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: Parsvnath Developers has attempted an image makeover with a marketing scheme and new corporate identity which symbolizes transformation, freshness and simplicity. It also announced its strategy and plan for today’s dynamic business environment.
Track2Realty: Omkar Realtors & Developers, one of the leading players in making the slum redevelopment a success story in Mumbai believes slum projects are generally feasible in Metro Cities and more particularly in Mumbai. Shifting focus on Slum Rehabilitation for ECB will really help the sector.
Track2Realty: It has been a marginal rate cut that may not have any significant affect on the fortunes of the economy in general and real estate in particular. However, the sector believes it still goes a long way in improving the sentiments of the market by and large. On Friday, May 3, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut its policy interest rate by 25 basis points, for the third time since January as growth slows and inflation ebbs. RBI says there is little room to ease monetary policy further.
Track2Realty: When the Reserve Bank of India made the announcement of allowing External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) in affordable housing, including slum redevelopment, there was an optimism and euphoria that cheaper money coming into the much-needed segment of real estate would redefine the property market in general and in the process help the country meet the housing shortage.
Track2Realty Exclusive: Real estate has not just been innovative but also aggressive in raising money. They have raised money against sales with a guarantee that if the price falls, they will buy it back. It has been a protection on the bank’s side that if the prices fall, of course there is a margin of about 20% and if the prices fall more than that, they will buy back. 20% has been the cut off because about 10% is the expense in buyback, brokerages, paperwork etc.
Track2Realty Exclusive: Realtors rue that in spite of all the scrutiny, even today realty does not have the right formula. The issue is not to go public or whether the people who have already gone public are right or wrong. The issue now is if while going public, there is a solution where the actual value is derived on the basis of how other industries value themselves? Only then it makes financial sense to go public as the sector has seen successful IPOs also.
Track2Realty Exclusive: Kruti Jain, Director, Kumar Urban Development, believes any funding available in real estate is gap funding. It is not about only the gap which is there in funding for real estate because what happens for other industries is that they have this reserve capital which is not their land or raw material, but is the actual capital they put in to manufacture xyz product and then they replenish the funds with whatever returns are accrued.
Track2Realty Exclusive: The realty market has been pretty exposed to the greedy investors and vulture funding, not venture funding. In desperation the developers often lost track of what kind of funding was required and met with the disaster. Amidst the cyclic very high and very low there has been off balance debt-equity ratio as well. Of late, some developers tried within the box and some outside it. The needs and solutions are different for listed and unlisted companies. Still the sector is in search of right funding mechanism and as Track2Realty finds, are guinea pigs in the funding market.