Overview of the Rental Property Market in India

By: Smantha Sen

After information technology, the property or real estate rental sector is the most dynamic sector in the Indian business scenario today. Major factors that are responsible for bringing about this change include, increasing popularity of electronic commerce among people, growth in information technology/information technology-enabled services industry, emergence of India as an important investment centre in the world market, growth in foreign direct investments and others.
This budding sector is today witnessing development in all its major segments like, , retail and in all of the metropolitan cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
At present the country's commercial and residential real estate market has a price tag of about $50 billion, and is expected to grow 25% in a yearly basis. This growth in the property market is being led largely by the rapid expansion of its information technology industry and the simultaneous growth in the purchasing power of the Indian middle class.
Major growth is being witnessed by the commercial property sector as more and more multinational companies are entering the Indian market.

Foreign information technology and customer services companies of the BPO sector are renting large commercial spaces in order to expand their business process in India.
The growth and the highly mobile nature of the Indian middle class have brought about a boom in the residential real estate segment. Today, people are ready to pay large sums as rent for apartments, flats and homes in metros. The rapid rise in the number of lessee has been compensated by reciprocal growth in the number of lessor. People have come to know the residential real estate as an important investment option. Today, they are investing heavily in the residential real estate market and leasing their homes and apartments for rent and this has further boosted the property rental sector in India.
Moreover, the key factor behind the sudden rise of the Indian real estate sector is the changing policy of the Indian government toward foreign direct investment and joint ventures. The Indian government is relaxing and is keen to liberalize its trade regulations for multinationals.
So, from investors point or price everything is gearing up for a rapid growth in the property rental sector in the next few years. For those who are interested to invest in India this seems to be the right time.

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