Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Gulf NRIs keen to invest in Indian real estate market

  • As per a report by 360 Realtors, in 2021, NRIs from across the globe invested $13.1 billion and this is likely to grow by 12 per cent to touch $14.9 billion in 2022

  • Out of the total 13.46 million NRIs globally, more than half are in the Gulf countries with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait accounting for around 3.42 million, 2.6 million, and 1.03 million Indians, respectively. Qatar and Oman are home to 7,45,775 and 7,79,351 Indians

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The Indian real estate industry has seen GCC-based NRI investors enquiring about real estate investments in India, according to Gulf News. NRIs, especially from the GCC countries, are looking to invest in both residential and commercial properties across various price brackets. As per a report by 360 Realtors, in 2021, NRIs from across the globe invested $13.1 billion and this is likely to grow by 12 per cent to touch $14.9 billion in 2022.

Aakash Ohri, Group Executive Director and Chief Business Officer, DLF Ltd said, “Indian real estate has always been a market of enormous opportunities for NRI investors from GCC countries. Residential real estate offers the NRI community a unique advantage of converting their hard-earned foreign income into lucrative investment options in India. In the past two years, we’ve witnessed a rise in the number of NRIs looking to own a home back in India and the pent-up demand has begun to come to the fore. With the appreciation in the property prices, they have historically received and will continue to expect a handsome return on their investment.”

Out of the total 13.46 million NRIs globally, more than half are in the Gulf countries with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait accounting for around 3.42 million, 2.6 million, and 1.03 million Indians, respectively. Qatar and Oman are home to 7,45,775 and 7,79,351 Indians.

As per the latest Anarock research, the first quarter of 2022 saw housing sales of at least 99,550 units across the top seven cities, of which the share of NRI purchases was up to 15 per cent

“Due to a strong emotional bond, many Indians living in GCC countries are investing in their homeland as an option to come back and settle down in the future, but most of them are also buying homes purely as an investment option. Factors like a simplified taxation regime and indexation benefit for properties held in India encourage NRI buyers to park their surplus money in India,” Ohri said.

As per the latest Anarock research, the first quarter of 2022 saw housing sales of at least 99,550 units across the top seven cities, of which the share of NRI purchases was up to 15 per cent. The research also showed that an overwhelming majority of non-resident Indians (NRIs) – as high as 82 per cent – now prefer to buy premium to luxury residential properties in their home country, a major change from the past when Gulf-based expat Indians mainly preferred low priced houses in the affordable category.

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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