1. Stable prices bringing NRIs back to real estate market: HDFC

Stable prices bringing NRIs back to real estate market: HDFC

HDFC, the country's largest mortgage lender, has planned 'India Homes Fair' exhibition in London on May 30-31.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 24, 2015 12:02 PM
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‘We are seeing a lot of interest from the NRI community. The rupee depreciation against the US dollar is also helping, for the prospective home buyers from the American continent,’ HDFC Ltd Managing Director Renu Sud Karnad told PTI. (Reuters)

Stability in housing prices and favourable rupee movements are bringing back the NRIs in a big way to the real estate market, mortgage giant HDFC has said.

To tap their interest, HDFC as also a number of property developers are undertaking special marketing campaigns including by way of organising property fairs in places with high NRI population such as the US and the UK.

Interestingly, the non-resident Indians living abroad are showing a renewed interest in the Indian housing market at a time when the local demand is relatively sluggish.

“We are seeing a lot of interest from the NRI community. The rupee depreciation against the US dollar is also helping, for the prospective home buyers from the American continent,” HDFC Ltd Managing Director Renu Sud Karnad told PTI.

HDFC, the country’s largest mortgage lender, has planned ‘India Homes Fair’ exhibition in London on May 30-31, which will have more than 100 projects on display from across India.

Karnad said that housing prices have stabilised, while softening of interest rates have helped make the home purchase much more affordable.

Property consultancy major CBRE’s South Asia Head (Residential Services) A S Sivaramakrishnan said that NRIs have become extremely important for the Indian real estate market and they contribute 8-10 per cent of the total housing sales volume across India.

Stating that the contribution of NRIs in housing sales varies from city to city, he said the NRIs account for 30-35 per cent of apartments sales in Kerala.

Their contribution in Hyderabad and Delhi-NCR markets are 10-12 per cent, Sivaramakrishnan added.

Cushman & Wakefield’ Executive Director (Residential Services) Shveta Jain also said that investments in the real estate sector by NRIs have gained momentum over time with prices being stable or reaching bottom in select cities and markets, rupee devaluations and attractive long term returns.

“With city limits expanding to peripheries, investors have a variety of products ranging from affordable to luxury developments and special housing projects like senior homes to choose from.

“Given the tepid demand from resident buyers and investors, developers have also undertaken special marketing efforts to target NRIs, whose investor confidence in Indian real estate market will get a further boost with the introduction of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill,” Jain added.

Karnad said that the projects on display during its London fair are from Bengaluru, Chennai, Gujarat, Goa, Hyderabad, Kerala, Mumbai, NCR, Pune, Punjab and Kolkata, among others.

The options include flats, villas and plots and customers would be given exclusive offers and value-added benefits.

HDFC would be holding such exhibitions for the eighth year in a row at a foreign location, showing its popularity amongst the NRI and PIO (Person of Indian Origin) community in London and other cities abroad.

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    May 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm
    Making the new houses, is a national wastage, as supply is more than demand. making the house & then keeping it locked , just for price appreciation , must be declared a national crime, as it creates misuse of national resources, deficiency of resources for actual use .
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      May 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm
      Taxing people heavily and unwarrantedly now-a-days giving nothing back in return for fhe taxes getting paid in terms of infrastructure, good roads, water, sewage, transportation and other conveniences based on the tax money charged and rather feeding to the cattle load non-tax paying potion with subsidies and freebies for vote bank politcis by those in power or otherwise, what not !! And over and above finding new new ways to tax by the day ....to swindle off the money !!! This is India today...And those investing in India can never take back money unless heavily taxed and charged back what with inordinate delays, clumsy and complex rules setting not being in favor of investor anyways ....And those investing having to go thru thousands of hles which is not worth the time...dia is a big mob overall with a few unable to rule same coming to power and instead unsurping of the tax and invested money of others being in power...or coming for power indeed with this single purpose...
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