Tranquility, I think I get your question - NRIs invest for various reasons. I don't think they intend to exploit the residents by selling off their assests at a premium - the intention is to make a profit. Yes, it is for personal gain but I don't see anything wrong with it. One reason I would invest in India even if I were living elsewhere is because I'd like to diversify my assets. In other words, I would not want all my assests to be in one place, risking losing everything. I think it is a very smart move to invest in India too, financially speaking. Talking about Kochi, the State of Kerala has always depended on NRI money to thrive. So the price rise is a direct impact of that. I think it is a fair deal.If they stop investing, imagine what will happen to Kerala. I'd rather have them invest.