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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.
Bangalore corners 42% of Rs 4,716 crore realty funding
Dec 24, 2013
BANGALORE: The country’s IT capital has attracted the lion’s share of private equity (PE) investments in the real estate sector, approximately 42% of Rs 4,716 crore (roughly $755 million) of the investment that has flowed in between January and September this year.
2014 to bring in hope for real estate sector
Dec 23, 2013
DELHI: As the year 2013 becomes part of our collective memory, a quick rap up leaves us enriched with the experience of the passing year. It was both exciting and disappointing year for the Indian real estate sector. While the introduction of the Real Estate Regulatory Bill in Lok Sabha and consent to the Land Acquisition Bill in the parliament will reap benefits in the future, slowing economy left the real estate fraternity disappointing from the point of view of expectations. The RBI’s bold de
Affordable housing in India is the need of the hour
Dec 23, 2013
DELHI: The government has set an ambitious agenda to boost affordable housing in the country, including the metro cities and larger towns. But even several years after making its policy intention clear, the segment has lagged behind its potential. The supply of affordable homes has not been able to keep pace with the demand.
Banks try to attract home buyers with low interest rates
Dec 23, 2013
MUMBAI: Barely days after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) surprised the Street by keeping the repo rate unchanged, banks and mortgage lenders have started lowering the interest rates on home loans.
Small-cap, mid-cap stocks shine as Sebi relaxes norms for trading in illiquid stocks
Dec 23, 2013
MUMBAI: A bout of volatility was witnessed as key benchmark indices recovered from lower level after trimming initial gains in morning trade. The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. The market sentiment was boosted by data showing that foreign funds remained buyers of Indian stocks on Friday, 20 December 2013. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 86.68 points or 0.41%, off close to 40 points from the day's high and up about 85 points from the day's
Realty sector welcomes home loan rate cuts by SBI, HDFC
Dec 21, 2013
MUMBAI: Welcoming the 0.25 per cent rate cut by two of the biggest home loan financiers SBIBSE 1.24 % and HDFC, realty sector participants today said the move will help revive interest in the gloomy market.
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.
Public Private Partnership: Bridging the gap
Dec 21, 2013
DELHI: Public Private Partnership (PPP) broadly refers to long-term, contractual partnership between the public and private sector agencies, specifically targeted towards financing, designing, implementing and operating infrastructure facilities and services that were traditionally provided by the public sector. PPPs are therefore “cooperative venture between the public and private sectors, built on the expertise of each partner that best meets clearly defined public needs through the appropriat
Joyalukkas Ventures into Real Estate Biz
Dec 20, 2013
KOCHI: Jewellery retailer Joyalukkas group ventures into the real estate sector with Joyalukkas Lifestyle Developers.
Realty firms seek priority sector status for low-cost housing
Dec 20, 2013
DELHI: After exporters, real estate companies are demanding a priority sector tag for loans to the low-cost housing sector.
Joyalukkas Group enters realty sector
Dec 18, 2013
KOCHI: Joyalukkas Group, the multi-billion-dollar global conglomerate, has entered the real estate sector by launching a residential project in Kochi.
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.
Impact of Election 2014: Realty sector struggles with labor shortages
Dec 14, 2013
BANGALORE/MUMBAI: The general election of 2014 is expected to exacerbate the labour shortage in the housing sector, putting more stress on builders and delaying further the delivery of nearly 1 million homes across the country, as lakhs of workers head back to villages and towns to exercise their franchise.
Low income housing sector in India
Dec 13, 2013
DELHI: Low income housing sector has always been avoided by the big players in the real estate development business. Reason being the low margins, greater effort and set of skills which are different from what the traditional builders possess. These factors have kept away reputed builders from this sector. Tata Housing has its presence in this sector.
Cabinet may decide on FDI in pharma, housing tomorrow
Dec 13, 2013
DELHI: The Cabinet is expected to take a decision tomorrow on relaxing FDI norms for the housing sector and reducing foreign direct investment cap to 49 per cent in critical areas of the pharma segment.
Kerala revives move for regulating real estate sector
Dec 12, 2013
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Cabinet has revived the proposal for a comprehensive legislation to regulate real estate sector in the State.
'Realty Sector Burdened by Too Many Laws'
Dec 10, 2013
BANGALORE: State members of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) on Thursday strongly opposed the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, stating that the sector was already governed by too many laws.
Pune residential market – Win-win situation for buyers
Dec 07, 2013
PUNE: Pune plays a critical role in the real estate sector of Maharashtra and the country at large. It continues to witness good traction as the market is still relatively affordable with new launches helping maintain the momentum. The demand for residential projects has increased tremendously driven primarily by the end-user segment. Real estate developers see considerable growth opportunities in the residential segment as the annual requirement of houses in Pune is estimated to remain in the r
Reforms in real estate sector to boost FDI, says Credai
Dec 07, 2013
BHUBANESWAR: Reforms in the real estate industry, such as bringing in more transparency and setting up of regulatory body, would boost foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector by at least 20 times, said Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (Credai).
PE investments in realty up 26% this year
Dec 06, 2013
HYDERABAD: The value of private equity (PE) transactions in the country’s real estate sector during the first nine months of 2013 was up 26 per cent at Rs 4,716 crore, indicating that funds continue to see India as a an investment destination despite a slowdown in the local market.
Governments need to be efficient to trigger housing sector growth
Dec 04, 2013
MUMBAI: Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (Credai) today said governments need to be more efficient to accelerate growth in the housing sector.
Realty sector saw 18-20% job losses in 12 months: Lalit Kumar Jain, Chairman, CREDAI
Dec 04, 2013
MUMBAI: The country's real estate sector saw 18-20% job losses over the last one year because of weakening sales and tight liquidity, according to Lalit Kumar Jain, chairman of Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI).
Slowdown in commercial real estate likely to continue
Dec 04, 2013
DELHI: The economic downturn has subdued office and retail markets, resulting in a sales slowdown as well as pressurized capital values across leading cities—according to CBRE Research's year-to-date coverage of trends in India's real estate sector. Buyer sentiments in the housing market have remained largely cautious because of relatively high price points and sticky borrowing costs, amid an uncertain economic climate. As a result, investment has slowed considerably across segments, resulting i
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."

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