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By Pankaj Bansal

According to a report released in August by the Indian Real Estate Industry, the real estate market is all set to reach a market size of $1 trillion by 2030, and will contribute 13 per cent to the GDP by 2025. The report also predicts the market growth to go up to $9.30 billion (about Rs 65,000 crore) by 2040. As per the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Policy (DPIIT), the real estate sector is also the third largest sector in terms of FDI flow, it is second largest employment generator, and third largest sector to induce economic growth.

The sector that deals with housing, retain, hospitality and commercial is expanding with multi-fold increase in demand and growth in mandate from urban and semi-urban accommodations. Real estate is ranked third among the 14 major sectors in terms of direct and indirect or induced impact on all the sectors of the economy. The real estate sector is also the second largest sector in terms of employment generation, only after agriculture. It works in short term employment generation as well as long term.

The question is, what is driving the real estate sector in India so aggressively?

Is it the change in the need and mindset of the society for long term investment or it is that the government has decided to relax norms and policies to attract investment in real estate? The answer should be both. In July this year, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had lowered the minimum application value of Real Estate Investment Trusts from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10,000–15,000 to make the market accessible to small and retail investors. Even the co-living market in the top 30 cities, primarily metros, is set to grow almost double -- to about $14 billion from the current size of $6.70 billion.

aerial view of city during daytime Board of India (SEBI) had lowered the minimum application value of Real Estate Investment Trusts from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10,000–15,000 to make the market accessible to small and retail investors. | Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

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