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Mumbai: The total value of private equity investments in real estate rose 7% in 2012 to 6,200 crore, according to the latest Real Estate Investment Market Report from consultant Cushman and Wakefield, amid a slowdown in the sector.

In terms of value, most of the investments were in ready income generating and operational office assets, up 34% to 3,230 crore, according to the report.

The residential segment, on the other hand, witnessed private equity investments at 2,850 crore in 2012. The average ticket size of investments in the segment in 2012 was 114 crore, rising 4% on average over 2011. Bangalore saw the highest number and value of private equity investments at 3,250 crore in 2012 followed by Mumbai with 1,300 crore and the national capital region with 700 crore.

“In India, we get the best deals as the capital is less and there are so many good opportunities," said Amit Bhagat, chief executive and managing director of ASK Property Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd. The company is raising its first offshore fund of around $250 million registered in Singapore.

“We are planning to invest 1,000 odd crore of private equity in real estate for the financial year 2013-14 and the typical investment size will be 100-150 crore," said Bhagat.

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