• 27Dec

    At a juncture when both capital and rental values of residential property in Mumbai are touching skies, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authoritys (MMRDAs) announcement for building five lakh low-cost houses brings in a ray of hope for those dreaming for their own house in the fairyland.

    Residential rentals in Mumbai have been escalating for the past several years due to limited availability and soaring demand, and most of the tenants wished if they could buy a house and replace the rental payments with loan installment. However, this wish was hardly fulfilled with the kind of price range Mumbai properties have been carrying.

    Consider this, some few months back, 2 BHK apartment units in Cuffe Parade (South Mumbai) were being leased out for Rs 45,000 to Rs 80,000 per month. But today, the same size apartment in the same area on rent will easily cost a sizeable Rs 1.25 lakh a month.

    Rental rates are soaring in others areas as well. For instance, in Bandra 2 BHK apartment now comes with a price of Rs 90,000 per month, a few months back the same property was valued for Rs 25,000-Rs 40,000 a month. Besides the rentals in Vashi, a middle-class locality in Navi Mumbai has also gone up to Rs 20,000 per month as compared to Rs 12,000 per month, two years ago for a 2 BHK apartment flat. Even semi furnished apartments down the much desired Palm Beach Road are available for as much as Rs 18,000 per month.

    Though the prices are increasing day by day, not many transactions are taking place. There is a lot of demand but sky rocketing property prices are deferring the buyers from having a home in Mumbai at present, say MK Shah, Mumbai Real Estate agent.

    In the course of all this governments announcement to build five lakh affordable housing units in the city has bought some respite to the prospective buyers. These houses will be made available on rent for people from middle and lower-income groups. The project is likely to come up in the next five years. MMRDA believes that the move will help bring down the cost of housing in Mumbai, media reports.

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  • 18Dec

    Hiranandani upscale, a Mumbai developer Hiranandani Group, is learned to have bought 135 acres in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai for Rs 800 crore. According to a person involved in the transaction, the agreement was signed last month between Hiranandani upscale and three vendors in these cities. “The three parcels of land comprising 80 acres in Bangalore, Chennai 35 acres and 20 acres in Hyderabad,” said the person. Hiranandani Upscale development plans in these cities, townships at a later date.

    The sale of these parcels have been on a farm and Hiranandani premium payment would be in three installments. It is estimated that the company has paid an initial amount (token money). Asked about the deal, Surendra Hiranandani, Managing Director, Hiranandani Group Hiranandani upscale and confirmed to ET the company plans to launch new projects in South India, but refused to share accurate data on trafficking .

    It is learned that the company would raise funds for the operation through private placement to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) level. According to the same person involved in the case, Hiranandani upscale is in talks with four private equity players – three foreign and domestic – to increase fairness in the development of these projects. Mr. Hiranandani said: “We are not able to share information, but can only confirm that we are talking to some players for an EP to a SPV. Hiranandani upscale is an unlisted company, and will focus on projects outside Mumbai, with plans to enter the market in northern India at a later stage.
    The Hiranandani group has plans to develop townships in the three cities on the outline of his plan Powai in Mumbai. Projects in the three cities will focus on the highest income group. It is reported that the projects will begin in two years and could take three years for completion. The operation is important because there are not too many great deals that take place in the real estate sector now. In the recent past, the offers have largely taken place in Mumbai. Last month, DLF sold its stake in its plot MIDC Andheri-Mumbai Rs 200 crore, while in May, DLF has also sold its stake in a property, also in Mumbai. The number of transactions has fallen as a result of the economic slowdown and liquidity.

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