The BSE Realty Index recently breached the 4,000 mark to record an 11-year high. However, it is significantly lower than its peak of 13,647 in Jan 2008. Then, the SENSEX had also breached the 20,000 mark to create a new record. It was at the period when the Indian economy was consistently growing at 9% and the depth and breadth of the market were rising.

Savills India, an international real estate advisory firm, has recently launched its first online property festival ‘Savills Home Fest, Goa.’ Home Fest, Goa, a specially curated online event, showcases a bouquet of properties with exclusive offers and is supported by the on-ground Savills team that offers tailor-made solutions and a seamless buying experience.

The Indian real estate business – both commercial and residential – has been aggressively adopting technology to create better customer experiences for quite some time. With the COVID-19, the digital revolution has only accelerated. We’ve seen a few flashes of this digital change during the last 12 months.

COVID-19 seriously disrupted the Indian office sector in 2020. The total sector-specific office leasing activity in the three dominant IT hubs Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune declined by approx. 55% against the preceding year – from 62.35 mn sq. ft. in 2019 to 27.80 mn sq. ft. in 2020. However, these three cities are witnessing a significant rise in leasing activity by the non-IT/ITeS sectors like the BFSI segment.

Easiloan Techno Solutions, a new age fintech start-up has launched “Easiloan Instant Match” application, housing finance industry’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology-based selection and recommendation engine for home buyers. With this launch, Easiloan.com aims to address the inefficiencies in the home loan ecosystem by leveraging technology to streamline the loan processes across buyer, developer/seller and lenders.

The pandemic has significantly altered previously dominant trends in the Indian residential market. Notably, it has dented the overall new affordable housing supply share across the top 7 cities. Latest ANAROCK research indicates that out of the total new launches of approx. 36,260 units across the top 7 cities in Q2 2021, the affordable segment (priced <INR 40 lakh) contributed a mere 20% share.

AsiaOne List of Top 50 Real Estate Brands and Leaders 2020-21 by Wealth has been created based on the valuation of top real estate brands and leaders. Even though there might have been inadvertent omissions, the list is the most authentic attempt to identify India’s top real estate leaders and to measure their holdings’ value. The Listing comprises Pan India findings and regional findings.

The gradual opening of cities boosted by the infection rates going down and the mass inoculation drives further gives hope to the office space market for the quick rebound post the second wave of COVID-19. With emerging trends shaping up and increased demand for office spaces, commercial real estate developers are batting for a quick revival in the coming quarters of 2021.

JLL, India’s largest real estate consultancy and professional services firm, announced that it has been awarded a WELL Certification at the Platinum Level by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) for its Global Technology Centre in Bengaluru. This state-of-the-art facility houses over 400 JLL Technologies employees who are focused on utilizing emerging technologies to develop new solutions for JLL and its clients.

Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers today released the  Growth engines of innovation: How Asia Pacific’s technology hubs are reshaping regional real estate report, an in-depth analysis of how the growth of the APAC technology sector is transforming the region’s property markets.

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.