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26/06/2014

Indian Property Market Takes A Small Step Out of the Shadows – India Real Time – WSJ

Few that have bought or even rented real estate in India would be surprised by a recent survey showing the property market here can be maddeningly murky.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index showed that while things have improved, Indian cities still have to work on transparency. The Chicago-based real-estate consultant said India needs to go further to create more clarity on the rules connected to property purchases and real estate prices.

“India still scores among the lowest in the transparency of its transaction process,” the report said.

Jones Lang LaSalle looked at just over 100 markets around the world and rated them on a dozen parameters ranging from the availability of data, the number of publicly-listed developers and the strength of regulators.

India struggles most when it comes to recording real estate transactions. Too many deals are done off the book, recorded with government offices that don’t disclose numbers or are never recorded at all, making it difficult for home buyers and even analyst to assess what a property is worth and which direction property prices are moving.

Most of the deals that pop up on everyone’s radars are big corporate transactions in bigger cities. Those above-board deals may very well be only a tiny slice of all the real estate activity though. Smaller deals done by smaller companies and in smaller cities are often hard to keep track of, analyst say, making it difficult to estimate what is really going on in the real estate market.

Meanwhile the real estate agents are too often untrained and unscrupulous in India. It seems like almost anyone can dabble in the market if they can create the right connections and grease the right palms to push through all the paperwork needed to transfer control of properties.

India’s standing was also hurt by its lack of a regulator for the real estate sector. While a regulator is in the works, the industry is currently being overseen by the Ministry of Urban Development, local registry offices and many others depending on the property.

Things are, however, better than they were a year ago. India’s biggest cities stepped up in Jones Lang LaSalle’s ranking to 40th in 2014 from 48th in 2012 while the medium-sized cities moved up to 42nd place from 49th.

The improvement is thanks to private equity firms who have been investing a lot of money and demand more transparency. India’s growing mortgage-loan market is also helping as banks require more reliable information about buyers, sellers, properties and the way deals are done, said Anuj Puri chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.’s Indian operations.

Market transparency could get a further boost soon if India’s new government goes ahead with plans to improve real estate regulations.

“Later this year India is likely to enact the Real Estate Regulation Bill, which seeks to improve regulation over real estate agents and the quality of land registry records,” the report said.

via Indian Property Market Takes A Small Step Out of the Shadows – India Real Time – WSJ.

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22/01/2014

China’s Real-Estate Investment Boom Set to Continue in 2014 – China Real Time Report – WSJ

Chinese real-estate investors made a name for themselves abroad in 2013, picking up big-ticket projects from New York to London, and that momentum is poised to pick up this year.

“In the late 1980s, we noticed every second deal was done by the Japanese, and in the 1990s, it was investors from the Middle East,” said Alastair Hughes, chief executive officer of Asia Pacific at property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalleJLL +1.99%. “We’re seeing the beginning of such a wave in China.”

Chinese outbound commercial real-estate investment is estimated to exceed $10 billion this year, after it doubled to $7.6 billion last year from 2012’s $3.3 billion, according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle. Rival brokerage Colliers International is more bullish, saying it expects Chinese investors to spend at least twice as much on overseas property assets this year as last year.

“Chinese investors are very active in every major market in the world, and part of that has to do with government policy on overseas investment becoming less restrictive,” Mr. Hughes said.

Aside from the stronger yuan, which makes purchases abroad cheaper, Chinese investors also are heeding the old adage don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

via China’s Real-Estate Investment Boom Set to Continue in 2014 – China Real Time Report – WSJ.

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04/01/2014

Tiny Loans for Tiny Homes – India Real Time – WSJ

From what began as a small experiment helping slum dwellers buy homes in Mumbai, Micro Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. has grown into a multi-million dollar business making loans across the country.

The Mumbai-based company, which gives low-income households loans to buy homes, now operates in more than 15 cities, with Coimbatore, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, being the most recent addition just last month.

“Housing finance companies focus on serving the top 3% to 5% of the population because it’s easier and cheaper,” to give big loans to rich people, said Madhusudhan Menon, chairman of Micro Housing Finance. “No one wants [low income] customers who don’t have documentation of their income.”

The lack of home loans to those most in need of them is one of the main reasons more than 90% of India’s acute housing shortage of around 19 million units falls on the urban poor, according to a report released by real-estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.

For most of the urban poor, owning an apartment with reliable electricity or even a water connection is out of reach even if they have a regular income because banks refuse to give the poor housing loans.

More than 41% of the population of the megacity of Mumbai lives in slums, defined as residential areas unfit for human habitation due to dilapidation, over-crowding, poor ventilation and lack of sanitation facilities, according to government estimates. That figure could be brought down sharply if builders constructed affordable housing for the city’s hardworking poor and housing finance companies gave them long-term home loans.

via Tiny Loans for Tiny Homes – India Real Time – WSJ.

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