The South Asian nation remains on track to become an economic powerhouse as its GDP continues to strengthen, supported by a better business environment and investor-friendly policies.
Unprecedented changes in US policies, including an overhaul of its immigration system, will undoubtedly impact India’s industries, notably its IT-BPM sector.
However, domestic policy initiatives such as the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA), Housing for All, Make in India, and plans for Smart Cities, along with rapid infrastructure development will not only counter any negative impacts but bring about a paradigm shift in the economy. These changes will extend support for the real estate industry, which has already seen tremendous growth in recent years.
The year 2016 has been one of the best years in terms of private equity inflows with investments in commercial office assets attaining a nine-year high. This momentum is expected to continue in 2017 with some big-ticket stake sales seen spilling over from the previous year.
Demographically, younger employees are entering the workforce, and occupiers are demanding greater flexibility in operations and models. Amid such intrinsic alterations, traditional roles and models in commercial real estate are being challenged.
Three major forces – changes in the world’s major economies; developments in the investment and ownership market and the entry of Millennials into the workplace – will disrupt India’s future commercial office market. This report explains why these changes will matter to businesses and investors as well as highlight possible opportunities.