Sunday, June 01, 2008

Praful Patel's CeeJay House Bills Barclays Rs 725 per sq ft

Recently, this blog had reported a story about Barclays Bank paying Rs 725 per sq feet for office space in a building called CeeJay House, located in Mumbai's Worli area. [Read the story here] At the time, one could not find the story online, but today this blog was able to locate it online on the Economic Times website.

The ET story had some additional information, which was not available in the TOI version. This is what reporter Nauzer Bharucha has written in the ET:

The landlord of CeeJay House, located next to Poonam Chambers, is none other than civil aviation minister Praful Patel, who incidentally occupies a residential duplex spread over 35,000 sq ft with a swimming pool in this building. On Wednesday, when TOI contacted Patel to confirm the deal, he said he would find out and get back to us. After that, he could not be reached despite repeated attempts to contact him.

So, now you know the shenanigans of the players in the real estate business.

Read the ET story here

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Consider how the crisis has unfolded over the past eighteen months. The proximate cause is to be found in the housing bubble or more exactly in the excesses of the subprime mortgage market. The longer a double-digit rise in house prices lasted, the more lax the lending practices became. In the end, people could borrow 100 percent of inflated house prices with no money down. Insiders referred to subprime loans as ninja loans—no income, no job, no questions asked. - George Soros in latest book

everything’s going up, there’s a feelgood factor and people tell each other how much their houses are going up at dinner parties,” says Professor Mark Stephens of York University’s Centre for Housing Policy. “Then the music stops, as it always does.”

year, Japan was a more attractive market to put money in. If you look at the US, we can now get an internal rate of return of 25% there, so why would anyone want to come to India?” - a senior executive at an international financial services group, who did not wish to be named.

people told us house prices never go down on a national level, and that there had never been a default of an investment-grade-rated mortgage bond, "Mortgage experts were too caught up." - John Paulson, trader, who bet against subprime market and made $15 billion.

most puzzling are the real-estate projects of Parsvnath. Just have a look at the Pride Asia project near Chandigarh. They are asking almost US $300K-$350 K dollars for 2 bed room apartments. They have Villas in this project that costs more than US $1.5 million dollars. It is true that some people in India have that kind of money in India. However most of their wealth is black money and that can not be used to buy these properties. Obviously, these projects have been launched keeping NRIs in mind. - Sanjeev, comment from another site

Desai, aka Bani, the star of Balalji Telefilms's soap, Kasam Se, has been house hunting for over a year. She had almost closed a 2-BHK deal last year for Rs 1.5 crore in a Oberoi Constructions' building located at Andheri, Mumbai, but when she went back to confirm it, she was asked to cough up Rs 2.61 crore. Since then, she is still house hunting. - Mumbai Mirror


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