Takeaways from RICS Conference in Delhi, Nov 2017

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The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act is forcing many developers to revamp their business models. The industry leaders during the RICS Real Estate Conference on 15th Nov 2017 shared that the industry is in “phase of cleaning up”.

Here are some key takeaways from the conference

  1. Developers will now sell by “carpet area” rather than the pre-RERA practice of quoting super built-up area. The business models  would focus on ensuring the already started or completed projects are sold first which would mean that most buyers will be able to see what they are buying. Till last year the thurst was always on pre launches and using the funds collected for other projects or scale up already started projects.
  2. With RERA, developers will be forced to deliver on time and hence might have to use automation there by leading to increased cost of construction. However, this would definitely have a positive impact on the quality of construction.
  3. Unprofessional developers will be spooked out of market there by leading to a level playing field for all.
  4. Post demonitization, sales dropped 36 per cent in India’s top 10 cities on average as per the data from PropEquity stated. While most private equity players are still positive on India story, it seems to be a little longer on time frame for the returns to match what used to be a few years ago.