Track2Realty: NCR retail real estate market remained largely stable as per the latest retail report from real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield. A few locations in both main street as well as malls saw some appreciation in rental values. Connaught Place (Inner Circle) recorded an increase of 12% while prime malls across Delhi NCR saw a positively rising curve following robust demand for the same.
Track2Realty: Constellation Capital Ltd and S.A. Finvest Ltd, the promoters of realty firm Omaxe Limited, have fixed the floor price for its offer-for-sale (OFS) at Rs. 148 a share.
Track2Realty Exclusive: There are some industry watchers who believe the entire genre of awards should not be dismissed just because there are few rotten eggs in the basket. Industry body NAREDCO thinks awards should be seen as recognition for the work done by the developer. “If a real estate company has earned an award, I think it should be respected by the industry and by the collective consciousness,” says Sunil Dahiya, Senior Vice President of NAREDCO.
Track2Realty Exclusive: Sachin Sandhir, Managing Director-South Asia of RICS and a vocal spokesperson of the realty reforms agrees there is an element of subjectivity and a fine line, when industry stakeholders organise awards – as it can lead to a conflict of interest. He, however, defends awards that are based on actual performance indicators and tangible evidence. Track2Realty probes for an insight—
Track2Realty Exclusive: The debate of promoter versus professional driven realty companies gained momentum in the year 2012 because high attrition at the top level of realty sector has been in the news throughout the year. The Managing Directors of Indiabulls Real Estate and Peninsula Land quit in the month of October. So did the real estate heads of two property funds, Indiareit and Everstone Capital. Most of them either moved to other realty companies, starting their own ventures or shifting streams to join consultancies.
Track2Realty: Tata Housing has launched the second phase of its residential development – Inora Park. Phase II of the project comprises approximately 100, 3 BHK units, 1400 square feet and are priced starting at Rs. 68 lakhs onwards. Apartments are also available in 2 and 2.5 BHK.
Track2Realty Exclusive: Awards have often been the source of sulking within the business community. However, when it comes to real estate, one has got absolutely no reasons to sulk as awards are not just rigged but customised for the companies at a cost. Track2Realty finds while some buy it for recognition, brand promotion or just notional value; others dismiss the offer being aware that m0re than they needing the award, such trophies need their brand value for establishing credibility.
Track2Realty Exclusive: There is a school of thought within the sector which suggests the nature of the business is more suitable to be carried smoothly as promoter-driven. Though officially no one wanted to be quoted but some of the developers admitted to Track2Realty that the nature of real estate business demands more grounded entrepreneurs and not high flying professionals for whom more money in the sector is the only traction for job hopping.
Track2Realty Exclusive: In its quest for getting professional and have a facelift, the real estate hired professionals from very many other industries. When the going was good some of these companies even shifted management control at the operational level to these professionals. And just when it seemed that the Indian realty is fast maturing from promoter-driven to professional-driven, the downturn in the last few years exposed the sector to an altogether new reality. Track2Realty noted that churn out at the top of these realty companies has been very high and professional-driven management is not a panacea to the woes of the sector.
Track2Realty Exclusive: The gradual steady price rise philosophy in Pune property market also helps keep speculators away from the projects. We do not get too many instances of investors booking entire buildings or investing in projects with a view to exit in a few months with profit booking.