News & Views on Indian Real Estate

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Realty Dreams of Small and Mid-Size players Crumble

Grappling with a slowdown across segments, the Indian property market is heading towards the next phase of consolidation. Liquidity crunch in the real estate market is beginning to drive many mid-sized and small real estate developers to scrounge for cover. Many want to liquidate their land and incomplete projects by selling them to bigger developers or private equity players even at lower valuations. What’s forcing them to take this step is a stagnant market, with property rates undergoing major correction in some cities. Around 15 deals in real estate sector have fallen through in the past two months with investors developing cold feet, said industry officials.