Tuesday, 10 November 2015

What makes Bengaluru attractive investment destination?

According to a recent study by real estate and property service provider Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Bengaluru has been ranked among top 20 technology-rich cities. With the rise in Namma Metro project, better connectivity through public transport, prominent startup culture and high growth potential, Bengaluru is emerging as a paradise for property investment.
According to property consultants Knight Frank India, Bengaluru has emerged as the second largest property market in terms of the growth in apartment sales, surpassing bigger markets like National Capital Region in the first half of 2015. Bengaluru sold 22,234 residential units as compared to 14,250 units in NCR, 15,524 apartments in Pune and 9,091 units in Chennai.  The city has witnessed highest new launches as compared to the top eight cities in the country with 21,400 units launched in the first half of 2015.

Bengaluru is also known as the Silicon Valley of India, the name the city acquired after the IT (Information technology) revolution. The city emerged as the IT hub in 1990s, with setting up of various technologies and multinational firms. Bengaluru has aided India’s debut on the ‘City Momentum Index’ (CMI) Top 20 list - an annual survey carried out by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) globally. It reinforced the city’s status of being one of India’s premier technology centres.  A United Nations report titled ‘State of the World’s Cities’ praised Bengaluru’s IT revolution. It is also interesting to note the development and transformation this city has witnessed over the years.
Biotechnology is currently a rapidly expanding field in the city. The startup culture has become a distinctive feature of the city.  Bengaluru has been the focal ground for various successful startups. This has widened the scope of employment opportunities and led to the development of multi-cultural population with sound infrastructure.
As one of the fastest growing cities, Bengaluru is emerging as an ideal location for education and research as well. Every year Bengaluru attracts a sizeable student population from pan-India. The city is also a home to several International education institutes. Bengaluru has more than 125 R&D centres in the field of core engineering, information technology, basic and applied sciences, etc. The city is one of the top choices for engineering students and aspirants. Many Indian and foreign IT and manufacturing companies have their R&D centres here. Bengaluru is also known as a centre for health tourism. Bengaluru is, thus, full of opportunities for everyone.
As compared to other metropolitans across India, real estate is doing fairly well in Bengaluru. The city’s real estate sector is one of the desirable markets across India. A recent report by Bank of America (BofA) Merrill Lynch showcases that Bengaluru’s housing is attractive due to its affordability. The outskirts are potential market to tap into. The prime emphasis is on the outskirts, due to the profitability and growth of the area. Bengaluru will continue to hold potential for developing affordable housing projects in the future as there is huge demand, especially from the low-mid level income groups.
Bengaluru’s real estate scene can be defined as an end user market. The sector in the city is not dominated by the speculative market influences as compared to others. Professionals with disposable income have recognised the potential of real estate investment which have higher returns as compared to other asset class. Bengaluru developers have a wide range of offerings from luxury apartment to mid-range apartments. Land investment is another eye-catching real estate segment. In Bengaluru the potential in the outskirts is much higher than the already developed area. The rate at which people are migrating to Bengaluru has increased significantly due to rise in employment opportunities. This will eventually lead to expansion of city limits and investment in the outskirts.  Profitability from investment in outskirts is bound to be high due to the development in and around city limits. Investing a small portion of your savings in outskirts can yield you significantly higher returns over a period of time.  


Few of the top areas to invest in Bengaluru are:
Chandapura is 6 km away from Electronic city and is easily accessible. Phase II of Bengaluru Metro will be completed by 2020 in the area and Chandapura circle is already included in the rail network. The location has multiple renowned educational institutions like IFIM Business School (IFIM), IHMR - Institute of Health Management Research, amongst others.
Hennur is situated in North Bengaluru and has good road network connectivity. Hennur is a perfect location for music and food lovers. It is 12 km away from M. G. Road and 17 km from Koramangala.  Hennur is one of the prime locations with on-going development projects in and around the area.
The location recorded boom in the residential construction in the latter half of 1990s. Whitefield is easily accessible as it has extensive city bus connectivity. Namma Metro project is expected to cover this location under its second phase. The area has various shopping malls like The Forum Value, Phoenix Market City, Park Square mall and Inorbit Mall. These features widen the scope of investment in the area.
Devanahalli is located close to the Bengaluru International Airport, the second largest airport in India. The area has witnessed significant development due to Devanahalli Business Park. With two more IT Parks coming up adjoining to the airport, this area would continue to be a business hub. An Aerospace Park, Science Park and a Financial City are also planned around Devanahalli. This makes it one of the most preferred locations on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

As compared to the other states and cities across India, Bengaluru has emerged as one of the best options for real estate investment. Bengaluru is one of the fastest growing metropolitans in India and has a wide range of offering in the real estate segment. With various on-going development projects, especially in the outskirts. The segments in the outskirts hold significant potential for investment and growth.

Publication: Deccan Herald
Author: Lansel D`souza, Senior Vice President, Expat Projects and Development Pvt. Ltd.