Indian commercial real estate market is estimated to provide 294 mn sq ft of REITable space from the existing office stock. According to JLL’s latest report titled India REITs – Heralding a new era in real estate investments released today, these REITable assets would be valued at USD 35 bn.

Rising transparency levels, progressive regulations, and a robust commercial real estate market in the country have made the segment a favorite among institutional investors, it says. Investors have allocated nearly USD 17 bn in the form of direct investments as well as through entity level investments from 2006 to 2019 in the office space.

JLL Report 'India REITs' Heralding A New Era In Real Estate Investments
JLL Report ‘India REITs’ Heralding A New Era In Real Estate Investments

India has already seen its first REIT listing from Embassy Group-Blackstone JV in March this year. With a portfolio of 32.6 mn sq ft, the listing is also Asia’s largest in area terms of area.

Ramesh Nair, CEO & Country Head, JLL India says, “The listing of India’s first REIT heralds the institutionalisation of real estate assets and indicates enhanced maturity and professionalism in the real estate market. The growing knowledge of REITs will ensure acceptability and gradual increase of interest from retail investors. We expect to see other asset classes like retail, warehousing, and hospitality also offering REITable assets in the times to come.”

The report states with 33% share of REITable space, Bengaluru will provide the highest REITable assets totaling 97.8 mn sq ft, worth USD 10.7 bn. Mumbai follows Bengaluru with 17% share of total REITable space at 49.7 mn sq ft worth USD 8.6 bn. Delhi-NCR and Chennai follow Mumbai both in space and value terms. With large and quality IT spaces occupied by prominent global players, Bengaluru will be the most favored city for REITable assets. Presence of single-ownership ready properties makes it easier to aggregate the assets and manage them for REITs.

The emergence of new office space occupiers continued demand from IT/ITES, global in-house centers along with the BFSI space is expected to keep office space demand robust over the next three years.

Samantak Das, Chief Economist and Head of Research & REIS, JLL India says, “Indian office space holds the potential to offer additional 101 mn sq ft of office space for REIT from the new office completion expected during 2019-21. This could help upcoming REITs to gain from the upside in rentals as well as capital appreciation. While the strong institutional flow of funds into real estate will continue to provide initial momentum towards REITs’ growth in the country, active participation of insurance and pension funds in future will help in long term growth of the market.”

JLL is India’s premier and largest professional services firm specialising in real estate. With an estimated revenue for FY 2018-19 expected to be approx. INR 4,000 crore, the Firm is growing from strength to strength in India for the past two decades. JLL India has an extensive presence across 10 major cities (Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kochi, and Coimbatore) and over 130 tier II & III markets with a cumulative strength of close to 11,000 professionals.

The Firm provides investors, developers, local corporates and multinational companies with a comprehensive range of services. This includes leasing, capital markets, research & advisory, transaction management, project development, facility management, and property & asset management. These services cover various asset classes such as commercial, residential, industrial, retail, warehouse and logistics, hospitality, healthcare, senior living, and education.

JLL India won the Five Star Award for ‘Best Property Consultancy at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2018 -19. It has also been acknowledged as ‘Property Consultant of the Decade’ at the 10th CNBC-Awaaz Real Estate Awards 2015. For the third consecutive year in 2019, Great Place to Work® (GPTW) Survey, conducted in association with The Economic Times, has certified JLL as one of India’s ‘Best Companies to Work For.’

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