Hyderabad, India (PressExposure) April 25, 2008 -- Slowdown in the real estate market notwithstanding, land deals in India are thriving. According to a recent study, the total value of such deals, in the first three months of 2008, have touched around Rs 23,000 crore, while another Rs 10,000-crore worth deals are in the pipeline.
A study by top brokerage JP Morgan shows that Delhi-based developer BPTPâs Rs 5,000- crore land deal in Noida was the largest deal in the January-March period, while the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authorityâs land auctions in Bandra Kurla Complex had fetched around Rs 4,000 crore.
The deals in the pipeline include the Indian Railwaysâ 50 acres worth Rs 10,000 crore that is scheduled to be auctioned later. Also, a Rs 115-crore deal between the Balaji group and Prestige group is likely to be completed soon.
In Mumbai, a Rs 250-crore deal by Hindustan Composites is in the final stage, in which developers such as DLF, Kalpataru and K Raheja Corp are the lead bidders. The JP Morgan report comes at a time when it is expected that a tightening in global liquidity and a slowdown in the economy, could put the brakes on the real estate sector which witnessed a sharp rising growth in the past two years.
As a reflection of this slowdown, developersâ plans including malls, complexes and residential projects are all being kept under wraps. Property prices and rentals have been falling which was also seen in the loss of investor interest and an erosion in the market capitalization of large listed players such as DLF and Unitech. The slowdown is also aided by the fall in stock markets as there is now a lack of capital among investors to invest in real estate projects.
Industry officials said that given the limited avenues of fund raising, a number of developers raised funds through instruments such as primary equity offerings and through foreign currency convertible bonds.
All leading developers have also scaled up their development plans as well as made fresh land reserve acquisitions. âThe fundamentals of Indian real estate are very strong. More and more global funds are entering India,â said real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj chairman and country head Anuj Puri...
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