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‘Falling sales, high interest rates to moderate property prices’

The consumer appetite for new realty project launches is at an all-time low. Declining property sales coupled with stretched balance sheets are bound to remain a concern in the short-term leading to a moderation in property prices in some markets, says a new report.

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ASK Group to launch $ 200 mn offshore realty fund next month

ASK Property Investment Advisors, the property fund arm of ASK Group, plans to launch $ 200 million (Rs 1,100 crore) international real estate fund next month.

The fund plans to do initial closure in March 2013 and final closure in 12 months after that, said Sunil Rohokale, CEO and managing director, ASK Investment Holdings.

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India, China retail real estate stock to grow 15% per year until 2020: Jones Lang LaSalle

India and China are leading the list of top 20 destinations with the strongest retail real estate momentum with shopping centre stocks here projected to grow by around 15% per year until 2020. However, India falls short of China due to weaker real estate investment momentum and a smaller international retailer presence, international property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle said in a report.

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Interest rate cut not enough to buy property

Like every festive season, this year also has banks and builders coming together with lucrative offers for home buyers. Several banks have cut rates on home loans by 25-50 basis points and real estate developers are offering freebies and discounts on under-construction and ready -for possession properties.

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Second homes remain on the to-buy list

Real estate remains at the top of the buy list for Indian investors. After the first home is bought and paid for, the search for the second one begins.
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Real estate firms revisit plans for smaller cities

Realty firms are revisiting and tweaking strategies for development in India’s smaller cities in a re-run of what was seen during the 2008-09 economic slowdown.

While some large developers are sticking to bigger cities and discontinuing project plans in smaller towns, some are switching from premium to affordable homes to push sales and mixing retail and hotels with pure residential projects to boost demand and spread the risk.

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Investing in real estate? Choose carefully for steady returns

Are the rising real estate prices sowing seeds of doubt in your mind about the future of your proposed investment in residential property? Do you wonder whether the bubble is set to burst and if it is better to wait for prices to fall a little before taking the plunge?

Given the trend of rising property prices over the last few years, the price of the property you have shortlisted will most likely keep going up as you wait.

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'PE investments in realty sector become selective'

Real estate sector in India has witnessed more than $2-billion private equity investments in the last 12 months, with investors treading cautiously, according to real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield.

However, the pattern of investments has changed with the focus on projects nearing completion and also into leasing with selective focus on the retail sector.

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Builders engaging in collaborations

After years of trying to drum down competition, the real estate industry has finally realized the value of collaboration. Just look around you and you see corridors of development all across the country. Take the Golf Course Road, Sohna Road or even the Golf Course Road Extension across Gurgaon and the benefits are there for all to see. When an isolated pocket is developed, it remains in the realm of dirt tracks and bad roads.

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The Indian real estate market - A view from the top

Colin Dyer - Global CEO of international property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle, recently spent a week in India to meet up with key clients and review the company's operations. The following are his real-time observations on the Indian real estate market.

India Investments Vs. The Other BRIC Countries

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