DLF all set to launch 2 luxury housing projects in Gurugram worth ₹15

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Aug 27, 2023
File: DLF Real Estate Construction site in Gurgaon

To expand its business amid strong demand for premium homes, realty major DLF Ltd will launch two luxury housing projects worth ₹15,000 crore in Gurugram during the second half of this financial year, news agency PTI quoted its Managing Director Ashok Kumar Tyagi as saying.

After the success of sales of ₹8,000 crore worth of flats within three days in February in its new project 'The Arbour' at Gurugram, Tyagi said the company has set a target to achieve sales bookings of ₹13,000 crore in this fiscal year and hopes to exceed the number.

DLF posted sales bookings of ₹15,058 crore during the 2022-23 financial year, which is a more than two-fold increase from ₹7,273 crore in the previous year.

Tyagi also spoke about the overall housing market and noted that the demand for ultra-luxury, luxury, and mid-income residential properties is very strong.

He mentioned that there is some stress in the affordable housing segment citing the the rise in interest rates on home loans and an increase in housing prices.

On plans, Tyagi said, "The company has created a launch pipeline of ₹20,000 crore for this fiscal.

"Launches this year will be predominantly driven by two launches in Gurugram - one in Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) and the other in Golf Course Road," Tyagi said.

The estimated sales bookings value of these two upcoming projects in Gurugram is about ₹15,000 crore, as DLF owns land parcels for these two projects in Gurugram.

Apart from this, Tyagi also said that his firm would also launch one residential tower in its project at Moti Nagar here, one in Tricity of Chandigarh, and one in Mumbai this fiscal.

"Launches in Chennai and Goa might spill to next fiscal year," Tyagi said.

Earlier this month, Singh sold his entire remaining stake in DLF for around ₹731 crore.

Recently, DLF reported a 12 percent rise in consolidated net profit at ₹527 crore in the first quarter of this fiscal. The company's net profit stood at ₹469.57 crore in the year-ago period.

Total income rose marginally to ₹1,521.71 crore in the April-June period of the 2023-24 financial year from ₹1,516.28 crore in the year-ago period. DLF's net debt stood at ₹57 crore as of June 30, 2023, as compared to ₹721 crore at the end of the 2022-23 fiscal.

During the period under review, the company's gross debt also fell to ₹3,068 crore from ₹3,840 crore.

With agency inputs.

Source: Live Mint
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Home Buyers Take Note

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Sep 19, 2023

Buying an under-construction flat in a society in India is among the big investment decisions for many home buyers, and there are several important factors to consider before making such a purchase. Whether or not it's a good idea to book a flat in an under-construction site depends on a number of factors, including your budget, needs, and risk tolerance.

Home buyers purchase under-construction properties due to reasons like;

Lower price: Under-construction flats are often priced lower than completed flats, as the builder has not yet incurred the full cost of construction and development. This can be a good opportunity to save money, especially if you are buying a flat in a popular location or with a high demand.

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Flexibility: When you book a flat in an under-construction society, you may have the opportunity to customise the layout and finishes of your flat to your liking. This is not always possible with completed flats, as the builder may have already made these decisions.

Appreciation: The value of your flat is likely to appreciate over time, as the construction is completed and the society is developed. This means that you could make a profit if you decide to sell your flat in the future.

However, like advantages, there are risks involved with an under-construction property, like a delayed project.

There is always the risk that the construction of the society may be delayed. This can be due to a number of factors, such as bad weather, unforeseen site conditions, or financial problems with the builder. If the construction is delayed, you may have to wait longer to move into your flat. This is the biggest reason for delayed projects in Delhi-NCR region where buyers are waiting for their dream homes for many years and fighting legal battles.

Overall, whether or not to book a flat in an under-construction society is a personal decision. It is important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.

Here's a comprehensive list of things you should know and consider:

Builder's Reputation: Research the builder's reputation and track record. Look for reviews, speak to previous buyers, and check if there have been any legal issues or disputes with the builder. However, this should not be the sole factor to buy a property as many popular real estate developers have failed in recent years and their projects are stuck.

Project Approval and Licences: Ensure that the project has received all necessary approvals and licences from the local authority and government bodies. Check for environmental clearances, land title, and land use permissions.

Project Location: Evaluate the location of the project in terms of accessibility, proximity to schools, hospitals, markets, public transportation, and future development plans in the area.

Project Plan and Layout: Review the project's architectural plans, layout, and floor plans to ensure they match your requirements. Check for open spaces, amenities, and green areas within the society.

Legal Due Diligence: Hire a legal expert or lawyer to conduct due diligence on the property. Verify the builder's legal ownership of the land and ensure there are no pending litigations or disputes.

Financial Aspects:

Construction Timeline: Get a clear understanding of the project's expected completion date and whether the builder has a history of delivering projects on time.

Builder-Buyer Agreement: Carefully review the builder-buyer agreement, including clauses related to possession date, penalty for delays, and the scope of changes or customisation allowed. This document will be the basis of communication with the builder. It's essential to get it read by a real estate expert so that you have a fair understanding of the agreement.

Quality and Specifications: Understand the quality of construction materials, fixtures, and finishes that will be used in your flat. Ensure they meet your expectations.

Payment Plan: Check if the builder offers a construction-linked or time-linked payment plan. Understand the payment milestones and their timing.

Loan Approvals: Ensure that the project is approved by banks and financial institutions for home loans. This is crucial for securing your financing.

Legal Compliance: Ensure the project complies with RERA (Real Estate Regulation and Development Act) regulations. The builder should have registered the project with the local RERA authority.

Amenities and Common Areas: Verify the promised amenities and common areas such as parks, parking, clubhouse, gym, and security arrangements.

Maintenance Charges: Understand the maintenance charges and how they will be calculated. Ensure that these charges are reasonable and fit within your budget.

Legal Documentation: Ensure all legal documentation, including the sale deed, possession letter, occupancy certificate, completion certificate etc. are in order before making the final payment. Remember, some of these documents are granted by the authority only after project completion.

Home Inspection: Before taking possession, conduct a thorough inspection of the flat for any defects or unfinished work. Ensure that the builder addresses these issues and communicate your concerns in writing.

It's essential to be well-informed and conduct thorough due diligence when buying an under-construction flat in India to protect your investment and avoid potential legal or financial issues in the future. Consulting with a real estate advisor or legal expert is highly advisable throughout the process.

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A Tool To Achieving Efficiency

Posted By: Preeti Dabar Posted On: Aug 31, 2023

Adapting to technological advances is not a new thing in this modern era. Every direction you turn to, every aspect of your life you look at, and every step you take in life is related to the leaps and bounds of science and technology.

In such a scenario, real estate is a late entrant, one might say. The industry in India is expected to grow from $200 billion in 2021 to $1 trillion by 2030, according to a joint report by NAREDCO (National Real Estate Development Council) and EY (Ernst & Young).

Embracing Technology

Although other industries have long embraced innovations such as cloud storage, sensors, and mobile tech, the real estate sector has taken a little longer to start widely adopting these technologies. There are a few reasons for this.

First, realty is a traditional industry, and change can be slow to come. Second, real estate transactions are often complex and involve multiple parties, which can make it difficult to implement new technologies. Third, the sector is highly regulated, which can also make it difficult to adopt new technologies. However, there are now several reasons why the sector is starting to adopt new technologies more widely.

The cost of these technologies has come down, making them more affordable for businesses. Additionally, the benefits of these technologies are becoming more clear, as businesses see how they can improve efficiency and save money. Also, the government is starting to support the adoption of new technologies in the sector.

One such extremely important and efficient advance is proptech (or property technology). It is a type of software that helps real estate and property companies manage and optimise their portfolios throughout the entire lifecycle of their buildings, by automating tasks, providing insights, and connecting people and data. They can also help with everything from marketing and sales to property management and maintenance.

Convergence With Fintech Firms

Proptech and fintech are two of the most rapidly growing industries in the world, and they are increasingly converging. Proptech companies are using technology to improve the real estate industry, while fintech companies are using technology to improve the financial services industry. These two industries are connecting in a number of ways, including partnerships, and competition.

Partnerships: Proptech and fintech companies are partnering with each other to offer new products and services. For example, a proptech company might partner with a fintech company to offer a mortgage lending service.

Competition: Fintech companies are starting to offer real estate-related products and services, such as online mortgage lending. This is putting pressure on proptech companies to innovate and offer better products and services.

The convergence of proptech and fintech is creating new opportunities for both industries. This also makes it easier for people to buy, sell, and rent real estate.

What Are The Solutions?

Proptech solutions are also constantly evolving, and new solutions are being developed on the go. As the real estate industry continues to digitise, proptech solutions will become even more important for businesses of all sizes.

Some of the most popular proptech solutions include property management software (helping with tasks such as tenant screening, rent collection, and maintenance scheduling), real estate marketing software (helping with listing properties, generating leads, and managing listings), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) solutions (helping potential buyers and tenants to tour properties without having to physically visit them) and blockchain solutions (helping track and manage property transactions more efficiently).

Improving Customer Experience

Such solutions are also beneficial for fintech firms in improving the customer experience by making it easier for customers to apply for loans and track their progress. It also reduces costs by automating tasks and streamlining processes.

Moreover, such solutions also increase efficiency by making it easier to access and analyse data, thereby improving decision-making by providing better insights into the market and customer behaviour.

Proptech also helps increase innovation in the industry by providing new ways to deliver products and services.

While it brings everything — from online property marketplaces to real estate analytics platforms, smart building technology, virtual and augmented reality tools for property viewings, property management software, and automated property valuation tools — under one umbrella, proptech is also a great way for real estate developers to improve efficiency, efficacy, productivity, and bottom-line results. This technological advance will prove to be an essential part of Indian real estate in the future, and will only provide more opportunities for growth and profitability.

(The author is founder and chief operating officer, BASIC Home Loan)

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Real Estate To Expand At $5

Posted By: Vishal Maurya Posted On: Aug 29, 2023

In its latest report, ‘India Real Estate: Vision 2047', Knight Frank India, the real estate consultancy in the country, in association of NAREDCO, has projected that India's real estate sector is expected to expand to USD 5.8 trillion (trillion) or USD 5,833 billion (billion) by 2047. This estimated real estate output value will contribute 15.5% to the total economic output in 2047 from an existing share of 7.3%.

By 2047, when India reaches 100 years of independence, the size of India's economy is estimated to range between USD 33 trn to USD 40 trn.

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For study purposes, Knight Frank took the mean estimated growth of the Indian economy to value USD 36.4 trn by 2047.

Report Highlights

The report said that private equity (PE) investments in the Indian real estate sector have consistently grown over the past two decades. Projections for 2023 indicate that PE investments in Indian real estate are poised to reach USD 5.6 bn, reflecting a YoY growth of 5.3%.

With India's GDP expected to reach USD 36.4 trn by 2047, the private equity investments within the Indian real estate sector are projected to surge to USD 54.3 bn by 2047, signifying a CAGR of 9.5% spanning 2023 to 2047.

Providing perspective on REITs, Knight Frank shared that the combined portfolio of Indian REITs encompasses 84.9 mn sq ft, with 75.9 mn sq ft dedicated to office assets and 9 mn sq ft to retail assets. Additionally, there is ongoing construction of approximately 21.3 mn sq ft within the REITs sector, projected to reach completion within 1-2 years.

Rajan Bandelkar, president, NAREDCO India, said, “Vision 2047, not just for NAREDCO but for Indian Real Estate, is about the roadmap of India's economic growth, and the role of real estate as one of the leading engines of that growth story.”

Details of estimated growth potential across RE asset classes by 2047

Residential

According to Knight Frank India, in the next 25 years, cumulatively there will be an estimated 230 million (23 crores) units of housing requirement in India. In terms of market value, the residential market has a potential to generate an output equivalent of USD 3.5 trn in 2047.

It is expected that with the changing income profiles, the demand for housing will emerge across all the price categories. In the next few years, while the demand for housing will remain concentrated in affordable housing, it will gradually shift towards mid segment and luxury housing.

The share of lower income households will reduce from existing 43% currently to 9% in 2047. Thus, a significant share of the population will shift to lower middle and upper middle-income categories. This will enable a significant demand for mid-segment housing.

Additionally, the share of HNIs and UHNIs households in India which will likely increase from existing 3% to 9% in 2047 will generate a significant demand for luxury housing in India.

Office

As per Knight Frank estimates, 69% of the working population will be formally employed to support the economic expansion of US$ 36 trn by 2047. In terms of market value, the estimated office stock is likely to generate a potential output equivalent to USD 473 bn in 2047.

The office stock has grown significantly from 278 mn sq ft in 2008 to 898 mn sq ft cumulatively across the leading eight cities in India in 2022.

Shishir Baijal, chairman & MD, Knight Frank India, said, “The next 25 years are going to witness a dramatic transformation in the Indian economy and the real estate sector. Factors like demographic advantages, improving business and investment sentiments, and government policy push towards high-value output sectors such as manufacturing, infrastructure etc. will robustly support the economic expansion of India.”

“In the imminent future, India's economy is expected to grow at a rapid pace, and the structural shift in the economy will be led by a major push to the growth of all sectors including real estate. For sustainable growth, it is imperative that India's real estate sector adapts to transformations in the economy and changing technologies, making optimum use of the growing resources, especially the human capital,” Baijal added.

Warehousing

Spurred by the high degree of correlation between the economic growth and increase in income levels, India's warehousing market is likely to witness a potential demand for 159 mn sq ft by the year 2047. India's warehousing sector has a potential to generate an output equivalent to USD 34 bn in 2047.

In a separate section of the report on the impetus of the manufacturing sector to industrial development, Knight Frank estimates that by 2047, at an average pace of growth India's manufacturing sector is likely to contribute 32% to the country's economic growth.

As of 2021, 5 lakh hectares of land in India has been under usage for industrial purposes which comprises 3,989 special economic zones, industrial parks and estates etc.

To cater to the manufacturing activities in the economy in the next 25 years, an estimated 102 lakh hectares of land is required for usage of industrial activities in India.

The exponential growth in required industrial land has a capacity to generate a revenue equivalent to USD 110 bn in 2047..

Rise of REIT

With the initial REITs setting a positive precedent, it is probable that REITs in the coming years will expand into diverse sectors such as residential and warehousing, in addition to the existing office and retail segments. Inspired by global markets, developers are likely to contemplate venturing into REITs for alternative asset classes like data centres, hospitality, healthcare, education and more, in the longer term over the next 25 years.

Retail

As per Knight Frank estimates, organised retail consumption is currently estimated to be at 4.6% of the total private consumption of individuals. This is significantly smaller when compared to developed markets such as the US, where retail consumption comprises 40% of the total private consumption of individuals.

However, with growing income levels and the growing propensity of households in India to consume, by 2047, when the size of the Indian economy is estimated to be USD 36.4 trillion, the share of retail consumption is estimated to be 37% of the total private consumption. This quantum of consumption boost will support the entry and expansion of retailers in India and provide an impetus to the retail real estate both for the shopping malls and the high streets.

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India's real estate sector likely to expand to $5

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Aug 26, 2023
The residential segment will have an overwhelming share in the real estate sector. (HT)

New Delhi: India’s real estate sector is expected to expand to $5.8 trillion by 2047, contributing 15.5% to the GDP from an existing share of 7.3% a joint report by Knight Frank and National Real Estate Development Council (Naredeco) said.

The report ‘India Real Estate: Vision 2047' stated that the residential segment will have an overwhelming share in the real estate sector. “By 2047, when India reaches 100 years of independence, the size of India's economy is estimated to range between $33-40 trillion," it said.

The report noted that private equity investments in the Indian real estate sector have consistently grown over the past two decades and from a projected figure of $5.6 billion in 2023, it is expected to reach $54.3 billion by 2047, an annual growth of 9.5%.

Rajan Bandelkar, president, Naredeco India said, "Significant expansion of the Indian economy by 2047, will be powered by Real Estate. A multifold economic expansion will boost demand across all the asset classes - residential, commercial, warehousing, industrial land developments etc - will grow at a multiplier rate to accommodate the growing needs of the economy and consumption needs of the individuals,"

According to Knight Frank India, in the next 25 years, there will be an estimated 230 million units of housing requirement in India. The demand for housing is expected to remain concentrated in affordable housing, will gradually shift towards mid segment and luxury housing. The share of lower income households will reduce from existing 43% currently to 9% in 2047.

Niranjan Hiranandani, National Vice Chairman of NAREDCO, opined that, “The northbound growth in the Indian Real Estate sector is driven by the favourable domestic economic environment with economic resilience, bolstered infrastructure growth plans, alternative investment models, and domestic consumption power. Growing GDP will stimulate commercial and industrial real estate growth, attracting global investors towards Grade A assets. Emerging alternative asset classes will also play a critical role in pooling investments and boosting investors' confidence".

According to the report, REITs in the coming years will also expand into diverse sectors such as residential and warehousing, in addition to the office and retail segments. Builders are also likely to contemplate venturing into REITs for alternative asset classes like data centers, hospitality, healthcare and education.

REITs encompass 84.9 mn sq ft, with 75.9 mn sq ft dedicated to office assets and 9 mn sq ft to retail assets. Additionally, there is ongoing construction of approximately 21.3 mnsq ft within the REITs sector, projected to reach completion within 1-2 years.

As per Knight Frank estimates, 69 per cent of the working population will be formally employed to support the economic expansion of USD 36 trillion by 2047. In terms of market value, the estimated office stock is likely to generate a potential output equivalent to USD 473 billion in 2047.

The office stock has grown significantly from 278 million sq ft in 2008 to 898 million sq ft cumulatively across the leading eight cities in India in 2022, it added.

Source: Live Mint
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Many Gurugram tech firms keen to set up shops in London

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Aug 25, 2023
Gurugram tech firms eye London for expansion due to funding and global demand.

Many Gurugram-based technology companies are keen to set up shops in London, said a senior official in the office of the Deputy Mayor of London for Business, adding that the reasons behind it vary from the availability of venture capital funding to global demand and talent.

London and Partners is the UK capital's trade and business growth agency operating under the aegis of the Mayor of London, according to a report published by the news agency PTI.

Speaking on the sidelines of the B20 Summit, London and Partners Country Director for India and senior leadership team member Hemin Bharucha acknowledged that funding for startups is not as readily available as before.

He said that his firm works with MSMEs (micro, small, and medium enterprises) because big companies either already have a presence in London, or they can afford a big consulting firm.

"We see Gurugram really coming up... in the EV, sustainability, and technology space. These are very big sectors...we are also seeing a little bit of creative companies in AR and VR. We don't tell every company to come to London because if they are not ready, then they will go there...and fail. It's a problem for them and us also," Bharucha told PTI.

He added that most MSMEs set up their first international office in London unless they have a strong connection in the United States, owing to similarities in the tax and legal system, and the language of business being the same.

"So companies initially set up with five to ten people, but scale up to 100, 200, 300 people very quickly because the revenue is coming... number one customer, number two is global VC funding," he added as quoted by PTI.

The UK narrowly avoided falling into recession last year as February statistics revealed a flat output in the last few months of 2022. The UK government had warned that the economy was not out of the woods in the present year.

(With PTI inputs)

Source: Live Mint
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Retail leasing in Delhi-NCR up by 65% in H1 2023

Posted By: Vishal Maurya Posted On: Aug 18, 2023
Across India, retail leasing saw a 24% yearly growth in the first half of 2023.

The retail leasing in Delhi-NCR (national capital region) has increased by 65% in January-June 2023, the real estate consulting firm CBRE South Asia said in a report on Thursday.

The NCR has recorded a rise in retail leasing across investment-grade malls, high streets and standalone developments, said the report.

The total leasing during the first half of 2023 stood at 0.70 million square feet as compared to 0.42 million square feet in the same period a year ago, said the CBRE report.

“Apple launched its first two new stores in Mumbai & Delhi-NCR, and UK-based coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger also opened stores in Mumbai and Delhi-NCR. Canadian coffee brand Tim Hortons which debuted in India last year strengthened its presence in Delhi-NCR and Punjab and entered the Mumbai market this year. European luxury brand Balenciaga is set to open its first brick-and-mortar store in Delhi-NCR through its partnership with Reliance Brands," CBRE said in the report.

“Retailers have expressed positive leasing sentiments, indicating their strong interest in establishing new setups, expanding operations, and upgrading existing stores," said Anshuman Magazine, chairman and CEO - India, South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE.

Across India, retail leasing saw a 24% yearly growth in the first half of 2023, and a 15% rise compared to the July-December 2022 period, the report added.

Gurugram: Average monthly rent for premium apartments up 28% in H1 

A separate report by Savills India on Thursday said in Gurugram the average monthly rental for premium housing grew by 28% year-on-year during the January-June period of this year.

In Gurugram, “GCER (Golf Course Extension Road & SPR (southern peripheral road) and Golf Course Road saw the highest rise in rentals with 33 per cent and 31 per cent YOY growth, respectively," the real estate consultant said.

As per the report, the average quoted rentals are for 3BHK and 4BHK apartments on Golf Course Road and 3-BHK apartments in other micro markets.

Golf Course Road commands a monthly average rental of ₹195,941, while the average rent at Golf Course Extension Road and Southern Peripheral Road is ₹101,000 a month, according to the Savills data for H1 2023.

The average rent in New Gurugram is ₹47,100 and in Dwarka Expressway is ₹40,071 per month, the report added.

Gurugram and Noida attract a constant influx of migratory working professionals who prefer renting over buying, said Shveta Jain, Savills India MD-residential services.

Source: Live Mint
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China's real estate giant Evergrande files for bankruptcy protection in US

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Aug 18, 2023
Evergrande has been working on an offshore debt restructuring agreement for months, unveiling a proposal earlier this year. (Image: Reuters)

China’s real estate giant Evergrande Group has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Thursday.

The company has sought protection under Chapter 15 of the US bankruptcy code, a measure that protects non-US companies undergoing restructurings from creditors that hope to sue them or tie up assets in the United States.

Evergrande's affiliate companies, Tianji Holding and Scenery Journey, also filed for Chapter 15 protection in Manhattan bankruptcy court, AFP reported.

In 2021, Evergrande was struggling with more than $300 billion in liabilities. It had then first defaulted on its bonds, fanning fears of a contagion. It led to a string of defaults at other builders, with major developers failing to complete housing projects, triggering protests and mortgage boycotts from homebuyers.

Evergrande has been working on an offshore debt restructuring agreement for months. It offered creditors a choice to swap their debt into new notes issued by the company and equities in two subsidiaries, Evergrande Property Services Group and Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group, AFP reported.

The latest court documents referenced restructuring proceedings in Hong Kong.

In July, Evergrande reported a net loss of over $113 billion in 2021 and 2022.

China's policymakers have recently sought to bolster the sector by cutting mortgage rates, slashing red tape and offering more loans to developers.

(With inputs from AFP)

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

Source: Live Mint
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China’s deepening property crisis threatens trouble

Posted By: Preeti Dabar Posted On: Aug 17, 2023
The headquarters of Country Garden Holdings in Foshan, Guangdong province. (Photo: AFP)

Households across China have been thrown into panic over the past week. The company building their flats, Country Garden, missed $22.5m in coupon payments on August 6th. Now the firm, one of the world’s largest homebuilders, has until early September to make the payments or follow hundreds of other developers into default and restructuring. Trading in its bonds, which are worth just pennies on the dollar, was halted on August 14th.

Local officials across the country are watching closely. Country Garden is renowned for building huge projects in China's second- and third-tier cities. Its debts are smaller than those of Evergrande, a big, heavily indebted company that defaulted in 2021. But at the start of the year Country Garden was building four times more homes than Evergrande was before it defaulted. At the rate it was delivering them in the first half of 2022, at least 144,000 buyers will not receive keys to homes they were promised by the end of this year. A sudden debt meltdown at the firm would leave even more families out in the cold.

China's housing crisis turns three this month, if measured by the introduction of the government's “three red lines" policy, which sought to limit leverage. Throughout, officials have struggled to manage confidence and expectations. At the start, few observers believed Evergrande could collapse, and that the government might fail to put a stop to the pain. Until recently, most thought that Country Garden was immune to default. Since late last year officials have sought to calm the market by drawing up an informal list of healthy developers, including Country Garden, that investors could feel comfortable funding and Chinese citizens could trust.

Their calculations have changed in recent days. Country Garden's issue is not one of over-leverage in the style of Evergrande. Instead, it is a victim of a loss of confidence among regular folk—a sign the government is losing control. After a short rebound following the lifting of covid-19 controls, the property crisis has intensified. Prices are dropping. Sales among the 100 biggest developers fell by 33% in July compared with a year earlier. Country Garden's tumbled by 60%. The firm's decline is forcing market-watchers to confront their deepest fears about the property sector.

One is that property supply chains collapse. Over the past three years suppliers of materials, along with the engineering and construction firms that build homes, have often not been paid on time by developers. But so far this backbone of the sector has withstood the pressure. That could change as developers grow shorter on funds. The decline in payments to suppliers is already noticeable. Between 2021 and 2022, Country Garden's transfers to such firms fell from 285bn yuan ($44bn) to 192bn yuan, according to S&P Global, a rating agency. They are all but certain to fall further this year. Although the biggest contracting firms will probably survive with help from the government, it is not hard to imagine widespread collapses among the myriad smaller engineering and materials companies that do the work on the ground.

Another concern is that the crisis spreads to state firms. Since 2021 Chinese developers have almost entirely been shut out of international bond markets. But the onshore debt market has remained open to state-backed firms. The large Chinese investors that dominate the market have so far provided a degree of stability; they have not dumped developers' credit as have asset managers in Hong Kong. Any change would spell trouble. And in recent weeks investors have noted pressure in the domestic bond market. Sino-Ocean, a state-owned developer, has shown signs that it may struggle to repay debts. Homebuyers have chosen state developers because they are seen as safer. If the crisis hits state firms, that notion would be shattered.

The fear that the collapse of a developer will bring down a large Chinese bank has mostly been dismissed. Banks' exposure to developers, analysts say, is reasonable. They would survive even the fall of a firm like Country Garden. But other types of contagion cannot be ignored. If property continues to weaken, the government may ask banks to offer more loans to the industry, says Michael Chang of CGS-CIMB Securities, a broker. This would lower returns and also be a poor allocation of credit at a time when China's economy is suffering.

No worry will loom larger in the minds of officials, however, than threats to social stability. Country Garden may have to cut prices to generate sales. This could create competition and lead to swifter price falls across the industry, pushing people to delay home purchases in the hope that prices will fall still further. During past downturns, those who bought homes too early, missing a discount, have protested and demanded a matching reduction in price.

Indeed, Country Garden's biggest creditors are not banks or bond holders, but folk who have paid for homes upfront. Some 668bn yuan, or about half the firm's liabilities, were put up by homebuyers. Last year thousands stopped paying their mortgages in protest at years-long delays in delivering homes. There is now the threat of much broader protests across the 300 cities in which Country Garden builds.

So far officials in Beijing have decided against direct intervention in the property market. Country Garden almost certainly has the $22.5m it needed to cover payments this month. By not coughing up, its bosses are signalling a desire to eventually restructure its debts—perhaps betting that the firm is too big to fail. This puts the central government in an excruciating position. Letting Country Garden fail could lead to wider panic, more economic pain and potentially more defaults, risking contagion and social unrest. Yet stepping in with a rescue package would put officials on the hook for many more bail-outs, and prop up an unsustainable industry.

© 2023, The Economist Newspaper Limited. All rights reserved. From The Economist, published under licence. The original content can be found on www.economist.com

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Brookfield India Real Estate Q1 results

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Aug 14, 2023
In May, Brookfield India REIT and Singapore's GIC had announced an equal partnership to acquire two commercial properties in India for $1.4 billion. REUTERS

Brookfield India Real Estate Trust on Monday said its net income rose 4.5% to ₹245.3 crore in the first quarter ended June 30 of the fiscal year 2024.

The company had reported net income at ₹234.6 crore in the same quarter a year ago.

Brookfield India also announced the distribution of ₹164.16 crore to its unitholders.

Income from operating lease rentals rose 3.9% year-on-year to ₹211,3 crore from ₹203.4 crore in the same period a year ago, Brookfield India Real Estate Trust said in a statement.

In the June quarter of FY24, the company did gross leasing of 298,000 square feet, which includes 63,000 square feet of new leasing and 235,000 square feet of renewals.

The company said it has financial commitment in place for the acquisition of two large commercial assets, totalling 6.5 million square feet, in an equal partnership with GIC, from Brookfield Asset Management's private real estate funds.

Brookfield India Real Estate Trust had recently raised ₹2,305.4 crore through the qualified institutional placement (QIP).

On August 4, the company said that it will raise ₹400 crore by issuing units to sponsor group entity Project Diamond Holdings on preferential basis. It also plans to raise up to ₹750 crore through issue of commercial papers to finance acquisition of two commercial assets in Gurugram and Mumbai.

The company said the acquisitions of Downtown Powai, Mumbai and Candor TechSpace (G1) Gurugram will add significant scale and diversification to its portfolio.

In May, Brookfield India REIT and Singapore's GIC had announced an equal partnership to acquire two commercial properties in India for $1.4 billion.

The transaction is on track to close in the second quarter of this fiscal, it added.

Brookfield India Real Estate Trust has five office parks in Mumbai, Gurugram, Noida, and Kolkata. Its portfolio consist of 18.7 million square feet comprising 14.3 million square feet of completed area, 0.6 million square feet of under construction and 3.9 million square feet of future development potential.

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