A Review of The PCMC Property Market in 2016

– Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces
 
As the new year dawns, India’s real estate market has begun navigating the potentially choppy seas of 2017 with a lot of uncertainty. When it comes to the past year, it is safe to say that nothing went as anticipated for the property market. The hoped- for recovery in the residential sector did not happen, and the Government’s unexpected demonetisation move in early November put paid to any chances for a last-minute turnaround.
 
Robust economy: Through the entire gamut of churn and setbacks in 2016, only one city’s real estate market managed to hold its own and even achieve some modest growth. West Pune, with its dominant market PCMC (Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation), has always been a unique as it rides on an unbeatable trinity of residential demand drivers – manufacturing, Information Technology and the services sector. This equation has perennially acted like a healthily diversified investment portfolio, with the inherent strength of one or two of these sectors compensating for the occasional de-growth in the others. As always, this factor came to the rescue of the PCMC residential market.
 
Employment still drives housing demand: While the manufacturing sector in PCMC has always been robust thanks to the MIDC belt, continued growth in IT and the various services streams additionally ensured that the employment graph remained strong. With job creation continuing to drive the demand for homes, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation crossed the finish line of 2016 ahead of the other major cities – with room to spare. Though the demand for prime and luxury housing has remained somewhat subdued, budget and mid-income housing saved the day. If anything, 2016 amply illustrated that the middle class in Pune and PCMC has become extremely choosy about its home purchases.
 
Unsold inventory: Many of Pune’s peripheral areas – the hot investment favourites of 2014-15 – saw a depressing build-up of unsold supply even in completed projects. The lack of support infrastructure and known deficiencies such as inadequate or non-existent water supply put paid to many a developer’s hopes of selling his stock solely on the basis of enticingly low rates and freebies.

Of course, every large city in the country has its share of unsold inventory today, either because of muted market sentiment, the fact that a lot of supply is still in the early stages of construction, supply in the wrong locations, or unrealistic pricing of certain projects by developers. In the case of West Pune, most of the non-selling oversupply has been in locations lacking infrastructure. In PCMC, the supply overhang is largely from smaller developers without a good track record and credibility on the market.
 
Evolving buyer preferences: Diwali, the traditional period for increased home purchases in Pune, saw very few takers for inferior projects in inferior locations. Even the prospect of acquiring larger homes than their current ones did not draw mid-income buyers to lagging locations. On the other hand, there was a distinct uptick for smaller but ‘high-performance’ homes in properly connected areas. The accent was on a high degree of facilitation within such projects.
 
Price corrections: With 2016 bringing a slow but steady erosion of property pricing in most of its markets, some of the previously unaffordable locations in West Pune / PCMC have once again become attainable to homebuyers. If Budget 2017-18 brings the hoped-for benefits for first-time property buyers and the RBI rolls out lower interest rates, there is every reason to expect a major revival in home buying sentiment – and it is the superior locations which will see the highest demand.
 
Outlook for 2017
 
The trend of the real estate market in Pune and PCMC performing against the larger odds will definitely continue. Not only do the twin cities have all the right economic and demand drivers firmly in place, but their inclusion in the 100 Smart Cities program will only increase the interest from multinational companies to set up and expand operations here. This will, in turn, increase inward migration and fuel greater demand from investors, even as local end-user demand continues unabated.
 
While the bulk of demand today comes from end-users, investors are still very much a force on Pune’s property market. The city offers several budget bandwidths and property typologies into which one can invest. Well-timed and properly researched real estate purchases can reap very satisfactory returns.
 
However, it should be borne in mind that not every kind of investment pays off equally in Pune – one needs to know precisely how each sub-market works, what it responds to and where the demand is headed. A poorly-judged property investment can be a disappointing proposition. Particularly, investors need to be wary of the cheap, potentially illegal ‘gray market’ residential constructions happening on the outskirts.
 
About The Author:
 
Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in West Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings. Woodsville in Moshi is another highly successful PCMC-based township by Pharande Spaces which is now in its 3rd phase.

Pimpri-Chinchwad Among Most Popular Cities On The Internet

– Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

In a recent discussion with the Times of India group, some interesting trends came to light. With 121 million Indians currently logged in on the internet, and this number is growing at the rate of 25% per annum. More and more Indians are logging in and relying on the Internet to meet their needs for information, help them access goods and services, scout for jobs and look for homes and investment opportunities.

The internet has revolutionized the way Indians perceive their world and consume news and information about it, and the rapid growth of smart phone use in the country has only boosted this trend. According to a recent report by HSBC Global Research, India – India’s smartphone penetration stood at just 30% last year, will by 2019 account for 12% of the global smartphone market with a whopping penetration rate of 65%.

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Obviously, media houses like the Times Group have not lost any time in harnessing India’s promising online market. Times Internet, the Times Group’s flagship internet brand, is also India’s largest Indian online group. Naturally, it draws a massive amount of online traffic, and lays claim to over 6.5 billion page views per month. Indiatimes.com alone accounts for 5 million visitors every single month.

Considering that the internet has become the fastest and most trusted medium to reach consumers of real estate, developers will take such statistics very seriously. Over and above other information which is of great interest, real estate developers want to know the demographics of online visitors, and which areas job seekers – who are of course potential real estate buyers – are investigating online.

According to sources at Times Internet, 85% of the monthly visitors to their sites are graduates and 40% of these are post-graduates. 19% of these visitors have an annual income of over Rs. 7 lakh per year. But more interesting than this are the online traffic details for India’s leading cities, because these details reveal which cities potential home buyers are most interested in.

Also, according to the latest statistics available from the Times Group’s indiatimes.com, the Pimpri-Chinchwad draws a mind-boggling monthly traffic of 658273 visitors on. In fact, PCMC ranks among the top 10 cities in terms of search rankings on the Internet. On TOI.com, Pimpri-Chinchwad ranks 4th after Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, with 21.7 million views per month. In comparison, Pune ranks 9th with only 5.26 million viewers per month.

Online visitors are interested in the PCMC for various reasons, the first of course being job opportunities. This stands to reason, because in terms of job creation, PCMC is significantly ahead of Pune and most other cities in Maharashtra with the exception of Mumbai. The combined employment generated by the Hinjewadi IT Park and the MIDC manufacturing belt has made PCMC a focus area for fresh graduates seeking to build their careers.

PCMC is also among the most prominent search terms for online home hunters. Buyers are attracted by the prospects of living close to their workplaces, the superior infrastructure in PCMC, and the more attractive property prices when compared to most regions in the Pune Municipal Corporation.

The highest number of online searches for real estate within the region are for properties in Puneville, Moshi, Ravet and Chakan, as these areas offer fast access to PCMC’s primary employment centres and also offer superlative returns on investment. Another key terms which features prominently in online home searches are for integrated townships, for which PCMC has extremely famous.

About The Author:

Anil PharandeAnil Pharande is 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 and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings.

Six Reasons Why People Buy Luxury Homes

Anil-Pharande

Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

At given point in time, and regardless of economic conditions and other market variables, there will always be people who are not content with just any kind of home. As a result, the demand for luxury homes in India may rise and fall – but it never goes entirely away.

It is driven by the rising standard of living and increasing disposable income among successful entrepreneurs, high-flying corporate executives and software professionals, and the wealthy scions of traditionally wealthy families. They want more than just four walls and a parking slot.

What lies beneath? Is it just the thirst for the good life, or perhaps nothing more than the play of people who have too much money in their hands? Not quite. Indian luxury home buyers have sound reasons for why they want to live in premium rather than ‘normal’ homes:

  • Status Aspiration

Buying a luxury home is a matter of prestige – and why not? After all, most luxury home owners have bought their pride and joy with hard-earned money. They want to live in homes that announce their arrival, and offer a higher lifestyle rather than just a postal address.

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  • Comfort

The very latest of today’s luxury homes provide all the modern comforts – and an ideal environment for living and raising a happy family. These homes are built to take care of the needs of a comfortable lifestyle. Features like swimming pools, themed, landscaped gardens, gyms, meditation centers, manicured lawns, electronic security, touch-button responsive fixtures, and entertainment and shopping available at close hand all contribute towards making the living experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

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  • Security

One important feature of luxury homes is that they have very high security. They have top-of-the-line security, both in terms of trained security personnel and security installation that guarantee safety. Further, accidents and medical emergencies can be quickly taken care of with immediate response triggered by technology, and the availability of hospitals and emergency rooms close at hand.

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  • Technological Enablement

Technology and IT innovation have gone a long way to make the living experience in high-end luxury homes extraordinary. From solar generators to remote controlled window shutters, everything is directed towards meeting the demands of homebuyers looking for an ultra-modern lifestyle.

 

  • Better Neighbors

The benefits of housing one’s family in a luxury apartment do not only extend to conveniences. Luxury housing projects are also seen as the perfect environment for one’s children to grow up in and the adults to socialize in. After all, such projects basically form a society with a certain degree of culture, education and beliefs – in short, better neighbours.

  • Investment Value

The increasing demand for properties in India rivals that of gold. Real estate and gold are the most traditional forms of wealth investment in India. However, properties present the advantage of being an asset that rises in value at every instance – and it is also a ‘performing asset’, meaning that it serves a practical purpose even as it gains in value. Given the fact that luxury homes are always in demand even on the secondary market, HNIs correctly see them as the perfect investment opportunity that guarantees multiplied returns in the future.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande is 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 and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings. 

Puneville: Redefining luxurious living with a dash of modern lifestyle

pharande spaces logoWith the Pune real estate market now counting among the most vibrant and attractive property investment destinations in the country, the focus is now squarely on which regions and real estate typologies are in highest demand by end users and investors. West Pune has emerged as a clear winner. One of the major global industrial hubs, West Pune is a dynamic economic generator drawing power from its massive cluster of mechanical, automotive and information technology clusters.

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Integrated townships have become the most preferred residential real estate configuration in Pune, and Punawale in West Pune is now home to what is by far the most luxurious as well as future-ready townships of its kind. Puneville, the masterpiece of luxurious township living by Pharande Spaces, has completely redefined the West Pune real estate landscape. Conceived and executed in partnership with globally acclaimed architects Aedas, this ultra-luxurious project is the culmination of Pharande Spaces’ constant quest towards perfection in township development.

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Puneville has been created to be the penultimate statement in luxurious township living,” says Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces. “We have spared no effort, expense or stretch of imagination to make it the most desirable residential address in Pune, and we have succeeded. The response from end users and investors has been unprecedented. By design and intent, Puneville is a unique creation that has no peers. Here in West Pune, we have given the city its ultimate real estate destination.”

Puneville consists of 16 towers, each with 23 storeys of uniquely crafted living spaces. In keeping with its elite ethos, its 2, 3 and 4BHK apartments are equipped with highest quality fittings, fixtures and marble flooring, sourced from leading manufacturers in Europe and Asia. The outdoor perfectly complements the interiors with every conceivable luxury feature, including Olympic-sized swimming pools for every cluster of buildings, landscaped gardens, tennis courts and a jogging track.

Puneville also features a completely unique sky walkway that circumnavigates the residential towers, effectively connecting all the towers to a central green area and children play zones.

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Is Pune ready for such a luxurious, futuristic township?

“Absolutely,” says Anil Pharande. “Luxury living in Pune is driven primarily by its burgeoning Information Technology sector – and in terms of what buyers from this segment expect from their luxury homes, the stakes are extremely high. At the same time, integrated townships have emerged as the most desirable residential real estate offering, since they offer self-contained and self-sustained infrastructure as well as all the ingredients of a modern, convenient lifestyle. Puneville is the perfect marriage of residential luxury in a full-fledged township environment in West Pune, which is now the city’s most sought-after real estate investment precinct.”

Mar 28 2015 : The Times of India (Pune)

The Value Proposition Of Large Vs. Small Flats In Pune

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande

Over the last couple of years, I have been observing with concern the decreasing size of flats on the Pune real estate market. Of course, it is the demand for smaller flats that is driving this kind of supply.

With housing prices in the Pune Municipal Corporation rising relentlessly, the ‘biggest’ opportunity that developers perceive is in smaller flats that get sold in the shortest possible time. This kind of supply is aimed at first-time home buyers who either have limited budgets or low financial confidence.

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Smaller Flats – Pricing Trap

Though these are supposed to be ‘affordable homes’, the pricing of these units is actually on the higher side. They sell because the prices are still lower than those of larger flats, but the buyers are actually paying an excessive unit cost.

The reason for this disparity is that the ‘pigeon holes’ housing model itself has some inherent flaws built into it. To begin with, the share of common area that needs to allocated in a project that consists of only of small-sized homes means that the project loses in terms of overall efficiency and sale-able area. This results in lower revenue potential, so developers bump up their prices to compensate.

Secondly, the cost of construction depends on the quantity of raw materials being used. When a developer is building a project which comprises exclusively of small units, his development costs actually go up because every unit needs to be provided with separate fittings, appliances and finishes.

As a result, he will increase his prices to make up for the loss in profitability.

Home buyers should be aware that the converse is equally true. In a project with larger units, developers save on costs because of more efficient common space utilization and lower consumption of fittings, appliances and finishes for individual units.

Better Common Amenities

This is why a 1 BHK is often only 30-35% less expensive than a 2 BHK. The bottom line is that by opting for larger flats, property buyers are getting more value for their money.

Also, projects comprising of larger flats tend to have better common amenities, which the developer can maximize the overall livability and therefore attractiveness of the project rather than needing to focus on making as many units as possible within the available space.

The obvious question that follows is – where can middle class home buyers from Pune find larger flats that fall within their budgets? The answer is – in the developing (rather than expensive over-developed) parts of the city.

For example, West Pune is a corridor where hundreds of property buyers are still able to find true value for their money.

Property rates in many of the the areas of PCMC are lower than the inner localitions of the Pune Municipal Corporation, which means that buyers can get the benefits of larger flats with better amenities there.

With the vastly improved road connectivity, the newer areas of West Pune close to Hinjewadi and the MIDC are now becoming the destinations most favoured by home buyers working in these employment catchments.

About The Author:

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. Puneville in West Pune’s Punawale is the latest integrated township project by Pharande Spaces

 

Real Estate Investments Flowing Into West Pune

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

With a consistent track record for delivering the highest value to home buyers and investors alike, Pune’s real estate market has remained one of the most vibrant and exciting in India. By attracting more and more international and IT/ITeS companies to establish their operations, the city has been generating jobs at a scale which is unmatched by any of the other Indian metros.

Though the city ‘s property market has been witnessing fairly uniform growth, there is no doubt that West Pune is now the most vibrant and promising corridor. The primary factor driving growth in Western Pune is the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, which allows convenient and fast access to Mumbai.

Even by itself, this factor alone makes West Pune one of the most important parts of the city – in recent years, Pune and Mumbai have been coexisting in mutually beneficial economic juxtaposition, with capital and other resourcing flowing freely between the two cities.

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The other reason why West Pune is on a tremendous growth curve is the fact that it has the major IT Parks of Hinjewadi, Baner and Aundh in the neighbourhood. At the same time, it enjoys superlative connectivity to the industrial pockets of Chakan, PCMC and Talegaon. Moreover, despite the massive economic activity and growth in this part of the city, West Pune enjoys a high degree of natural beauty.

This combination of factors has resulted in West Pune becoming the most preferred destination for home buyers and real estate investors not only from Pune, but also from Mumbai and various other parts of Maharashtra.

Because of the rapidly increasing demand for residential and commercial properties, West Pune has in the past delivered some of the most attractive real estate locations. With Aundh, Baner and Wakad now almost fully exploited and nearing complete saturation, Punawale has become the hottest new location in West Pune.

To a large extent, Punawale owes its fast rise to fame to the fact that it is located very close to the thriving Information Technology parks in Hinjewadi and Tathawade, as well as to the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. At the same time, Punawale offers quick access to Wakad and has a number of good schools, hospitals and shopping malls close at hand.

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With the arrival of superlative residential projects at Punawale by reputed developers such as Pharande Spaces, this area is now the the location of choice for IT/ITeS professionals working in Hinjewadi and Tathawade, as well as from buyers from the MIDC manufacturing hub who are attracted by the better lifestyle options now available there.

 

 

 

puneville_1This combination of factors has led to Punawale becoming not only a hot new investment destination but also West Pune’s newest and most exciting luxury homes destination. Punawale has now seen the arrival of Puneville, a luxury township by Pharande Spaces – a project that has provided Punawale with a 360-degree image makeover on the Pune real estate map.

Like Moshi, Ravet, Spine Road, Wakad and many other highly successful real estate locations, Punawale has the added advantage of being located at the fulcrum of various mega road development projects by this region’s infrastructure-focused town planning authorities.

Backed by the unlimited cash reserves at the disposal of PCMC, Asia’s wealthiest Municipal Corporation, and a diverse and vibrant economy which provides a convincing complement to that of Pune, Western Pune is seeing a steady and growing pipeline of employment opportunities generated by its manufacturing and Information Technology industries.

In Punawale, Western Pune has received yet another iconic location to take this prosperous, infrastructure-driven region’s real estate story to the next level.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande Chairman of Pharande Spaces, the pre-eminent construction and development firm in the thriving, pro-infrastructure Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) region of Pune. Pharande Spaces has a number of integrated township projects in Western Pune in high-value locations such as Moshi, Ravet, Punawale and Spine Road to its credit. Puneville, the new luxury township at Punawale, has become the definitive landmark for luxury living in Western Pune

West Pune’s Golden Location Matrix Widens Into Punawale

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

While real estate is a constantly changing and evolving concept, some parameters remain constant – the three success mantras are still Location, Location and Location. In this respect, Western Pune is an important new chapter in the annals of Pune real estate’s success story. One of the most exciting new locations in this corridor is Punawale.

Thanks to massive demand for residential and commercial properties, Western Pune has delivered some of Pune’s hottest real estate locations over the past decade. Punawale is the latest addition to the region’s lineup of strategic real estate development and investment hotspots.

Located advantageously close to Hinjewadi and its burgeoning IT Park and the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, Punawale has now emerged as the location of choice for home buyers from the Information Technology as well as manufacturing segments. Punawale is also in close proximity to Wakad and benefits from convenient access to various hospitals, schools and shopping malls.

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This combination of factors has had a big impact on demand for properties in Punawale, and has led to the launch of many new residential projects. Puneville, a luxury township recently launched by leading developers Pharande Spaces, is one of the most notable examples of Punawale’s massive image makeover on the Pune real estate map.

Like Moshi, Ravet, Spine Road, Wakad and many other highly successful real estate locations, Punawale has the added advantage of being located at the fulcrum of various mega road development projects by this region’s infrastructure-focused town planning authorities. Backed by the unlimited cash reserves at the disposal of Asia’s wealthiest Municipal Corporation.

Backed by a diverse and vibrant economy which provides a convincing complement to that of Pune, real estate growth in Western Pune is backed by a prolific manufacturing sector represented by a number of national and global industry giants. This region is seeing a steady and growing pipeline of employment opportunities generated by its manufacturing and Information Technology industries.

This factor has ensured that areas like Punawale see instant absorption of housing projects across budget brackets. It goes without saying that an employment-driven real estate location like Punawale also receives significant attention from property investors.

In Punawale, Western Pune has received yet another iconic location to take this prosperous, infrastructure-driven region’s real estate story to the next level.