India: The focus of foreign investments
Oct 13, 2018
India has transformed into a prime destination of realty investments in the recent years. According to Knight Frank Active Capital: The 2018 Report, the capital inflow into the Indian real estate market witnessed a jump of 31% to touch $2.6 billion in 2017. Foreign investments in Indian realty increased from USD 3.2 billion during 2011-13 to USD 7.6 billion during 2014-16 - registering a staggering surge of 137%. The robust growth has put India on the 19th spot among 73 countries from around the world.
"India is perhaps the standout example of recent years, with investment growing by 600% since 2012 to reach $2.6 billion in 2017," the much valued report said. More opportunistic capital is chasing emerging markets like India on account of a stable government and implementation of path breaking reforms such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that would formalise the economy.
What are the investors seeking?
The report quotes that the investors are quite diverse and include – private equity, pension funds, sovereign funds, domestic investors, funds from NBFCs and more. For these foreign investors eyeing the Indian realty market, office space and retail are proving to be a great magnet. Together, the two segments account for 72% of the investments, says the report.
Top cities on the chart
While Mumbai attracted major foreign investments of 39% in 2016, prime investment destinations of Gurugram and Noida were close second at 32%. The next and the most obvious was Bengaluru at 11% while Chennai followed suite at 10%. Delhi was at 4%, while emerging hubs of Pune and Hyderabad were at 2% each.
So, it’s time for the Indian investors to join the bandwagon and reap the rewards of the new wave of investments.