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Chinese real estate developers eye opportunities in India to float JVs for big projects

A team from international property consultancy JLL is holding exploratory talks with Indian developers to seek investment opportunities for their Chinese clients

MUMBAI: After global private equity and sovereign funds, now Chinese developers are eyeing investment opportunities in India's property sector.

A team from international property consultancy JLL is holding exploratory talks with Indian developers to seek investment opportunities for their Chinese clients. The Chinese developers are looking to forge strategic partnership and enter into joint ventures with Indian builders to invest in large scale residential projects.

China's outbound investment directly into global real estate has risen 50% to $15.6 billion since January this year with New York, London and Sydney becoming the leading investment destinations.



As a first major investment by a Chinese company, one of the largest developers Dalian Wanda Group has announced its intention to invest $10 billion in India in the next 10 years to construct industrial townships and retail properties.

"Major attraction for this investment is growth. Next 10 years of growth cycle in Indian real estate will be similar to what China had experienced in the past 10 years," said Alistair Meadows, head International Capital Group (Asia Pacific) JLL, Singapore.

Apart from expectations of attractive returns, slower real estate market in China itself is also prompting Chinese developers to look elsewhere, including India. "We can expect at least $3-4 billion investment inflow from China into the Indian property market over the next 3 years," said Shobhit Agarwal, MD, Capital Markets & International Director, JLL India.

During his visit to Beijing in May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pitched for Chinese investment into India to help bridge a widening trade gap. According media reports, his visit had witnessed deals worth $22 billion being signed.

"Indian developers are achieving returns more than most mature markets the world over are fetching," said Darren Xia, Head -International Capital Group, JLL China, while explaining Chinese developers' interest in the Indian property market. "A number of Chinese developers have been studying the Indian market since the past 12 months."

Meadows and Xia, who have been holding talks with Indian players for striking an alliance with Chinese builders, expect Chinese insurance companies to start investing here. According to an estimate by JLL, Chinese insurance groups could allocate up to $240 billion to real estate outside of China, based on current metrics over a longterm period.

Continued loosening of outbound investment regulations since 2012 is driving China's insurance groups to actively seek real estate assets in gateway cities around the world. These funds are keen to take advantage of the asset class's income-producing characteristics, its relatively low risk, and the benefits of a diversified portfolio.

Investments from China-based builders are expected in big-ticket projects in key property markets of India. "While investing, scale will be crucial for Chinese developers as they are familiar with the large scale development. To begin with, investments are expected in Mumbai, Delhi and even Kolkata. Most of what they (Chinese developers) will do will be opportunity led," Meadows added.

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Realty Trends

Home prices near most-affordable levels in over 30 years: HDFC


Home prices may have been on an upward spiral for many years, but the cost of owning a house in India remains near the most affordable level in over three decades, shows data compiled by mortgage giant HDFC Ltd.

The average price of a home, purchased with a housing loan, rose to over Rs. 45 lakh in the 2012-13 fiscal year -- marking the fourth consecutive year of uptrend from about Rs. 25 lakh in the year 2008-09, HDFC has said in a presentation.

However, factors like an even greater surge in the personal income levels, tax incentives and lower interest rates, have resulted into houses becoming more affordable to purchase, it said.

 

 

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India Property Investment Gyan

Major schemes for affordable housing to be modified: Girija Vyas


NEW DELHI: Major schemes meant for providing affordable housing to urban poor will soon be modified to make them more people-friendly, the government said today and invited the private sector to contribute more actively in this area. 

Speaking to reporters here, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) ministerGirija Vyas today said her ministry is modifying all the major schemes including the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), Rajiv Rinn Yojana and the, Affordable Housing in Partnership scheme and added enormous budgetary support has been earmarked during the current plan period. 

Secretary HUPA Arun Kumar Misra told reporters that a fund of Rs 35,000 crore had been allocated to the ministry for the implementation of three major schemes, including RAY, which was being run in as a pilot project earlier under 12th five- year plan. 

He said the ministry would require approval from the cabinet for the implementation of these schemes and efforts would be made that through these funds 2 million affordable houses are encouraged. 

He said that in addition to the central government funds, banks and credit institutions would be providing funds for construction of affordable houses. 

Vyas said that with urbanisation, the number of urban homeless and area under slums had grown. 

Vyas said there was a need for private developers to develop economic models to foster affordable housing for economically weaker sections and lower income group households in urban areas as government efforts in this direction needed to be supplemented. 

Vyas also said a technical group, set up by her ministry, had shown that out of 18.78 million housing shortage in the country, 96 percent shortage is in EWS and LIG category and for this huge investments and private sector participation were required. 

Misra said the group set up by the ministry has suggested incentives for the affordable housing sector included concessions to development-related charges and service taxexemptions. 

It also sought direct tax rebates for affordable housing projects and inclusion of the sector in the 'infrastructure facility' he said and added the task force had felt that governments need to still provide direct capital grant support to affordable housing projects. 

Misra said that in the symposium held today where states, experts and private sector representatives were present, there was unanimity on many of the suggestions.

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Green Property- Eco Homes

Reclaim your city space: Projects in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata aim to transform lives

 
Three projects in three cities aim to transform the lives of people who live close by. The one in Mumbai hopes to transform a congested area into a green precinct; the one in Delhi converted an open drain into a walkway, while Kolkata hopes to bring the crowds back...