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Important guidelines for retail investors in commercial real estate

New Delhi: Buying an office or retail space is a huge investment, which is why commercial real estate has been traditionally seen as an asset class that only institutional investors or heavyweight HNIs could invest
India TV News Desk July 10, 2014 8:10 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Buying an office or retail space is a huge investment, which is why commercial real estate has been traditionally seen as an asset class that only institutional investors or heavyweight HNIs could invest in. That, however, is changing. Many retail investors are now getting into the office real estate game.

For a perspective of the opportunities in Indian commercial real estate, consider this – Manhattan in New York City has 450 million square feet of Grade A stock, while London has 200 million square feet. In comparison, India's collective office space stock accounts for only 375 million square feet. This showcases the long-term potential for office space at all levels in India.

Very few of the world's commercial real estate markets have undergone such a dramatic and rapid change in such a short span of time as India's has. The next few years will see a quantum spurt in the services and knowledge sector, opening up tremendous opportunities for the retail investor.