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Serviced apartments scale new heights

October 03, 2013 11:42 IST

HousingServiced apartments are fast becoming a hot real estate avenue, with as much as a 12-19 per cent annual yield on investments, against 10-12 per cent returns in the commercial segment.

Experts say in the serviced apartments space, developers, primarily from the hospitality sector, are targeting non-resident Indians, expatriates and now, even domestic investors.

To investors, this segment offers both capital value appreciation, as well as rental returns.

Hotel Leela, Grand Hyatt and Marriott International are among the major hospitality chains with serviced apartments.

Ascott, one of the largest serviced residence owner-operator, has a tie-up with Ireo to offer such apartments in Gurgaon.

Now, the venture is expanding into other regions, too.

Many Gurgaon-based firms offer serviced apartments of various developers, including DLF and Unitech, to companies and tourists.

Ashutosh Limaye, head (research and real estate intelligence service), Jones Lang LaSalle India, says, “Of late, domestic investors, along with NRIs, are more keen to invest in serviced apartments, as the realty segment -- residential and commercial -- isn’t offering very good returns.

“It is possible the returns in the serviced apartments space are as high as 12-19 per cent.” He added the capital appreciation in the residential segment was five-seven per cent and less than five per cent in the commercial space.

The residential segment offers 2.5-2.75 per cent yields to investors, while the commercial space offers about 12 per cent.

Serviced apartments are fully furnished studio or one-, two- or three-BHK (bedroom, hall and kitchen) apartments, with the kitchen managed by the service operator.

The construction cost for such apartments is much higher than that for other residential apartments; typically, it is on a par with a five-star hotel, in terms of amenities such as meeting rooms, housekeeping, swimming pools and gyms.

Many multinational firms have serviced apartments as guest houses.

Samir Jasuja, founder and chief executive, PropEquity, agrees serviced apartments are among the most promising options for investors.

“The capital price appreciation and the rental yield offered by a serviced apartment are typically higher than commercial and residential property.

“This segment offers ultra-luxury lifestyle, services and great opportunities for investors who look for both regular income and additional upsides.

“Currently, this segment is receiving a lot of interest from NRIs and HNIs (high net worth individuals,” he says.

Serviced apartments are already a hit in the US, Europe and other developed markets.

An executive at a leading real estate developer says these are ideal for an extended stay by tourists, or for employees relocated for assignments.

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Mansi Taneja in New Delhi