Monday, 14 April 2014
State Bank of India (SBI), India's largest lender and the largest home loan player, has extended the date of special home loan rates for new and women borrowers beyond March 31 for an indefinite period.
Last December, SBI had cut its home loan rates by up to 0.4 per cent for new borrowers and for women customers an additional concession of 0.05 per cent was offered.
Earlier, the special rates were made available up to March 31.
"In view of the overwhelming response received across the country, it has been decided to extend the special rates beyond March 31 till further notice from the bank," SBI said in a statement.
Under the special interest rate scheme, SBI is offering home loans in two different slabs - under Rs 75 lakh and above Rs 75 lakh Read More
Office space absorption is likely to rise 7 per cent this year to 29 million sq ft in India's 7 major cities as corporates look at expanding businesses, says global real estate consultant DTZ.
Absorption was 27 million sq ft last year in the seven cities - Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
In its report on India office Demand and Trends, DTZ also projected that office rentals would remain stable in most markets in the first half of 2014 and rents would start rising from the second half.
"Most corporates are expected to firm up plans for expansion in the next few months with the overall take-up forecast to grow in 2014, especially in the second half of the year," DTZ said in the report.
"...economy is projected to grow at a broadly higher rate in 2014 than 2013. This in turn will eventually feed through to generate higher demand for the real estate sector.
Consequently, office space take-up is projected to reach 28.9 million sq ft in 2014, a growth of 7 per cent y-oy," it added.
Highlighting the findings of the survey-based report, DTZ India Research Head Rohit Kumar said that 41 per cent of the respondents said they would add office space.
Demand would be led by the IT/ITeS sector (40 per cent) followed by manufacturing and BFSI sectors. Bangalore would continue to be the largest contributor in office space demand.
There was general optimism amongst occupiers about increase in growth momentum in near the future. Read More