Investors pump USD3.6 bn into Indian  realty during Jan-Sep ’22

Investors pump USD3.6 bn into Indian realty during Jan-Sep ’22

Commercial space too revives

Inflows continue as long-term sustainable growth is intact, says Piyush Gupta of Colliers India.

NEW DELHI, Nov 22 (The CONNECT) – Most major real estate markets continued to perform well in the third quarter, despite the loss of some growth momentum in the face of difficult macroeconomic conditions marked by high inflation and rising interest rates.

Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers says its Asia Pacific Market Snapshot -Q3 2022 that In India, investments into the commercial office sector saw a revival during January-September 2022, jumping 53% from the same period last year. Overall, total investments in the Indian real estate touched USD3.6 bn during January-September 2022, registering a hike of 18% YoY.

Piyush Gupta, Managing Director, Capital Markets and Investment Services, Colliers India, said, the capital inflows in Indian real estate continued as long-term sustainable growth story remains intact. Further, trend in residential sales is reflective of positive long-term structural change in the sector, he said.

Gupta opined that investments in India are getting more broad based with increased participation from domestic investors. The newer avenues are evolving like fractional ownership, AIFs, pooled investment structures are being developed providing depth to both investors and developers, he said.

Rising absorption rates in the residential, office and logistics segments underlined the buoyancy in India’s real estate market. Investments into the office sector accounted for almost half of the total investments. India’s commercial office segment is back on investors’ radar led by increased occupier confidence in the market. During 2022, office leasing is likely to cross 50 mn sq feet across the top six cities, surpassing the highs seen in 2019. At the

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same time, residential sector too has performed well, led by high inclination to own homes, comparatively low interest rates and the offers during the festive season. The industrial and logistics segments will be supported by the planned influx of nearly USD20 billion in investments into the manufacturing sector. 

Vimal Nadar, Senior Director, Research, Colliers India said overall, domestic investors have become more active in the market. At the same time, he said,  global investors continue to dominate funding activity with higher participation in entity-led deals. However, global investors are on a wait-and-watch mode untill recessionary pressures persist, he said.

Office segment: As in the previous quarter, transactions in China’s major cities were dominated by deals in the office segment. In Beijing, office assets accounted for 84% of the nearly RMB4.1 billion (USD577 million) in transactions, and it is expected that value-add and core plus office investment opportunities in central areas of the capital will draw domestic and foreign investors.

The quarter witnessed 25 major deals worth HKD34.2 billion (USD4.38 billion) – a QOQ jump of 93% – with most of the deals involving industrial assets. We expect sentiment to pick up in Q4 on expectations that Hong Kong, which continues to offer plenty of opportunities to domestic and global investors, will further relax border control measures.

The strong momentum achieved in the first half of the year was restrained by high inflation and rising interest rates. However, investment volumes reached a year-to-date total of SGD23.93 billion (USD16.7 billion) in investments, or 85% of the total figure for 2021. Market players will reassess their portfolios amid the uncertainty, triggering a period of price discovery and repricing, and higher demand for high-quality and inflation-proof assets

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