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India real estate debate: India’s real estate market comes of age

After a few years of underperformance, India’s property market is back on form. Prices are rising in commercial and residential real estate, with demand driven in large part by inward investment from blue-chip US corporates. The next big step is listed onshore real estate investment trusts, set to hit the market in 2019.


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• A strong US economy is encouraging US corporates to lease more office space in India, boosting demand and prices in commercial property

• Across office, retail, industrial and logistics, occupiers are moving away from C-grade and into A-grade warehouses, further amplifying demand

• Foreign investors new to the market are interested in the three ‘Ps’: they want a good partner, a good product and a good price

• Within five years of its launch in 2019, the Reit market in India will be well on the way to being an important asset class

• Risk-adjusted returns are at their highest levels in middle-income housing, as the market has not fully discovered that asset class

• There is unrealized potential in commercial brownfield projects, as well as co-working, co-living and even student housing

• The single goods and services tax has simplified the tax system but raised transaction costs for businesses

• Demand for residential and commercial property is highest in big Indian cities.

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