Where to invest in India: Rajkot, Gujarat

Where to invest in India: Rajkot, Gujarat

Why is Gujarat where to invest in India?

We have seen that compared to other states Gujarat under the leadership of Narendra Modi has experienced rapid double digit growth for the last few years. There are no signs of slowing down either with many new investments in infrastructure underway. The investment opportunities for NRI’s are huge, you just need to know where to invest in India.

Gujarat experienced 11% growth for 2011, higher than China

 Why is Rajkot where to invest in Gujarat

Where to invest in India: Rajkot, GujaratRajkot is the capital of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat and the 4th largest city of Gujarat.

Rajkot is ranked 22nd in The world’s fastest growing cities and urban areas from 2006 to 2020

Rajkot is well placed between the booming Jamnagar port and economic centre of Ahmedabad. In the future once the Dholera SIR is developed it will be within 170km distance.

Jamnagar is home of the Reliance Refinery. Rajkot is between Jamnagar and the motor hub that is developing in Sanand, home to the Tata Nano and other new facilities.

Therefore Rajkot will be a place with increasing commerce and activity, and will hold an increasing significance in region.

 OPPORTUNITY in Rajkot – ACE Riverside

Location:

  • Jamnagar – Rajkot Road
  • near the New Rajkot Cricket Stadium,
  • near the proposed New Airport.
  • Surrounded by 17 acres farm land and the Nyari River.

Property:

  • Two towers of 10 Floors,
  • Each with 4 x 2BHK condos on each floor.
  • Each condo is 1360 sq ft.
  • FREE House Keeping
  • Fully furnished option

Complex

  • Swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Multipurpose Hall with AC
  • Party Lawn
  • Mini Golf
  • Cafeteria

Prices: from INR 32 Lacs

Call today for more information: 07960 344 399

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Read our other articles on Why invest in India over the UK, Special Enterprise Zones and cities such as Jamnagar and Ahmedabad

ACE Riverside was exhibited very successfully at the HDFC India Homes Fair recently

How to get a first time buyer mortgage

Taking out a mortgage for the first time buyer has become increasingly harder since the credit crunch. With the slowdown of the economy, the rules have become more stringent and lenders too have become more particular regarding whom to lend to. There are a few new schemes available too.

First time buyer: Taking out a mortgage

First time buyer mortgage

First time buyer mortgage

The things that you would require to take out first time buyer mortgage are:

  • Good affordability – In order to take out a mortgage even if it is a first time buyer mortgage, it is important for you to have high affordability. This will mean that if you have high affordability, you will also be able to manage to make the timely mortgage payments. Lenders prefer people who have at least more than average or high affordability.
  • Good credit score – It is important for you to have a high credit score so that you can get a mortgage with low interest rate. Without a high credit score, you may not be able to get low interest mortgages.
  • Clean credit report – In addition to high credit score, you should also have a clean credit report with no missed payments. When you apply for a mortgage, lenders pull your credit reports. If you have missed payments, lenders tend to believe that you are not a responsible borrower. Thus, your loan application may get rejected. Check your reports at Experian, Equifax and Call Credit
  • Low debt to earnings ratio – In order to take out a mortgage, you are also required to have a low debt to earnings ratio. This is checked by lenders to decide if you are a responsible borrower.


Other than having these, in order to obtain a mortgage, you will be required to:

  1. Check out different offers – In order to take out a mortgage, it is important for you to check out the different offers by various lenders. You will have to compare and then decide which the best offer is for you.
  2. Use a mortgage calculator – In order to decide on the cost of a mortgage, you can use a mortgage calculator. This can help you in determining which mortgage you can afford to take out.
  3. Get pre-approved – It is good for you to get pre-approved for a mortgage as this can help you to obtain a loan easily enough. Use an a recommended advisor

So, these are the things that you will be required to do in order to take out a mortgage to buy a home for the first time. Look into new schemes like NewBuy and Helpful Start that have recently been launched

For impartial and honest advice and a FREE consultation get in touch with us info@PropVestment.com

 

HDFC India Homes Fair: Where to invest in India

Where to invest in India: Review of HDFC India Homes Fair, London

Today we visited the HDFC India Homes Fair in London’s Hilton Metropole Hotel.

It was an exciting affair and a busy exhibition.

HDFC India Homes Fair: Where to invest in India
HDFC India Homes Fair: Where to invest in India
  • 100s of potential investors
  • over 60 developers from India

All competing to close that deal and strengthen their brand

There were exhibitors from all major states with a huge presence for developments in Gujarat, Delhi and the NCR Belt. With most of the buzz around the Gujarat developers in the areas of Ahmedabad and Varodara.

Exhibitors included, Hiranandani, Ruchi Realty, Othello Group, Isha Homes, Ramprashta, Triveni Infraspace, Ozone Group, CHD Developers, Orris, Sushma Buildtech, Marvel Reators, Lakh Group and Synthesis Spacelinks.

It was nice to see PropVestment’s recommended Nirav Mehta and Dharmesh Doshi from Asset India.
Another project of great interest to us was Othello Groups, Nautilus development with is in the heart of Varodara with a great significance of sustainability and eco-friendly factors.

For any advice or inside contacts and deals for any of the projects please email us on info@PropVestment.com. We can put you in touch with the right people at any of these developers.

Read our recent series on Where to invest in India on Gujarat, Special Enterprise Zones and Satellite Urban Developments.

Overall the HDFC India homes fair is worth a view for any potential investor, but we do advise you to look around, talk to others who have invested and take professional advice.

 

 

Where to invest in India - Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Trends in the Indian Property Market: Where to invest in India- Part 3: Developing cities in Gujarat- Ahmedabad

 Where to invest in India

PropVestment took a few weeks off from its London to find out where to invest in India. We took a look at a number of factors in a property market that differs that in UK greatly. So far we has discussed, SEZs, Satellite Urban Villages and now the capital city, Ahmedabad

We are sharing some of the observations made in India and how these must be interpreted by a Property Investor and how they should affect your decisions with regard to investments in India.

Fact:

While the Indian economy is expanding at a rate of 8%, Gujarat has a growth rate of over 12%, the highest among all the Indian States. As per a July report in the Economist, the infrastructure in Gujarat can compete with that of Guangdong, the economic capital of China. The implication of this is that if you wish to invest in India, the best place at present would be Gujarat as it has an excellent growth rate and infrastructure. The major growth in Gujarat occurs in its upcoming and developing cities like Ahmedabad.

Where to Invest in India – Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad:

Ahmedabad is the commercial center of Gujarat. It is the largest city in Gujarat and has a booming textile industry. It is important in the industrial sector as it houses numerous textile and chemical industries. It is developing rapidly and boasts of notable architecture and large roads with urban planning. It has amazing tourist spots and fabulous shopping centers. The city is known for its education as it has famous institutes including NID, NIFT, IIM-A, and IHM.

  • Where to invest in India - Ahmedabad, Gujarat

    Where to invest in India – Ahmedabad, Gujarat

    Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing Tier II cities in India

  • Strong NRI investments have led to price rises in the real estate market in recent years

  • Ahmedabad is marked for steady growth in the coming years. Residential property ranges between Rs.600 in Ahmedabad North to over Rs.1200 on Ring Road currently.

  • Taking advantage of high local population, major builders have laid out commercial projects for the city to accommodate retail malls and luxury hotels.

  • The State Government’s vision is to develop Ahmedabad into a world class city through reforms and infrastructure development. Its mission to make the city clean, livable, productive and self sustaining has led to the setting up of IT parks in and around Ahmedabad.

  • With property available at very competitive rates, Ahmedabad is a sound place for real estate investment. The progressive policies of the state government in pushing for SEZs, an organized workforce, considerable investment from NRIs, and the enterprise of the local population will sustain the upward trend the city is experiencing.

 What does this mean? Where to invest in India?

As an investor, you must note that investments in the metropolitan cities of India are not advisable as the rates of urban migration in these cities is very high, which makes them over- priced.

As India is a growing economy, it is best to invest in those states which have growth rates. As Gujarat tops this list, it is top priority. In Gujarat, a great part of the growth occurs in developing cities such as Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad is well connected to the rest of the country and has potential for high return on investments made. Due to its booming industry in terms of infrastructure, industry, education, transport and tourism, the city is the right choice for property investments in Gujarat.

However with most developments in India you must take caution and vet the project appropriately.

Many UK residents do have links in the region so that is advantageous too.

Like Ahmedabad there is also great opportunities in Rajkot, Vadodara, and in particular Gandhinagar where it is dubbed as the new capital of Gujarat and very close to Ahmedabad.

 READ

Part One : Where to Invest in India: Satellite Urban Villages
Part Two : Where to Invest in India: Special Enterprise Zones

Barclays Family Affordability Plan & Helpful Start for the First Time Buyer

A Helpful Start for the first time buyer

Barclays helping the first time buyer

Barclays has introduced a new mortgage scheme. Helpful Start is part of their Family Affordability plan. It  allows parents to help their children with mortgages in a way not seen before. A parent’s income is also taken into consideration when applying for the mortgage  without them being on the property deeds.

The scheme is available across all of the lender’s mortgage range, including its NewBuy product.
It enables parents to help their children get on or to move up the property ladder through a joint mortgage without giving a lump sum away.
If the mortgage is approved, all parties will be liable for the monthly payments. The parents will appear on the mortgage but they won’t be co-owners of the property.

Helpful Start is however  not available in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Family Affordability Plan

When considering to lend to a first time buyer, lenders look at three criteria

  1. Affordability
  2. Credit Worthiness
  3. Loan to Value

The Family Affordability Plan and Helpful Start tackles the first criteria, which has significantly made it difficult for first time buyers to get on property ladder. It will not alter the amount the customer can borrow.

When the first time buyer is ready to manage the mortgage on their own, they can remove their parents from the mortgage by remortgaging soley in their name in traditional way.

There has been a reduction in the number of guarantor-type products in the market over the past few years, this scheme is a step in the right direction.

Ash Shah, Crystal Financial Services

PropVestment always recommends clients use a Independent Mortgage broker like Ash Shah or Crystal Financial Solutions. He comments as follows:

This is a excellent move taken by the High Street lender in a difficult market for first time buyers and those wanting to upscale. Independent Brokers like myself have a wealth of tools available to help clients, and the addition the Family Affordability Plan is a excellent addition to my Tool chest.

PropVestment Conclusion

Helpful Start and the Family Affordability Plan is what first time buyers have been calling for, the last few years have been hard for them to get on the property ladder. We welcome such a scheme and hope other lenders see the light and follow with their own schemes.

READ our first time buyer articles:

For a FREE consultation please contact us info@PropVestment.com , we can help all property investors and first time buyers

Trends in the Indian Property Market: Where to invest in India -Part two: SEZs, Special Economic Zones & Jamnagar, Gujarat

As mentioned in part one of this series of articles Trends in the Indian Property Martket: Where to invest in India, PropVestment spent some time recently in India and in particular in Gujarat. We wanted to analyse the Indian property market and find out where to invest in india, for the most secure and profitable investments.

Here are some facts we found out.

What is an SEZ, Special Economic Zone

SEZ Jamnagar: Reliance Refinery

Special Economic Zone is a particular area inside a state which acts as foreign territory for tariff and trade operations. Government provides tax exemption (IT, Excise, customs, sales), subsidised water and electricity.

SEZ helps in the development of infrastructure of the area around the SEZ, provides employment to people, makes the exports more viable. All this will helps the country’s products to become more competitive vis-a-vis providing all round development of region.

If 100 acres are allocated for SEZ, then only 30-35% of area is used for setting up plants. rest of the area is used to provide housing facilities, malls, multiplexes etc.
Tax exemption is for specific period say for 10 yrs or so.


FACT:
Gujarat has developed a reputation as the fastest developing state in India, especially since the reign of Narendra Modi and huge amounts of FDI that has been attracted to the state.
Here in the UK there are many NRI Gujaratis that often try investing back home in the state or wish to have an asset base back home in Gujarat. This is not to say that this is only an investment option for Gujaratis, but rather for anyone looking for strong secure returns on their investment.

 

Where to Invest in India: Jamnagar, Gujarat

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN:

Why Jamnagar is where to invest in India

  • Jamnagar is one of the most significant cities in the state of Gujarat. The city’s real estate sector  has got a massive boost, bolstered by a handsome investment of Rs 45,000 crore in development of Special Economic Zones

  • It is coined as the “Oil City of India” with Reliance and Essar Oil refineries and associated industries.

  • Jamnagar real estate is expanding with ground breaking projects, which makes the city an ideal place to invest and live in. Noticing the promise in Jamnagar, a multitude of property developers are eyeing the plots in Jamnagar for construction purpose.

  • Rental returns are equally healthy in the city which can range from Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 per month for 2BHK (two bedrooms, hall and kitchen) & 3BHK units.

  • The increasing employment opportunities in the city are also pushing up property values in rentals in Jamnagar.

  • Gujarat is also grabbing attention from the NRI populace settled in different overseas locations. The property developers in Jamnagar are designing exclusive schemes, and establishing overseas marketing offices to tempt the deep pocketed NRIs

  • Jamnagar is seeing breakneck industrialisation which has sent the rates for commercial and residential land in the city rise dramatically. Areas on the outskirts of the city like Khambhaliya Road and Lalpur Road are talking of land prices in the range of Rs 500 per sq metre — a 100 per cent jump in a year and still rising.

  • Residential property prices in Jamnagar have doubled in the past 18 months. The surrounding areas of the city will also boom.

  • Residential property in the city boasts of an exceptional “quality of life” for the residents. This is one of the reasons why it is selling fast. The rental market in Jamnagar is also looking promising.

CONCLUSIONS

Like many other cities in Gujarat, Jamnagar is a very promising prospect especially due to the economic progress made due to the SEZ and the major oil refineries. However with most developments in India you must take caution and vet the project appropriately.

Many UK residents do have links in the region so that is advantageous too.

When looking at a project analyse the future development prospects, proximity to transport links and employment opportunities.

Also maybe some part of Jamnagar, its a little too late, the capital appreciation has already occurred, look out instead for neighbouring areas, or other towns where huge infastructure or industrial projects are getting approved.

Like Jamnagar there is also great opportunities in Rajkot, Vadodara, and in particular Gandhinagar where it is dubbed as the new capital of Gujarat.

READ our Part One of this Series : Where to Invest in India: Satellite Urban Villages

McHugh Auction February 2012: The London property market is definitely active

McHugh Auction London

On Thursday 22nd February PropVestment attended the McHugh Auction at BAFTA in Piccadilly. Majority of the lots were residential properties in London. Therefore the results tell an interesting story about the property market activity in London, which is in contrast to other parts of the country.
The observations will be of interest to property buyers, sellers and first time buyers alike.

If we look at all 34 lots, the average highest bid price was £339k, at an average of 14% over the guide price. However with the highest bids, there were still around a third, so 10 properties where the reserve was not met.

Taking out the ones that did not sell, the average selling price was £260k, which was an average of 21% over the guide.
What this shows that the lower value properties or smaller properties sold much better and achieved a much higher price than anticipated shown by the higher percentage over guide.
This also showed that investors are wary of higher value properties and more importantly for these higher value lots sellers want a much higher price and will not settle for less.
For example many of the RNM lots were multiple deed lots, that compromised of HMOs or properties with numerous individual flats.

If we isolate the lots where the reserve was not met, the highest bid on average was marginally lower than the guide with an average highest bid £391k.

McHugh Auction Bargains

  • Studio in Muswell Hill, sold for only £66k, short lease of 58 years but a rental yield at this price of 11%
  • 3 Bed house on Finchley Road, NW2 sold for £320k
  • 3 Bed House, with Annex with 1 Bed sold for £250k in Enfield. Potential to separate deeds and refinance

McHugh Auction Bank Busters

  • Freehold lot with a commercial and 3 flats in Harringay, sold at £750k, 36% over guide
  • 8 Bed HMO in Mornington Cresent, sold  25% over guide at £1.03m
  • 2 Bed Maisonette in Oakwood as seen in our post a couple weeks ago. Short lease with renewal option, Sold 87% over guide at £187k. Lease extension will cost almost £40k.

Conclusions

London market activity is always an exception to rules, there was a greater activity but also positives and negatives seen. Some lots sold, some did not. All about right property, right location. Trend is for smaller properties to be more fluid and easier to buy and sell.
There may be some first time buyers looking for last minute deals on lower value lots before the stamp duty is re instated.

See our other recent article on Auctions:

Allsop Results 

Barnard Marcus

McHugh Auction February 2012: The London property market is definitely active

McHugh Auction London

On Thursday 22nd February PropVestment attended the McHugh Auction at BAFTA in Piccadilly. Majority of the lots were residential properties in London. Therefore the results tell an interesting story about the property market activity in London, which is in contrast to other parts of the country.
The observations will be of interest to property buyers, sellers and first time buyers alike.

If we look at all 34 lots, the average highest bid price was £339k, at an average of 14% over the guide price. However with the highest bids, there were still around a third, so 10 properties where the reserve was not met.

Taking out the ones that did not sell, the average selling price was £260k, which was an average of 21% over the guide.
What this shows that the lower value properties or smaller properties sold much better and achieved a much higher price than anticipated shown by the higher percentage over guide.
This also showed that investors are wary of higher value properties and more importantly for these higher value lots sellers want a much higher price and will not settle for less.
For example many of the RNM lots were multiple deed lots, that compromised of HMOs or properties with numerous individual flats.

If we isolate the lots where the reserve was not met, the highest bid on average was marginally lower than the guide with an average highest bid £391k.

McHugh Auction Bargains

  • Studio in Muswell Hill, sold for only £66k, short lease of 58 years but a rental yield at this price of 11%
  • 3 Bed house on Finchley Road, NW2 sold for £320k
  • 3 Bed House, with Annex with 1 Bed sold for £250k in Enfield. Potential to separate deeds and refinance

McHugh Auction Bank Busters

  • Freehold lot with a commercial and 3 flats in Harringay, sold at £750k, 36% over guide
  • 8 Bed HMO in Mornington Cresent, sold  25% over guide at £1.03m
  • 2 Bed Maisonette in Oakwood as seen in our post a couple weeks ago. Short lease with renewal option, Sold 87% over guide at £187k. Lease extension will cost almost £40k.

Conclusions

London market activity is always an exception to rules, there was a greater activity but also positives and negatives seen. Some lots sold, some did not. All about right property, right location. Trend is for smaller properties to be more fluid and easier to buy and sell.
There may be some first time buyers looking for last minute deals on lower value lots before the stamp duty is re instated.

See our other recent article on Auctions:

Allsop Results 

Barnard Marcus

Allsop Residential Auction February 2012: Results, Analysis & Conclusions – PropVestment

PropVestment provides a brief but insightful analysis of the results from Allsop Residential Auction in February 2012. We spent some time attending on behalf of a client looking to make a cash investment.

Allsop Residential Auction Headlines

  • 90% success for all lots in London and South East.
  • AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy) yields over 10% 
  • Northern England struggling
Allsop Residential Auction

90% success rate at Allsop Residential Auction for London and South East

As you can see with the above chart, London as shown by the M25 statistics shows that over 90% auction success with an average price of £324,074. South East and South West also sold well with almost similar success rates however the values were significantly lower.

The worst success was the North East and Northern Ireland. The North East had the lowest success and the lowest average value for the Mainland. This means that this part of the country is the worst effected and the limited activity shows that even bargain hunting investors are staying well way.
The Northern Ireland results could be attributed to problems in mainland Ireland, however with only 6 lots that all sold, the data set is very limited.

Rental yields above 10% , investors market

The main information to be taken from these statistics is that most sales are investments for rental yields, with ASTs demanding lower prices but therefore higher yields. This can be attributed to risk factors.

An interesting stat is that sites with planning permission had a very low success rate, there are buyers there but sellers are keeping a high reserve on these.

CONCLUSIONS

As with previous auction articles like Auctions are for sellers we see similar stats here, majority of lots in London and South East sell well at high prices, however the rest of the market is struggling.
Auctions are for experienced investors and sellers, and not currently for first time buyers. 

*Graphics from www.allsops.co.uk Allsops Residential Auction