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Ex-council homes: how to buy a bargain – Telegraph

PropVestment mentioned in the Telegraph Property section: Why Council homes are a bargain

By  7:00AM BST 03 Sep 2012

A new proposal to sell off council housing in some of Britain’s best postcode areas could be a once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity. It is no time for snobbery, says Graham Norwood.

Ex-council house in Essex

This 17th-century former hunting lodge in South Ockendon, Essex, used to be three council homes, and is today a six-bedroom house. It’s on the market through Fine (fine.co.uk) for £449,995.

It is one of the biggest property stories of the year, and an opportunity for bargain hunters like no other. When the Telegraph published an article about selling off council houses, by Neil O’Brien, the director of Policy Exchange, it had no idea what a storm it would create.

Last week’s report argued that if councils sold all the homes which become free in an average year, they could raise £4.5bn in revenue. This money would then be ploughed back into 170,000 new-build properties in cheaper parts of the country. The story provoked plenty of debate. Grant Shapps, the Minister for Housing, called the idea “blindingly obvious”. David Cameron said the proposal was “certainly something [councils] should look at”. Not everyone was happy: some Labour MPs warned that it risked creating ghettoes and ruining local diversity.

But aside from the political to-ing and fro-ing, what does it all really mean for homeowners? If cheap houses become available in some of Britain’s best areas, it could provide golden opportunities for canny investors. Certainly, it is time to end the snobbery and acknowledge the truth. Many local authority homes are fashionable, built to last and brilliantly located. For every hideous tower of cheaply built flats requiring demolition, there are spacious low-rise mansion blocks. These date from the public sector heyday of the Thirties, now considered retro-chic.

Then there are thousands of Victorian and Georgian houses, originally built for private sale. Councils bought them as part of grandiose regeneration schemes, many of which came to nothing. But a sprinkling of 21st-century TLC would return them to their former glory, or even better.

There are substantial profits to be made, as has been seen in areas where council properties have been sold in the past. Camberwell is a good example. A two-bedroom council flat bought here for £44,000 in 1994 recently sold for £214,000. During the intervening years, the area has come up in the world. Where once it was slightly grubby, it is now a fashionable village, home to the musician Florence Welch, as well as actresses Lorraine Chase and Jenny Agutter. If a new sell-off becomes policy, there may be thousands of homes coming on the market in the most desirable parts of the country. Often at bargain-basement prices.

In the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for instance, the average flat costs at least £967,000 and a typical semi-detached house costs more than £12.5m, according to Land Registry figures. Even in this salubrious enclave, however, a quarter of homes are categorised as social housing: owned directly by the council or through housing associations. In Brighton and Hove, there are similar opportunities. A typical detached house costs almost £461,000, and a flat will set you back £197,000. Yet one in every seven properties is in the social sector. Here and elsewhere, a sell-off would mean ex-local authority properties being marketed at prices lower than those for comparable private homes. There would be rich pickings, for those in the know.

“Even in prime condition, ex-council properties sell for 20 per cent less than a similar home next door because of the stigma,” says Geoff Tanner, a private property consultant based in Cambridgeshire. “If it is in poor condition, it could be 30 per cent less. The proposed sell-off would represent a great deal for buyers who get in quick.” Some councils are already encouraging tenants to free-up larger properties. In Devon, more than £700,000 worth of cash incentives have been paid to tenants. This has released 330 homes in areas such as Exeter, Plymouth, rural Devon and the coastal South Hams.


This one-bed, ex-council flat is in Drury Lane in Covent Garden. It is being sold for £437,000 through Chesterton Humberts.

Westminster Council, in central London, has set up CityWest Homes Residential, a service specialising in marketing council homes. Its website, cwhr.co.uk, advertises flats to rent in areas such as Bayswater and says homes for sale are “coming soon”.

With all this activity already ongoing, it’s no surprise that estate agents have greeted the prospect of a sell-off with open arms. They highlight the advantages of council-owned buildings compared with those which have been squeezed by the private market. “Council properties are often well-built with good-size rooms and communal gardens,” says Christopher Saye of Chesterton Humberts. “Red-brick period blocks don’t even look like council properties and generate plenty of interest. They are cheaper than comparable private developments, with far lower service charges.”

During the Eighties, Margaret Thatcher’s Right To Buy initiative allowed tenants to purchase their homes with a discount of up to 70 per cent, if they had lived there for two years or more. Many councils also offered 100 per cent mortgages to encourage buyers. The scheme boosted Britain’s home ownership level from 57 per cent in 1980 to 68 per cent in 2000.

But the sort of sell-off proposed by Policy Exchange would be even more dramatic. It would be an open field, with anyone entitled to buy the flats. Not just those already living in them. “It’s simply good asset management. Some local authorities do this already. We’ve sold properties in high-value areas at auction on behalf of authorities,” explains Yolande Barnes, head of research at Savills and one of Britain’s leading housing experts.

Clearly, there is no shortage of enthusiasts for the quality and good value offered in ex-local authority housing. Nirav Shah, 24, bought a three-bedroom apartment in Waterloo, central London, in 2008 when he was a student. “My father and I looked at lots of properties and none even came close to the former council flat for location, space or condition,” he explains. He now runs a property investment firm called propvestment.com. “I no longer live in the flat, but I rent it to other students. It has been let permanently since I left. Ex-council is a perfect investment,” he adds.

His apartment was one of many built to Parker Morris standards, a planning regime which until the Eighties imposed minimum sizes on public-sector architects and builders. Parker Morris stated that a one-bedroom council flat built for up to two people should have a minimum of 495 sq ft. Try finding that in a modern private flat today. The standards have even got a thumbs-up from London Mayor Boris Johnson, too. After taking office, Johnson promised to “re-establish space standards promoted by the visionary planner Sir Parker Morris”. He argued that this was the only way to “build for the long term. Buildings that people will want to keep for 100 years and not tear down in 30.” Space, location and value: the council-house dream seems almost too good to be true.

But while many are in favour of selling council homes, there are still issues to resolve. “One concern might be tenant displacement,” says Jennet Siebrits of CBRE, a consultancy advising developers and public bodies on housing. She fears new homes built with money from a sell-off would have to be in cheaper areas. “We would need careful analysis about which parts of the UK have the highest demand for social housing,” she says.

There are also concerns that moving council tenants away from their places of work could create pockets of unemployment, and ruin the mix of people which makes Britain so vibrant. Policy Exchange believes, however, that these short-term problems would be outweighed by the benefits of creating half a million new homes in three years.

So will it actually happen? With a Cabinet reshuffle imminent and a relaunch of the Coalition likely at this month’s party conferences, there is an appetite for radical initiatives. And no sector needs them more badly than housing. A boom of new construction would create homes for the needy and jobs for builders, as well as opportunities for people looking to get on the property ladder.

A social housing revolution may be just the economic shot in the arm the country wants. And for keen-eyed individuals, it could be the investment of a lifetime.

Buying an ex-council property: the pros and cons

Pros: 
Price – they usually sell at 20 per cent less than comparable private properties, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Investment – ex-council houses are good for buy-to-let landlords wanting more for their money.
Location – ex-council property is often very central, perfect for transport and nightlife.

Cons:
Outside – tower blocks can look daunting from the street.
Communal areas – there can be disputes over charges and responsibilities if some flats in a block are publicly owned and others private.
Ceiling price – until the stigma dies, ex-council homes will sell at a discount compared to private homes.

Original article link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/9508685/Ex-council-homes-how-to-buy-a-bargain.html

OTHER MUST READS: PropVestment in Daily Mail

 

Sell off expensive council property beneficial to UK property market

Why selling expensive council property is beneficial for the UK property market & economy

Policy Exchange Proposal will boost UK Property Market

Policy exchange proposal for UK property marketLast week the Policy Exchange think tank issued a proposal for councils to sell expensive properties on their asset sheet, and utilise the money raised to build new affordable housing.
Here is a summary of the main points in their report. Expensive housing is categorised by above the average house price.

THE FACTS: Property market & economy benefits

  • – Generate £4.5Bn a year
  • – Create 340,000 jobs
  • – 170,000 new homes, halving the council waiting list
  • – 816,000 houses that are above the national average
  • -The total value of expensive social housing is £159bn (£71.9bn of it in London)

However despite all these positive benefits there has been much protest in the press over the last week. Here are PropVestment’s counter-arguments in favour of this proposal

Sell off expensive council property beneficial to UK property market

Council House worth £2 million

1. Frees up houses for young buyers

If the council sells up certain properties in areas, often they are still reasonably priced than private sector properties. This way younger people can more easily get on the property ladder.
Here is our own example as featured in the Daily Mail a couple years ago. Click here

2. Jobs will be created in the construction sector.

As long as there is a minimum requirement for locally employed people in the construction of the new houses, many jobs will be created, in turn boosting the local economy from the multiplier factor. In essence this proposals releases trapped money stuck in bricks into the local economy, taking funds from private sector into the local economy.

“In essence this proposals releases trapped money stuck in bricks into the local economy, taking funds from private sector into the local economy. “

3. Increase Housing supply

As building a new house is cheaper than buying a new house, this will mean that the money raised from selling one property will mean more than one property being built. Hence relieving the pressures on the housing market. It will mean private landlords having less opportunity to rent to council tenants and therefore, increase supply on the private market reducing the rents in the process. This will benefit the average person who is not a home owner.

4. Argument of disrupting communities is wrong!

New build developments will create new communities with modern facilities too.
There will be more environmentally friendly estates, planned better to provide for the community better.

5. Argument that it will create ghettos is wrong.

There will be new development. It only becomes a ghetto if we make it a ghetto. That is not a flaw in proposal, but one in the people. As long as users respect each other and the community there will be no ghetto created. This is an issue for not for property divisions of government or councils but one for community support and education.

6. Argument that in HMO cases you can not leave a building half used- Wrong

HMO (Houses of multiple occupancy) mean that under the policy as people move out, their rooms will not be refilled as council will want to sell off the property. The argument goes that leaving rooms empty is waste. The rooms can be let on AST style contracts or used for temporary housing. The council uses expensive B&Bs for this currently, why not utilise empty spots in HMOs.

PROPVESTMENT CONCLUSION:  – UK Property Market

This new proposal by Policy Exchange think tank is highly beneficial to the UK property market and economy. It may need refining in a few areas, but the benefits of housing and job creation far outweigh any counter-argument raised so far.

PROPVESTMENT were featured in the TELEGRAPH newspaper on this very topic

READ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/9508685/Ex-council-homes-how-to-buy-a-bargain.html

Sources : Public Service

The top 5 things to look for when property hunting in London

Looking for a new apartment in London is exciting. The capital is a fantastic place to live and is filled with amazing bars, restaurants, attractions and schools. But it’s also big, so the home hunt can get a little bit confusing at times.

I think you can definitely narrow down your list of potential abodes by looking out for five main things in a property. This should quickly whittle down the apartments to a select few that are perfect for your needs. Keep this guide to hand and you’ll be moving into a new home in no time!

1. Public transport

We’d all love to enjoy a gentle morning stroll into the office every morning, but if you work in the city centre and don’t have the bank balance of a millionaire, you’re going to have to compromise and live a bit away from your office. This is why it’s so important to pick an apartment that is close to a bus, London Overground or tube stop. As tempting as it is to live slap bang in the heart of the capital, this will cost you a hefty mortgage deposit, so look at areas on the outskirts.

Wembley, for example, is home to a plethora of tube and Overground stations, such as North Wembley, Wembley Central, Wembley Arena and Wembley High Road. It will take you around 45 minutes to an hour to get to Liverpool Street in the financial district, while the West End is around half an hour away.

2. Bars and restaurants

You won’t want to always have to go into the centre of London in order to enjoy a few drinks and a meal. Staying with Wembley, there’s the Brent Cross Shopping Centre nearby, which has more than 20 places to eat and drink, as well as several restaurants on Wembley High Street. Make sure you walk around the local area and see what establishments are available, even if you’re just after a sandwich shop for a quick bite to eat.

3. Schools

If you don’t yet have little ones running around, it’s still always good to check out what schools are in the area. This not only will increase the value of your apartment should you ever decide to sell, but will also come in handy for when the time comes for you to start a family. The capital boasts some of the best primary and secondary schools in the country, not to mention leading colleges and universities. If you’ve considered moving to Bow, it has dozens of educational establishments, such as Manorfield, Our Lady RC, Mulberry Girls’, George Green’s and Bethnal Green Technology Centre.

4. Green spaces

It’s always lovely to have open spaces near your home, whether to go for a run, to walk the dog or simply to have a picnic with loved ones. Choosing an apartment that is close to a park or public gardens will help you retain its value. One affordable area of London is Greenwich, where you will find Blackheath Common and Greenwich Royal Park.

5. The property’s condition

Your list of apartments might tick all of the above boxes, but if the condition of the property is going to cost you several thousands of pounds to sort out, it might not be worth purchasing it. This is why buying new-build apartments can be a fantastic way to guarantee you won’t have to blow your decor, mortgage payments and utility bills budget on bringing your abode up to modern standards. Look out for new apartments in areas of regeneration, as you’ll often get high-quality accommodation for a lot less than if you were to purchase right in the centre of London.

Further information about affordable apartments can be found here.

If you’ve been house hunting in London, add any useful hints and tips below.

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

Barnett Ross Auction

Development projects selling well: Observations from Barnett Ross Auction

Results from Barnett Ross Auction July 2012

On Tuesday 17th July 2012 PropVestment attended the 60th Barnett Ross Auction in London, to find that the UK property market shows mixed feelings, with development projects selling very well.

  • Buyers demand high yields

  • Sellers demand high prices

  • Development projects sell well, buyers willing to take risks for returns

  • Means market is still slow for traditional sales

Barnett Ross AuctionMost of the properties and lots in this auction were of a commercial or development projects nature.With only 2 of the 69 lots as pure residential. It can be seen as a successful auction on the day with 70% lots sold on or prior, however this is comparatively less to the 92% success to their last auction in May.

 

One of our clients showed interest in a standard commercial and another lot with development potential. We were able to get the commercial lot at a very reasonable price, resulting in a rental yield of 9.6%. The winning bid was over guide but the returns and limited risk meant this was a very good deal for our client. We was expecting more competition however as the lot was just outside the hot market that is London there was less interest from inexperienced investors that have a premium and preference for London only property.

For the other lot that was a risky and uncertain proposition for future development. We advised our client of the potential returns once site was cleared and planning obtained. A strategy was put in place to bid up to 150% of the guide. Unfortunately the lot sold at over 400% guide.

Due to confidentiality we cannot reveal these details but here are some highlights of the auction:

Developments Projects Selling Well

  • Lot 2: Reserve Below £100k, Sold at £170k – Freehold vacant corner property in Ilford
  • Lot 3: Reserve Below £150k, Sold at £700k – Total derelict shop unit with potential for 3 story development in Kings Cross.
  • Lot 61: Reserve Below £175k, Sold at £257k, Vacant office and first floor flat in NW2, potential for 2x one bedroom flats.
  • Lot 67: Reserve Below £7k, Sold at £34k, vacant land and potential for more adjacent as unregistered, potential for house or flats. in SE25

Bargains

  • Lot 23 Sold at £725k, Rental £93k with 2 vacant units – 13% yield with rise possible – Industrial in Tottenham
  • Lot 25 – Sold £215k, Rental £29k – 13.5% yield. – 2 shops in Cheshire.

Sellers Keeping Reserves too high?

Over 22 lots where the reserve was not met, a fair few where the difference was only a few thousand, possibly 1% of the asking price. Some will have sold after but this shows why the market is so slow, sellers holding out at higher prices and buyers and demanding higher yields and so will not pay too high a price.

Please have a read of our analysis of other auctions recently: Brendons, Allsops, Savills and where we feel the roles of auctions have changed 

If you require any assistance or property advice: call us today 07960 344399 for a FREE consultation

info based on observation from the Barnett Ross Auction, data correct as to what was observed.

 

 

Invest in India instead of UK

Why invest in India rather than the UK

Why investing in India has become a better option

Invest in India instead of UKFrom PropVestment’s recent visit to India and the subsequent dealing and observations from the UK property market we have found a strong case to open the mind and change investment strategies and to invest in India

Breaking this into two arguments, one a basic economic one based on macro observations and trends, and then a more micro one with the current property climate and lending situation in the UK.

Why invest in India – Macro: Economics

Population: Indian population growing by around 16 million a year
This mean there is a continued demand for new housing. Furthermore the average household size is falling so this makes demand even greater.

Income & Growth: with over or close to double digit growth.
The growing affluence means upgrading housings, smaller family units, means demand is rising.
Gujarat has experienced double digit growth and shows no signs of slowing down with huge infrastructure projects. These include new cities like Dholera in an SIR (Special Investment Region) and SEZ (Special Enterprise Zone)

Indian government are spending to develop:

  • High-speed rail freight lines.
  • Power plants to supply an additional 4,000 megawatts.
  • Three new sea ports.
  • Six new airports.
  • 12 new industrial clusters, and more.

Increasing Indian middle class — 500 million and growing
Spending their newly-earned money, ramping up retail sales growth that should average 13% or more for the next several years. This means demand for houses and retail space ultimately increases too.

Overall the Indian property market is one of capital growth rather than rental yields. Basic economics of demand and supply states that with demand rising so much, prices will keep rising, therefore there is plenty of capital gains to be made.

Why invest in India -Micro: UK Property market vs India

UK Prices:
House prices remain very high as sellers do not accept the new market house price levels and are holding out. This results in a sale not happening so the roll over sale doesn’t happen and the market stagnates.
Further the high prices have out priced many first time buyers.

UK Lending:
Even though new products such as Helpful Start and other schemes to encourage lending have come on the market, lending is still very tight. The criteria has stopped many who would have previously got a mortgage, unable to do so.

Risks Vs Returns:
Risks in India used to be fairly high, however now with legal contracts, a stronger financial and legal system it is almost as safe as the UK.
Further with your returns not coming primarily from rentals, the risk of rent is not significant.
The risks in UK have risen with higher risk of rental default as well as in some areas uncertainty with future prices. Overall the risk and reward scenario was very different across these two markets. However they are now coming together with returns significantly higher in India.

 

Criteria

UK

India

Average minimum Capital needed

£50k

£20k

Expected Annual Price rise

5%

20%

Risk

Medium

Medium

 Why invest in India -Proposal

For the young investor or experienced we believe India is a fantastic opportunity.

For the young investor or first time buyer we suggest that if you do not have enough saved for a deposit in the UK, invest in India where you can pull out within 12-24 months and then with the returns you will have enough to buy your property in the UK.

For the experienced investor, you can make significant returns in an hassle free way.

We can advise on many investment options from the top Indian developers with plots of land in excellent locations starting from under £20k.
We have links to Hiranandani, Othello, Synthesis, Ajmera, ACE, Bakeri, Gala and more….

Call us today for FREE advice to explore your options.

Slow London auction market: Observations from Brendons Auction


Brendons Auction, London Ealing Hotel, Wednesday 11th July 2012

Brendons Auction

Today PropVestment attended the Brendons auction with a client looking to bid on a lot.
As usual we had done our homework in terms of reading all the legal packs and researching rental and resale value of potential buys.

What was very surprising when we got there, expecting 400 people like the last Brendons auction was only around 30 people. Further 7 of the 18 lots “SOLD PRIOR” or “WITHDRAWN”.

Ultimately only 2 of the remaining lots sold, both of which went considerably over guide.  Both were development potentials that needed substantial work to be done in them. Our client unfortunately got outbid with the sale going 30% over guide.
All the other 9 lots, thats 50% were “UNSOLD” due to reserves not met or no bids whatsoever.

Property Market Analysis:

  • Sellers holding out at unrealistic prices.
  • High reserves show low confidence in market prices and auction mechanism.
  • Sellers bidding mainly on “bargain” or “distressed” properties with a quick refurb and resell in mind.
  • Low attendance, means low volumes in market, potentially as finance remains scarce.
  • There were no under 30s bidding. Mean no first time buyers.

It is clear the property market is struggling, finance must be opened out. People with finance are extra cautious. They are only investing where there are strong returns at low risk.

Uptill now we have seen all the auctions we have visited and analysed as booming with high sales and lots of people, seems like that hype is slowing. Possibly as this was not in central London there was lack of presence of cash rich overseas investors.

This is a huge change from earlier in 2012 when we observed booms: Auction are for selling . We also have analysis from Allsop and McHugh and Savills

We currently have many off the market properties in London, please contact us for exclusive deals. We do not publish  everything online. Email info@PropVestment.com
Many below market value deals and development projects.

“There is always an opportunity to make money in property”

 

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.

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