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As Companies Expand, Office Space is Attracting Investment in India

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The Asian market is driving global economic growth and India is emerging as the world’s preferred outsourcing hub. According to the CBRE 2017 Asia Pacific Occupier Survey report released last week, multinational as well as Asia Pacific-based companies have aggressive expansion plans for India and China over the next three years. Interestingly, in the Asia-Pacific region, more than 80% of Indian respondents plan to hire more people in the next three years. This reflects India’s growing economy, steady progress in enacting regulatory reforms and booming outsourcing and ITES sector.

The report took responses from over 450 multinational companies and real estate consultancies and suggests India’s commercial real estate will get a big boost with these expansion plans.

The major sectors represented included banking and finance (32%), technology and telecommunications (14%), insurance (12%) and manufacturing (12%). “Multinationals’ relentless focus on driving down costs has fuelled Asia Pacific’s booming outsourcing sector,” says the survey.

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Anuj Puri, chairman and country head, of JLL India says that India’s macroeconomic outlook has been resilient since 2014, leading to the entry of new foreign firms and expansion of existing firms. All of this has resulted in a demand for office space. While 30 million square feet were absorbed annually from 2012 to 2014, the figure rose to 35 million in 2015.

Puri attributes the jump to the fact that many companies are adopting an aggressive expansion strategy, particularly after the slow pace of previous years. New players in e-commerce, healthcare, and technology are driving the numbers up as well, he adds.

Vacant spaces are currently at a seven-year low of 13% – a perfect opportunity for rents to rise faster. Puri says the rise is particularly fast in lower vacancy markets such as Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. “These markets are more preferred by the leasing giants within IT-ITES sector,” he explains. “Few other sub-markets such as Mumbai suburbs, Gurgaon in the National Capital Region and Chennai’s suburban business districts are also witnessing the moderately higher increase in rents.”

Of all office leases, IT-ITES continues to be at the top with a 35-40% share. Experts say this dominance is likely to continue for some years. But Puri believes that with initiatives such as Make in India, relaxed FDI norms in defense manufacturing and a gradual progress towards a uniform taxation through GST and Skill India that figure might change. “We could see the share of manufacturing rise in the medium term, from the meagre 15% it is today.”

Workplaces on the fringe

While Mumbai has traditionally been a hub for financial services, it is strongly emerging as an IT and knowledge hub, especially with huge IT parks coming up in low-cost regions like Navi Mumbai and Thane. In Navi Mumbai, as much as 76% of commercial space is already occupied by IT/ ITeS players.

“Micro-markets such as Malad, Goregaon and Powai are established commercial centres,” says Gautam Saraf, managing director, Mumbai, Cushman & Wakefield. But Navi Mumbai alone is expected to witness average absorption rate of approximately 1.2 million square feet over the next three years, he adds. Major companies like Capgemini, WNS, Hexaware, TCS and Accenture expanding their operations. “The rentals in Mumbai are in the Rs40-50 per square foot, which is less than a dollar, with good scope for appreciation in the years to come,” Saraf says.

Dharmesh Jain, CMD, Nirmal Lifestyle and president, CREDAI-MCHI, believes that Mumbai has favourable government policies, skilled IT resources, and excellent infrastructure facilities, making it one of the top destinations for outsourcing. “The outlook for commercial real estate for 2017 is likely to be vigorous with increasing demand,” says Jain. Commercial real estate in Mumbai and nearby areas is being driven by outsourcing services in a big way. “Waking up to this opportunity, Mumbai’s property developers have started to fully comprehend the workspace specifications required for IT, BPO and KPO services, which will drive the market for years to come,” says Jain.

Where offices grow, homes grow too

The strong growth in the commercial office market and expected buoyancy has spurred substantial demand for residential apartments. In Navi Mumbai, the IT boom has given a huge boost to the residential market in nodes near the offices like Airoli, Ghansoli, Vashi, Koparkhairane and Nerul. “Availability of affordable residential supply, combined with promising prospects in terms of planned infrastructure and commercial office market are expected to further attract both end-users and investors in this region,” says Saraf. “This coupled with a robust retail growth is helping fuel the revival of the residential real estate market.”

Source: Hindustan Times

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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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