Govt hikes carpet area for affordable housing, higher demand seen
Higher carpet area under the affordable housing scheme could help buyers access bigger, ready-to-move-in houses at lower costs

Cement: little relief from GST rate cut on fly ash
GST rate on fly ash and fly ash aggregate with 90% or more of fly ash content was reduced from 18% to 5%

Govt planning ‘rent a roof’ policy in solar power push
Under the ‘rent a roof’ policy, the developer will take rooftops on rent and will offer lease to each household, and then feed the solar power to the grid, says renewable energy secretary Anand Kumar

Once Asia’s top market, India sees home price gains fade on demonetisation
Demonetisation dented sales and new launches of residential projects, which make up 80% of the market

Realty firms roll out discounts to woo buyers for under-construction projects
The push for under-construction projects comes at a time when most real estate firms are focusing on ready properties after implementation of Rera in May

The squeeze on cash due to demonetisation could be pinching the real estate sector
RBI’s Housing Price Index shows a rise in property prices during the last quarter of 2016, when demonetisation took place, in most cities

Real estate: GST, RERA compliance issues continue
Analysts believe that if credit growth to the real estate sector has slackened due to RERA, GST has increased the final tax outflow

Metals: price boost
Rising prices have been supporting the performance of metal companies and this was visible in the September quarter

Infrastructure: Outlook remains strong
Like the earlier quarters, the action continues to be in firms with a focus on roads and some action in railways and water in terms of order inflows

Cement: Demand recovery at the mercy of govt spending
Most cement makers reported decent volume growth in the September quarter. This was led by factors such as a favourable base, a ramp-up of capacities and market share gains

India’s stainless steel production to rise to 3.6 million tonnes by end of 2017
Rising demand from auto, roads and highways, and real estate sectors seen propelling stainless steel production to 3.6 million in 2017 from 3.3 million tonnes in 2016

RERA, NCLT process may trigger collapse in land prices, say report
Report also indicates stress for non-banking finance companies, or NBFC, and housing finance companies that have large exposure to developer loans

Developers in India still in ‘up-cycle’ for $23 billion fund
The real estate sector could be in an up-cycle in a year from now, and generally the up-cycle lasts for three to four years, says an expert

Indian steel companies can meet Railways’ needs: Govt panel
Private steel companies, such as Jindal Steel, should be given a chance to supply rails to Indian Railways, according to the govt panel document

Getting real estate back on track
What should the different stakeholders in the real estate sector do differently for sector to do well in the long term?

Govt to build 10 million houses for rural poor by December 2018
More than five million houses are to be completed by March 2018 and another three million were in various stages of construction, says a government official

RERA impact: Small, mid-size real estate firms struggle to raise funds
Small builders are chasing capital from NBFCs or private lenders or are scouting for partnerships to share costs

Mecon partners Italy’s CSM to develop electrical steel
Steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh says CSM will transfer technology to Mecon on steel production, including for the grade used in pipelines to transport oil and gas

Many unsold houses despite sharp fall in supply
Let’s look into some factors that is holding back homebuyers from buying new homes

Developers turn focus on affordable housing

Construction equipment cos breathe easy after GST cut

Realty law will ensure the sector is properly governed, empower buyers: Puri

Housing shortage in urban areas down at 10 mn units: Govt

‘Realty focus will boost rank in ease of doing biz’

Realty sentiment plummets to 39-month low in Q3 2017

‘Affordable homes supply increases 27% in Jan–Sep’

‘Realty sector needs rejig in tax structure to accelerate growth’

Aadhaar linkage may stifle secondary realty sales

TN told to stop sand mining within 6 months

 Fitch gives stable outlook to realty market; unsold stock to drop

Real estate developers expect rebound in first quarter of 2018-19

DMRC proposes rise in property tax to fund light metro in Thiruvananthapuram & Kozhikode

Govt directs states to adopt 16 new technologies for building affordable homes

Builders focus on leasing commercial properties rather than selling

MIAL awarded Emerson Cup-2017 for Green Existing Building category