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In the financial year 2011-12, PERE investments stood at $700 million, during the first to the third quarter. This is around 15 per cent lower than the same period the previous year. The main reason for this slowdown has been difficulty in raising funds focused on real estate sector in India. After the global financial crisis of 2008, few realty funds have been able to raise the intended fund corpus and their fund raising timelines were substantially delayed.
PERE in India has suffered mainly because of the following reasons:
Returns from PE funds in general have not been very encouraging. Perhaps expectations were not managed properly. Investors also believe that they can make more money investing in real estate than going through the PE fund route.
The funds are close-ended and typical tenures are 6-7 years. There is therefore a long lock-in and liquidity for such investments is moderate or low.
Investors’ communication has been lacking and investors perceive lack of customer centricity in PERE sector in India. Investors have often expressed concerns about lack of adequate disclosures and communication from PE funds.
The fee structure charged by the funds has not found favour with the investors.
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