As much as 27 per cent of the 50 PE firms responded to a recently-released Ernst & Young (E&Y) survey, however, expect USD 20 billion would be deployed into the sector, while 68 per cent believe that it would hover around USD 5-10 billion in the same period.
The remaining five per cent believe that total investment would be less than USD five billion.
All 50 PE players rate the Indian real estate sector as an 'attractive' destination and 79 per cent of them feel that India is a 'very good' or an 'excellent' investment
destination compared to other Asian countries, justifying the current euphoria about Indian real estate amongst global investors.
An established and preferred mode of investment for foreign investors to enter into the Indian real estate market, PE funds played an aggressive role in the last fiscal and the same trend is likely to continue to dominate the real estate transaction activity in 2007-08.
As much as 63 per cent of the respondents feel that the current growth momentum witnessed in Indian realty would continue for the next five years with a sustained growth of 25 per cent year on year.
They, however, believe that high yields might not be sustainable for a very long-term as 72 per cent of them feel that 25-30 per cent yield could be witnessed for another two -three years.