt funds, each of these events had a significant impact on your finances. Each development also offered a lesson to the small investor.
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.
Investments in Gujarat's realty sector plummet by 20%
Dec 28, 2013
AHMEDABAD:Outstanding investments attracted by the real estate sector in Chief Minister Narendra Modi-ruled Gujarat have plummeted by 20 per cent from over Rs 2.37 lakh crore in September 2012 to about Rs 1.90 lakh crore in September 2013, states the latest report from 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.
SEBI proposal on real estate investment trust set to get RBI nod
Dec 27, 2013
MUMBAI: The much-awaited Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) regime has inched closer to becoming a reality, with the banking regulator keen on approving changes to attract foreign investments.
What affects your realty investment in Chennai
Dec 27, 2013
CHENNAI: Various macro and micro factors impact real estate investment in a city. Here the author talks about factors that impact property investment in Chennai. However, before that let us understand what these macro and micro factors are
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.
NRIs look to Gurgaon flats for bumper returns
Dec 26, 2013
PUNE: If you get to choose between buying a beach house in Florida and an apartment in Gurgaon, what would you prefer? While the great American dream may seem like obvious choice to many, the dollar-rich expatriates think other way around.
Sebi proposes to separate framework for InvITS
Dec 21, 2013
MUMBAI: Looking to attract more investments into the infrastructure sector, market regulator Sebi today proposed to set up a separate framework for Infrastructure Investment Trusts.
PE investments give cash-hit realty sector a new lease of life
Dec 16, 2013
MUMBAI: Home-grown private equity funds seem to have opened their purse strings again for the realty sector, which is facing a cash crunch.
Blackstone JV hires ex-JLL head Mike Holland
Dec 16, 2013
BANGALORE: Former Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) head and entrepreneur Mike Holland is set to become CEO of an equal JV between private equity giant Blackstone and leading office space developer Embassy Group, setting in motion one of India's first real estate investment trusts (REITs) to be listed under regulations that are being framed currently.
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.
‘India should up its transparency quotient’
Dec 15, 2013
DELHI: Global investors in real estate are skipping India and moving to countries like Indonesia and China to make investments, as issues such as regulatory framework and returns are still a matter of concern here.
NRI dollars flow into investments
Dec 12, 2013
MUMBAI: The share of remittances in India used for investment has gradually increased as compared with the main usage for family maintenance purposes.
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority to invest $250 million in Hines India Real Estate
Dec 11, 2013
BANGALORE | NEW DELHI: Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is investing $250 million ( Rs 1,500 crore) in Hines India Real Estate, the Indian arm of American property development and management firm Hines, amid a rise in overseas interest in the sector.
Major Indian property markets of Mumbai and Bangalore slip in 2014 ranking: Report
Dec 11, 2013
MUMBAI: Major Indian property markets of Mumbai and Bangalore have slipped further as real estate investment destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report. Mumbai and Bangalore have slipped to the 23rd and 20th positions in the 2014 rankings from 20th and 19th positions, respectively in 2013 survey.

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