Investment in real estate remains a most profitable proposition in India, Economic Times
Overall, the returns on long term, say around 15 years, are almost 15% compounded annually. These kinds of returns are hard to come by from any other asset class.

Wall Street wants to securitize home lease payments. CNNMoney
At a time when higher returns on Treasury securities and stock dividends are hard to come by, Wall Street has been turning to the market for rental homes. America’s housing market is of course still quite a mess, but large institutional investors have been snapping up foreclosures on the cheap with plans to turn properties into rentals — and then profit when the housing market makes a comeback.

Jones Lang LaSalle on FDI in Retail in India
FDI will be a powerful catalyst to the required growth in the retail industry and, in long term, will prove beneficial to all the major stakeholders. The new policy can benefit both foreign retailers and their Indian partners.

CBRE on Home sales in India
Home sales have fallen during the first half of 2012 in all major cities, including National Capital Region (NCR), Mumbai and Bangalore, as buyers postponed purchases in anticipation of cut in interest rates

Knight Frank Releases Global House Price Index
Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index is published quarterly and tracks the performance of mainstream national housing markets around the world.

Global house prices rose by 1.1% on average in the three months to June 2012, which represents the index’s strongest quarterly rise since Q4 2009.

PropertyWire reports buying house cheaper then renting in UK
The cost of buying a home in the UK is now almost a fifth lower than renting, according to research by leading lender the Halifax.

Indian Finance Ministry and bankers agree to resolve funding woes of realtors, Economic Times
Cash-strapped realty players today sounded upbeat after the Finance Ministry and bankers agreed to look into their grievances, primarily related to funding.

Shriram Properties buys land from Citi group for Rs 101 crore, Economic Times
Real estate developer Shriram Properties has bought prime land parcels in Bangalore’s Sarjapur and Hyderabad’s Shamirpur from the Citi Group for Rs 101 crore. “The land was a mortgage to Citi Group and was sold at a discounted rate to Shriram Properties as the borrower failed to service the loan


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