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DLF major beneficiary of retail FDI policy and favorable macro trends: Motilal Oswal

India's largest real estate firm is one of the major beneficiaries of recent policy reform allowing 51% foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail and also an expected rate downcycle, says a report by brokerage firm Motilal Oswal.

For DLF, the recent announcement of 51% FDI in multi-brand retail and relaxation of FDI norms in single brand retail will have a positive impact on demand for retail real estate space.

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Low-cost homes that roll off like in a car assembly line…

Even as crumbling infrastructure, government apathy and rising costs have paralysed India’s real estate sector, affordable housing – which was the flavour of the season following the slowdown in 2008 – seems to have lost its allure among developers.

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Overseas funds turn project-specific in real estate

Interest of overseas funds in the Indian real estate sector is intact but they have turned their focus on specific projects instead of pumping the money at one go, according to Sanjay Dutt, executive managing director, South Asia, of Cushman & Wakefield.

About $2 billion private equity had come into the real estate sector in the past two years and funds were keen to make investments after going through the value proposition of individual projects, he said here on Wednesday.

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Govt’s laxity inflates realty rates in Ahmedabad

The unprecedented response to the Congress’s ‘Ghar nu Ghar’ promise is proof of how unaffordable housing has become for the common people in Gujarat cities. In Ahmedabad, houses have become costlier by 8-9 times in the last 12 years. Interestingly, the state government’s ‘policy paralysis’ is held responsible for the sky-rocketing property prices in city.

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Chintels Announces Real Estate Projects of over 5 million sq. ft. in New Gurgaon

In view of the rising demand in the realty sector, Chintels India Ltd., a real estate development company, with an extensive presence in Delhi and NCR has announced the launch of over 5 million square feet of residential and commercial development projects valued at around Rs 3500 crore in current market rates.

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Second-generation developers shape new realty skyline

Raheja Developers Chairman and MD Navin Raheja had almost given up hope of a JV with Arabtec, the construction firm known for having built the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. That was when his son Nayan stepped in.

Nayan, 29, took charge of the project last year. Soon after, Arabtec signed on the dotted line for a venture with Raheja Developers in Nove-mber 2011 at a contract value of Rs 1,000 crore, with an aim to replicate the Burj heights in India.

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Demand for office space in Pune shrinks

The demand for office space in the city has gone down considerably in recent months in the midst of global and domestic uncertainties. The lull in the commercial office space market is expected to persist over the near term as the corporate and industrial sector exercise caution with their expansion plans, say reports from real estate advisory firms.

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Construction rises 11% in Q1

Despite high interest rates and land acquisition woes, construction activities in the quarter ended June grew at a 19-quarter high of 10.9 per cent, against 3.5 per cent in the year-ago period.

Players and analysts attributed the rise in construction to execution of road projects awarded by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) last year. Analysts said real estate developers focused on completing existing projects; they did not line up for new ones.

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GMR, GVK, DLF: Who will survive India Inc’s Great Infra Firesale?

Even before the government launches its own disinvestment plans, India Inc has launched its own mother-of-all disinvestments.

From airports to telecom towers to road projects to urban real estate, infrastructure has become too hot for the private sector to handle as most companies are overloaded with debt. Big chunks, or even entire projects and companies, are on the block.

Here’s a sampler of what’s on offer in the firesale.

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FDI in multi-brand retail to boost mall space demand, say real estate developers, consultants

The government's decision to operationalise FDI in multi-brand retail would help the realty sector as the move would create demand for retail space and boost mall development in the country, real estate developers and property consultants said.

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