Colliers India-“Institutional investments in Indian real estate touched USD 1.1 billion during Q1 2022, doubling from the same period last year. The opening up of the economy post the third wave of COVID-19 infections, and an improvement in investors’ sentiment has led to surging investments, compared to the prior quarter,”
The institutional investments in real estate moved up two-fold to USD 1.1 billion (Rs 8,375 crore) in the first quarter of 2022 after the opening up of the economy after the third COVID wave, as indicated by property consultant Colliers India. Institutional investments in real estate stood at USD 0.5 billion in the year before and USD 1 billion in the last quarter of 2021.
“Institutional investments in Indian real estate touched USD 1.1 billion during Q1 2022, doubling from the same period last year. The opening up of the economy post the third wave of COVID-19 infections, and an improvement in investors’ sentiment has led to surging investments, compared to the prior quarter,” Property consultant Colliers India said in a statement.
Retail, Office, co-working spaces, industrial & logistics sectors mainly aided the 95 per cent of the total institutional investment in the real estate sector during the period.
“Investments were largely driven by foreign investors,that accounted for about 70 percent of the inflows during the quarter. Interestingly, after a drop in 2020, the share of domestic investments has reached 30 per cent, almost the same as pre-pandemic levels. This shows a resurgence in the confidence of domestic investors,” the consultant said.
Mainly the investment activity during the quarter under assessment was determined by some large-sized deals in the office sector.
Backed by one major transaction, the retail sector attracted the second-highest share of investments at 23 per cent. The industrial and logistics sectors saw an inflows of USD 0.2 billion which accounted for about 16 per cent of total investments.
Since global data centre REITs, data centre management firms and hyperscalers continued to invest in India it continued to grow in Q1 2022 to about USD 40 million.
According to Colliers India, investments in the residential sector saw attracted only USD 15 million in the first quarter of 2022 and accounted to about 1 per cent of the total investments.
However, the consultant expect investment momentum to increase over the next few quarters as domestic investors remain bullish on the sector and are actively raising funds.
Piyush Gupta , Managing Director, Capital Markets & Investment Services, Colliers India, said, “Real estate sector has undergone positive structural changes and performance indicators reflect strong come back across Residential, Office, Industrial, Logistics sectors, with newer themes around technology and digital clearly emerging.”
Investors, both domestic and global are appearing bullish on Indian real estate supported by pro-growth government policies with a long-term view to develop and hold assets, he added. “Multi-city deals accounted for 65 per cent of the total investments in Q1 2022 as investors laid focus on entering into strategic alliances with leading developers and on acquiring/developing portfolios across multiple cities. We are also seeing the creation of platforms for investment in specific asset classes, especially across the commercial office and industrial asset classes,” said Vimal Nadar, Senior Director and Head of Research, Colliers India.