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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.
How to find the perfect location for real estate investment
Dec 03, 2013
DELHI: When it comes to profitable investment, property is one of the most lucrative avenues. Profitability is not a given, however – property investment must make sense from a returns-on-investment point of view. In that respect, one must carefully pick from available options.
Four great reasons to buy instead of renting a home
Nov 23, 2013
DELHI: If you’ve been indecisive about buying a home and have so far preferred to rent instead, this is a good time to finally make your move. Home ownership is one of life’s greatest joys, but that is not the only reason why you should finally take the plunge. The advantages of home ownership are:
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
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
Landmark Holdings exits from Wave’s Ghaziabad project
Oct 31, 2013
DELHI: Delhi-based real estate investment firm Landmark Holdings has exited its investment in Wave Group’s 4,500 acre Hi Tech City project in Ghaziabad for approx Rs 350 crore making over 3x on its original investment.
Tax breaks for REITs only after elections: FinMin
Oct 29, 2013
MUMBAI: The third attempt by market regulator SEBI to revive the much anticipated Real Estate Investment Trust platform has hit a roadblock yet again. And this time it is the upcoming elections that have played spoilsport.
Four steps to successful real estate investment in Chennai
Oct 25, 2013
CHENNAI: Whilereal estate is one of the most popular asset classes, it requires a combination of knowledge and discipline to generate healthy returns on investment. Here are four steps that could help you in making a successful decision and reap rich rewards in the long term.
Taking the illiquid route to achieve financial goals
Oct 16, 2013
MUMBAI: Two years earlier, Sham and Sandhya Virkar bought a 400-sq-ft 1-BHK flat in the Badlapur area of the Mumbai suburbs for Rs 21 lakh. They plan to sell it if they require extra funds for their daughter's marriage, which might be seven to eight years away.
Sebi issues draft norms for Real Estate Investment Trusts
Oct 11, 2013
MUMBAI: Looking to attract more investments into the capital market, Sebi today proposed listing of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), a popular instrument for raising funds in the realty sector.
Popping the myth of the property bubble
Oct 06, 2013
CHENNAI: Most Indians believe that property is the ultimate investment. After all, haven’t home prices been heading only one way — up? For instance, prices in Chennai have trebled since 2007.
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.
Real Estate Regulatory Bill – Any ‘Real’ Comfort?
Sep 23, 2013
MUMBAI: The Real Estate Regulatory Bill 2013, which the Union Cabinet approved after a long hiatus in June 2013, was touted to be a game-changer for property buyers as well as the industry as a whole. The aim of the bill clearly was to provide buyers with a level playing field in an industry that is perceived as chronically non-transparent.
Realtors call for urgent implementation of REITs
Aug 25, 2013
MUMBAI: With investor sentiment waning and the rupee plunging to new lows everyday, there is an urgent need for implementing the real estate investment trusts (REITs) to ensure more liquidity in the sector, say experts.
‘Curbs on property investment abroad may boost premium segment in India’
Aug 17, 2013
HYDERABAD: RBI curbs on overseas property investments to protect the rupee seems to be good news for Indian real estate as capital which otherwise would have been diverted abroad will now stay in the country.
Qatar fund QIA to invest $300 million in realtor RMZ in one of largest investment deals
Jul 23, 2013
BANGALORE: In one of the largest investment deals in the Indian real estate sector, sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is investing $300 million ( Rs 1,800 crore) in Bangalore-based real estate developer and South India's largest office space builder RMZ Corp, said three people with direct knowledge of the development.
Singapore, Dubai, London preferred by Indians buying property overseas
Jul 21, 2013
HYDERABAD: DSingapore, Malaysia, New York, Dubai and some cities in the UK, the suburban areas of London in particular, are preferred destinations for Indian property buyers, according to real estate consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle.
The agent who can save a deal
Jun 03, 2013
Amit wanted to sell his apartment in Mumbai and approached a real estate agent. His dealer took more than six months and was still unable to sell the property.
Alchemist Township India Ltd buys 20 acres in Aerotropolis Projects in WB
May 29, 2013
Alchemist Township India Ltd, a Delhi-based real estate developer, has bought 20 acres of prime land in the Aerotropolis being developed by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) at Durgapur, 180 kilometres from Kolkata. Leading international property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle India were the transaction mediators for this deal, which is West Bengal's largest land transaction in 2013 to date.
Too many loans for buying real estate can be risky
Mar 04, 2013
There is a worrisome trend today. People take loans to acquire properties - not just for home for self use, but for investment in home and land. The current thinking among most investors is that property is the only asset that will give good returns. One may wonder - what is so worrisome about this? The point is that investors are going in for multiple properties, in many cases liquidating most of what they have and taking a loan for the rest.
Realty firm Ashiana Housing to invest Rs 750cr on four new projects
Jan 29, 2013
NEW DELHI: Realty firm Ashiana Housing will invest about Rs 750 crore in the next five years to develop four new housing projects in Rajasthan and Jamshedpur.
Mantri Realty to invest Rs 750 crore for 3 housing projects
Dec 09, 2012
NEW DELHI: Real estate developer Mantri Realty today said it will invest up to Rs 750 crore to develop three housing projects in Maharashtra and Karnataka over the next 2-3 years.
PE investment in realty sector drops by 15% in Jan-Sept 2012
Oct 30, 2012
NEW DELHI: Private equity investment in the real estate sector declined by 15 per cent in the first three quarters of 2012 calendar year to Rs 3,500 crore compared with the year-ago period, according to global property consultant Cushman and Wakefield.
3 reasons why the young should invest in real estate
Oct 26, 2012
One of the most frequent advices that can be given to the youth when it comes to investment is starting young. And just because, the advice is so frequent, most of us tend to forget that it is actually the BEST advice anyone can be given. Why is starting young so important? The answer is hardly rocket science. By the sheer luxury of time that youth has on hand in terms of the period of investm
Realty cos are back with attractive NCDs to lure HNIs
Oct 16, 2012
MUMBAI: After a six-month lull, real estate companies are back in the money market to raise working capital funds by issuing non-convertible debentures (NCDs) to rich investors. Thick collateral cover and a promise to pay annualised returns of 16%-18% are making the issuances popular among savvy investors. Wealth managers and non-banking finance companies such as India InfolineBSE -0.58 %, Ede

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