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Lodha Developers bets on commercial leased assets for future growth

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Lodha Developers is shifting its commercial real estate business model to “build and lease” rather than outright sale of properties.

Mumbai: After building a sizeable residential portfolio, India’s largest realty firm in terms of sales, Lodha Developers Pvt. Ltd, is looking at commercial real estate for its next level of growth. The firm is planning to build around 9 million sq. ft of office space, 1 million sq. ft of retail space and a warehousing and logistics park in Mumbai on 150 acres with an investment of nearly Rs2,500 crores in the next five years.

With these plans, the Mumbai-based real estate firm is also shifting its commercial real estate business model for the first time to “build and lease” rather than outright sale of the properties as it looks to develop a substantial commercial lease portfolio that could later be monetized either through a REIT (real estate investment trust) listing or sales to investors.

“We will now aggressively ramp up our commercial asset business. Our plan is to have nine million square ft of office space under our management… This is part of our larger aspiration of creating a (commercial) business valuation of $1 billion by 2021,” Shaishav Dharia, regional chief executive officer, Lodha Group told Mint.

He said work has begun on three commercial projects that have a potential development area of 2.5 million sq. ft. The firm is also in the process of building a 150-acre industrial logistics park as part of its mixed used development project—Palava City—in Mumbai.

“We as a group already have 480 million sq. ft of developable land. All of this is in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and already paid for. When you have such a big land parcel, it creates another opportunity for us, particularly in terms of having large mixed development in our portfolio,” Dharia said.

The firm is in the process of building two commercial towers with around 700,000 sq. ft of space over 87 acres of land at Kolshet in Thane. It had bought the land parcel in 2014 from Clariant Chemicals for Rs1,154 crores. Within the Palava mixed-use development, Lodha has also chalked out plans to start construction of office buildings with 700,000 sq. ft of space in the next two to three months.

Besides, the firm expects to deliver another 900,000 sq. ft of office buildings by 2018 that are currently being developed as part of the New Cuffe Parade project, a mixed use development at Wadala in Mumbai.

“So around 2.3 million sq. ft of commercial space will be off the ground in the next two to three months,” Dharia said.

He said building these assets would require an annual investment of around Rs500 crore for the next five years. This would mainly be funded through internal accruals.

Lodha’s plan to ramp up its commercial real estate is part of the larger plan to own substantial leased assets in the next five years. So far, the company’s only source of rental revenue is a mall at Palava which was delivered in September last year.

Though it has developed around 5 million sq. ft of office space in the last five years, it has only followed the “build and sell” model.

“Going forward, the business plan is not to sell commercial assets. We will basically be owning it and it will purely be on a leased model only,” Dharia said, adding that the growing interest for REITs has made commercial real estate an attractive business opportunity for many builders.

The slump in the residential market has had no effect on the demand for commercial real estate, which has continued to pick up on the back of interest shown from information technology (IT) and IT-enabled firms, banks and e-commerce companies.

According to property consultant CBRE, office space uptake grew by 9% in 2016, touching an all-time high of 43 million sq. ft across major cities in the country. Meanwhile, new supply declined by 12% to about 35 million sq. ft.

“There has been a surge in demand for leased assets whether it is offices or retail. It has consistently picked up since 2015. But there is a supply crunch in new grade A office right now. This definitely creates an opportunity for us,” Dharia said.

Source: Live Mint

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Square Capital Becomes The Largest Organized Distributor Of Secured Mortgages In India

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Square Capital Becomes The Largest Organized Distributor Of Secured Mortgages In India

Square Capital, the digital lending arm of India’s largest real estate transaction platform Square Yards has underlined its market dominance by becoming the largest organized distributor of secured mortgages in the country. It is currently facilitating USD 30- 40Mn (INR 200cr – INR 260cr) of loan disbursals every month, contributed majorly by secured mortgages spread across 50+ banking partners for their different products in home loan, home against property and business loan. Its impressive growth is attributed to the rise in availability of affordable housing in India as well as the increasing consumer propensity to rely on fintech platforms for a full spectrum of financial needs.

Speaking on the recent numbers, Amit Prakash Singh, Principal Partner, Square Capital said Real estate and fintech aggregation are a synergistic match to a vast degree and Square Capital, was able to build on the established best practices of Square Yards to become one of the largest mortgage distributors in India today. We are betting big on affordable housing to drive future growth, particularly with the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana offering interest subsidies and of course, the huge number of untapped first-time home buyers that can be catered to in the home loan segment up to Rs. 30 lakh.

Government schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna which offers interest subsidy between 3-6.5% for loans between Rs.6-12 lakh for EWS and LIG categories and subsidy of 4% and 3% for loans of Rs.9 lakh (for those with income up to Rs.12 lakh annually) and Rs.12 lakh (for those with income up to Rs.18 lakh annually) respectively, are driving consumers to opt for home loans that they can repay easily and fulfill their dream of real estate ownership. In fact, several studies have shown that loans have gone up by more than 20% over the last few years for affordable housing purchases. Square Capital is optimizing this opportunity to the hilt by enabling easier access to credit for potential home owners.

In the absence of any national-level mortgage distributor that has managed to scale up over the last decade, Square Capital has not only been able to generate massive digital leads but is also enabling fulfilment, either digitally or through its hybrid online to offline (O2O) approach.

About Square Capital

Square Capital is a marketplace lending platform that aggregates offers from financial institutions on a single platform and provides end to end fulfilment support in the lending process that includes assessing the credit worthiness/risk of clients, helping them choose the right product from the appropriate lending organization, managing their documentation, advising on professional issues pertaining to taxation & insurance and assisting the client till the entire lifecycle of loan disbursement.

Also Read: Under The First MahaRERA Verdict, Builder To Return Rs.26 Lakhs To Buyer

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ASK Group and TVS Emerald Join Hands To Setup Rs 400 Crore Real Estate Investment Platform

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ASK Group and TVS Emerald Join Hands To Setup Rs 400 Crore Real Estate Investment Platform

ASK Group’s Property Investment Advisors, the real estate equity arm, and TVS Motor Company’s real estate wing Emerald Haven Realty Limited (TVS Emerald) have decided to set up Rs 400 crore real estate investment platform.

The raised capital will be spent on several affordable mid-segment projects.

“We strongly believe that affordable and mid- segment market offers huge growth potential and this is in sync with the TVS Emerald’s core purpose of providing better living space to the urban middle class,” said Amit Bhagat, MD & CEO ASK PIA.

“Our endeavour is always to delight customer by fulfilling the aspiration of the urban middle class in their quest for a better living space,” said R. Chandramouli, President, and CEO, TVS Emerald.

The first investment under their partnership will be of developing a 10-acre land parcel having 5,48,000 sq ft of saleable area. It will have an equity investment of Rs 83 crore in Porur, Chennai.

Sunil Rohokale, MD & CEO, ASK Group said, “This platform is poised to get benefited in the heightened regulatory regime of RERA through focus execution and satisfying customer needs.”

Also Read: Chandigarh Brokers Yet To Register Under RERA

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ANAROCK Property Consultants Acquires LJ Hooker’s Indian Operations – Redwoods

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ANAROCK Property Consultants Acquires LJ Hooker’s Indian Operations – Redwoods

Strategic acquisition to boost ANAROCK’s capability in integrated real estate solutions, dedicated design center in Bangalore

Bangalore, August 30, 2017 – Consistent with its focus on becoming India’s leading residential real estate solutions company, ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Redwoods, the Indian arm of LJ Hooker, based out of Bangalore. The acquisition was closed today, with ANAROCK absorbing all Redwoods employees.

Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants says, “The acquisition of LJ Hooker’s Redwoods is in line to our overall business strategy and will help us augment our operations across key southern markets. It will give us unparalleled competitive advantage in offering customized real estate solutions. With its strong presence and unique multi-pronged approach, ANAROCK is decoding unmatched value for both B2B and B2C clients.”

ANAROCK Property Consultants is already redefining the residential real estate services sector in India by offering integrated solutions through a hybrid model of online and offline convergence. The company launched its operations under its flagship brand name of ANAROCK in June 2017 and is well on its way to cross INR 100 crores of revenues for 2017 calendar year. The firm has aggressive plans to achieve INR 250 crores of revenues in 2018.

With a growing team of over 750 professionals, ANAROCK aims to cross 1000 in employee strength by the end of 2017. The company currently operates in all key property markets across India – Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Noida, Hyderabad, Kolkata AND Pune, with an international presence in Dubai.

About ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd.:

ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd. is one of India’s leading real estate services company having diversified interest across real estate value chain. Anuj Puri, ANAROCK Group Chairman, is an acknowledged thought leader in the Indian real estate industry and numbers among the most established expert on India’s real estate opportunities, both in India and across the globe. With a career spanning over 27 years, Anuj Puri was the former Chairman & Country Head of international property consultancy JLL India.

The ANAROCK Group’s key strategic business units comprise of residential broking and advisory services to clients, investment services, debt, equity and mezzanine funding, and research and consulting. ANAROCK’s residential team consists of the industry’s finest residential real estate professionals who understand the ever-changing consumer needs and market trends.

With its vast experience and expertise in serving the most reputed developers, corporate houses, portfolio investors and individual investors makes ANAROCK India’s pre-eminent residential real estate services firm. The company’s investment arm has built a revolutionary business model of bulk-purchasing residential apartment inventory through a proprietary investment fund. For further information, please visit www.anarock.com

About LJ Hooker:

Established in 1928 by Sir Leslie Joseph Hooker, LJ Hooker has grown to become Australasia’s best-known real estate brand (Galaxy BrandTrack 2015). It is one of the largest residential and commercial sales and property management organizations in the industry with more than 8,000 sales professionals, property managers and support team members in 730 franchised offices.

LJ Hooker has an exciting and impressive heritage of innovation, perseverance and bold decision-making. The company’s strong people-focused culture was established and defined by its founding visionary: Leslie Joseph ‘LJ’ Hooker in 1928. A constant innovator, entrepreneur and devotee of best practices, he changed the way real estate business was conducted in Australia. Today, LJ Hooker is Australia’s best known real estate brand.

About Redwoods Projects Pvt. Ltd.

Established in 2006 with the philosophy of providing customized real estate solutions to clients, Redwoods has expertise in fund management, deal structuring, fund syndication, joint developments and unique transactions. With over 25 million sq.ft. of leasing experience across all major markets, Redwoods have nurtured long-standing relationships with all major developers across India.

Redwoods partnered with BNP Paribas Real Estate in 2008 to jointly provide real estate services in India. The company successfully exited the Joint Venture in 2010 after establishing a successful realty arm in BNP Paribas.

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