Monday, 8 October 2012

Real Estate Billionaires on Forbes’ List

While they may not be Nigerians or tenants at Extell Development’s One57 (a.k.a ”future home of the big hitters”), these New York real estate billionaires have set themselves apart from the rest simply by making Forbes’ “Richest People in America List.”

The honor of the richest real estate man–or men–in New York City goes to Richard LeFrak and Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman, both of whom were tied at number 63 on the Forbes 400. While Mr. Schwarzman largely owes his $5.2 billion fortune to private equity, the Blackstone Group has become a dominant force in the real estate world. This summer it announced it would be selling off most of its U.S. office portfolio, valued at $55 billion.

Mr. LeFrak and his family have LeFrak City, an apartment complex in Elmhurst, and a 16 million-plus square foot portfolio of commercial, retail, and residential properties in Newport, NJ. Mr. LeFrak has also extended his real estate reach in the past year by snapping up the Gansevoort hotel in Miami and buying properties in California, Oregon and Washington. His fortune is also valued at $5.2 billion.

Rounding out the list: Stephen Ross of The Related Companies (and The Miami Dolphins) was ranked #83 with a fortune valued at $4.4 billion. Hartz Mountain Industries’ Leonard Stern, who owns more than 38 million square feet of commercial, retail and residential properties in New York and New Jersey, was #89 at $4.2 billion.

Legendary (and litigious) landlord Sheldon Solow made it to #113 at $3.5 billion.

Celebrity real estate mogul (and father-in-law to The Commercial Observer’s publisher Jared Kushner) Donald Trump was #128 on the list with a fortune worth $3.1 billion. He also made it #14 on Forbes’ list of “Most Powerful Celebrities” earlier this year. John Catsimatidis of Gristedes fame (there’s a lot of money in the supermarket chain’s real estate) was #132 at $3 billion.

Tishman Speyer’s Jerry Speyer was tied with Mr. Catsimatidis at #132, and was also worth an estimated $3 billion.

Mort Zuckerman, of Boston Properties and The New York Daily News, was #190 at $2.4 billion.

Times Square landlord Leon Charney was valued at $1.2 billion, good enough to get him to #360 on the Forbes list.

Finally, fertilizer and real estate billionaire Alexander Rovt made it to #388, amassing a modest $1.15 billion fortune.


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Provide industry status to real estate sector

Real estate is a sector which generates second highest employment and contributes approximately 5% of the GDP of the country. It is the fastest growing sector with ever growing concerns.

real estate sector
Keeping in mind certain inherent concerns which the industry encapsulates, the severe credit crunch is adversely impacting the "Industry".

The fact remains that Real Estate is not even recognized as an industry, although keeping in view that it promotes various other industries like steel, cement & more. It is argued that it should be treated as "Priority Sector". This will help the sector with better availability of funds. FDI & ECB norms should also be relaxed in the coming budget to ease in fund availability.

From a tax perspective the budget should extend the tax holidays u/s 80IB for integrated townships. The deduction on interest on loan repayment by individuals also needs to be hiked.

From an indirect tax perspective budget should address abolition of service tax for residential apartment below a logical threshold. Presence of real estate sector can be gauged by the fact that 5% of the global carbon emissions are attributable to this sector. It is only fair for real estate to get its due share in forthcoming budget.

Besides covering R&D expenditure, Government should also think about helping companies to enable them to take their new inventions to the global markets. This could be done in the form of additional benefits during post R&D and pre-launch stage.

IPR taxation is another area where India has yet to take any initiative. Many European Countries have 'Patent Box' schemes to provide special status to income from patents. It is high time India should take a plunge on something like that.

Apart from this, the fiscal incentives in Baddi have helped a great degree to bring a lot of pharma units in the state. The benefits u/s 80-IC have a sunset clause of 31st March 2012. Government can consider extending the same.

The substantial expansion clause in the section can be relaxed a bit to help small companies. As of now, there are no income tax benefits to exporters and since pharma industry contributes a lot to the Country's foreign exchange reserves, it will be good to reinstate certain benefits like the erstwhile deduction under section 80HHC.

Surcharge and Education Cess were meant to be a temporary tool for tax collection but have outlived their age. Government should remove these to bring rationality into the tax structure. Further, MAT rates are very high and impact cash flows of the companies and should be brought down.


Thursday, 26 January 2012

Century Real Estate to set up Rs 100 crore VC Fund

Bangalore-based possessions firm Century Real Estate Holdings is setting up a scheme capital fund with a corpus of around Rs 100 crore

real estate

Century will initially raise money from family and friends and later tap the larger investor community, said a person familiar with the development.

The fund will invest in pre-development of land owned by Century across south India, where the real estate company will have control over development rights.

Century declined to comment on the proposed fund. Further details on the fund were not immediately available.

Last year, the developer had raised Rs 370 crore in three tranches through non-convertible debentures from Kotak Realty Fund and JM Financial, a non-banking finance company. The company had also raised around $200-million from Goldman Sachs during the slowdown of 2008-09.


Friday, 9 December 2011

How to Build a Real Estate Business

Real Estate Business
It's not exactly easy learning how to build a real estate business, but the rewards can be tremendous. Life changing. Wealth altering. One of the common problems faced by entrepreneurs looking to build a real estate business is figuring out the 'how'...perhaps it's more better described in terms of 'how' do you do it, followed up by 'what' do you do to build a real estate business.

In that regard, there's a few relatively simple steps to follow that first starts out with a question. Precisely 'WHY' do you want to learn how to build a real estate business?

If you come up empty-handed - or worse still, say you just want to get rich quick - then go elsewhere...because the reality is that if you don't know why, you don't have enough 'chutzpah' to cut it whenever a challenge arises. These types of people when faced with a potential obstacle get easily frustrated, then cut bait and run.

Similarly, anyone looking to jump on the next 'get rich quick' bandwagon is an opportunist. And opportunistic minded entrepreneurs never focus on doing one thing great, typically meddle in something for a few days or few weeks at best, then as the next obstacle pops up - or if they haven't done a deal in 30 days - they throw in the towel and go elsewhere.

So how to build a real estate business that dominates and crushes your competition? It first begins with an understanding of what is a real estate investor, and what investing in real estate really means.

Since there's no dictionary definition for this one, I'll give you my interpretation. A Real Estate Investor essentially is a problem solver. This is an individual - or group of individuals - seeking to solve the real estate needs of others, in a courteous, respectable, and enlightened manner. As a result of successfully solving the issues at hand, the real estate investor profits both within their heart and with their wallet. 

Source :

Link Partners

Singapore real estate goes digital

real estate
In December, Singapore’s leading real estate agencies officially launched the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX) with StreetSine™ at a ceremony attended by industry leaders, government officials, regulators, professors from Singapore’s leading universities and members of the media.

SRX is an electronic network powered by StreetSine Technology that allows leading estate agencies and sales people to access a realtime system and source the information they need to conduct real estate transactions. StreetSine and market leaders PropNex, HSR, DWG, and OrangeTee soft-launched the Exchange in July last year as part of a coordinated industry effort to share proprietary pricing information and increase efficiency, productivity, and transparency in the property market. SRX quickly expanded its member companies to include most of the market, including ERA, C&H, ECG, DTZ, Huttons, Savills, and ReMax.

Within hours of closing a sale or rental, the agent submits the transacted price and because the agency is linked electronically to the SRX database, it is immediately distributed on an anonymous basis to the entire SRX network and can be used to price other homes using comparable market analysis. On average, SRX receives 300 sales and rental transactions a day. The sales transactions are posted on the SRX weeks or months before they are published by URA or HDB and no other source in Singapore has rental transactions.

Source :