15 November, 2023
Unlock the doors to real estate success
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In today's edition:

  • In the news: Indians buying in Dubai, Bengaluru on top, Profile of teen hackers
  • My thoughts on: Indian warehousing market
  • Q&A: Bathroom tiles

Handpicked stories from my weekly digest

Here are the 5 stories that you need to be aware of from this past week:

  • Dubai dreams: Indians have become the largest real estate investors in Dubai, surpassing Britons, according to the Betterhomes Residential Market Report 2023. This shift occurred in the second and third quarters of 2023, marking a significant change in the dynamics of Dubai's real estate market. Read more
  • Garden City preferred: A recent NoBroker survey highlights Bengaluru as the top destination for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) looking to invest in Indian real estate. Of the 12,000 NRIs surveyed, 45% are keen on purchasing property in India, with 29% favoring Bengaluru, followed by 24% for Mumbai, and 18% for Hyderabad. Read more
  • Notable exit: Warburg Pincus has sold its stake in a joint real estate venture with the Runwal Group in India for over ₹600 crore, concluding their 2019 partnership focused on developing retail-led, mixed-use properties. This transaction provides Warburg Pincus with a significant return on its initial ₹250 crore investment. Read more
  • Pharaohs come calling: Egypt is exploring the possibility of entering Indian financial markets, according to discussions between Egypt's Finance Ministry and India's ambassador to Egypt. This move is part of Egypt's efforts to diversify its financial resources and seek new investment opportunities. Read more
  • Story of teen hackers: "The Mirai Confessions" reveals the startling journey of three teenage hackers who created Mirai, a powerful cyber program. Their creation inadvertently led to massive internet outages, affecting major platforms like Netflix, Spotify, and Twitter. Initially diving into cybercrime for thrill and profit, their actions had far-reaching consequences, culminating in their recruitment by the FBI. Read more

Ware-lords of eCommerce


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The explosive growth of e-commerce in India is not just changing the way we shop; it's revolutionizing the real estate sector, particularly warehousing. Let’s dive into how this digital shopping spree is creating lucrative opportunities in the warehouse real estate market.

Picture this: A decade ago, e-commerce was a budding concept in India. Fast forward to today, and it's a giant, with the Indian e-commerce market projected to reach USD 200 billion by 2026. But here's the twist: every online purchase needs a warehouse. This direct link is causing a surge in warehouse demand, reshaping the landscape of industrial real estate.

Regional Focus:

  • North and West India: Leading the pack, thanks to robust connectivity and industrial hubs.
  • South and East India: Catching up fast, with emerging hotspots around major cities.

This isn't just a big city phenomenon. Tier-II and Tier-III cities are also joining the warehouse party, thanks to improved infrastructure.

Investor's Perspective: Why are investors flocking to warehouses? The reasons are clear:

  • Stable Returns: Warehouses offer attractive rental yields, often outperforming traditional commercial spaces.
  • Long-term Tenants: E-commerce giants tend to lease for longer periods, ensuring steady income.
  • Growing Demand: With e-commerce on the rise, the demand for warehouses is set to soar.

However, it's not all sunshine. Investors should be wary of challenges like location dependencies and the need for high-tech facilities.

Technology: Warehousing isn't just about storing goods anymore. It's about smart technology:

  • Automation: From robotic sorting to AI-driven inventory management.
  • Efficiency: Tech advancements are making warehouses faster and more cost-effective.

Government Policies and Regulations: The Indian government is playing its part too. Initiatives like the 'Make in India' campaign and GST reforms are making warehouse investments even more attractive. Plus, policies are being streamlined to ease land acquisition and construction processes.

Diversification of Services: Warehouses are evolving from mere storage spaces to multifunctional centres that include processing, sorting, and other supply chain functions. This transformation is expected to continue, with warehouses playing a crucial role in logistics and supply chain networks.

Success stories: Companies like Embassy Industrial Parks and Indospace have created large-scale, strategically located hubs for major e-commerce players like Amazon and Flipkart. LOGOS India and Mahindra Logistics have made their mark with modern logistics centres, meeting the dynamic demands of the online retail industry. Ecom Express and Flipkart have also developed integrated warehousing solutions and large distribution centres, respectively, to streamline their e-commerce operations.

Guidance for Prospective Investors: If you're thinking of jumping into this market, consider these points carefully:

  • Location: Proximity to transport hubs and consumer markets is key.
  • Infrastructure Quality: High-tech facilities attract premium tenants.
  • Market Research: Stay updated with e-commerce trends and regional growth patterns.

The Indian warehousing market, valued at about $12.2 billion in 2020, is expected to grow to approximately $19.5 billion by 2025. For real estate investors looking for a market with potential and resilience, warehousing is a golden opportunity. Are you ready to explore this dynamic segment of the real estate market?


What tiles should I use for the bathrooms in my new house?
- Param

Hi Param,

For bathroom tiles, consider ceramic or porcelain tiles for their durability and water resistance, with options for a wide range of designs. Natural stone tiles like marble or granite can add a touch of luxury but require more maintenance. Glass tiles create a reflective surface, while vinyl tiles offer cost-effectiveness and comfort. Ensure safety with non-slip tiles for bathroom floors.

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