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What are Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs?
May 06, 2014
MUMBAI: Swatantra Kumar explains: REITs or are a special type of investment vehicle which operate more like mutual funds but invest in real estate properties for returns. These properties are usually income generating properties, commercial or residential, and the returns from such investments are passed on to the investors in the REITs.
Private equity players boost city's real estate market
Apr 22, 2014
PUNE: The unbridled influx of professionals and a local economy, which is relatively less affected by the economic downturn, has renewed interest of private equity players in the city's real estate sector.
Private equity firm Milestone Capital sells Rs 145-crore Pune property to HNI
Apr 11, 2014
MUMBAI: Private equity firm Milestone Capital Advisors has sold a 2.5 lakh sq ft commercial property in Pune for about Rs 145 crore to a high-net-worth individual (HNI), marking a potential renewal of interest among such investors in assets that offer stable rental returns in addition to capital appreciation.
Bet big on office space
Apr 07, 2014
MUMBAI: Thinking of buying your third apartment at Worli? Why not an office block in BKC instead? It may not have quite the charm or glamour of a penthouse apartment, but it can certainly get you hefty returns.
Proposed regulation, pending reforms, to bring back growth
Apr 03, 2014
AHMEDABAD: With the upcoming general elections in May this year, the country’s political fate would be decided. As the political scenario in the country will get a direction, the newly-elected government can also decide on some of the pending bills that will bring some policy framework to the country. There are a number of key draft legislations pending before the parliament. Industry estimates suggest that more than 120 bills are pending to be passed by the parliament.
Golden State Capital to raise $500 m from REIT listing
Mar 18, 2014
DELHI: Private equity firm Golden State Capital (GSC) said it will set up a real estate investment trust (REIT) to spearhead operations in India. The company, which hopes to raise $500 million (around ?3,060 crore today) by listing the REIT in Singapore, intends to invest $1 billion over the next three years in stabilised offices that are FDI-complaint.
Private equity funds returning to realty space again
Feb 24, 2014
MUMBAI: Optimistic about the revival of economy after Lok Sabha elections, foreign and domestic private equity players are now returning to Indian real estate sector, but with caution and will focus on top six-seven cities, say industry experts.
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
India Infoline raises Rs 750-cr realty fund
Feb 05, 2014
MUMBAI: IIFL Wealth Management, a unit of financial services firm India Infoline, said on Wednesday it has raised a Rs 750-crore real estate fund, which has the option to co-invest another Rs 500 crore under the fund. IIFL has mandated Ajay Piramal group's realty fund manager Indiareit Fund Advisors as the investment advisor.
India Infoline raises Rs 750-cr realty fund
Jan 31, 2014
MUMBAI: IIFL Wealth Management, a unit of financial services firm India Infoline, said on Wednesday it has raised a Rs 750-crore real estate fund, which has the option to co-invest another Rs 500 crore under the fund. IIFL has mandated Ajay Piramal group's realty fund manager Indiareit Fund Advisors as the investment advisor.
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.
2014 expected to get big ticket funding
Jan 04, 2014
MUMBAI: Funding, or rather the lack of it, has been one of the key concerns of the real estate developers throughout 2013. However, if we look at some of the key policy decisions that have been taken in the year, it seems 2014 is all set to get big ticket funding. The money is poised to be invested in the sector and if not as private equity, the biggies will put in money through Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). The reports suggest that private equity funds such as Kotak Realty Fund, Tata Rea
Investments in realty sector grow 53% in Jan-Sep 2013
Jan 04, 2014
DELHI: Investments in the real estate sector grew by 53% in the first three quarters of calendar 2013 with an infusion of $1,885 million against $1,235 million during the same period in the previous year.
Developers optimistic of revival in realty sector in 2014
Jan 03, 2014
DELHI: With high property prices and costlier borrowing hitting real estate, developers are hoping for a reversal of the slowdown in the new year and sales picking up post general elections.
Developers optimistic of revival in realty sector in 2014
Jan 01, 2014
DELHI: With high property prices and costlier borrowing hitting real estate, developers are hoping for a reversal of the slowdown in the new year and sales picking up post general elections.
REITs, a game-changer
Dec 31, 2013
MUMBAI: The demographic dynamics in India is changing fast, leading to a growing demand for real estate, which continues to be higher than supply. An estimated 843 million people will live in Indian cities by 2050, about the same as the combined population of the US, Brazil, Russia, Japan and Germany.
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.
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.
Why India needs REITs?
Dec 05, 2013
MUMBAI: A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a fresh investment mechanism being planned by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). A REIT manages and owns income-generating developed property and is intended to offer common units to the public as an option for investment. These units represent ownership in the business of managing income-producing properties. REITs will make available away to real estate developers to commercialise developed property, providing an exit path. It wi
Real estate investment in India
Nov 26, 2013
MUMBAI: Nowadays coffee conversations with friends have changed. Being in the personal finance industry, friends always tend to ask – Suggest a good place to invest? Should I invest in Real Estate now? How does Real Estate look? Or, “Did you hear, she sold that flat recently? She had bought it for Rs 80 lakh and now sold it for Rs 2 crore! What an investment that was?
REIT: Boon or bane for the Indian realty market
Nov 18, 2013
MUMBAI: REIT or Real Estate Investment Trust is a pooled investment instrument, like a mutual fund. While mutual funds invest primarily in debt, equity and money markets, REITs invest in real estate projects which are usually completed and are commercial in nature. The market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has recently issued a consultation paper on the draft regulations for REITs. The instrument that is popular in several global capital markets may soon start operating
India's real estate sector to need $ 257 bn by 2015: Report
Nov 16, 2013
MUMBAI: The real estate sector in the country would need an investment of $ 257 billion by 2015, including Economic Weaker Section (EWS) housing, of which residential real estate alone would require $ 29 billion, according to an EY-FICCI real estate report released today.
The missing link in new Reit regulations
Nov 06, 2013
MUMBAI: Recently, the Securities and Exch-ange Board of India's Chairman, UK Sinha said that if Reits have to succeed, they will have to be tax-efficient. He further said he will ask tax-authorities to consider tax incentives for real estate investment trusts. "We'll talk to the I-T department to make it happen," he added.
Cementing the future of REIT
Nov 03, 2013
MUMBAI: In a major step to fuel the growth of the country’s real estate sector, SEBI recently released a consultation paper together with the draft Real Estate Investment Trust 2013 (REIT) regulations. Issued after discussions with stakeholders, the draft regulations have been widely seen as robust and along the lines of regulations in other countries. It is critical that the initial REITs prove successful for investors so that they can become a stable platform for providing developers exits fro
REITs will push realty sector
Nov 01, 2013
BANGALORE:The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is preparing to allow public and private sector companies to start Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) to enable retail investors to invest in the real estate sector.

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