Monthly Archives: June 2008

Autolite India To Enter Real Estate And Retail Segment

Autolite India established in 1970, in the field of Designing, Manufacturing and Market ing of Automotive Lighting products globally. The Company has made surprising growth in business through its innovative products at competitive prices. It is amongst few in the world who have installed Computerized Photometry Testing Equipments, CNC, CAD, CAM design and Tool manufacturing facilities Catia and Pro-E Softwares. Its testing laboratory is recognized by Govt. of India.

The board of directors of company has decided to enter into high profitable real estate & retail segment with regard to the possibilities of diversification in real estate business.

A high level committee has been formed for this purpose to explore the possibilities of real estate business with regard to SEZ, IT Park, commercial complex, residential complex, etc.

Shares of the company gained Rs 0.75, or 1.74%, to trade at Rs 43.75. The total volume of shares traded was 710 at the BSE (11.36 a.m., Monday).

Landmark Ready For Pune-based SEZ Project

Landmark Land Holdings Pvt Ltd, the real estate investment arm of the Dalmia group, has acquired 10 % equity stake in an Integrated Township and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project at Hinjewadi, Pune, being developed by Kumar Builders.

The proposed SEZ will be established in 124 acres of land, adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Software Technology Park at Hinjewadi, a Landmark release on 30th june said. The project is likely to generate revenues in excess of one billion dollar.

However, the company did not specify the size of the deal. Landmark will have an option to increase its stake to 49 % in the future.

Landmark has 20 ongoing projects under development, which have a sales value of five billion dollar.

Omaxe To Enter Into Mauritius Real Estate

After success into Dubai, real estate player Omaxe is all set to enter the Mauritian property market with a plan to develop a fifty acre residential project.

The Delhi-based company has identified a project of fifty acres and planning to develop a residential township there. The land for the township is probably to be provided by the government and the company is expecting to receive the ownership of the land within a week. Omaxe would carry out the Mauritian project alone. Read More »

Interest Rate Hike May Hit Realty Sector

With growing inflation and interest rates leading to a slackening in property demand, 1% to 1.5% increase in interest rates could further impact the real estate sector.Jones lang LaSalle Meghraj Chairman and Country Head Anuj Puri said, “The demand is already slackening. The real estate sector can absorb another 100 to 150 basis points rise in interest rates, but anything beyond that will hit the industry hard”.

Further he said that the current trend of drop in demand would continue for about two years as there is no sign of inflation cooling down and high chance of interest rates becoming harder. Read More »

Thirty Billion FDI Likely In Real Estate In Next Decade

According to estimate made by ASSOCHAM, the FDI component in the domestic real estate market is expected to be thirty billion US dollar as against its total amount of one hundred two billion US dollars in next decade as the real estate sector escalation will raise up by more than 30%.
Additionally, ASSOCHAM report stated that, the domestic real estate market is expected to be of fifteen billion US dollars in which the FDI contribution is estimated around six billion US dollars. The bank credit to this sector in 2006-07 has been estimated around three lakhs crore rupees, which will multiple substantially in the future years considering the growth that the sector has been registering.
Mr S. Jindal president of ASSOCHAM said that presently the foreign developers can take on construction actions on a minimum space of fifty thousand square feet in consequence of which Indian real estate sector could achieve FDI’s component around six billion US dollars.
Mr. Jindal further said, “The upper limit of fifty thousand square feet would be lifted by the government as it is under continuous pressure for increased FDI’s which as per ASSOCHAM estimate will increase to two lakh square feet in subsequent decade in a gradual manner and result for much higher foreign capital absorptions”.

Contract Between Sunil Mantri And HTML

Hindustan Times Media Limited has purchased 0.65% stake in real estate foremost Sunil Mantri Realty for twenty crore rupees, which will be used by the latter to finance new projects.
Taking about the contract, Sunil Mantri Realty’s chief financial officer Mr. R. Arora said that this collaboration will enable the organization to achieve further planned goals of future. Sunil Mantri Realty has residential and commercial developments in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Solapur, Nagpur and Gwalior.

The company had recently signed a memorandum of understanding with MSC Cyberport Sdn Bhd Malaysia to work together in the development, construction, marketing and funding of Bandar MSC Cyberport, which is a 6534000 square feet project.

Switching To Tier II & Tier III Cities A Good Option For Real Estate

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said the double digit inflation will continue for some more weeks.
The Central Government as well as the Reserve Bank of India is not going to hesitate in taking more steps to control towering prices, if the need arises with the markets also reacting adversely to the two major concerns – high inflation and oil price hike.
But one asset, which seems to be inflation-proof, is real estate, which is now starting to show signs of softening, particularly with banks raising interest rates and loans getting more difficult.
With possibility of home loans becoming dearer, this is still a excellent time to buy property. Property experts even say switching to Tier II and Tier III cities is a good option.
With the RBI raising repo rates to 8.5 %, one can expect a decline in property prices. Experts predict a further slide in prices of 5-10 % over the next quarter.
“If the sentiment remains the same, the mortgage rates go up, they would impact the demand as well as prices. There will be further drop seen in both.” Anshuman Magazine, Chairman & MD, CB Richard Ellis, says.
So a drop in demand could force property developers to bring down to prices to help increase demand. Many builders, especially in Mumbai, are now offering discounts to attract buyers.
“If you have a good location, some money, and a good developer, then you must buy now and not wait,” BP Dhaka, COO, Parsvnath Developers, says.
Residential property prices have gone down by 15-20 % in the past few months across the country. For consumers, this may be a good time to buy a property but yes, bearing that loan may become tougher
So, an informed decision may help you clinch a good real estate deal that is facing a price correction in several parts of the country.
Also, the options to move to Tier II and Tier III cities can also be considered. According to experts property prices will go down in these cities even more as compared to the metros.

Boom Time Over:-Keki Mistry, Vice Chairman Of Housing Development Finance Corp

According to Keki Mistry, vice chairman of Housing Development Finance Corp An increase in the housing supply, rising borrowing costs and a stock market rout are bringing a five-year property boom in India to a close, according to executives at two mortgage lenders. Property prices across the country could drop as much as 15% in the coming months. Gagan Banga, chief executive of Indiabulls Financial Services Ltd., predicted prices could decline as much as 20%.

Realty: Difficult To Buy And Rent

Realty prices might be showing signs of easing, yet its tough to buy a house. Prices are still high and loans are getting expensive. Renting a property is also getting dearer.

According to analysts and developers residential rentals are hardening, registering a 10% growth. The demand for rented residential space is high as India has very low residential rental yields hovering around 3-6%

At the same time home loan interest rates are around 11% to 13%. While new property sales are slowing down, rentals are showing an upwards trend. Read More »

ICICI, DLF Lead Lenders, Real Estate Lower After Rate Increase

ICICI fell 2.4% to 686 rupees, its lowest in almost two years. DLF declined 3.8% to the lowest since it began trading in July. The Bombay Stock Exchange’s Bankex Index lost 3.3%, and the real estate index shed 4%.
The Reserve Bank of India unexpectedly lifted interest rates the second time in two weeks and told lenders to keep more cash in reserve after the surge in crude-oil prices pushed inflation to a 13-year high. The central bank also signaled it will keep raising borrowing costs. Read More »

Frasers Hospitality Will Invest In China, India And Southeast Asia

Frasers Hospitality, Asia’s 2nd largest serviced-apartment operator, said it’s in talks to set up private equity funds to invest in China, India and Southeast Asia after delaying its planned share sale.
The company, which expanded its portfolio eight fold to 3,287 apartment units in the past decade, is raising funds for new developments together with markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia, said Chief Executive Officer Choe Peng Sum.
“A lot of people are still interested in Vietnam,” Choe said in an interview in Singapore late yesterday. “We think China and India are a very good counter to what’s happening with subprime. There’s a slowdown, but there’s still gravitation to the emerging markets.”
Frasers Hospitality, a unit of Singapore’s Fraser & Neave Ltd., is raising funds as it seeks to more than double its portfolio to more than 8,000 apartments in the next 3-4 years. The company, which plans to add nine properties in 2008, said its share sale has been delayed by at least a year as the benchmark Straits Times Index fell 14 % this year.
The Singapore Company is turning to private-equity firms after they raised $163.5 billion in the first quater of 2008, the second-biggest quarter since London-based Private Equity Intelligence Ltd. started tracking the data in 2003. The money is coming from pension funds, endowments and sovereign funds even as a shortage of credit stopped most deal-making.
Ascott Group, a unit of CapitaLand Ltd., Southeast Asia’s biggest developer, is Asia’s largest with 15,000 serviced- residence units and another 6,000 under development. Singapore- based CapitaLand took the company private last year.

Lippo To Invest In Asia

Indonesian company Lippo Group declared that it is not discouraged by a slump in Asian property markets and increasing financing costs, and decides to invest ten billion dollar on projects and acquisitions over the next half decade.
The group is aiming various kind of projects such as retail, residential, hospital and hotel projects, and also distressed property firms. It will allocate two-thirds of the funds to emerging markets like China and Indonesia, and the one-third in developed markets such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
Lippo Group President Mr. Stephen Riady said, “We are still very bullish about the market. This downturn is just part of the economic cycle, and a huge opportunity for us to expand in the next one or two years”. Read More »

Leading property developers are pulling out of hotel project

Leading property developers are pulling out of proposed deals with hospitality majors, including Royal Orchid Hotels and Ramada Worldwide, as cash flows in the real estate sector are slowing. Realtors are reconsidering plans to go into the hospitality sector. Read More »

Red Fort Will Develop Projects In Tier I And II Cities

Private equity real estate firm, Red Fort Capital, is planning to invest Rs 3,500 crore in various real estate projects in the country.

“We will be investing Rs 3,500 crore in various real estate projects in different parts of the country during the next two-and-a half years,” the company’s Director, Parry Singh, said.

The company is in the process of raising this second international fund of Rs 3,500 crore and would close in the second-half of 2008, he said.

Currently, the company is investing from its first international fund of Rs 1,500 crore, raised in 2006 from institutional investors.

The company would develop the projects mainly in Tier I and II cities.

“We are open to opportunities. Mainly, we would focus on Tier I and II cities. However, we are open to develop projects in Tier III destinations as well,” he said.

Red Fort invests in development projects across all its stages such as land acquisition, development, sales and marketing and maintenance. It also invests in low-cost housing projects across the country.

Standardization Of Real Estate Sector

It is now become essential to standardize real estate. Builders and developers are not averse to the idea of a regulator in the real estate sector.Credai president Mr. Kumar Gera said that developers want a regulator to discourage the dishonest players from entering the sector. Mr. Gera further said that Credai has made a number of representations to the government in this regard. Read More »

Real Estate Business In South India

Real estate business is still not in full swing like other cities such as Hyderabad and Bangalore in south India. Builders are slowly shifting their attention towards real estate businesses in the city of Chennai. Only since the past decade, the Chennai builders have been securing the city with good looking ventures. The basic theme of the ventures built in Chennai is apartments/flats. Many huge projects are erected in the city.
Some big names involved in real estate business are: Appaswamy Real Estates, Golden Homes Pvt Ltd, M/s. Jain Housing & Constructions Ltd and many more. To name some prestigious ventures built by these construction companies are: Golden Altius, Golden Tassles, Golden Chime, Golden Fortune, Golden Kings mead and many more. All these ventures have added to the scenic beauty of Chennai and also the city of such infrastructural advancements.
Most of high end residential projects comprise in-built gyms, parks, swimming pool, tennis court, auditorium and many more. All these facilities encourage people to own a residential unit in such happening townships or colonies. Chennai is metropolitan city with luxuries like frequent sub-urban railway service, Meenambakam International airport, cool beaches etc have made life easy in Chennai. As many banks plying from Chennai are ready to procure its customer’s with loans, buying and constructing of a house has become easy compared from the past.
The Chennai builders are known for their quality certification. Each unit under construction in a particular project is carefully supervised and well furnished. The commodities required for construction are of optimum quality which outplays the customer’s expectation. All these features and facilities enhance one’s desire to own a house and there is no place better than Chennai, the capital city for the state of Tamilnadu. The rate of increase in the real estate business activities promises Chennai a great future.

Serviced Apartments Increasingly Growing In Demand

The serviced apartment trend has started ever since the hotel rooms became unaffordable or unavailable. For companies involved in this business of running corporate guest-houses or serviced apartments – the business is growing at a minimum of 15 to 20% year on year. These figures come from Mr Sunil Nayak, CEO, Radha Krishna Hospitality Services (RKHS) who have been in the business for the last eight years. Read More »

Small Towns More Than Match Marketing Potential Of Metros

Indian marketers’ search for the next big emerging markets ends here. There are 51 districts in the country, like Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Amravati (Maharashtra), Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Kamrup (Assam) and Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), with at least one major town with a population above 5 lakh, that offer huge market potential for anything from mass products like soaps and toothpastes to high-end durables like LCD Television and cars. Read More »

Deepak Parekh Proposes Real Estate Regulator

HDFC chairman Mr. Deepak Parekh has advocated the need for a real estate regulator in an attempt to protect the interest of property buyers in the country.
In his letter to HDFC shareholders, Mr. Parekh has written, “The real estate sector has been growing rapidly and is a sensitive sector given its strong inter-linkages to other industries in the Economy. I have advocated the need for a real estate regulator, though I understand this proposal has been met with stiff resistance from certain members of the developer fraternity. Though land is a state subject and would therefore require regulators at each state level, there can be a mechanism whereby there is an apex national body, which can oversee the functioning of state-level real estate regulators.” Read More »

Zoom Developers Gets Contract To Build Budget Hotels

Real estate firm Zoom Developers on Monday said it has bagged contract from the Indian Railways to build four budget hotels.
In a press statement, Zoom said the company has won the bid for IRCTC Ratna Budget Hotels at four places.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a sister organization of Indian Railway has today opened tender for budget hotels at four sites.
The places are Chennai, Pondicherry, Manglore and Coimbatore. However, IRCTC sources said that nothing has been decided yet.
According to the sources, “The tender committee is yet to submit its report and decision could be taken only after submission of the report”.

Fifteen Firms Show Interest Towards Delhi’s Multimodal Transport Hub

About fifteen major infrastructure and real estate companies have shown interest in being part of the proposed Multimodal Tranport Hub to be developed by government of Delhi at ISBT, Dwarka. Some Big names of this list are, BLS-ILFS consortium, Unity Infraprojects, Lanco Infratech, Nagarjuna Constructions, CMC Constructions, Parasvnath Developers, Zoom Developers, Sun City Projects, Somdutt Builders, Pawha Infrastructure and SMS Infrastructures and so on. Read More »

ILD Announced Project In Gurgaon

International Land Developers Ltd. (ILD) recently announced the launch of their new housing project – ILD SPIRE GREENS.

Located in the fast upcoming Sector 37C, Gurgaon, the project is backed by FDI funding from Millennium Spire, Singapore (MSL) and features 2-4 bedroom homes and pent­houses. Read More »

Real Estate Boom In Multi-Cultural City Lucknow

LUCKNOW, the ‘Shiraz of Awadh’ and ‘Constantinople of India’, as it is metaphorically called, is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Located in what was historically known as the Awadh region, Lucknow has always been a multi-cultural city.

The real estate sector is seeing hectic activity, with every major property developer operating in North India launching projects here. Real estate giants such as Parsvnath, DLF, Omaxe, Sahara, Unitech, Ansal API are already here. The city offers better employment opportunities and education facilities. Being a state capital, it also offers better social and physical infrastructure and amenities compared to other cities in the state.

Says Janardan Aggarwal, president, Association of Real Estate Consultants, Lucknow: “In last 10-12 months, there has been an appreciation of around 20-30% in residential prices in Lucknow. Since it is the capital city, more and more people want to have a house here.”

He says about half of the demand is from people who live in nearby cities who wish to have a house in the capital. Also, there is a significant proportion of PCS officers who look for their dream home in the city. There is not much of business community in the city. One reason why most of the consumers are from the salaried class is that most of them believe that one day or the other they will either shift to Lucknow or will be transferred.

Hazratganj office spaces come at a price of around Rs 50 sq ft/month, while showrooms command around Rs 150 per sq ft/month. From the traditional retail markets of Hazratganj, Aminabad and Kaiser Bagh, Lucknow is also moving to the mall culture with Fun Republic Mall and the Eastern Mall in Gomti Nagar and the Sahara Ganj on Shah Najaf Road.

These days there is more demand of 2-3 BHK flats in the city. Also, there is a great interest for government housing schemes as they are affordable for most of the people. Recently, Lucknow Development Authority came up with a housing scheme that got cancelled due to some unknown reasons, adds Aggarwal.

Says Rohtas Goel, CMD, Omaxe: “Lucknow is witnessing a huge real estate growth with massive developmental changes happening within the city. Increase in economic activity and changing aspirations of the resident population has led to a massive growth of real estate in the city. There is a good demand for quality housing in Lucknow, which boasts of excellent infrastructure, international standard and yet affordable residential developments.”

Riding high on the surging economic activity, increasing disposable in-come and growing aspiration for modern living, Lucknow is bracing for big time real estate growth in both residential and commercial property market. Improved infrastructure in the city has also catalysed the boom in real estate. Lucknow offers a substantial potential for the future growth of real estate.

Lehman Bros Arm To Buy 50% In Unitech Project

Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners has agreed to invest approximately US$175 million to acquire a 50% stake in the initial phase of a master-planned project on the Western Expressway of Mumbai.
The project is being jointly developed by Unitech Ltd. and their local Mumbai Partners (the Western Expressway JV).
The initial phase entails development one million square feet of office space of the total developable area of about 18 million square feet.
Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners and the Western Expressway JV will each contribute 50% of the construction cost.
World renowned architecture firm Skidniore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been retained to design the master plan for the broader project which envisions a 100+ acre mixed-use development containing office, retail, residential and hotel components. With land availability being the biggest challenge for developers and investors in Mumbai, the ability to control and shape a 100+ acre development presents a rare opportunity.
The JV aims to capitalize on this by creating one of the most high profile developments in Mumbai, with a unified character and management along the lines of Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, Canary Wharf In London, and Battery Park in New York.
With Mumbai’s commercial and social life being “re-centered” around Worli and Bandra, the Project’s proximity to the established Bandra Kurla Complex business district (BKC), the affluent northern suburbs of Bandra, Khar and Santacruz, as well as the airport, road & public transport links, make it one of the most attractive office locations in Mumbai.

Indiabulls REIT Drops Ten Per Cent on Singapore Debut

An uninspiring opening and an even worse close towards the end of the day marked Indiabulls Properties Investment Trust’s debut on the Singapore Exchange on 11th june.
During the day, it went down to as low as 0.88 cents and closed 10% below the issue price of S$1. The stock could not breach its issue price of S$1, reports Supriya Verma in Mumbai.
The trust sold shares at S$1 each, the bottom of the proposed range, after delaying the sale by a day, According to a June 6 statement, the division had aimed for as much as S$388.3 million from selling shares at S$1-1 .10 a piece.
Indiabulls Properties had to go ahead with FY10E distribution yields of 9-10 %.
Indiabulls Properties Investment Trust is the first international offering in this year by any Indian developer. Spiraling property prices, higher interest rate for the past 6 yrs and impending volatility in global markets had led to other prominent developers like DLF and Unitech to postpone their offerings.