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What makes Bengaluru an ideal investment destination?

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What makes Bengaluru an ideal investment destination?

Bengaluru’s real estate market has remained stable, as most of the investments are for end-use, which minimizes the scope for speculative investment for capital appreciation.

The real estate market in Bengaluru has stood apart from others in the country. Developers in the city have a much better track record, in terms of transparency, fair trade practices, construction quality, project delivery timelines and consumer satisfaction. Can the success of Bengaluru’s realty market be attributed to the city’s climatic conditions, thriving economy of the region and talent pool? Or, have developers in the city consciously learned from the mistakes in other markets?

Demand supply equilibrium

In order to understand Bengaluru, it is imperative to assess the demand and supply equilibrium, balance between commercial spaces and housing stock, price points, median affordability and competition among the city-based developers. Trivita Roy, associate director – research & REIS, Jones Lang LaSalle India, points out that there are multiple factors that make Bengaluru an ideal investment destination. According to her, Bengaluru may not give the kind of returns that investors may get in other speculative markets. Nevertheless, it is a stable market and this gives confidence to investors, she maintains. The quality, transparency and professionalism of developers, are arguably the best in the country, she adds. “A lot of developers here are listed companies. Even if they are not listed, have processes in place that give confidence to investors. Moreover, transparency and availability of information are far better than in other markets in India,” says Roy.

Ashish Puravankara, managing director of Puravankara Projects, explains that the developers in Bengaluru have inherited a market, where the demand is so high that there is no need to compete on this front. “Most of the investment in Bengaluru is for end-use and it is a long-term investment. There is no speculative investment in Bengaluru for capital appreciation. The demand for office spaces is the highest in Bengaluru. In terms of the cost of housing, Bengaluru’s market offers value for money. What we are selling at Rs 6,000 per sq ft, you won’t find it in other metros, for less than Rs 17,000 to Rs 18,000 per sq ft,” says Puravankara.

Growth fueled by IT industry

JC Sharma, vice-chairman and managing director of Sobha Limited, feels that the IT industry has played a big role in developing the city’s realty market. The expectations of the customers from this segment were very different, and developers had to raise their bar, to meet those expectations. “The IT professionals wanted the same kind of professionalism and transparency that they were providing to their customers. So, there has been healthy competition among the developers, to provide quality projects,” says Sharma.

Another advantage, is that most of the housing stock in the city is priced below Rs 5,000 per sq ft. However, analysts fear that saturation will set in, once prices touch Rs 7,000 or 8,000 per sq ft. Some secondary market locations are already reaching this point.

Bengaluru has also grown in all directions. Several new locations in the north and south-east part of the city have further potential to grow. In 2002, everyone thought that Whitefield was not a good location to invest in. However, those who invested have benefited. It is projected that IT exports from India will touch $200 billion by 2020, of which Bengaluru is expected to account for 40%. With two million people catering to the IT sector, the demand for real estate is likely to remain firm.

Source: Housing.com

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NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

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NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

On Thursday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said with the estimated expense of Rs. 5,556.74 crore, the construction of more than 2,44,164 houses, out of the proposed 3,03,044, has been commenced under the NTR Housing Scheme 2017.

While addressing the second day of the Collectors’ Conference he also said the construction of the remaining houses will begin soon. He mentioned that Prakasam and the Kurnool districts are ahead of the schedule in the urban housing scheme. Also, the works are in full swing in the Nellore and the Guntur districts under the rural housing scheme.

According to Naidu, the government will complete 2.5 lakh houses by January next year and another lot of two lakh houses by June.

By October 2, 2018, the state government intends to finish the construction of all the houses and plans to celebrate with massive house warming ceremony with local public representatives. This will help them set an example for housing schemes in other states.

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A Mumbai Suburbs’ Swift Transformation From Industrial To A Residential Zone: Wadala

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A Mumbai Suburbs’ swift transformation from industrial to a residential zone: Wadala

An industrial zone primarily, Wadala has undergone a drastic transformation in the past decade. Now an upcoming residential area, this Mumbai suburb is one of the seven islands to form the modern Mumbai. It is located on the Harbour line of Mumbai’s railway network.

Due to its proximity to BKC, large scale land development was inevitable, thus fueling the real estate market. Wadala is bordered by Dadar on the West, Matunga on the Northwest and Sewri on the South. Nestled between south Mumbai and the suburbs, Wadala enjoys strong connectivity by road and rail to most parts of Mumbai.

It has a number of flyovers like the Anik Panjrapol Link Road, Elevated road and Santacruz flyover. Thane, CST and Chembur are connected via the Eastern Highway while the Western Highway connects the locality to Bandra and Borivali. Wadala has the biggest bus depot in Mumbai. Furthermore, the multiple infrastructure initiatives like the monorail, Truck Terminal and the expansion of Highway are in various stages of development.

All this has given rise to residential demand and pushed the property value over the last few years. One of the most populated areas in Mumbai, Wadala has a large number of old temples, churches and dargahs, university campuses, schools, reputed hospitals and is also home to a former world’s largest IMAX dome theater. There are many stores, showrooms and malls around Wadala like the R Mall, High Street Phoenix and Palladium Mall.

Ramesh Nair, COO – business and international director, JLL India says, “A decade ago, property prices at Wadala were as low as Rs 2,800 per sq. ft. and it rose to Rs 14,000 a few years ago.”  As the infrastructure plans are on their way, so are the renowned developers like Ajmera, Dosti Group and Lodha Group among others.

Wadala at present offers one of the highest returns on real estate investments in the region. All the above-mentioned developers have their luxury projects in the area.

Ajmera I-Land introduces Aeon, Zeon and Treon towers with 2, 3 and 4 BHK plush homes. Conceptualized by renowned Singapore based Architects Space Matrix, these spaces with top-of-the-line lifestyle amenities exude exemplary class and finesse. The first residential floor begins at 110 feet from the ground level and offers several modern lifestyle amenities like kid’s pool, swimming pool, gymnasium, club house, open space and landscaped gardens, yoga room, kid’s play area and senior citizen corner.

Dosti Ambrosia is a 36-storey tower nestled in the 18 Acre Township of Dosti Acres. The architecture of the project was undertaken by renowned Hafeez Contractor in the 2 and 3 BHK apartments. It offers an exclusive rooftop swimming pool with 40,000 sq. ft. of landscaped gardens. You will find all modern conveniences like Gymnasium, Tennis Court, Indoor Badminton Court, Yoga and Meditation Room, Elderly Corner, Banquet Hall, Indoor Games, Indoor Badminton Court, Guest Rooms, Restaurant, Grand Entrance Lobby, Kids Play Area, 2 Club Houses and an Amphitheatre.

New Cuffe Parade by Lodha Group offers its residents all the comforts of a world-class lifestyle. The 2 and 3 BHK homes are spread in over 23 acres of land with 15 acres of stunning landscape and 75,000 sq. ft. of the club house. It includes 11 swimming pools, an organic farm, cricket pitch and multiple themed gardens. The buildings are designed by the world renowned WOHA in Singapore and the landscape was planned by Sitetectonix in Singapore.

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Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

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Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

The prices of homes under the ambitious Mukhyamantri Jan Awas Yojana are expected to be increased by the state government.

According to the sources in the empowered committee meeting to be held on Monday, a proposal to increase the cost of a low-income group (LIG) and economic weaker section (EWS) houses will be proposed. Urban development and housing (UDH) minister Srichand Kriplani will chair the meeting. The LIG and EWS houses, presently are being constructed on government lands by private builders. These homes are sold at a fixed rate of Rs 1,250 per sq feet; out of which 1000 rupees per sq ft is given by Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), development authorities and local bodies to the builders.

According to provision 4(A) and 4(B), the developers are supposed to build EWS and LIG houses on government land. Seventy-five percent of such government land can be used in building EWS and LIG houses, while the remaining 25% can be sold by the developers. However, since the rates provided by the government are less the developers are not showing interest to construct houses under these categories. Sources said, “In Jaipur, not a single developer has shown interest in constructing houses under this model. The JDA has invited expression of interest (EOI) several times.”

The UDH is leaving no stone unturned to attract the builders in order to achieve the target of constructing 10 lakh houses by 2019. The sources mentioned, “As per the new proposal, the department has proposed to provide Rs 1,600 per sq feet rate to the developers. The land rates have increased subsequently over the period of time; this is why increasing rates has become a need of the hour.”

Sources further added, “The developers are constructing G+3 buildings at present. However, it is not cost-effective. It has been proposed to construct G+2 buildings for LIG and EWS category.”

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