MUMBAI: The demand for commercial real estate across the country is getting stronger and is witnessing a sustained momentum. The office space absorption across top 9 property markets has seen a sustained growth with total 28.3 million sq ft picked up during the first nine months of 2016, showed a Colliers International report.
Last year, commercial real estate in India registered a record absorption, and given the current momentum, this year is also headed in the same direction.
“The key office markets across India, especially in the south, continue to go from strength to strength in terms of office absorption, and with rents increasing significantly compared to prior years in certain micro markets. This is good news for owners and developers, but a challenge for office occupiers in many cases, as they face the prospect of higher rental rates and fewer options to choose from at least in terms of ready supply,” said George McKay, South Asia Director, Office & Integrated Services at Colliers International.
Colliers expects the leasing activity to pick up in the upcoming quarters and vacancies to decline in prime commercial corridors on the back of rising demand momentum, especially in Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad.
“Demand for commercial real estate has been increasing over the recent quarters as corporate entities consolidate and expand operations following a positive economic scenario. Demand for commercial real estate has been on the upswing across markets and we are experiencing it in our ongoing township projects in Panvel, Chennai and commercial tower in GIFT city near Ahmedabad,” said Niranjan Hiranandani, CMD, Hiranandani Communities.
“As I see it, business growth in India has been all about adopting global best practices, and I expect demand for commercial realty to keep growing through 2016 and 2017,” he said.
Expansion strategies by occupiers in ecommerce, healthcare and technology space are expected to increase in the overall occupancy levels. The growing office demand is expected to outstrip supply in technology sector driven markets such as Pune, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. This should, therefore, lead to downward pressure on vacancies and an upward pressure on gross office rents in these markets, the report said. In contrast, traditional commercial markets such as Mumbai and NCR are likely to remain stable in terms of rents and vacancy due to a stable demand and supply scenario.
According to McKay of Colliers International, the demand for commercial spaces has resulted in land markets in the main cities becoming active as established and next generation developers are looking to replenish their land reserves to satisfy both existing and new client demand. During the first nine months of the year, occupier demand has focused on quality products in preferred micro markets in most of the cities, whereas startup and small-size companies showed an inclination towards serviced and co-working space.
Also, there has been an increased demand for leased out commercial assets in the market as indicated by a recent deal by Brookfield Asset Management to buy 4.5 million sq ft grade-A office and retail portfolio of Hiranandani Group in Mumbai’s Powai suburb for $1billion.
“We expect an increase in office demand beckoned by improving Business Confidence Index which showed a 5.7% increase during April-July 2016. Other factors such as controlled inflation, falling interest rates indicate strong economic fundamentals,” Colliers said.
Courtesy ET Realty