British Safety Council, one of the world’s most trusted leaders in health, safety, and environmental management is offering free E-learning courses to help people cope with mental health issues arising from working from home during the pandemic. The online courses focus on mental health and safety and are targeted to home workers.

Real estate investors and landlords are missing income opportunities and cost savings as their assets age in Asia Pacific, says JLL. Half of investment properties in prime locations in Asia Pacific are over 20 years old, leading the real estate firm to forecast that there is over USD 40 billion worth of unrealised value in aging and underperforming properties regionally.

The Covid-19 crisis accelerated what was already a long-term decline in the need for brick-and-mortar retail space, but it also wrought havoc on the office space market, as companies emptied out cubicles and sent workers home to reduce the spread of the virus. With commercial real estate vacancies on the rise, landlords and tenants found themselves at odds about lease agreements, rent payments, insurance and other devil-in-the-details matters.

Newmark, leader in commercial real estate services, has announced that Sridhar Potineni has joined the Company as Chief Information Officer. In his role, Mr. Potineni will be responsible for leading Newmark’s information technology platforms and driving digital transformation, further advancing Newmark’s platform of innovative solutions supporting its clients throughout the world.

Speaking on the Mindspace REIT results, Vinod Rohira, CEO, said that they have delivered the financial performance in line with their projections. Per him, the operating performance remained stable with collections continuing to be over 99% through the pandemic. He also added that Mindspace REIT has achieved a healthy gross leasing of 1.5 million sq. ft. during this quarter and diversified their tenant mix by signing up with a data center tenant.

Embassy Office Parks REIT, India’s first listed REIT and the largest in Asia by area, reported results on 29th April 2021 for the fourth quarter and full year ended March 31, 2021. Among the key highlights, it distributes Rs 18,364 million and grows Net Operating Income YoY by 12%, leases 1.2 msf across 40+ deals, achieves 15% leasing spreads, and pursues growth through 5.7 msf new development, 19% pre-committed to global banking major.

Embassy REIT, India’s first listed REIT and the largest office REIT in Asia by area, announced today it has subscribed to the WELL Portfolio™ program by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) to create healthier office buildings and thriving business ecosystems in India. IWBI is the world’s leading organization championing a global movement to expand and accelerate a culture of health by advancing health and well-being in buildings, communities and organisations.

Institutional investment momentum continued during the first quarter of 2021, registering 21% growth in volume at USD 922 million, indicating the sustained investor interest in India’s real estate market. The remarkable resilience of the office market and confidence in its long-term growth led investors to chase quality assets available at the core and development stages.

The leasing momentum in the upcoming quarters will mainly depend on the time taken to contain the second wave of COVID-19 cases. The increasing attendance in offices across the major markets before the second COVID-19 wave bears testimony to the confidence and commitment of corporates to get back to working from office. It is important that landlords continue to be receptive to the demands of tenants and offer flexible options, in terms of space as well as value.

The year 2021 started on a positive note for the real estate market with the residential and commercial real estate segment on a recovery path. While the residential market was recording a strong bounce back from Q4 2020, the office segment was also getting back on its feet. Offices started operations across cities, some at full occupancy while others on a rotational or hybrid model, giving employees the flexibility of workplace.

Sai Life Sciences, one of India’s fastest growing Contract Development & Manufacturing Organizations (CDMOs), today announced the inauguration of its new Research and Technology (R&T) Centre in Hyderabad, India. Sri K T Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for Industry & Commerce and IT, Government of Telangana formally inaugurated the facility in the presence of other dignitaries.

Two sectors that continue to witness growth are – Technology and Real Estate & Infrastructure. The requirements in these sectors are timeless and growth in this sector is expected to bring prosperity for our country’s economy too. There are relatively few institutes in India that offer courses in real estate. Students should choose an institute that offers RICS accredited courses in India. Accreditation has proved to be the key differentiator in terms of the quality of education that the students get. MBA courses offered by RICS SBE are the only RICS accredited courses available in India,& making these specialized degrees much more valuable for the students and sought after by the industry.

“The Covid pandemic stopped the world and the real estate industry, in its tracks. As we exit from the lockdown there is a lot of speculation on the effects on the real estate sector. An in-depth understanding indicates that the lockdown has had varying impacts on the different aspects of the business. Developers were able to defer launches of projects, thereby defer large financial commitments on account of project construction and launch expenses. As launches dropped by 55% over 2019, sales, however, were at a standstill for a shorter period. Many customers who had searched and shortlisted their homes pre lockdown, quickly booked their homes once the lockdown started getting lifted despite which sales dropped by 22% over 2019. This disproportionate reduction of new launches versus sales has led to a depletion of the overall inventory in the market which is a good sign. The inventory for sale is now at a 5-year low at around 75,000 homes. The inventory overhang as well as replacement ratios have gotten stronger.”

Burns & McDonnell India has again been recognized as a great place to work among India’s mid-size workplaces by Great Place to Work Institute®, marking the fourth consecutive year the company has earned this recognition. The firm ranked No. 6 on the Top 50 list of India’s Great Mid-size Workplaces 2020 out of more than 1,000 organizations who applied for this assessment.