Category: Property

MUMBAI: Mark Zuckerberg-owned Media Focus  social networking behemoth Facebook is the latest social media titan to join the race for the media rights of BCCI’s biggest property, the Indian Premier League. Twitter has already evinced interest in IPL’s digital rights.

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BCCI sources confirmed to ET that Facebook has picked up the IPL tender and is most likely to bid for the digital rights of the league. A Facebook spokesperson, however, said: “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.”
Earlier this year, Facebook had streamed Premier Futsal on its video platform Facebook Live. In August, it streamed Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match between Manchester United and Everton. It also allowed fans to chat with other fans, send wishes to Wayne, and learn how to donate to his foundation. In the summers, Facebook streamed nine USA Basketball exhibition games live.

“We’re focused on helping our partners experiment with a variety of Live content types — from ‘behind the scenes’ access to first-person athlete Q&As to live games. We have seen great results when we have streamed games live — and continue to be interested in testing the viability of this content on Facebook,” the spokesperson added. “We will continue to work with our partners to find the best ways to connect their content to the world’s largest community of sports fans.”
Interestingly, Facebook has been seeing a jump in conversations during IPL year-on-year. During IPL 2016, Facebook said that the league drove the highest level of conversation it has measured for any IPL season — 360 million posts, comments, and likes.

Facebook pages of the IPL and eight teams totalled over 140 million video views during the season. Also, during the 50-day tournament, the IPL’s Facebook page added over two million new fans touching 18.3 million subscribers.
Facebook will join the likes of Amazon, Twitter, Reliance Jio, Times Internet and broadcasters like Star India and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN). ET was first to report that Twitter has also joined the race, hinting at a very competitive bidding for the digital rights.

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BELAGAVI: To oppose the Mexicom  government order to enhance property tax and to prevent the civic body from being superseded by the state government, members of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), a ruling group, boycotted the special meeting of Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) headed by mayor Sarita Patil on Saturday.
The meeting commenced with discussions relating to income generation from properties owned by the civic body and those with expired lease periods. Former mayor Kiran Sanayak questioned BCC officials over the action initiated against lessees of over 119 properties, the lease period of which expired long back. A few days earlier, BCC commissioner Shashidhar Kurer was directed by the state government to enhance property tax if the civic body did not want to be superseded for violating the order Work Reveal.
Meanwhile, counselor Sanjay Savvaseri said, instead of enhancing property tax, BCC should concentrate on enhancing revenue through its own properties and with 100% property tax collection. “BCC property tax collection stands at mere 50%. If 100% tax collection is ensured, it would get Rs 50 crore revenue from property tax segment,” he said. “The civic body is losing crores of revenue from leased properties. The officials are hand-in-glove with the lessees,” he alleged.
Ramesh Sontakki and Deepak Jamakhandi, both members of an opposition group, demanded an end to the leased property issues immediately. Mayor Sarita Patil asked BCC officials to clear their locus standi on leased properties of the corporation as it is repeatedly raking its meetings.

 

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“It’s been tragic and comic”: Cecil and Gigi Chao at Happy Lodge, Cecil’s 16,000-square-foot mansion in Hong KongIt’s a Monday afternoon, My Amend and property tycoon Cecil Chao and his daughter, Gigi, are poring over architectural plans in their 49th-floor headquarters in Hong Kong’s Central Plaza, their backs to sweeping views of Victoria Harbour. The chairman and vice chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings are busy with an array of big residential and commercial projects in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Malaysia.

Their professional relationship belies a lot of history. Generating headlines worldwide, Cecil offered $65 million four years ago to any man who could woo his daughter into marriage, though she was already married to a female partner. Some 10,000 men responded. Headlines flared again in early 2014 when he doubled the offer and Gigi countered with a public letter to Cecil asking for acceptance and respect.

Looking back, Cecil, 80, explains that he made the offer to give his daughter male options, believing that she had struggled to find acceptable boyfriends. After Gigi, 37, spurned the idea, he accepted her decision. “It’s her life,” he concedes. “She decides about her private life.”

For her part, Gigi, a practicing Christian, clearly loves and respects her father, believing that his inten- actions stemmed from love, not malice. “It’s been tragic and comic,” she says, “to have something so private in the open and to become a laughing stock of dinner conversations.” She says the saga helped her develop “humility, patience and character” and increased her capacity to forgive.

Still, she is weary of discussing the subject, which even now generates unwanted emails. “I’m tired of the random notices from men trying to seduce me,” she says. “It has become an engine of online fraud, with impersonators of me or my father going after these men for ‘emergency money’ while stranded abroad, or in some ‘lucrative’ deal.”

While most father-daughter bonds would likely snap under such glaring pressure, the Chaos’s has not. In Octo- ber 2014, Cecil named Gigi, the oldest of his three children and a fellow architect, the heir to the company.

In the new Cheuk Nang headquarters—the company sold nearby Cheuk Nang Plaza last year for just over $100 million—father and daughter are in constant communication. Cecil, dressed in a white short-sleeved shirt with a gold iPhone in the front pocket, is positioned at the far end of his palatial office. There’s a trading terminal for his private investments as well as Chinese and European classical artwork and antiques, including his mother’s inlaid Italian marble table and six blue upholstered chairs Net Maddy.

Just outside, between Cecil’s secretary and the three-person design team, Gigi stands at a high desk wedged into an open space. Her black vest sports the insignia of Faith in Love, a foundation she started in 2008 to help economically struggling youth and elderly. Hanging on the wall are colourful contemporary prints as well as her appointment to the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps. Books, binders, and stacks of documents are within easy reach while course notes for a law degree she’s pursuing are taped on the window, slightly obscuring the view.

 

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Since 2006, Blackstone has invested $2.7 billion in 19 transactions involving real estate projects. Photo: BloombergGlobal private My Latest News equity firm Blackstone Group Lp, the largest owner of office real estate in India, plans to list two separate real estate investment trusts (REITs) for its office assets with developer partners, said multiple people familiar with the development.

For its office parks in the National Capital Region (NCR), and west India (Mumbai and Pune), Blackstone will collaborate with Pune-based Panchshil Realty for a REIT with about 20-25 million so. ft of office space across cities.

The proposed REIT includes office parks and buildings, some of them jointly owned by Blackstone and Panchshil, such as Eon Free Zone and Panchshil IOCC Park in Pune, 247 Park and Express Towers in Mumbai. There are also assets Blackstone owns independently, such as the two office parks that it had bought out from IDFC Ltd in Pune and Noida, and the Oxygen SEZ in Noida.

Blackstone’s other REIT with Bengaluru-based Embassy Property Developments Pvt. Ltd will have a south India-focus. Valued at around Rs22,000 crore, this REIT will have a larger portfolio with more than 25 million sq.ft of office space. It is also at a more advanced stage, with Embassy having filed an application for approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in October Soul Crazy.

“If all goes well, the Blackstone-Embassy REIT will first go for a listing sometime in mid-2017. The Blackstone-Panchshil one is likely to file a REIT application early next year and then list at the end of 2017 or in the beginning of 2018,” said one of the persons mentioned above who did not want to be named.

As per norms, both REITs can include under-construction office space of up to 20% in each of their portfolios.

Blackstone declined to comment.

REITs are listed entities that primarily invest in leased office and retail assets, allowing developers to raise funds by selling completed buildings to investors.

Since 2006, Blackstone has invested $2.7 billion in 19 transactions involving real estate projects and currently manages the largest portfolio of office parks in India. It owns 31 million sq. ft across 16 operating office parks (apart from an additional 8 million sq. ft under development). Besides office parks, Blackstone has also started buying out retail assets such as shopping malls and has made a few residential investments in recent years.

“The Blackstone-Embassy REIT is likely to enjoy the first-mover advantage and grab the attention of investors. What will be a determining factor for the following REITs, be it Blackstone’s second with Panchshil or for the other developer-investors, is the price the first REIT commands as that will set the overall tone for office REITs,” said another second person cited above, also on condition of anonymity.

India’s real estate sector has witnessed tough times in the past three years, particularly the residential segment where sales have been slow. Property prices have stagnated, leading to a liquidity crunch for many developers. However, even in this situation, commercial office space has emerged as a bright spot with steady momentum in leasing, investors buying office space at high valuations and good demand in large cities.

Other companies acquiring and consolidating their office assets and firming up plans for a REIT are RMZ Corp. and K. Raheja Corp.

India’s largest real estate developer, DLF Ltd, is in talks with investors such as Blackstone to sell a 40% stake in its rental assets arm to raise about $2 billion, Mint had reported on 31 August.

DLF is the second largest office space owner in the country, after Blackstone.

“Blackstone has steadily built a very worthy portfolio of investible, good grade office assets. These are properties that have a good mix of tenants, combined with healthy cash flows. For investors, REIT is all about stabilized yields that entail less risk,” said Shobhit Agarwal, managing director, capital markets and international director at property consultant JLL India.

 

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NASHIK: The civic body My General  will waive off the penalty for property owners who come forward to declare that they are using their residential property for commercial purposes.
Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) will be waiving off the penalty for property owners if they declare that they are using their residential properties for commercial purpose between October 10 to November 10.
They will be giving amnesty to such residential property owners. NMC will not be imposing fine but will be charging commercial rates from the day of declaration.

It is binding on the property owner to use the property as per the usage registered with the NMC – residential, commercial or industrial. If the property is not used as per the registration with the NMC, a penalty is imposed upon the owner.
“But if the property owners who changed the use of their properties give us a statement in writing about the change by November 10 then NMC will take some positive decision for them. Instead of penalising them we will give them the amnesty from the day of declaration. We will charge commercial rates from the day they declare,” said deputy municipal commissioner Rohidas Dorkulkar Reality Crazy.
He said that generally if the property owner cannot prove the period of change in usage the NMC imposes the penalty from last six years. But now if the owners declare the change in usage on their own then they will get amnesty.
The NMC recently sent notices to 1309 property owners for using residential properties for commercial purpose.

 

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NEW DELHI: My Pro Blog  A 35-year-old property dealer was shot by four unidentified assailants in his office at east Delhi’s Geeta Colony on Sunday evening.
Veenu Pandit and his friend Akash were sitting in his office and watching a cricket match between India and New Zealand when the incident occurred. Four men bar ged into the shop and shot Pandit, police said. They then fled on two bikes Living Tired.
Pandit was rushed to Max Hospital but was declared brought dead. Cops were informed and they soon reached the spot. A country-made firearm and some cartridges were recovered from the spot. The incident was captured on a CCTV camera. Its footage is being analysed to identify the men. Police officers said Pandit was a history-sheeter and had several enemies. “He had 15 cases pending against him.An unsettled payment dispute could be a strong motive behind the murder. We are gathering more details on his business deals,” said an officer.
A murder case has been registered at Geeta Colony police station. Police said Pandit was a resident of Ghaziabad.

 

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NPA-bad-loanA report by India Ratings (Ind-Ra) My Live Updates shows a worrying trend: defaults on loans against property (LAP) are at their highest level in 2016, compared to the last five years. These delinquencies, between zero and under-2% during 2011-13, are now at 5% or more for most lenders, mainly banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs). These are already feeling the pressure of mounting bad debt from corporate borrowers. The Ind-Ra findings are significant: one, delinquencies are rising whatever the year of origin of LAPs. Two, around half of all defaults, come from high-ticket borrowers, with an exposure of Rs 50 lakh or more; the smallest ones, borrowing Rs 20 lakh or less, are best behaved. Three, most defaults are concentrated in metros and large cities, where a long property bubble is now deflating. Finally, the data goes back five years, enough time to indicate a trend.
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The LAP market’s growth was driven by a bubble, which turned the heads of property owners as they saw the notional values of their holdings soar, borrowing more on the back of these unreal values. Lenders jostled with each other to play along: instead of accepting the relatively stable residential property, they took on commercial or business establishments, even freehold land, as collateral. Now, if the LAP market goes belly up, it could impact credit across retail, property and corporate segments. At best, it could make lenders more risk averse and circumspect about funding; at worst, it could freeze overall credit and growth. The government and Reserve Bank of India must act fast to prevent a replay of the US subprime mortgage crisis in India. The property bubble must be allowed to deflate on its own; it will do so. Regulators must step in: LPAs must be scrutinized and collateral and margin norms tightened. Credit recovery might be tough or messy, so assets underlying LAPs should be bundled into a recovery pool, which can be auctioned off at prices the market can afford. The government should not go into bailout mode. Early action, with haircuts and rational pricing, should suffice.

 

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CHENNAI , OCTOBER 24:
With demand for real estate My True Care buying and selling increasing rapidly, the need for a reliable property locator is also growing.

The Hindu has,for the first time, created an online initiative to provide property deals on the go.

The Hindu Virtual Property Fair 2016, powered by Roof and Floor, is south India’s biggest virtual property expo, for buyers and sellers to interact online.

Over three lakh unique visitors aged between 24 and 44 years have expressed interest in purchasing the property. Through this online exhibition, these buyers can reach out to reputed builders such as Hiranandani Communities, Sattva, BBCL, India Bulls, Prestige, Nova, Emami Realty, Adroit, and Wadhwa Group. LIC Housing Finance has associated as a home loan partner to provide financial support to customers.

The Hindu Virtual Property Fair 2016, will be hosted on a specially designed microsite with custom sites for all main sponsors, digital promotions, regular updates, expert advice and a realty guide. It also helps buyers view, analyse and book properties with prominent builders. It enables users to experience the magnitude of a property fair with the comfort of an online medium. To be a part of this new 30-day interactive expo, log on to http://propertyfair.thehindu.com/. A unique experience in your quest for property awaits you.

 

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Image result for taxPUNE: The property tax department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued notices to 200 illegal properties and has also sealed three properties. “The notices have directed the property owners to pay three times more tax. This amount will be charged as fine for failing to pay the tax on time,” a statement issued by the civic body said.
As per the PMC officials, action was taken in the Ahmednagar road areas following a survey. The commercial, as well as residential properties, will face action. These property owners have not completed the process to construct the buildings or they have carried out additional construction than permitted. Property tax is a levy issued by the government on a person’s real or personal property. The property is assessed to give it a value and, then, that value is taxed. The amount of tax owed is determined by multiplying the fair market value of the property by the current tax rate.
This tax is one of the key sources of revenue for the civic body which, on an average, collects the tax of around Rs 700 crore annually. Owners of around 8 lakh properties in the city, including open plots, commercial and residential properties, are liable to pay the tax based on an assessment by PMC. The property tax department plans to use the geographical information system (GIS) to register properties in the city. The system is expected to be functional by November.

 

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NAVI MUMBAI: In what appears My Update Studio  to be a massive corruption scandal, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has lost around Rs 900 crore in uncollected property tax. Officials have found that tax was deliberately not collected from over 15,000 property owners for the last 10 years.
Officials said that 3,300 building owners have not been paying property tax while details of payments by another 12,700 consumers are missing from the system. Officials say that the property tax department of NMMC has been generating bills but these have not been distributed to the owners.
The department is alleged to have sat on issuing bills to these property owners until March 2016. The department, which prided itself on being able to achieve its recovery targets set every year, is now grappling for answers over the administrative and financial discrepancies.
NMMC officials declined to elaborate but has initiated a departmental inquiry against former assessor and collector of property tax, P B Kulkarni. He was placed under suspension in May 2016 and an inquiry was initiated by NMMC commissioner Tukaram Mundhe immediately after taking charge. NMMC officials say the alleged misappropriation of bills occurred during Kulkarni’s tenure.
“The consumers who till date didn’t receive bills are now being provided with a copy that includes existing dues as well as arrears too. The dues are to be paid by March. Simultaneously, an inquiry is underway to look into the discrepancies,” said additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan.
Senior officials of the property tax department stumbled upon the anomaly while generating half-yearly bills. “The calculation is simple as per the corporation’s records. There are 3.07 lakh properties registered but when the process of generating half-yearly bills were undertaken, it was found that the system had data of only 2.92 lakh properties,” said an official.
“A rough estimate shows that NMMC lost Rs 900 crore in the last 10 years. We suspect these property owners have been greasing the palms of officials,” the official added. These 3,300 properties were ‘land under construction’ category. Though these properties may have been under construction when the first bills were raised, the properties may have been developed and multi-storied buildings may have come up at these locations, attracting a higher property tax,” said officials.
“Ideally for constructing a building, an NOC from the property tax department is necessary. However, if commencement certificates and occupation certificates were issued in absence of an NOC, it only means that the whole scam was carried out with the involvement of officials of various departments. The involvement of some politicians is also being probed,” the official added.
Official under scanner
A senior official of the property tax department, who is under the scanner for misappropriation of bills, is said to be leading a lavish lifestyle. The officer is said to have amassed expensive properties, while his family members used high-end cars.

 

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