Home » News » Real Estate

Presents

Co-Sponsored by

In Association With

Source: Jones Lang LaSalle

Looking for a career in Real Estate?

Is the Indian real estate sector the right place to make a serious career in now? Compared to more developed countries, the Indian real estate sector still lacks sophistication and transparency.

By Sameer Khanna, Head - Human Resources, Jones Lang Lasalle India

Is the Indian real estate sector the right place to make a serious career in now? Compared to more developed countries, the Indian real estate sector still lacks sophistication and transparency. However, it continues to be in the limelight of domestic and international investments. This has naturally brought on the need for better, more capable human resources.

Though real estate is not nuclear science, there is a fair degree of complexity involved. As in any other business, real estate businesses operate either on:

- The basis of knee-jerk reactions to currently existing market trends and opportunities

- A learned understanding of the market, anticipation of emerging possibilities and with provisions for market integrity over the long term

The first method is reactive and often opportunistic. The latter is based on information rather than gut-feelings, and results in assured growth rather than short-term gains via calculated risks. There is increased emphasis on the latter approach today - therefore, there is definitely scope for making a career as a real estate professional.

Real Estate Courses

The scenario is changing fast and there is a lot of professionalism coming in because of the arrival of major international players. Developers are cleaning up their acts and introducing best practices and higher transparency now, thanks to evolving market dynamics. People equipped with the right know-how, training and professionalism are in high demand, and are paid correspondingly.

There are a number of real estate courses that aim to equip their students with some requisite knowledge, thereby giving them an edge. However, academic learning needs to be backed by hands-on, practical experience in order to reap fruits. A real estate course is at best a means to an end, but certainly not an end in itself.

The emergence of Indian real estate as a new academic focus is, of course, heartening. Equipping students with a basic understanding of the real estate market is as valid as instructing them on stock market dynamics - knowledge of either field can open up various career possibilities and attract youthful progressiveness into the sector. Also, the real estate professionals of the future are responsible for bringing about some badly-needed regulatory frameworks in the sector, and for catalyzing a higher degree of transparency.

The fact that they now have opportunities for being academically prepared for this is nothing but positive. That said - should one choose to attend such a course, checking its accreditation and verifying that the courses are officially recognized is extremely important.

In the final analysis, no learning is ever wasted. At the very least, even rudimentary real estate courses can whet the appetite of our youth to acquire experience and proficiency in this exciting, dynamic sector. Here, as in every other business field, the instructed youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

The following are some of career options available in the real estate sector:

- Residential real estate broker - A broker dealing in residential properties may represent either the buyer or the seller.

- Commercial real estate broker - Such a broker sells hotels, office space and similar commercial real estate properties. He/she may concentrate solely on retail office space, mall space, industrial space or hospitality space. He/she is involved in extensive market analysis, since commercial real estate is a preferred investment sector.

- Real estate appraiser - Such people determine the fair market value of a home for sale. They assess the value of properties on behalf of an appraisal firm, a bank or even major private investors. They are involved in refinancing, too.

- Property manager - Such a person usually is part of a professional property management firm and looks after the investment of the property owners. He handles customers and manages lease and rent deals. Good negotiation and people skills are de rigueur in this line.

- Facilities manager - Facilities management as a concept has just begun emerging as the best possible route of maximize profitability and reduce overhears in large real estate projects such as residential townships, office buildings and malls. There is still a severe dearth of adequately trained facilities management personnel. Professional property and asset management companies such as Jones Lang LaSalle train their operatives on the ground.

- Real estate investment consultant - Such a person has extensive inside knowledge of the real estate market and advises property investors on the best investment options. His main focus is to locate properties that will appreciate in value.

- Project development experts - Such people are at the very nexus of the property market, and help create saleable properties. They advise developers on all aspects of the project, from the blueprint stage of final deployment.

 

ADS BY GOOGLE

Ask the Experts

Get your Personal Finance queries answered

  • Q

    If I put Rs 2 lakh in PPF, how much tax rebate I will get?

    A

    As per the existing guidelines and rules a person cannot deposit more than 1.5 lacs in one PPF account. However you can deposit money in the...

  • Q

    Interest rates are going to go down. And all my fixed deposits will be maturing next year. I will have to renew my fixed deposits next year at lower rate of interest. What is the way out?

    A

    Interest rates keep fluctuating due to various micro- and macro- economic factors. There is never an ideal rate of interest. In a high inter...

  • Q

    I want to buy online term life insuance plan. Which is the best one? Should I go for single premium or regular premium policy?

    A

    Single premium term insurance policies don?t make much sense. Why pay such a large amount at one go when you have the option of paying in sm...

  • Q

    I want to invest some money with at least ten years view. I dont want share market risk. Can I invest in NSC? Is there any other investment option?

    A

    NSC or National Savings Certificate is a safe investment scheme offered by the Central Government. It is an ideal option for investors with ...

  • Q

    Is it a good idea to invest in asset allocation funds? if yes, please suggest some good fund to invest money. I am 35 years old and can invest Rs 10000 per month.

    A

    Asset Allocation Funds are for those investors who want to take an exposure into different asset classes but do not wish to create their own...

  • Q

    My CA says that I have to pay tax on interest accrued on my FD of Rs 20 lakh. I have submitted form 15H in all banks. Is it necessary to pay tax in this case?

    A

    In case of interest on fixed deposits which is taxable under the head ?Income from other Sources? a taxpayer has two choices. Either you can...

  • Q

    Please suggest a good investment option of land in South India. I want to buy a land parcel of around 2 acres.

    A

    If you take a look at the South Indian real estate market, Bangalore has emerged as a clear winner. Due to the strong presence of IT/ITeS an...

  • Q

    I want to invest Rs 20000 per month. I have identified Reliance Small Cap Fund and DSPBR Micro cap fund for investment. I can hold to investments for two years. Is it a good idea to invest in these schemes? How much returns I will be getting?

    A

    If you are an aggressive investor, you can consider investing in either of the 2 funds.DSPBR Micro Cap My suggestion is that if you are inve...

  • Q

    I want to save my money for retirment Please suggest a good insurance policy

    A

    For retirement it is advisable to use multiple investment instruments and not just life insurance policies. If you have 15 years or so for r...

  • Q

    IS IT a Good time to invest in GOLD ?

    A

    Currently the outlook for gold is bearish/negative. However if you are planning for a long-term investment in gold it is ideal to invest the...

  • Q

    I have retired from my job in November. I have got Rs 48 lakh from my employers, by way of epf, gratuity and other benefits. Should i invest in senior citizen scheme of LIC? How about pension plans from LIC?

    A

    1. You can invest Post office Senior Citizen Scheme. 2. You also should invest lumpsome in MIP in post office and get monthly interest. 3. K...

  • Q

    I want to save Rs 1 crore for my retirement when i turn 60. Now I am 42 years old and have fixed deposits worth Rs 18 lakh.What should I do to reach Rs 1 cr mark?

    A

    start investing a minimum 5000 per month in mutual fund and increase 10% to 20% every year....

  • Q

    I want to save on my utility bills and fuel expenses.Please suggest a good credit card for me.

    A

    Yes, you will be able to save on Utility bills and fuel expenses through the cash back schemes offered by some of the credit card companies....

  • Q

    Suggest couple of equity mutual funds for me. I am keen to invest Rs 25000 per month for next couple of years. I can remain invested for at least five years?

    A

    Asset Allocation Funds are for those investors who want to take an exposure into different asset classes but do not wish to create their own...

  • Q

    I am a senior citizen.I received interest of Rs .1,70,000/- on FD.I have duly filled 15G form.I have NO other source of income.Have I to pay Income tax on this interest or can it be excempted?

    A

    Sir, please note if you are less than 80 years but more than 60 years of age, your total income upto Rs 3,00,000 is exempt from tax, you are...

  • Q

    Please suggest a good money back policy for me. I am 27 years old and want to accumulate Rs 10lakh over 10 years.

    A

    If you are a fan of traditional money back policies, go in for the LIC New Money Back Policy of 20 or 25 years. I would suggest you go in fo...

  • Q

    I want to buy a life insurance for my brother Please suggest a good policy. He is 19 years old. he should get Rs 5 lakh when he turns 25 years.

    A

    Best to go in for a ULIP in case he is looking to grow the money also. Go in for a ULIP like HDFC Click 2 Invest which is very low on charge...

  • Q

    In 2013, I bought an Endowment policy from LIC. Premium for that is around 35K per year. Now i understand, this was a big mistake and i want to go for a term insurance policy. I have already paid two premiums in 2013 and 2014 and I want to make this policy paid-up. Can i pay one more premium this year and make that endowment policy paid-up ? Or is there any better alternative ? Please suggest.

    A

    Yes, you can convert to a paid-up policy after 3 years premiums have been paid. I would recommend that you surrender the plan and take back ...

  • Q

    Is zero depreciation cover a good option under auto insurance? I have plans to buy honda city in January

    A

    Zero depreciation is a good option to along with the standard car insurance plan. By paying a slightly increased premium you can ensure that...

  • Q

    I am 20 years old,I am getting 17+ % or returns from share in my portfolio consistently for the last 6 months.should i think about a career in stockbroking?

    A

    Its nice to note that your portfolio has been gaining such high returns, however it might be too early to take a call and make stockbroking ...

Explore Moneycontrol

Copyright © e-Eighteen.com Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of news articles, photos, videos or any other content in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of moneycontrol.com is prohibited.