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What’s new in Budget 2017 for real estate sector?

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What's new in Budget 2017 for real estate sector?

BENGALURU | MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget 2017-18 speech has given one of the much needed thrust to the Indian real estate sector. The minister announced that the ‘Affordable Housing’ will be given ‘Infrastructure’ status, which is likely to result in increased participation from private players.

“The announcement of affordable housing being given Infrastructure status is a welcome move and will act as a catalyst to meet the objectives of Housing to all by 2022. Credit off-take towards affordable segment of housing will lead to creation of supply especially for both stake holders the first home buyer and developer who will now have access to cheaper funding,” said Ravi Ahuja, Executive Director, Office Services & Investment Sales at Colliers International India.

Jaitley also announced that National Housing Bank will refinance individual loans worth Rs 20,000 crore in 2017-18. “NHB allocation will give a big push to affordable Housing Finance Companies namely AU housing, Gruh Finance, Repco,” said India Ratings.

On the all-important front of personal income tax, the existing tax rate for incomes between Rs. 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh has been reduced to 5%, and taxpayers in other categories will also save Rs. 12,500.

Key highlights for real estate sector in Union Budget 2017:
* Affordable Housing has been given the Infrastructure status

* National Housing Bank to refinance Rs 20,000 crore loans

* 1 crore rural houses will be created by 2019

* National Housing Bank to refinance Rs 20,000 crore loans

* Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to get Rs 23,000 crore

* Real estate developers to get tax relief on unsold stock as liability to pay capital gains will arise only in the year a project is completed

* Instead of Built up area of 30 and 60 sq meters, the carpet area of 30 and 60 sq meters will be applicable for affordable housing

* Holding period for capital gains tax for immovable property reduced from 3 years to 2 years

* Window for availing 3 year profit-linked incentives for start ups increased to 7 years against 5 years earlier

* Tax break of 1 year post receipt of the completion certificate, for the unsold stock

* New FDI policy under consideration

* No cash transaction above Rs 3 lakh will be allowed

* Rs 2.41 lakh crore has been allocated to boosting infrastructure for transportation

* Indra Awaas Yojana will be extended to 600 districts

* Total allocation for the infrastructure sector is Rs 3,96,135 crore

* Total allocation for the infrastructure sector is Rs 3,96,135 crore
* Allocation for National Highways to be at Rs 64,000 crore

* No cash transactions above 3 lakh

* Indexation for capital gains shifted from 01-04-81 to 01-04-2001

Here is how the industry player reacted to the announcement made in Union Budget 2017-18:

Joe Verghese, Managing Director, Colliers International India

Considering the impetus being given to road infrastructure, manufacturing and affordable housing, the government have put in all the required ingredients to incentives urban decongestion and the development of new industrial cities around our industrial transport corridors.

Capital gains on Joint Development Agreement to be taxed only at product launch, 1 year tax exemption from notional rental income from unsold inventory and reduction of long term capital gains tax period from 3 to 2 years provide respite to investors/ developers of real estate. This helps especially those holding real estate inventory/ stock. This is a great move to providing tax relief to developers in the residential sector where the sales have significantly dropped post demonetisation move.

Shashank Jain, Executive Director, PwC India

Subsequent announcements on increasing the qualifying unit area and the time frame for completion to 5 years are two great steps, acknowledging the practical and operational aspects. Area was too low to be called a decent unit and 3 years was almost impractical for completion of the project considering there is no separate approval process for affordable housing and one had no certainty of time taken just for approvals!

Milind Kothari. Managing Partner & Head of Direct Tax, BDO India

The move to provide clarity for taxation of Joint Development Agreement to the date of completion of project would provide a great fillip to unlocking land for development and reduce litigation.
Nidhi Seksaria, Advisory Partner & Leader – Real Estate, BDO India LLP
With industry status, banks will be willing to lend more to projects in the affordable housing segment and thus larger access to funds.

Hemal Mehta, Partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP

Affordable housing is a priority for this Government and it was expected to get an infra status. With the infra status, developers can access foreign funds at a cheaper cost by way of debt and will be a priority lending for banks as well. This should result into a progress in the said sector. Fine prints shall provide higher clarity.
Shrikant Badiga, Director, Phoenix Lifespaces

It’s a good move. Affordable housing should be encouraged under infrastructure which allows ECBs and more number of good companies to venture into affordable housing.

Kishor Pate, CMD, Amit Enterprises Housing Ltd
Affordable housing has finally been given infrastructure status. This will mean cheaper loans for developers of budget housing and significantly boost the Government’s target of Housing for All by 2022. The Affordable housing has seen a significant change in the Government’s existing scheme, with the qualifying size requirements now changed from built-up area to carpet area of 30 sqm and 60 sqm for projects within the municipal limits of the large 4 cities.
Anil Pharande, Chairman, Pharande Spaces
Project completion timelines for affordable residential projects have now been increased to 5 years, which comes as a relief to developers of such housing as it will allow them more time to sell their inventory.

The Government has announced that 250 proposals for electronic manufacturing worth 1.2 lakh crore have rolled in. Obviously, this has a direct potential correlation to employment generation and therefore demand for housing in and around the identified manufacturing nodes.

Rashmi Deshpande, Associate Partner on Real Estate, Khaitan & Co

Low Cost Housing: The criteria for low cost / affordable housing has been changed from built-up area of 30 / 60 sq mtrs to carpet area of 30/60 sq mtrs, thus making the low cost – affordable housing segment more lucrative for the builders and also making the segment more attractive for the buyers. With the change in criteria from built-up area to carpet area, the purchasers get more spacious homes and the builder is able to market the property to a larger segment of buyers.

Also the tax break of 1 year post receipt of the completion certificate, for the unsold stock, gives a slight breather to the builders.

Reduction in Income tax rate for basic slab: Will help broaden the tax net and also increase the disposable income in the hands of the tax payers coming within the category. This, coupled with the incentives on low cost housing and the reduction in interest rates by banks, is likely to promote thrust in the affordable housing segment.

Taxation of Capital Gains of Joint Development Agreement: The budget proposes to change the prevalent practice and has clarified that the landowner entering into a joint development agreement for development of the property, shall be subject to capital gains tax upon completion of the project. This is a significant change, which is much needed, to bring clarity on the aspect and avoid litigation with the department, which was invariably a norm given the current ambiguity.

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Top Investment Destinations In Asia-Pacific Include Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi

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Since the Indian investment policy for the real estate sector has got a thumbs up from the foreign investors the country has regained favour as a preferred investment destination in the Asia Pacific region.

According to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2018 report Mumbai, Bengaluru, and New Delhi ranked 12, 15 and 20 by survey respondents as top investment cities. The report was jointly published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Globally Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City were the top investment cities.

The report also said that due to the implementation of GST and last year’s demonetisation liquidity issued have been created for real estate and it has also impacted investment and development prospects of the cities, thereby pulling down their rankings.

Mumbai has been ranked 12th after being on the second spot last year, while it ranked 8th in terms of development prospects. Bengaluru and New Delhi stand at 15th and 20th position respectively in the investment destination ranking against 1 and 13 respectively in the last year. They ranked 16th and 18th positions respectively on the development destination ranking.

Mumbai

According to the report Mumbai has benefitted from the recent strength of India’s capital markets. Absorption has therefore been strong, driven by demand in co-working, manufacturing, and services companies. Retail is another sector that is drawing increasing foreign investment interest.

Although steadily declining, Mumbai’s office vacancy rate (at around 17 per­cent) continues to be very high, and with a pipeline of incoming supply totalling about 40 percent of existing stock, fun­damentals would appear to be negative. In reality, however, Mumbai continues to lag behind in term of Grade-A stock, meaning that any new supply is quickly taken up and that rental growth for those properties remains strong, says the report.

Bengaluru

The city is emerging as the business process outsourcing (BPO) in India. The early foreign investors in this sector bought income-producing assets in business parks along with local partners and benefitted greatly. Some of these assets have now been earmarked for sale, in particular via India’s newly emerging REIT sector, which is expected to launch its first IPO in the first quarter of 2018.

8 to 9 percent annu­ally, together with healthy new tenant demand rental growth has been reported by operators of BPO facilities. However, with the emergence of automation and artificial intelligence technologies the BPO industry is tapering off.

New Delhi

As compared to other Indian cities, New Delhi remains unpopular with investors. According to the report this is mainly due to a downtrend in development of residential sector.

Even though this has created a chance to supply bridg­ing finance, there are not many foreigners who have shown interest in it. The report suggests that north Indian develop­ers tend to be overleveraged and often hold portfolios of high-end housing which is in oversupply. Thus many projects have faced delays and some devel­opers have acquired a poor reputation.

Nonetheless there is a big potential the moment the markets turn. Report points, Delhi will be one of the first cities to start seeing a pickup.

According to JLL Delhi missed its opportunity to grab a share of the surging growth seen in business parks located in the south. Even though there was recent demand from IT com­panies, uptake overall has been slow, leaving office vacancies at an elevated 30 percent. Thus it lacks when it comes to absorption however rentals have still been holding firm unlike the lower vacancies and higher rentals in Mumbai.

Other Highlights:

India is the only country to provide long-term sustainable 3 to 5 percent rental growth profile over a long period. Investors identified India among others as a destination where data centres are projected to provide 13 to 15 percent IRR.

Investors are interested about affordable housing as an asset class even though supply of affordable homes increased in last 3 quarters. The report says the important reason being availability of land at affordable price and not so far away from the cities, no single window approvals, and time overruns etc.

India continues to attract strong flows of institutional and sovereign wealth type capital suggests the report. It adds, investment in India offer massive scale opportunity and continues to be strategic in nature. Also, most international investors in India prefer commercial property, with cap rates currently averaging in the range of 8.5 percent to 8.75 percent.

Mostly due to tax reforms, India logistics sector has recently been the target of an investment boom. The average appreciation in rentals has been anything between 8 to 10 percent per annum, higher as compared to office space, growing 5 to 7 percent.

The residential properties, due to demonetisation campaign, GST and increased regulation of real estate development practices, continue to suffer. High-end residential oversupply is another ongoing problem. India remains the real bright spot for new REIT markets.

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Almost 52 Percent Of Residential Units Registered Under MahaRERA Remain Unsold: Report

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Almost 52 Percent Of Residential Units Registered Under MahaRERA Remain Unsold: Report

According to a report, 350,000 units remain unsold out of the total number of units that were registered under MahaRERA leading to an inventory overhang of 52 percent as of August end.

The joint report from Cushman & Wakefield and Propstack said with over 50 percent of the current residential inventory remaining unsold and slow momentum of the new launches, the prices have been largely stable.

An estimated 670,339 units across 5,620 projects have been registered under MahaRERA including residential and residential cum commercial under-construction projects. These projects cover 506 million sq ft of development.

Looking at MMR in areas beyond Thane, maximum numbers of projects were launched and registrations done under MahaRERA at 1,835 projects constituting 33 percent of total projects registered.

Gautam Saraf, MD, Mumbai, Cushman & Wakefield said, “Availability of land at the lower prices is a crucial parameter that allows developers to keep the per unit prices under check. Maximum end-users are value sensitive and would like to get maximum benefits out of their purchases. Locations beyond Thane allow developers to create homes that deliver value beyond just habitat. These areas are well connected through public transport including suburban rail and roads, and give developers the confidence to launch large-scale projects in these areas”.

The stretch from Bandra to Borivali on the Western Suburb saw 1,400 projects making up 25 percent of the total registrations. The rest of the table was completed by Eastern Suburbs (18%), Navi Mumbai (12%) Thane (7%), and South Mumbai (5%).

1 and 2BHK configuration units estimated at 319,000 had the highest share of sales constituting together of 87percent. 3BHK configurations sales made up 11percent, while even higher configurations were a mere 1percent of the total inventory sold.

Due to the high real estate prices in MMR region, the end-users’ affinity has been towards smaller configurations. The report added, even while the capital values of affordable houses across most micro markets have not seen any drastic changes when compared to other cities like Bengaluru, Delhi NCR and Pune, these are higher by at least 10–15percent for comparable projects and locations.

Sandeep Reddy, Director, PropStack, India stated, “As more and more projects register for MahaRERA, the market, including end-users, will have better access to information on developers and projects. For end-users, having all information upfront will help them to assess the final product upon receipt….The data will help us create better, sharper analysis of demand as well as design future supply to help avoid demand-supply mismatches”.

While registering under MahaRERA, most builders have revised their delivery timelines. As per the report while 42percent of the projects are expected to be delivered on time, over 43percent of the projects showing delays of up to 3 years and the rest beyond 3 years.

Approximately 57 percent of the under-construction projects are delayed. 1454 projects will see completion in the year 2018, the largest volume of completion.

Also Read: RERA To Ensure Completion Of Realty Projects

 

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CREDAI New India Summit

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CREDAI is the apex body that represents over 12,000 private Real Estate developers spread across 23 state-level chapters and 177 cities in India. Established in 1999, CREDAI has worked hard to make the industry more organized and progressive by networking closely with Government representatives, policymakers, investors, finance companies, consumers and real estate professionals.

The New India Summit is another such effort from CREDAI to direct focus on Tier II, III and IV cities and develop them to be the forerunners of success. CREDAI New India Summit is all set to unleash the potential of an emerging India. This one small step has the power to give way to a new India.

For the longest time, our leaders and foresighted influencers have put all their time and energy in developing the Tier I cities namely Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. No doubt, these cities have really changed the way people look at India today. These cities are the epitome of advanced technology and modern culture. But they also face challenges due to the grave pressure of urbanization. Decreasing quality of life, increasing the cost of living, overpopulation and unemployment, increase in transit time and traffic congestion, expensive housing, hospitality, education and healthcare facilities are some of the issues that all the Tier I cities face today.

According to a report, smaller cities are developing 79% faster as compared to metros with just 21%. Our of the 12,000 CREDAI members, 76.77% of them are from Tier II, III and IV cities. Looking at the scenario, it is only innate to divert the energies in developing the areas which still have potential. Thus, offering a good quality life to people in those cities itself and taking the pressure off of the Tier I cities.

The Forbes Magazine has said small cities are India’s emerging business locations. The government has also been putting dedicated efforts into schemes that directly benefit the growth of Tier II, III and IV cities. Sustainable economic development, improving infrastructure and transportation, increasing employment opportunities, and introducing technologies for rapid urbanization are some of the prime agendas that the government has been taking actions on.

The CREDAI New India Summit will take place on the 9th and 10th November 2017 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Also Read: FS Realty Bags The 9th Realty Plus Excellence Awards (North) 2017

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