By the year 2030, in India 2 out of 5 people will be living in a city, according to the World Economic Forum, with an estimate of 1.5 billion people – that’s 600 million people living in urban centers. India will have six more megacities, with a population of over 10 million. By 2030, India will have 5,000 small urban towns and 50,000 developed rural towns, along with a young (40 and below) population of 77% and a median age of 31. By 2030, India will take over China as the nation with the highest population. These facts clearly demonstrate the major demand that Indian real estate will face in the future.

What makes Indian real estate different than other investments?

Increasing incomes, urbanization and economic growth are the driving forces for the steadily growing demand for residential and commercial real estate in India. Due to its greater growth potential than other investments like bank deposits, gold and so on, real estate is a highly preferred asset class. Commercial real estate is on the rise with a large number of constructions of shopping malls, office complexes, industrial parks and more. Sectors such as hospitality are increasingly growing at a fast pace in India, creating opportunities for investors.

How the government is taking initiatives?

The Government of India’s affordable housing scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is driving residential development. The Government has also facilitated the growth of the real estate sector by introducing massive changes; both in taxation and the regulatory aspects of the industry. Along with that, the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act 2016 is ensuring transparency in the real estate sector. As a result of increasing transparency and guaranteed returns, private investments in the sector have surged. RERA has also ensured that credible developers alone will be able to survive in this industry.

Some conclusions about the future of real estate can be predicted based on the current scenario and possible future economic and political changes. India is rapidly growing as an economy which will lead to a heavy inflow of foreign investments, be it in the retail sector, FMGC, gourmet or luxury brands. When a certain sector is directly related to infrastructure and real estate, the rise and fall there will affect the overall structure of Indian realty. Therefore, we can expect a steady growth rate in the coming years in India; although, it will differ from city to city based on various factors mentioned.

How will rural real estate respond?

Rural real estate will undergo the most drastic change, with the penetration of finance and internet services. More money will be going through banking channels. This will give access to the credit required for real estate to flourish.

There is always a tremendous demand for real estate in India. This sector aims to reach a figure of $180 billion by the year 2020. ( The most livening fact is that both residential and commercial real estate has gained importance; each will witness a flourishing future. According to the IBEF website, the Indian real estate sector will contribute 13% of the country’s GDP by 2025; also, it will reach US$ 1 trillion by the year 2030.

In the short term, the slowdown may continue; however, companies and investors have yet to realize the true value of the sector.

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