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Kamal Khetan’s Way


wealthymattersIn 2007, when the MMRDA invited bids for its plots in the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Sunteck was the only company that opted for residential plots – all others bid for plots to build commercial projects.

Here’s how Kemal Khetan explains his action:“My observation was that in any business district, the residential segment always commands premium over commercial, whether it’s Manhattan, Hong Kong or NCPA in Mumbai.” 

One of the BKC plots which he bought for 140 crores in 2007 and converted into a residential project, Signature Island, is valued at 1,000 crores by analysts. He has two more similar projects at BKC, each valued around  700 crores. About 65% of the inventory is already sold – buyers include former Citigroup chief executive Vikram Pandit, industrialist Gautum Adani and investment banker Nimesh Kampani – and the remaining is held by the company as it believes the premium will go higher once the projects are completed.

Kamal Khetan is very smart in land acquisition. His land cost to total sales is one of the lowest among Mumbai realtors.He has never gone for trophy properties but has still managed to create high luxury projects.

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RBI On Gold And Housing Prices


wealthymatters.comThe Reserve Bank of India is worried about the rapid rise in housing and gold prices, out-running the inflation rate.

 ”The two markets have not only provided effective inflation hedges, but also enabled savers to earn good real returns amidst high inflation.”

Over the last two years housing price inflation has ranged between 16 – 25% during various quarters. Gold prices have increased at an even faster rate of 14-40%.

However, with housing and gold prices running ahead of inflation, there is a need for containing risks,according to the RBI.

‘While credit to housing and commercial real estate has slowed down, a close vigil is still necessary as housing price inflation has not moderated.”Hence the Reserve Bank will continue to monitor the asset prices ahead from a macro-prudential angle.

Some Real Estate Facts To Mull Over


wealthymatters.com(1)Long term returns from residential real estate

Robert Shiller, by tracking the US home prices data from 1890 concluded that in the longer run, property prices grew at an annualised return of around 3%, just keeping pace with inflation.Housing price rises could not outstrip inflation in the long term because, except for land restricted sites, house prices would tend toward building costs plus normal economic profit.

I have no such data for India.But here is what I can attest to:an ancestral house acquired 120 years ago for 6000 Rupees is now valued at 1.2 crores-an annualized return of about 6%.I think this is close to the long term inflation rate in India.

 

(2)Is home ownership all that it is touted to be?

In a poorer country like Bangladesh, 90% of the houses are owner occupied. Whereas in a richer country like Switzerland, only 33% of the houses are owner occupied.

Europeans are more comfortable with renting compared to Anglo Saxons and we Indians need to decide whose model we choose to follow.Read what Niall Ferguson has to say about property ownership. Read more of this post

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