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India's realty sector remains favoured destination: Grant Thornton
Mar 22, 2014
MUMBAI: The Indian construction and real estate sector continues to be a favoured destination for global investors and businesses are optimistic about their prospects for this year, says a report.
Funding the realty sector
Mar 21, 2014
HYDERABAD: The Reserve Bank of India’s diktat to banks to link the disbursal of home loans to stages of construction, to protect the interests of buyers and contain the fallout of ‘innovative’ housing finance schemes, has yet again revived the debate over the right funding formula to sustain the real estate business. Developers have experimented with numerous funding options. Nevertheless, many of them are now being forced to seek other unregulated sources of funding, which come at a significant
Entry of high-speed elevator manufacturers bring a paradigm shift in high rise buildings
Mar 18, 2014
DELHI: Indian real estate has progressed in leaps and bounds in the last decade and one can marvel at the rapid growth of high rise buildings across the country, be it in the inner cities, suburbs or 2nd tier towns.
Real estate NCDs: Good returns but with high risks
Mar 17, 2014
MUMBAI: Since March 3, the BSE realty index has gained 14.2 per cent, compared with the Sensex's 3.95 per cent rise. Though real estate developers are reporting a slowdown in sales, in most centres, returns by real estate-linked non-convertible debentures (NCDs) are 18-22 per cent a year.
Unitech sells 11 acres of land to pay LIC loan
Mar 12, 2014
DELHI: UnitechBSE 3.12 % has sold two plots of land in Mysore and one in Bangalore with a total area of 11 acres for more than 130 crore, a senior executive at India's fourth biggest real estate firm said. Part of the proceeds will be used for paying an overdue installment of a 200-crore loan taken from Life Insurance Corporation of India, he said, asking not to be named.
Sensex conquers Mt 22k, retreats
Mar 11, 2014
MUMBAI: Benchmark indices hit record highs for a third straight day on Monday, amid continued foreign institutional buying, though the net gains were marginal.
Low demand pushes down cement prices in Gujarat
Mar 08, 2014
AHMEDABAD: Despite the ‘development’ plank in BJP’s Prime Minister candiate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s electoral campaign, cement prices, a major commodity that gets used in the infrastructure sector, have not seen much upturn in Gujarat this year. For that matter, last quarter, prices in the Ahmedabad market were rather down by 10-13 per cent owing to slowdown in demand from end user industries like real estate and infrastructure.
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.
Growth in restructured loan book stabilising
Mar 07, 2014
MUMBAI: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR & Co) and Blackstone Group LP, two of the major private equity (PE) investors in India, are planning to increase their exposure in the country by changing their investment strategy. While Blackstone is doing a lot of real estate investments, KKR says it will focus more on investing in stressed corporates
Bad loans expected to be higher this fiscal: FM
Mar 07, 2014
DELHI: Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday said the Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) or bad loans of the public sector banks are expected to be higher this fiscal, which is a matter of big concern.
NPAs rise as slowdown persists
Mar 07, 2014
DELHI: The economic slowdown seems to have helped push the gross non-performing assets (NPAs), or doubtful loans, of public sector banks (PSBs) to 5.17 per cent of their advances by end-December 2013, against 4.18 per cent a year before.
Bank licences on course despite polls
Mar 07, 2014
DELHI: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday clarified the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was likely to issue a few bank licences during the remaining term of the incumbent United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, notwithstanding the model code of conduct that kicked in with announcement of the election schedule.
Satya Group launches luxury flats on Dwarka Expressway
Mar 06, 2014
DELHI: Satya Group, one of the leading real estate group in Delhi-NCR, has added another milestone to its project portfolio by launching premium, luxurious residential apartments — Platina- at The Hermitage, located on the Dwarka Expressway, the most sought after location in the national capital area.
Slowdown forces builders to diversify
Mar 04, 2014
BHUBANESWAR: With the real estate sector slowing down, small-time real estate developers in the city are diversifying into add-on ancillary businesses. They have ventured into electric appliances, electronic goods, sanitary and home fittings and other FMCG (fast moving consumer goods).
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.
Kuwait’s Hayat ties up with Chennai firm, to invest $100 million in realty sector
Feb 27, 2014
CHENNAI: Kuwait's Islamic investment firm Hayat Invest will invest $100 million (about Rs 620 crore) in the Indian real estate sector in two years in partnership with Chennai-based residential real estate developer XS Real Group.
Mahindra Lifespace buys Gurgaon plot for Rs 472 crore
Feb 27, 2014
BANGALORE|MUMBAI: Mahindra Lifespace Developers, the real estate development business of the Mahindra Group, has bought a 12-acre land parcel in Gurgaon from private equity fund Ireo for Rs 472 crore, people with knowledge of the matter said.
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.
Realty companies with foreign investment may buy farm land in India
Feb 22, 2014
DELHI: The urban development ministry is pushing for retrospective application of a significant change proposed in the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy for construction sector, which will allow foreign investors to purchase farm land in India.
Ansal Buildwell to invest $100 million in Bahrain market
Feb 20, 2014
DELHI: Realty firm Ansal BuildwellBSE -2.95 % today announced a tie up with Bahrain-based VKL Holdings under which the two firms would invest $100 million each to develop housing and infrastructure projects in India and Bahrain.
Vote on Account 2014: Realtors unhappy with interim budget
Feb 18, 2014
DELHI: Realty developers today expressed disappointment that interim budget did not provide any relief to the sector but hoped that steps to push growth in other industries such as automobile would boost housing demand.
New bill proposes licences for real estate brokers
Feb 18, 2014
NOIDA: The UP government has planned to draft a new law to tighten the noose around fraudulent real estate agents so that interests of homebuyers are protected. A senior official in Lucknow said that under the law dealers are required to register themselves with a local government body and obtain a license for practicing.
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
The effect of policy on residential real estate
Feb 12, 2014
DELHI: Post the 1991 liberalisation policy, India began to welcome various multinational corporates that were seeking permission to commence operations locally. Being the financial and commercial capital of India, Mumbai was the first city to witness a significant influx of large multinational firms.
Realtors offering 'branded' homes to beat slowdown
Feb 12, 2014
DELHI: Domestic property developers tying up with international designers for residential projects seems to be a trend the country's luxury real estate sector is hooked on. On offer are products ranging from homes based on the Disney theme to Spanish-style living and interiors designed by the likes of Italy's Tonino Lamborghini, Casa and Armani.

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