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Why is everyone talking about affordable housing?

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Urbanization and Housing reveal a nation’s economic growth and social well being. India’s urban population is growing at an average 2.1% every year since 2015. It is likely to reach 60 crore by 2031 (up from 37.7 crore today). But the growth in housing has been unable to keep pace. Currently, the housing shortage in India is close to 1.9 crore units. The economically weaker sections (EWSs) and lower-income groups (LIGs) account for 96% of the urban shortage.

Government thrust on affordable housing

The Government of India has recognized the need to fill the gap in urban housing. Large-scale housing projects that are affordable are sure to help. So, the government announced an ambitious project. It seeks to provide ‘Housing for All by 2020’. It has taken many initiatives to make this a reality. For example, it facilitated a 4% interest rate rebate on housing loans of up to Rs 9 lakh. The rebate stands at 3% on loans up to Rs 12 lakh.

Besides, the government granted infrastructure status to affordable housing. Developers can enjoy cheaper sources of funding, including external commercial borrowings (ECBs). Affordable housing promoters will also get more time for project completion. The deadline will increase to five years, up from the current three years.

Developers will also get a year’s time to pay tax on notional rental income on completed but unsold units. The tenure for long-term capital gains for affordable housing has come down too. The new tenure is two years, as against the earlier three.

Change in developer psyche

The spate of initiatives has given a shot in the arm to developers. The segment had been languishing on account of luxury and premium housing for the last few years. Demonetization dealt a severe blow as well. But affordable housing has generated a new source of revenue. It also boosted the confidence and goodwill of real estate developers. Many private players are now undertaking affordable projects

This is a move away from the year 2009 (post the global economic crisis). Back then, developers had no choice but to turn to cheaper housing. The reasons were a severe liquidity crunch and muted demand. The aftermath of the crisis led to the emergence of the concept of ‘affordable housing’. But affordable housing projects had their own set of challenges. These included the lack of land and high construction costs. There was also an unfavorable tax environment. The government’s focus on affordable housing is removing those bottlenecks.

Attractive home loan offers for borrowers
The availability of cheap finance is driving demand as well. The home loan market in India consists of 76 lenders. These include state-run banks, private banks, and housing finance companies (HFCs). All these are trying to woo customers.
New entrants are crowding the space, but HFCs are dominating it. They continue to score over their traditional banking counterparts. How? HFCs are focusing on middle-class and aspiring lower-middle-class borrowers. They lend to people with an annual income that ranges from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.

Leading HFCs are now offering tailor-made affordable housing schemes at 8.5–9%. Borrowers can get a higher loan-to-value (LTV) ratio as well. They can avail up to 85% for housing units that are ready or nearing completion. A traditional bank would offer only 80–85%. Besides, the products of HFCs are more accessible to the self-employed. This includes professionals and small businessmen. Such individuals find it difficult to get credit from a traditional lender.

The demand for low-cost homes should continue over the next decade. The sustained focus of the government and the tailor-made schemes of HFCs are likely to help. All things considered, the target of housing for all by 2022 seems like an achievable target.

Source: Economic Times

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Indiabulls Real Estate Acquires A Commercial Building With Leasable Area Of 2.5 Lakh Sq Ft. In Gurgaon

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Indiabulls Real Estate has earned a distinct reputation for building projects that turn spaces into inspiring places, since its inception. Indiabulls Real Estate went on to expand its projects portfolio, with its prime focus on construction and development of residential, commercial & SEZ projects, across major Indian Metro cities. Today Indiabulls Real Estate is ranked amongst the top Real Estate companies with a total Gross Development value of INR 32,189 crores and net worth of INR 5,480 crores as of 2017.

Indiabulls Real Estate has commercial development with a leasable area of 3.15 million sq.ft. under construction. Further, it has a land bank of 1,046 acres and also possesses 2,588 acres of SEZ land at Nasik, Maharashtra. In 2014, the company acquired the prime property, 22 Hanover Square in Central London for Rs.1630 Cr. The group has also been conferred the status of a Business Super brand by the brand council Superbrands, India. Indiabulls Real Estate is known for its successful delivering of superior products, services to its customers, partners and shareholders.

Indiabulls Real Estate is planning to acquire a large commercial building with a leasable area of 2.5 lakh sq ft in Gurgaon.

To acquire this large area of prime and newly constructed commercial building, Indiabulls Real Estate’s wholly-owned subsidiary has entered into a definitive and a binding agreement. A BSE filing by the Indiabulls reveals that, the deal has an expectancy period of four months, mainly after receiving the Occupation Certificate of the building. Although the name of the seller and deal value was not disclosed.

With many leading multi-nationals operating in the vicinity, makes it a developed prime commercial location. Equipped with an additional leasable area, the company expects to enhance its annuity revenue to Rs 1,450 crore in FY 20-21 from the rental properties portfolio of Indiabulls Real Estate.

With its expansion spree, Indiabulls Real Estate, is counting on the revival in the real estate market in Gurgaon for making its project a success. The commercial realty market is witnessing a strong demand in Gurgaon. So Indiabulls Real Estate is looking forward to set up a state of the art business park in Gurgaon, which would be able to draw reputed corporates and MNCs. As some big-ticket commercial space rentals and deals are expected to be finalized in this space.

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Adani’s Bandra-Kurla Complex Project To Be Taken Over By Shapoorji Arm For Rs 2,000 Crore

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Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors which is an investment arm of conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji Group is set to acquire a commercial project Inspire BKC from Adani Realty in a nearly Rs. 2,000-crore transaction. The project is located in Mumbai’s business district Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), informed two persons familiar with the development.

Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors has emerged as the frontrunner from a total seven shortlisted interested entities including US-based private equity major Blackstone Group and an alliance between Qatar Investment Advisors (QIA) and Bengaluru based realty developer RMZ.  For this over 8 lakh sq ft project Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors has already completed the due diligence process.

One of the people mentioned above said, “The due diligence process for the asset has been concluded recently, and currently the final documentation is going on. The deal is expected to be concluded soon as both the parties have frozen the structure of the transaction.”

The project has recently been completed and the developer is in the process of receiving few civic approvals, following which it will be concluded. Adani Realty is also one of the companies that is working on closing few leasing transactions here.

In one such lease deals, Swiss multinational pharmaceutical major Novartis’ India arm has entered into an agreement to pick up over 1lakh sq ft office space in this commercial project. This was one of the largest front office commercial transactions in terms of space in the Mumbai in 2017.

Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisor is also kept in the loop on the progress of space leasing transactions in this commercial project.

In its first-ever real estate related engagement in India in October the global insurance and asset management major Allianz Group teamed up with Shapoorji Pallonji Group to create an investment platform for office properties.

The platform, SPREF II, will be a Singapore-domiciled, rupee-denominated and close-ended fund planning to raise $500 million in equity.

After partnering with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in 2013 for a platform with an initial target corpus of $200 million this is Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors’ second such tie-up.

The commercial real estate has been registering a healthy growth across prime office markets in past three years.

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Japyee’s Yamuna Expressway Sees A Bidding By Tata Housing And Lodha

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Jaypee Infratech shares saw a jump of nearly 10 per cent in Monday’s trade after some of the major developers like Tata Housing and the Lodha Group, filed initial bids for the debt-laden realtor and road builder.

These two real estate giant have shown their keenness to own Yamuna Expressway, a project by Jaypee Infratech, the fate of which is now being decided at the Supreme Court. Also the other major participant is the country’s dedicated platform for insolvency resolution, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

Being the prime concrete road project, Yamuna Expressway starts at the eastern end of Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and runs up to Agra. A toll of slightly more than Rs 2 per kilometre is being charged by the Yamuna Expressway, for every car. An extensive land bank makes the property’s richest attraction, with facilities that are either proposed or already functioning in the immediate vicinity of the access-controlled motorway.

Yamuna Expressway is one such major structure sharing the connectivity with some of the important landmarks in the state. One such architecture is India’s only operational Formula One racing track, located along the expressway. Another influential attraction is the site of the capital region’s second proposed airport, which is closer to the first toll gate from the Greater Noida end. The motorway shares its vicinity with one of the biggest urban campuses of a state-run university. The mega convention centre hosting the annual Auto Expo is also connected to the Yamuna expressway.

In an anticipating decision in regards to a Supreme Court’s ruling, of barring the promoters of Jaypee group from selling or transferring assets, the Reserve Bank of India has ordered banks not to initiate the bankruptcy proceedings against Jaiprakash Associates. Which is the parent group of Jaypee Infratech.

It all started after the IDBI Bank filed to start insolvency proceedings in August against Jaypee Infratech, causing an appeal by homebuyers resulting into the court ruling. The bidding has seen many responses, but eventually all these initial expressions of interest will boil down to a binding offer. Which is a commitment from an interested party to purchase the assets. These bidders, apart from purchasing the assets, are supposed to infuse around Rs 2,000 crore to complete the projects already taken up by Jaypee Infratech.

Earlier in the August, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Allahabad bench admitted IDBI’s insolvency proceedings against Jaypee Infratech. As Jaypee Group failed to repay its various loans amounting to Rs 526 crore. Anuj Jain has been appointed as the interim resolution professional (IRP) by the NCLT, to carry out proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. But in September, there came a stay on this process by the Supreme Court, after the appeal by Jaypee Infratech homebuyers.

The company’s saw a total debt of Rs 8,300 crore, with an interest overdue of Rs 1,400 crore on last year’s March. Supreme Court will see a resolution plan from the Jaypee group, in order to ensure a debt restructuring process, enabling the group to meet its obligation.

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