While a considerable number of Kerala residents dwell in foreign countries, real estate in Kochi has always been the subject of NRI interest. Of late,
the surge created by influx of IT/ ITeS based companies in the property markets has also resulted in soaring
prices. A large number of employees are settling in the city and the demand has visibly
impacted the capital prices and rental values of properties here. Nevertheless, the NRI’s have no pangs over the same and property investment in
Kochi is still their one of the favorite options, sources informed.
According to the property dealers in Kochi, most of the NRI’s look for sea-facing residential properties in the city. Perhaps, that's why
localities around Marine Drive and MG Road are the most premium residential locations in the city.
However, the vacancy rates in these areas are at rock bottom and hardly any properties are available for the sale. Also, the markets experts feel that
the prices are too high now and do not offer room for further growth from investment point of view.
Consequently, NRI investors have been reportedly taking interest in sub-urban locations like Kakkanad, Edappally, Kalamssery, Ankamali and
Extensive construction activities are underway in these areas, and real estate majors like DLF, Puravankara, Sobha, Prestige, and Brigade Group have
lined up their ambitious projects across these areas.
Given the demand for higher-end residential properties, international players too are eyeing the Kochi Property markets. Recently, Dubai-based Emaar
Group has also launched its project in the city.
Of Property Values in Kerala
Given the boom in Indian real estate in the past couple of years, prices of apartments at Marine Drive shot up by almost 300 per cent from Rs 1,500-Rs
2,400 psft to Rs 5,000-Rs 7,000 psft, in the period between 2005 and 2007.still increasing.