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Six Indian cities in top 10 realty investment spots in Asia-Pacific

Real estate investment volume in the region is expected to hit $611 billion this year

Raghavendra Kamath  |  Mumbai 

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Six Indian cities — including Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, and — have found place in the top 10 emerging investment destinations list for the Asia-Pacific.

“Most global this year will be made in commercial office assets. Markets in Bengaluru, Chennai, NCR, Hyderabad, and are well placed to outperform other cities from emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific,” said a report titled ‘Betting on Asia Pacific's next core cities,’ by consultant

Limited investment opportunities in safe haven core markets of Asia-Pacific have prompted investors to turn their attention to secondary and tertiary markets and even to non-core types, said

The consultant used a proprietary tool, strategic location indicator and selected the next core and emerging markets in the region that will offer investors the opportunity to tap into their long-term growth fundamentals, which will become increasingly viable due to sustained reforms. 

Siddhart Goel, senior director, research services at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Asia-Pacific remains a very viable investment target for global capital. After entering in 2005 to 2008 and having learnt many valuable lessons since, global investors are well equipped to take advantage of the potential that Indian markets offer.  The country is firmly on track to become an economic powerhouse, with strengthening GDP (gross domestic product), better business environment and investor-friendly policies”.

Goel said that the developments have resulted in net absorption across the top eight Indian cities to remain in the range of 32-35 million square feet in the last three years even as the share of the IT-BPM sector in commercial office leasing has steadily gone down from 65-70 per cent to 52-55 per cent during this period. “Within APAC, India is expected to continue contributing highly to the total office demand. Consequently, global investors are increasing their capital outlays substantially as they are confident about the long-term prospects of the Indian economy in an environment of increasing transparency and accountability backed by policy reforms such as RERA, REITS, GST, Benami Transactions Act, etc,” he said. 

What’s ahead in APAC?

Cushman said according to its ‘The Atlas Summary 2017’ report, investment volume in the Asia-Pacific is expected to hit $611 billion this year. A total investment value of close to $136 billion in the region in the first quarter of this year, a record quarter high, and is a good indicator of health of investment in in the Asia Pacific region. Pending any unforeseen circumstances in the months ahead, a positive momentum is expected to continue making a banner year for in Asia Pacific.