Planned Real Estate Development in PCMC

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

What is it about Pimpri Chinchwad and its township properties that is so different from what is happening in the rest of the Pune property market? To understand this, one has to first understand what goes into the formation of a planned city.

The immaculately planned residential areas that now define the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation map are not an accident. They are the result of carefully planned social, economic and real estate growth. Unlike the central areas of Pune, the real estate market in PCMC has been scrupulously shielded from the PMC’s ad hoc development style.

The vigilance and futuristic thinking that went into this avant-garde satellite city have added a completely new dimension to the concept of residential properties in Pune. From the very outset, the PCMC planning authorities were determined to avoid the mistakes committed in nearby Navi Mumbai, popularly known as the world’s largest planned township.

After all, what began as regulated development in Navi Mumbai soon began giving way to commercialised expansion. Instead, PCMC adopted a blueprint for smart growth – a blueprint that placed utmost importance to organized urban planning. No scope was given to a nearsighted focus on capitalization on this new area’s development potential – the onus was firmly kept on long-term considerations.

This was to be the city of the future – a place where residents could work, live and relax without any of the constraints that plague the rest of Pune. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the landscape of this previously ignored satellite city changed. Proposals for faster development were turned down. The master plan stayed in place, and the results are now brilliantly evident.

Today, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is an acknowledged masterpiece of community-oriented real estate development. It has a unique blend of sustainable residential spaces, highly advanced transportation networks, a broad spectrum of employment opportunities, modern housing typologies such as township properties and superior supportive infrastructure. At every stage of planning, this city’s inherent natural, cultural, sociological and economic resources have been carefully preserved.

This incredible growth area is now the most logical option for residential property in Pune today. For home buyers, PCMC is the perfect alternative to Pune’s unregulated urban sprawl, rapidly compounding traffic congestion and disconnected neighbourhoods. Considering the increasing evidence if rapid urban decay in central Pune, township properties such as those now coming up in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation are the truly the New Residential Deal.

However, PCMC is not only about wider, greener spaces, cheaper property rates, improved social fabric and better infrastructure. The establishment of such new growth areas, with modern residential alternatives such as integrated townships, is a blessing to the Pune real estate market (which has been stagnating within increasingly larger pockets). At first sight, they only seem to play a role in reducing the urban sprawl and offering home buyers a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.

These township projects are also instrumental in creating new urban centres, wherein new business districts create job growth in new directions. Thanks to the organized nature of their development, they create new and more rational scope for real estate market expansion while reducing pressure on property prices in the parent city.

About The Author
Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pradhikaran: Pune Real Estate’s Hottest Growth Corridor

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Sector 14 in Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township properties like Woodsville

Anil Pharande

The Pune residential real estate boom, initially kick-started by the IT/ITeS industry, has brought about a lot of unregulated development. While property prices in Pune rose unrealistically, the city’s traditional ease of living and pleasant climate, which were previously its USPs, suffered.

Hills and trees have been razed to accommodate the rapidly expanding concrete jungle that all but defines central Pune today. The town planning commission found itself impotent in the face of the development mania, which soon transcended all reasonable, sustainable boundaries.

Real Estate Issues In Pune

In Pune, infrastructure challenges have been increasing because of the ever-increasing population. This has also put escalating pressure on available land, resulting in the forced extension of the city limits.

The pattern of development has been decidedly mercenary and unplanned, with the only criteria being accessibility to existing and upcoming IT hubs. While the rise of Hinjewadi created increasing demand for homes in its immediate vicinity, places like Aundh soon witnessed a slew of projects by property developers. Similarly, property prices in Baner and Wakad rose so steeply that they finally corrected.

Focus On Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)

As things stand now, central Pune no longer has an iota of its previous quality and ambience in residential property offerings. It is therefore not surprising that homebuyers are beginning to focus on the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area has, in fact, emerged as the last outpost Pune’s previous residential property comfort levels.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation first came into the limelight as an industrial area. However, it also has an advantage that central Pune does not – planned development. The growth of the real estate sector in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is closely regulated by the PCNTDA, which works together with the PCMC to ensure planned and realistic growth.

Central Pune continues to suffer from pollution, depleting greenery, traffic jams, water and power scarcity, lack of proper infrastructure and unrealistic residential property rates. Meanwhile, Pradhikaran (the location that defines the PCNTDA) has been benefiting from sensible real estate development.

If one studies the demographic development of Pune real estate growth, it is evident that Pradhikaran is precisely where the city’s growth is headed in the North/North-Western direction. This is extremely significant in terms of long-term residential property investment.

The Rise Of Pradhikaran

In years gone by, the PCNTDA began to acquire land in the PCMC area so that planned development could take place in the future. This planning included the allocation of specific areas for industrial activity, residential property development, public parks, unobstructed spaces, shopping centres, office buildings, roads and utilities.

Water supply to all sectors was ensured by the construction of several mammoth water tanks, each with capacities of several million litres, before development was permitted in each sector. Once this was done, the PCNTDA made the developed land parcels available to property developers.

The PCMC master plan also provides for generous road widths, the likes of which are impossible elsewhere in Pune. This goes a long way in preserving one of Pradhikaran’s natural splendour and hygiene.

Because of these factors, and also because of the growth in the PCMC industrial belt, the last two years have witnessed a huge increase in demand for residential property in the Pradhikaran area.

The fact that a number of large international companies are operating in nearby Chakan has, in fact, been a primary criterion for the area’s development profile. These companies regularly deliver thousands of jobs at all levels, which has had a telling effect on Pradhikaran’s general economic status. Specifically, there has been a huge surge in demand for residential property there.

Pradhikaran’s expansion, which has been inspired by the Chandigarh model of controlled development, began with a few hundred acres. Today, the area speaks for about 7000 acres. Pradhikaran is continually seeing infrastructural enhancements on all fronts – including roads, water and electricity supply and digital connectivity.

Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township projects that offer all the hallmarks of ambient, sustainable living. Apart from the high lifestyle quotient, the investment potential of these townships benefits from a magic mix of real estate market drivers.

The presence of Tata Motors, Talawade, Hinjewadi, Chakan and the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt add to the value of these townships, while the Mumbai-Pune highway and Expressway make it advantageously accessible to the financial capital of Mumbai.

No wonder that Pradhikaran is now being seen as both, the best option for first home buyers, and as the new residential property investment hotspot in Pune’s real estate market.

About The Author

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pune Real Estate – From Wakad To Thergaon

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

Before, Wakad was an anonymous village with around 5000 sugarcane, onion and groundnut farmers. In 1983, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired fifty per cent of Wakad. By 1998, PCMC counted Wakad as one of its areas.

Wakad is now the focus of younger, financially fit families that are looking at upgrades and moving into larger, nature-endowed homes on the outskirts of the city. With the increasing congestion of the previously preferred area of Aundh, the neighboring Wakad is Pune’s new hotbed of future growth. Wakad has a perfect location, with close proximity to the Infotech and Biotech Parks at Hinjewadi, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial area, the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass, the Express Highway to Mumbai and the Balewadi National Sports complex. It is only about 80-90 minutes away from Mumbai, thanks to the Expressway and the Bypass. This makes Wakad an excellent value proposition

Pune PropertyThe word’s leading automobile giant General Motors Ltd., is setting up a plant in Talegaon, in close proximity to Wakad. Some of the finest schools and higher educational institutions have come up in this area, which is much preferred as a residential destination because of its natural splendor and unpolluted environs. Naturally, property appreciation is showing an increasingly upward trend at Wakad.

 

The Emergence of Thergaon

Thergaon is yet another of the Pune property market’s rising stars. In a scenario where many of the urban areas within Pune have reached saturation point, it is the suburbia and outlying localities that are receiving increasing attention. Thergaon is amongst the most promising locations among them.

The fact that it is now knows as both the Aundh Annexe and Chinchwad Annexe is significant. Both Aundh and Chinchwad are highly developed in both in terms of residential and commercial real estate, while Chinchwad is a major industrial entity in its own right. Wakad and the Hinjewadi Software Technology Park lie at approximately the same convenient distance from Thergaon along the Pune-Mumbai Highway, bestowing their various benefits as well.

The general location of suburban Aundh is favored for many reasons – all of them of great importance in the property market context. Being unsaturated and relatively free from congestion, localities like Wakad, Baner, Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Nilakh and Thergaon still offer relatively pollution-free environment, spacious living conditions and affordable property rates while retaining the advantages of modernized, developed Aundh.

Moreover, town planning authorities have taken it upon themselves to avoid the more obvious mistakes committed in the over-development of Aundh. The pace of development in the above-mentioned areas is carefully controlled. Only residential and commercial projects that fit well into the overall master plan are allowed. From both an investment and home-buying angle, localities like Thergaon make eminent economic and aesthetic real estate sense.

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The Pimpri Chinchwad area features some of the nation’s most prominent industrial entities, and is home to the redoubtable Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation belt. As such, it provides innumerable opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and counts amongst the most prosperous and progressive areas in the country.

Similarly, Aundh has proliferated in leaps and bounds over the past few years. HOwever, Aundh is now plagued by overcrowding, noise and air pollution as well as unrealistic property rates. The Hinjewadi Software Technology Park is a byword of Pune’s IT Revolution, having attracted major corporations active in this vast and progressive field.

Thergaon offers the ideal solution for home buyers who want the advantage of proximity to both these employment hubs. Thergaon has ready access to the above-mentioned areas, but remains inherently peaceful, free of excesses – and highly affordable. Since these advantages came to light, some significant additions have been made to the landscape at Thergaon:

The Aditya Birla Hospital is a major coup for the future of Thergaon’s standing on the property market. The establishment of this deluxe medical facility there had been proposed in response to the quiet environment and convenient accessibility to Pune’s more centralized parts. As a medical establishment, it rivals the most prominent and respected in Pune and has attracted a lot of attention. In addition, it provides a significant amount of employment and commercial advantages to the immediate area.

It is also no accident that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to launch its ambitious Sunny Water Sports Centre in Thergaon. The basic functions of this establishment, designed along international guidelines, is to train and discipline youngsters with potential in the refined water sports of canoeing, kayaking and rowing, under highly qualified training instructors and in a carefully monitored environment.

The organizing committee for this undertaking found the Pawna River that flows along Thergaon to be the ideal venue. Apart from a professional training establishment, the SWSC will also serve as a deluxe recreational facility for water sports enthusiasts interested in speedboats, water scooters and so on.

On the industrial front, the well-known Padamjee Paper Mills have contributed in no uncertain way to Thergaon’s overall economy. This sizable organization provides for the blue-collar sector what Hinjewadi does for the white collars – adequate employment, steady economic status and additional interest in the area as a suitable residential abode.

In short, things are definitely looking up at Thergaon. Numerous notable builders are taking an active interest in establishing projects there, and the future of this charming little locality is as bright as that of Wakad, Pimple Nilakh and other outlying areas of Pune.

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pimpri Chinchwad Leads Pune Property Market

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

With the formation of a well-planned satellite town adjoining an overcrowded city like Pune, the most obvious benefit is a possibility to de-congest the parent city. However, a more interesting fact is that real estate corridors such as the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation actually have higher real estate appreciation potential than the central city. This is because they are growth areas where demand rises steadily and quality supply is still possible.
Pune PropertyIn such growth corridors, the greatest advantage to the property investor is the fact that the entry cost is relatively lower than in more centralized locations, even while the potential growth in real estate prices is much higher. Self-use buyers do factor in the property investment potential of satellite towns such as PCMC. However, what attracts them the most is its superior infrastructure, planned development and higher degree of natural ambience.
There are various cities in India with upcoming or established satellite towns.  Mumbai has Navi Mumbai as well as Kalyan/Dombivili and Vasai/Virar, while Delhi has Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Guragon and Greater Noida. In Bangalore, Yelahanka and Devanhalli are showing considerable promise, while Sriperumbadur and Siruseri in Chennai have proposed as satellite towns.
Kolkata has an established satellite town in Rajarhat, apart from Kalyani and Batanagar. However, the growth that each of these areas experiences or will experience depends entirely on the quality of infrastructure and the level of urban planning being implemented there. This is why investment in Pradhikaran properties and real estate in the other boom areas of PCMC is such a winning proposition.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and similar modern satellite towns have superior real estate appreciation potential for a variety of reasons. Just like everywhere else, Pune property rates respond primarily to the common denominator of demand and supply.
Residential real estate demand is created when an area has the right mix of employment opportunities, good infrastructure and the potential for an ambient, stress-free lifestyle. An additional prerequisite for demand is connectivity to the central city, without which residents in the satellite town would be, for most purposes, cut off from familiar areas and resources in the main city.
  • The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation offers ample connectivity to Pune via road and rail
  • Its industrial and business zones generate countless jobs each year
  • Infrastructure in the PCMC area is vastly superior to what the central Pune infrastructure offers
  • The PCMC planning authorities have ensured that real estate development in this area adheres strictly to a pre-set urban planning model, thereby ensuring a high degree of living standards
  • Unlike central Pune, areas like Pradhikaran in PCMC offer modern yet affordable township properties. Township properties  are now widely recognized and accepted as the new residential property paradigm
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is a showcase example of how a satellite town can surpass the parent city in terms of property investment potential as well as residential lifestyle quotient.
Little wonder, then, that properties in Pimpri Chinchwad are in ever-increasing demand by Pune property buyers. After all, PCMC remains a meticulously masterminded property investment destination that generates its own economic growth and social infrastructure. In PCMC, the commercial, retail and residential property markets work symbiotically to create a winning proposition for both real estate investors and end users from Pune and beyond.
Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pune Real Estate: From Kothrud To Wakad – And Beyond

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

In Pune, property and quality of life were once synonymous, but that can no longer be taken as a given. In earlier years, it did not really matter much where one chose to buy property in Pune – all locations were more or less supportive of peaceful family life in their own right.

Today, while considering flats for sale in Pune, one has to consider a number of variables – among them the levels of traffic congestion and pollution, the availability of basic facilities such as water and, of course, quality of the neighborhood.

Let us take Kothrud, for example. This once charming area was one of the first suburbs to be developed after the old city. Even today, it is considered a desirable core area due to its strong connection with the city centre via Karve Road. However, for better or for worse, Kothrud is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the suburb with the fastest urban growth in the world.

Kothrud started developing in late 90s. Back then, Pune City was truly a Pensioner’s Paradise, with little economic activity. People from Mumbai looking to buy property in Pune preferred Kothrud, naturally leading to an accelerated rate of development.

By the time the IT/ITES boom began in 2000-02, Kothrud was a full-fledged residential destination. Because of this, it fortunately did not go the way of suburbs like Aundh and Baner in the West or Viman Nagar in the East as they joined the IT/ITES bandwagon.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Kothrud has evolved as one of the most densely populated residential destination in Pune. Residential projects are very scarce and the demand is enormous. However, because of the manner in which it grew, Kothrud was not developed holistically in terms of social infrastructure.

Many other areas in Pune developed on similar lines, and the old Pensioner’s Paradise charm soon gave way to massive, relentless development. This began the hunt for less cluttered and more lifestyle-supportive residential locations.

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Fortunately, Pune is not a sea-locked city like Mumbai, and there was scope for looking further ahead. One of the first areas to emerge as a preferred area to settle down was Wakad – a once-nondescript village with 5000 locals who farmed sugarcane, onion and groundnut in its rich, black, fertile soil.

In 1983, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired 50% of this virgin location. By 1998, PCMC counted Wakad as one of its areas. Today, Wakad has emerged as the focus of younger, financially fit families that are looking to upgrade their lifestyle by moving to larger, more nature-endowed homes on the outskirts of Pune City.

With the increasing congestion of the previously preferred area of Aundh, neighboring Wakad was seen as the perfect location, with close proximity to the Infotech and Biotech Parks at Hinjewadi, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial area, the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass, the Super Express Highway to Mumbai and the Balewadi National Sports complex.  Thanks to the Expressway, Wakad is only about 80 to 90 minutes away from Mumbai, and Mumbaikars looking to buy property in Pune saw it as an excellent value proposition.

Of course, Wakad is just one of the chapters that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has in its book of Pune real estate successes. Today, Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran in the PCMC have become the new residential real estate watchwords in Pune. These areas are developing fast and are even now venues of extremely modern integrated residential projects.

However, the development of Wakad marked the beginning of a new residential real estate trend in Pune – the quest for better environments to settle down in and recapture some of Pune’s erstwhile glory as Queen of the Deccan.

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

The Pune Township Mania

The demand trend of Pune residential property is slowly but surely changing to township properties. A growing segment of Pune property buyers now says that nothing less than the autonomy, independence and convenience of a township property will do.

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Who are these people? Mostly employees from Pune’s booming IT and manufacturing sectors. The highest demand is from home buyers employed in Hinjewadi, Kalyani Nagar, Viman Nagar, Hadapsar and the PCMC MIDC belt. These home buyers are fed up with the congestion or the inner city and are seeking homes in the new and established township projects that are taking Pune real estate by storm.

What is it about these Pune townships that make them so different from other property options available on the market? Many of these township projects are located in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in locations such as Ravet, Moshi and Punavale. Existing residents affirm that nothing within the main city can match the bliss of living in these magically located projects.

Nature is, indeed, still master of the situation in these areas. Real estate development in the PCMC area is tightly regulated. There is abundant green cover and almost all of these projects offer unobstructed view of distant hills, while traffic is just a dim, far-off echo from the Express Highway. The environment is absolutely perfect for residential family units. Naturally, prominent developers have snapped up prime land exclusively for the building of township projects in the PCMC.

Other factors have added to the popularity of these locations. The Express Highway, of course, is a vital one. It is the umbilical cord between Pune and other major metropolises, beginning with Mumbai, and is the very lifeblood of Pune’s commercial progress. In addition, the Mumbai-Bangalore Highway (in the close neighborhood) brings in further commercial growth and intercity connectivity.

With the kind of exposure that localities lying along these two major highways get, their popularity comes as no surprise. However, it should also be remembered that it was the Expressway which brought about the existence of the Hinjewadi Infotech and Biotech Park – which is the very important economic driver for Pune City today. Professionals from the city’s IT and manufacturing sectors need homes close to their offices, and also relative privacy in their time away from work. This has been a heavy driving factor behind the demand for township properties in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.

In the not-so-distant past, township properties were a residential genre reserved exclusively for the rich. This has changes drastically with their rising popularity. The fact is, owning a township property in the PCMC has now become a feasible option for the city’s middle class. High competitiveness among housing finance institutions has ensured that loans for the purchase of homes in these township properties are easily available to the middle class.

All of the above reasons have combined to make township properties the No. 1 choice for Pune property buyers, and therefore a priority for many developers. Recognizing the wave of the future, prominent builders in the PCMC have appropriated land in these high-demand localities and are developing incredibly modern township projects there. These multi-acre township projects offer within their boundary walls every convenience of modern living to the property buyers. In fact, they can justifiably be seen as lifestyle resorts in which one can actually buy units.

The inherent commercial potential of this Pune township property boom cannot be ignored. Obviously, it presents a great opportunity to builders as well as real estate investors. In fact, a huge number of outstation investors – most notably from Mumbai – have already taken note of the Pune township trend. If Bangalore has earned the label of Silicon Valley of the East, Pune is well on the way of being called India’s Township City.

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Property Investment – How Real Estate Appreciation Happens In West Pune

Property investment only makes sense when the investor is fairly assured of a property’s appreciation and rental income potential. But these days, even normal home buyers are intent on getting the benefit of property appreciation and the possibility of good rental income when they are buying a home in Pune. Gone are the days when a home was simply a home – today, it is also a means for ensuring future financial security.

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The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has become one of the most promising areas for property appreciation in Pune today. There are many reasons for this:

  • PCMC is a developing area, which means that property rates are still lower than in fully developed areas
  • Because it is still developing, a lot of new infrastructure is being put in. Infrastructure is one of the prime influencers for property appreciation
  • The fact that PCMC residential real estate is being thoroughly planned by the PCNTDA (Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority) is ensuring that development is closely monitored. Since the PCNTDA follows a master plan for the development of residential property in PCMC, every location gains maximum investment value. There is no chance of oversupply, destruction of the environment or shortfall of necessary infrastructure
  • West Pune is a hotbed for growing residential real estate demand because of the huge presence of automobile and other manufacturing industries there. There is unlimited demand for homes right from the affordable housing category to the luxury homes segment

It is important for anyone interested in property investment to know how real estate appreciation actually takes place. We have often heard that real estate investment is all about ‘location, location, location’ and this is largely true. However, we also need to understand what it is that gives a location its investment value.

First of all, one needs to consider how much demand exists for homes in a particular area. Then one needs to look at how many projects are being constructed to meet this demand. If the demand is more than the supply, the location has great appreciation potential. If there is more supply than demand, there is an oversupply situation and property appreciation will be low.

Another factor to consider is the existing cost of residential property in the location, and the manner in which property prices have moved. For example, if property prices in a location five to seven years ago were half of what they are now, the appreciation potential is definitely high. This is usually the case in so-called ‘growth corridors’, where a lot is happening every year to develop the area further.

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If property prices have moved less than 10-12% over the last five years, it means that the area has very little appreciation potential. This invariably happens in city centres, which have been developed to such an extent that no further development is possible.

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What kind of new developments cause property prices to shoot up? These include:

  • New roads, widening of existing roads, bridges and flyovers, which improve connectivity of the area to other areas
  • The arrival of new office complexes or industries, which increase employment and create demand for homes in the area
  • Education and healthcare institutes and facilities, and also shopping and entertainment complexes. These increase the comfort levels and quality of life for residents

About The Author:

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a mixed bag of products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran.

The Investment Potential Of Pune’s Growth Areas

The 2012 Government Ready Reckoner for Pune shows a property rates increase of between 20-25% in some of the rural areas, primarily those that are being developed rapidly. Is this surprising? After all, would one not expect rates to go up more in urban rather than rural areas? Not necessarily.

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In the first place, it is the developing areas of Pune that are the investment hotspots, not the established ones. This is because these areas, though priced lower than the central city locations, are seeing addition of infrastructure and rapidly improving connectivity.

This means that property investors focusing on Pune can pick up properties at lower rates and watch their value grow as these areas become better connected to the city’s economic hubs. This phenomenon is already being witnessed in areas like Wakad, Punewale, Moshi and Ravet, all of which benefit from proximity to the Hinjewadi Infotech Park, the Expressway and the PCMC manufacturing belt. The demand for housing in these areas is high and increasing with every passing month.

It must be remembered that the price of housing is determined by the demand for it. In any given area, housing prices grow in tandem with the growth in local population. The basic logic is simple – as more people are added to a local economy, the more housing is required – and the greater the demand for housing, the higher will be the property prices. Pune property investors are obviously interested in cashing in on this trend.

The fact that Ready Reckoner rates are rising should also point the way for aspiring home owners. This is the right time to buy a home in one of the rapidly growing development areas of Pune. Investment in the right kind of home in the right kind of location can provide them a comfortable lifestyle now and financial security for themselves and their families in the long run.

Here are some quick guidelines for the selection process:

  • Ensure that the project is being constructed by a reputed builder with a good track record for timely completion
  • Ensure that the location has appreciation potential – ask a local broker by how much prices there have grown over the last three years and how much they are expected to grow in the next three years
  • Do not go by price alone but look at what is scheduled to happen in the location in the near and distant future
  • Invest in a township property. Township properties generally show better resale value than standalone projects because they have better infrastructure, security, construction quality, facilities and ambience

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Pune Real Estate: The Price Of Rapid Urbanization

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By the most recent reckoning, India’s population currently hovers around the 1.15 billion mark. It is estimated that by 2030, this figure will have grown to around 1.53 billion. India’s urban areas are just about ready to burst at the seams, on the heels of an accelerating population explosion.

The population growth in India’s rural areas in the present decade is around 18%, and over 30% in the urban areas. This pattern of urbanisation is seen as encouraging, since it seems to indicate that India will attain the global urbanization standard average in the course of the next decade.

However, it is also true that this upsurge in our cities’ population is putting available civic structures like public transport, water supply, drainage, sewerage and obviously the supply of housing under severe pressure.

This raises the question – how are India’s real estate developers addressing the problem of insufficient infrastructure in and around their projects in the main cities? The fact is, they can’t do much.

In cities like Pune, property buyers have no choice but to turn a blind eye to the absence of sufficient infrastructure. They are aware of the fact that they will face numerous inconveniences, but what can they do?

Many opt to buy into projects that boast of compensatory measures to overcome the infrastructure deficit. These would include independent water supply if a reliable municipal pipeline doesn’t exist, electricity backup to make up for unreliable power supply and sump pits if the area does not have adequate sewage.

However, such projects in Pune City are few and far between, and homes in them come at extremely high prices. Also, no matter in how many ways Pune developers compensate for lack of civic infrastructure, they cannot add more than a token patch of landscaped lawn by ways of natural ambience.

The high property rates are a real problem. Many of those who buy flats in Pune have saved all their lives for buying their Pune dream home. They have made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen; having finally managed to save enough, they buy their homes and immediately regret it.

The maintenance costs for their flats are far too high for them to bear – a lot of them can’t afford petrol for their cars anymore. They travel to and from work by bus.

We have all looked at the parking lots of highly-priced residential projects and seen dusty cars with handmade posters on the rear windows saying things like ‘Homemade Detergent Soap Available at Flat 12A’ and ‘Tuition For Stds. V to IX – Contact Mr. XYZ at Flat 26C.

It simply makes no sense to invest everything in a home and then live in financial stress afterward. The solution obviously lies in finding a home where the same investment buys you more.

The choice is between paying a certain amount on a small, under-equipped flat in the crowded central city or on a spacious home in a location blessed with natural beauty and and sound infrastructure.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which planned its residential areas decades ago, offers such options. The integrated residential projects in Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran close to the upcoming International Convention Centre offer the kind of homes that Puneites have always dreamed of, but never been able to own.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation also has an extremely vibrant economy, offering more and more job opportunities across all business sectors with every passing year.

Finally, because of the regulated nature of the PCMC real estate market and the high emphasis on civic facilities and amenities, there is no question of an eventual infrastructure deadlock. The real estate prices are way below those see in Pune, too. For that reason, these are the kind of homes that will be sources of joy for several generations.

Anil Pharande is Chaiman – Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Tips On Freebies And Discounts On Pune Properties During Diwali

Anil Pharande

In Maharashtra, Diwali is definitely the time of choice for property buyers to invest in their dream home. The Pune real estate market is no exception. In fact, Pune property buyers look forward to this festival to sign the papers on their homes because this city cherishes this traditional time of investing in the future.

Obviously, builders also respond to the vastly improved market sentiments and do all they can to sustain them. During the Diwali period, Pune property buyers can expect to see various value-added offers which developers introduce to boost sales during the festival.

freeThe Diwali period in 2011 will see a lot of such activity, because Pune property developers are eager to create sufficient interest in their projects. The Pune property market has seen slackness over the last six to seven months, and Diwali is the time that developers have been looking forward to as much as property buyers.

The question here is – do such ‘freebies’ constitute real value for property buyers? The answer to this does not depend solely on what is being offered. It is a normal market phenomenon for incentives to be offered during the festive season, but property buyers should consider the actual value of the property.

Buyers should be cautious about extravagant freebies and take a close look at the factors that add or reduce value in the case of real estate. If the project is by a developer known for sub-standard construction, or if it is located in a ‘blind spot’ of the local real estate market, no amount of freebies can compensate. The property itself will not represent a good investment, and the buyer will not benefit in the long run.

Another aspect to watch out for is freebies being offered for properties in over-priced projects. At a time when Pune property buyers seek the best options for their money, getting a free car along with an overpriced flat does not make sense. If the flats in this project are not affordable, freebies will not improve the situation. If a buyer wants to buy a flat in such a project, it is best to negotiate for a better price than to accept freebies.

Property buyers should remember that as a rule, the freebie offers on flats do not translate into rates that are lower than the developer’s base cost, which includes the cost of land and construction.

Pune home buyers should especially beware of freebies being offered by investors who have put their money into properties in locations that are known to be ‘overheated’ (in other words, where rates have been artificially inflated by excessive investor activity). In such cases, freebies are meant to act as psychological encouragements to make an unwise property purchase. It is always safer to buy directly from reputed developers with a sound market standing.

There are certain incentives that Pune property buyers can definitely take seriously. These are not in the form of cars or vacations, but represent actual savings to them. Such incentives include:

  • Reduced down-payments to book flats, with balance payable on possession, resulting in an extension of the period between booking and full payment. Normally, buyers would have to pay the balance as the building progresses
  • A waiver on stamp duty charges
  • Free or significantly reduced clubhouse memberships
  • Free parking, furnishing, air-conditioning and enhanced security features
  • Reduction of waiver on premium for floor-rise

Anil-PharandeAnil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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