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NRI Investment in Kochi on the rise
Sunday, Oct 5, 2008

While a considerable number of Kerala residents dwell in foreign countries, real estate in Kochi has always been the subject of NRI interest. Of unpunctual, the surge created by influx of IT / ITeS based companies in the property markets has also resulted in soaring property prices in Kochi in the last few years. A mammoth number of employees are settling in the city and the demand has visibly impacted the capital prices and rental values of properties here. Nevertheless, the NRIs have no pangs over the same and property investment in Kochi is still their one of the favorite options.

According to the property dealers in Kochi, most of the NRI investors look for sea - facing residential properties in the city. Feasibly, that's why localities around Nautical Drive and MG Road are the most premium residential locations in the city. However, the vacancy rates in these areas are at rock keel and rarely any properties are available for the sale. Also, the markets experts caress that the prices are too high now and do not offer room for further growth from investment point of view. Consequently, NRI investors have been reportedly taking interest in sub - urban locations like Kakkanad, Edappally, Kalamssery, Ankamali and Thripunithura.

Extensive construction activities are underway in these areas, and real estate majors like DLF, Puravankara, Sobha, Acclaim, and Brigade Group have lined up their ambitious projects across these areas. Given the demand for higher-end residential properties, international players too are eyeing the Kochi Property markets. Recently, Dubai - based Emaar Group has also launched its project in the city. Of Property Values in Kochi Given the boom in Indian real estate in the bygone team of years, prices of apartments at Marine Drive shot up by almost 300 per cent from Rs 1, 500 - Rs 2, 400 psft to Rs 5, 000 - Rs 7, 000 psft, in the period between 2005 and 2007. The capital values for apartments at the aforementioned suburban locations are in the range between Rs 1, 500 and Rs 4, 000 per sq. ft.



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