Foreign capital flows into the Indian real estate jumped over three-fold to $23.9 billion during 2017-21 period as compared to the previous five years, according to Colliers-FICCI report.
In its report 'Foreign investments in Indian real estate turn a corner,' property consultant Colliers mentioned that the global investors have shown an increased inclination towards investment in Indian real estate buoyed by regulatory reforms introduced in 2016.
"Foreign investors, who had previously refrained from investing in the Indian real estate market due to the lack of transparency, started investing in the country with greater optimism from 2017," Colliers said. According to the data, foreign investment in real estate stood at $23.9 billion during the 2017-21 period against $7.5 billion during the 2012-2016 period.
Total investments in Indian real estate stood at $49.4 billion during the 2012-2021 period, of which 64 percent came from foreign investors. The share of foreign investments in Indian real estate has grown to 82 percent during 2017-2021, compared to 37 percent in the preceding five-year period.
During 2017-21, the office sector had 43 percent share in total foreign investments, followed by mixed-use sector accounting for 18 percent. The investments in the industrial and logistics sector stood at third position, surpassing the residential sector.
Foreign investors remained cautious about the residential sector in the aftermath of the NBFC crisis and subdued residential sales, Colliers said. The share of residential assets in total foreign investments has reduced to 11 percent in 2017-2021, from 37 percent in a preceding five-year period.
Foreign investments in the office sector have consistently reached $2 billion in each year since 2017 except in 2021, where the quantum of investments almost halved. During 2017-21, alternative assets saw an inflow of about $1 billion, with a majority of it coming during the pandemic years.
"Government policy for data localisation and infrastructure status received for data centres recently are likely to give a boost to the establishment of new data centres in the country," the consultant said. The share of investments from the US and Canada together has been more than 60 percent in foreign investments each of the years since 2017.
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the funds from the US and Canada continue to actively explore the industrial segment, apart from the office and mixed-use assets. Similarly, the majority of the investments from Asia are targeted towards the office and industrial and logistics sector.