In an interview with Business Standard’s Nivedita Mookerji, CB Richard Ellis South Asia’s Anshuman Magazine explains why he sees robust growth for the sector which has been hit hard by the pandemic
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Q: I will start by asking you for the history of Covid. What really happened to the Indian real estate sector at that time?
>The first impact of the Covid containment was on the constructions in progress
>Another impact on the sector has been slow decision-making by investors, due to uncertainties
Q: But, you know, they say there was a bit of a hit in the real estate industry and it wasn’t really a hit. Is this a correct assessment?
>The impact of the prolonged confinement could have been much worse for the real estate sector
> Recovery was substantial in a short time
Q: When you say salvage, are you talking about residential or commercial space?
>Recovery noted in all real estate segments
>The recovery in the residential sector started to accelerate first, due to pent-up demand
>Low interest rates have also boosted demand in the residential sector
>The office market in India is mainly driven by technology companies
Q: In your recent outlook report, you charted a growth path for Indian real estate in 2022. Are you betting more on ads or residential space this year?
>Expects the residential sector to thrive as people increasingly seek a better quality of life
>Office space should do better than last year
>Real estate in India expanding on the logistics side
>Data centers, co-living spaces and student accommodation come back to life after Covid restrictions
Q: Isn’t office space the trickiest? Because you don’t know if it will be a hybrid model or if it will be a return to the office. There are always mixed signals. So many companies gave up office space during the pandemic. So how is it going ?
>The hybrid working model is here to stay
>Tech companies in India are growing
> Young people want to go to work
>Tech companies, BPOs and software development companies can take advantage of many facilities when employees work from their desks
Q: There was an interesting survey recently in which around 50% of the samples said they would prefer real estate to any other asset class like gold or stocks. Do you think trust is real?
>Confidence is real especially in Asia, where the state of mind is a physical asset that gives maximum comfort to most investors
>Real estate is an essential part of diversified investing
> Historically, returns on investment in real estate have been unprecedented in India
>Since this is a globally undersupplied market, real estate investment will continue to generate returns
> Anyone investing in real estate must make an informed decision
Q: It’s interesting that you talk about informed decisions. Recently, there was a case of Supertech, which went bankrupt. There are other bad stories in real estate. So where is the control and is there any cleaning going on in the area?
>Too much regulation slows down development, but RERA regulations must be followed
>Investors and homebuyers should do their due diligence before investing in real estate
Q: Finally, a question about pricing. There has been a buzz that building material prices are on the rise. Do you see real estate prices increasing in the short term?
>Prices are expected to increase, but it is difficult to calculate how much
>The reason for rising prices, besides demand, is inflation
> The cost of inputs has increased
> Abnormal price increases are not likely to occur
First published: Wednesday, March 30, 2022. 08:30 IST