- Friday, October 20, 2017

Dos and don’ts for buying a house on the basis of a sample flat

Real estate in India, has gradually transformed, from being a commodity sale based on price, to an experiential purchase that involves high involvement. In this scenario, sample flats can be an effective tool, as … READ FULL STORY The post Dos and don’ts for buying a house on the basis of a sample flat appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 19, 2017

Should you give up on a good property because of imperfect Vastu?

Consider this scenario: after a prolonged search, you get an unbelievable offer on a property. However, you find that the property does not conform to Vastu norms. Should you drop the offer? This is … READ FULL STORY The post Should you give up on a good property because of imperfect Vastu? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NRIs prefer to invest in hometown over major metros

More than three-fourths (78%) of non-resident Indians (NRIs), who are looking to invest in real estate in the country, wish to do so in their hometown. Among the NRIs who are investing for the … READ FULL STORY The post NRIs prefer to invest in hometown over major metros appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 17, 2017

RERA and GST impact: Buyers prefer OC-ready projects

With the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), the residential real estate industry is witnessing significant changes. The Act strictly prohibits builders from advertising their under-construction projects, while allowing the … READ FULL STORY The post RERA and GST impact: Buyers prefer OC-ready projects appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, October 16, 2017

Important amenities that tenants look for in a rental house

Athira Sreedevi KV, a government employee, took a one-bhk apartment on rent in Bandra as it was close to her office, even though it meant spending much more on rent than what she was … READ FULL STORY The post Important amenities that tenants look for in a rental house appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, October 14, 2017

How does the PMAY interest subsidy scheme for EWS and LIG work

The government has been trying to support the cause of housing, through its ‘Housing for All by 2022’ mission. Under this mission, the government has come out with two schemes, to partly fund the … READ FULL STORY The post How does the PMAY interest subsidy scheme for EWS and LIG work appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, October 14, 2017

Consider maintenance aspect before buying a second home

When Ranjit Tendolkar bought a villa in Lonavala, it was with the intention of spending some time every month, in the green environs of the area. “Many times, we would not visit the villa … READ FULL STORY The post Consider maintenance aspect before buying a second home appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, October 13, 2017

Property Tax Guide: Importance, Calculation and Online Payment

When you buy a home, there several taxes that the purchase has to pay. While stamp duty and registration are one-time charges, the property tax is a recurring charge that the owner has to … READ FULL STORY The post Property Tax Guide: Importance, Calculation and Online Payment appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Will RERA lead to an oversupply in the NCR market?

With the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) and other reforms coming into force, developers are rushing to complete partially completed projects and obtain their completion certificates, to avoid falling under the purview … READ FULL STORY The post Will RERA lead to an oversupply in the NCR market? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What to keep in mind when choosing an affordable rental house

Affordability is a crucial factor, for people who are searching for a rental home in metropolitan cities. Besides the rental amount, maintenance costs, vehicle parking charges, etc., also impact the overall outgo. At the … READ FULL STORY The post What to keep in mind when choosing an affordable rental house appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Do holiday home buyers want a holiday or ROI: A survey

Residents of Mumbai and Pune far outnumber those from other cities, when it comes to the desire to own a holiday home. A Track2Realty survey found that more than two-thirds of Mumbaikars would like … READ FULL STORY The post Do holiday home buyers want a holiday or ROI: A survey appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru are home to 73% real estate barons: Report

Kushal Pal Singh of DLF is the wealthiest real estate baron in India, with a wealth of Rs 23,460 crores, in a list dominated by real estate entrepreneurs from Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru, … READ FULL STORY The post Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru are home to 73% real estate barons: Report appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NRI investment in real estate: Flexible policies are the need of the hour

The Indian government unabashedly woos the Indian diaspora to invest in various sectors in India and is considering easing norms further. Yet, the government makes Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) jump through hoops when it comes … READ FULL STORY The post NRI investment in real estate: Flexible policies are the need of the hour appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, October 07, 2017

Can affordable housing become the largest segment in residential real estate?

Over the past one or two years, the major cities across the country have seen a significant rise in affordable housing projects. According to a white paper by KPMG, titled ‘Indian real estate: Unfolding … READ FULL STORY The post Can affordable housing become the largest segment in residential real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 05, 2017

Indians’ spends on overseas homes swell manifolds: Knight Frank-IREX report

Indians’ spends on housing investments overseas, rose by almost 59-folds, from USD 1.9 million in 2005-06 to USD 111.9 million in 2016-17, with compact apartments of less than 1,500 sq ft emerging as the … READ FULL STORY The post Indians’ spends on overseas homes swell manifolds: Knight Frank-IREX report appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 04, 2017

What REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) mean for Indian Real Estate

The Indian real estate sector has been lucrative for savvy investors over the last decade, but it has not been without accompanying uncertainties. The introduction of real estate investment trusts (REITs), will provide a … READ FULL STORY The post What REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) mean for Indian Real Estate appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Aspirational middle-class drives demand for second homes

While the scramble to buy a home is a painful rite of passage for many in the metros, the upwardly mobile and affluent are being tempted by all manner of options when it comes … READ FULL STORY The post Aspirational middle-class drives demand for second homes appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, October 02, 2017

A guide to paying property tax in Gurugram

Owners of residential properties in Gurugram, are liable to pay property tax to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) every year. The MCG follows a simple system for property tax calculation that mainly takes … READ FULL STORY The post A guide to paying property tax in Gurugram appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, September 30, 2017

A guide to paying property tax in Ahmedabad

Owners of residential properties in Ahmedabad, are liable to pay property tax to the Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC) every year. The AMC has one of the more user-friendly and technologically advanced property tax payment … READ FULL STORY The post A guide to paying property tax in Ahmedabad appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, September 30, 2017

Vastu tips for buying a new home during the festive season

Home buyers nowadays, consider Vastu as a prominent factor, when they select a home. Often, people avoid projects or apartments that do not comply with Vastu norms. This is especially true during the festive … READ FULL STORY The post Vastu tips for buying a new home during the festive season appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 29, 2017

A guide to paying property tax in Kolkata

Owners of residential properties in Kolkata, are liable to pay property tax to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) every year. The municipality uses the funds collected as property tax, to provide important civic facilities … READ FULL STORY The post A guide to paying property tax in Kolkata appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 29, 2017

Will home loans become costlier under the GST?

There is general perception that due to the increased rates of 18 per cent, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for services rendered by the lenders, as against the lower rate of 15 per … READ FULL STORY The post Will home loans become costlier under the GST? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai have highest prime office yields in the world: Knight Frank report

Three Indian metros – Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi – earned the highest prime office yields, among 34 leading international markets, according to a report by Knight Frank, titled ‘Global Cities: The 2018 Report’. Bengaluru … READ FULL STORY The post Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai have highest prime office yields in the world: Knight Frank report appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Senior housing sector in India may touch USD 7.7 billion by 2030: PHD Chamber report

Although the senior housing sector in India is at a nascent stage, it presents huge opportunities for real estate developers, service providers, healthcare players and operators. According to a report by the PHD Chamber … READ FULL STORY The post Senior housing sector in India may touch USD 7.7 billion by 2030: PHD Chamber report appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A guide to paying property tax in Hyderabad

Owners of residential properties in Hyderabad, are liable to pay property tax to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) every year. In December 2015, the government issued an order, offering an exemption in property … READ FULL STORY The post A guide to paying property tax in Hyderabad appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Should you opt for a rental home with lots of amenities or less amenities?

When searching for a home on rent, a common dilemma faced by prospective tenants, is to evaluate which amenities are necessary and accordingly, what the rental value of the home should be. “In metropolitan … READ FULL STORY The post Should you opt for a rental home with lots of amenities or less amenities? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 25, 2017

A guide to paying property tax in Chennai

Owners of residential properties in Chennai, are liable to pay property tax to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) every year. The municipality uses the funds collected as property tax to provide important civic facilities … READ FULL STORY The post A guide to paying property tax in Chennai appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, September 23, 2017

A guide to paying property tax in Delhi

Owners of residential properties in Delhi, are liable to pay property tax to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) every year. Based on the area/colony in which your property is located, you would need … READ FULL STORY The post A guide to paying property tax in Delhi appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 22, 2017

What real estate stocks indicate, about the prevailing market sentiments…

The stock market is said to be the one of the best indicators of buyers’ sentiments in the real estate market. Often, the demand and supply in the realty market, can be closely approximated … READ FULL STORY The post What real estate stocks indicate, about the prevailing market sentiments… appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top 10 frequently asked questions about GST on real estate

1: Will property prices go up, with the GST being applicable on all construction-related materials and services? A: While the government has attempted to keep the rates similar to the existing incidence of central … READ FULL STORY The post Top 10 frequently asked questions about GST on real estate appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Shahapur property market: From holiday homes, to affordable housing

Nestling amid rolling hills and kissed by gurgling streams in Thane district, Shahapur has been nothing more than a weekend getaway dotted with a few farmhouses owned by city slickers. Now it’s morphing from … READ FULL STORY The post Shahapur property market: From holiday homes, to affordable housing appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thane, western suburbs, lead in registrations under MahaRERA

The total carpet area of projects registered under MahaRERA, as per recent data available, was 84.62 million sq ft, of which, the total sold area was 43.5 million sq ft – or 51 per … READ FULL STORY The post Thane, western suburbs, lead in registrations under MahaRERA appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reverse charge mechanism in GST and its impact on construction costs

Under the present service tax laws, normally, it is the supplier of the services, who has to collect the service tax from its clients/customers and deposit the same with the government. However, there are … READ FULL STORY The post Reverse charge mechanism in GST and its impact on construction costs appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 18, 2017

The best places to stay on rent in Delhi-NCR

The market for rental accommodation in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), has remained strong, especially along the outskirts. With the government’s demonetisation drive affecting real estate sales, the rental market has gained momentum. Consequently, … READ FULL STORY The post The best places to stay on rent in Delhi-NCR appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, September 16, 2017

A weekend home in Alibaug is finally within reach

Imagine painting the prettiest-ever, sea-swept landscape – and then living in it. Till fairly recently, only the super-rich were allowed to have that dream, and Alibaug made it a reality. But in the last … READ FULL STORY The post A weekend home in Alibaug is finally within reach appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 15, 2017

Can recent regulations turn the real estate market around?

Often, more laws lead to greater red tape and their improper implementation defeats their very purpose. In the recent past, the government has unveiled several new regulations that affect the real estate market. For … READ FULL STORY The post Can recent regulations turn the real estate market around? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 15, 2017

Buying in a project on a leasehold plot: What you should know

City development authorities in most Indian states, either provide land development rights to developers to build projects or sell residential land as freehold through auction. The trend to allot land on leasehold, is mostly … READ FULL STORY The post Buying in a project on a leasehold plot: What you should know appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 14, 2017

How will REITs benefit the Indian property market?

After a long wait, real estate investment trusts (REITs) are likely to become a reality soon. REITs are expected to provide opportunities for retail investors, to participate in the real estate sector and at … READ FULL STORY The post How will REITs benefit the Indian property market? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 14, 2017

Godrej, Nirmal enter into joint venture for township project at Thane

Godrej Properties Ltd, on September 14, 2017, announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Nirmal Ventures, for developing a residential project located on the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Marg, in Thane … READ FULL STORY The post Godrej, Nirmal enter into joint venture for township project at Thane appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Can the RERA protect home buyers from brokers’ misleading claims?

When Rakshit Punetha bought a house in a newly-launched project, his broker promised that all the woodwork in his apartment would be done, as part of an ‘early bird’ offer. He was also promised … READ FULL STORY The post Can the RERA protect home buyers from brokers’ misleading claims? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 11, 2017

NRI investment patterns become realistic

Alka Rajpurohit, a non-resident Indian (NRI) from Dubai, wanted to sell her luxury apartment in Gurgaon and instead, buy a premium apartment in Noida. Rajpurohit’s decision, reflects the changing dynamics of NRIs’ investments in … READ FULL STORY The post NRI investment patterns become realistic appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 11, 2017

Check these Vastu Shastra norms, before moving into a rental home

Vastu Shastra compliance, is nowadays an important factor that influences the decision of home buyers and tenants, alike. “One of the main difficulties of living in a rented flat or apartment, is that you … READ FULL STORY The post Check these Vastu Shastra norms, before moving into a rental home appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, September 09, 2017

Is it constitutional to apply RERA with retrospective effect?

On May 1, 2017, all 92 provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA or the Act) were brought into force. The Act has introduced new obligations on real estate developers … READ FULL STORY The post Is it constitutional to apply RERA with retrospective effect? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 08, 2017

How carpet area definition changes in RERA

The area of a property is often calculated in three different ways – carpet area, built-up area and super built-up area. Hence, when it comes to buying a property, this can leads to a … READ FULL STORY The post How carpet area definition changes in RERA appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 08, 2017

India among top 10 price appreciating housing markets: Knight Frank

The growth in mainstream residential prices in India, has landed it a place among the top ten international markets in the 12-months to June 2017, according to the Global House Price Index for Q2 … READ FULL STORY The post India among top 10 price appreciating housing markets: Knight Frank appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 07, 2017

Housing.com enriches home buying experience with ‘Jo Dikhey Wahi Miley’

Real estate portals are moving beyond mere listings and are now striving to offer home seekers with an experience. Within two years of its operations in the marketplace, Housing.com is taking on the established … READ FULL STORY The post Housing.com enriches home buying experience with ‘Jo Dikhey Wahi Miley’ appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 07, 2017

How is Pune’s property market influenced by its educational institutes

Jawaharlal Nehru called Pune as the Oxford of the east, owing to the many schools, colleges and management institutes that the city boasts of. Each year, Pune attracts thousands of students, from all over … READ FULL STORY The post How is Pune’s property market influenced by its educational institutes appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Real estate portals: Simplifying the property search process for home buyers

By now, you may have definitely used a real estate portal for your property searches. What could have triggered this? It could be the understanding that websites offer everything on a platter. With time, … READ FULL STORY The post Real estate portals: Simplifying the property search process for home buyers appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ways in which climatic conditions impact a property

We often hear people say that ‘There was a time, when our city was full of greenery, the climate was cool and there was no water scarcity or flooding problem. Now, things have completely … READ FULL STORY The post Ways in which climatic conditions impact a property appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 04, 2017

Does India offer enough incentives to those who build green homes?

If extra FAR (Floor Area Ratio) is a good incentive for developers to build green buildings, then Noida should have many such buildings, noted a panelist at a seminar on sustainable development, in Delhi. … READ FULL STORY The post Does India offer enough incentives to those who build green homes? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 04, 2017

Post RERA, brokers may focus on rental, resale segments: CommonFloor survey

With the number of residential project launches falling on the back of the implementation of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) from May 1, 2017, brokers are planning to focus on the rental market … READ FULL STORY The post Post RERA, brokers may focus on rental, resale segments: CommonFloor survey appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 31, 2017

Office space demand fuels co-working segment in Delhi-NCR

With rising demand for office spaces in Delhi, co-working spaces have gained popularity. The trend started last year, with providers of such spaces enticing start-ups and self-employed people to lease such properties. Now, these … READ FULL STORY The post Office space demand fuels co-working segment in Delhi-NCR appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How urban traffic affects the property market

With rapid urbanisation, the biggest challenge faced by cities and metropolitan areas, is traffic congestion, which also hinders the development of the real estate sector in such cities. Increasing population, has put significant stress … READ FULL STORY The post How urban traffic affects the property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Integrated cities: The answer to India’s urban planning woes?

In the 1990s, India witnessed the emergence of two major trends – information technology connecting cultures and people and improved mobility of capital across geographic boundaries. At the same time, India’s cities emerged as … READ FULL STORY The post Integrated cities: The answer to India’s urban planning woes? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, August 26, 2017

Will Ganesha bring cheer to real estate?

It is a common belief that making property investments on auspicious days, like Ganesh Chaturthi, will lead to appreciation in the value of the asset. Moreover, buying a property often involves one’s life savings. … READ FULL STORY The post Will Ganesha bring cheer to real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 24, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Will higher pay translate into greater demand for real estate?

The 7th Pay Commission has been notified and the salaries of central government employees and pensioners, are set for a major revision. This is likely to boost demand and liquidity in the real estate … READ FULL STORY The post 7th Pay Commission: Will higher pay translate into greater demand for real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MahaRERA has forced builders to extend completion timelines: Knight Frank India study

Hundreds of residential projects, promised to be handed over to home buyers this year, have suddenly witnessed a leap in delivery timelines in the wake of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), … READ FULL STORY The post MahaRERA has forced builders to extend completion timelines: Knight Frank India study appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Buying a second home in Uttarakhand: Pros and cons

An increasing number of aspirational second home buyers, are now investing in vacation home destinations in hill stations, owing to the picturesque location, booming hospitality industry and concept of home stays and wellness that … READ FULL STORY The post Buying a second home in Uttarakhand: Pros and cons appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top 10 office markets with highest rental growth in 2017: Colliers International

As the office demand continued to intensify in Q2 2017, an upward pressure on rental values was observed in a few micro-markets across India. A high rental growth was seen mostly in the southern … READ FULL STORY The post Top 10 office markets with highest rental growth in 2017: Colliers International appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 21, 2017

Dronagiri: Upcoming infrastructure make it a safe but long-term bet

Sangeeta Dubey bought a 2-BHK in Dronagiri and is happy with her decision. It was the only location in Navi Mumbai, where she could buy such a big house with her small budget. Dubey … READ FULL STORY The post Dronagiri: Upcoming infrastructure make it a safe but long-term bet appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, August 19, 2017

How poor vendor management is affecting projects, in India’s property market

When I joined this real estate company, I was exposed to an altogether new reality of vendor management, says the marketing head of a Noida-based real estate company, who had earlier worked in the … READ FULL STORY The post How poor vendor management is affecting projects, in India’s property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vastu Shastra tips for the main door/entrance

According to Vastu Shastra, the main door of a home is not only the entry point for the family but also for energy. “The main door is a transition zone, through which we enter … READ FULL STORY The post Vastu Shastra tips for the main door/entrance appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 18, 2017

Do buyers still wait for the festive season to buy homes?

Festivals are considered as an auspicious time to invest in property. Consequently, developers offer freebies and various lucrative schemes as incentives to home buyers during such festivals. While many home seekers try to purchase … READ FULL STORY The post Do buyers still wait for the festive season to buy homes? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gurugram circle rates: How will the reduction impact the property market

Over the last one year, property rates have witnessed dramatic fluctuations, due to reasons like the demonetisation drive and the introduction of laws like the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), the Goods … READ FULL STORY The post Gurugram circle rates: How will the reduction impact the property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 17, 2017

What is RERA and how will it impact the real estate industry and home buyers?

The Government of India enacted the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 on 26th March 2016 and all its provisions came into effect, from May 1, 2017. Developers have been given until the … READ FULL STORY The post What is RERA and how will it impact the real estate industry and home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jaypee Infratech bankruptcy: What options do aggrieved home buyers have?

Abhinav Kanchan works with a reputed developer from Bangalore. Consequently, he understands the importance of buying a home from a credible developer. Therefore, seven years ago, he booked a flat in Noida in Jaypee … READ FULL STORY The post Jaypee Infratech bankruptcy: What options do aggrieved home buyers have? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 15, 2017

71 years of independent India: The real estate milestones

Often, how a particular industry shapes up, depends on the government’s initiatives and interventions – largely done through new, sector-specific policies, as well as tweaking older ones. While the government’s role is important, it … READ FULL STORY The post 71 years of independent India: The real estate milestones appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Property price trends and forecast for key metro cities, in 2017

Realty prices in the country, have been impacted by various factors over the past year, such as the GST, RERA, demonetisation and the support to affordable housing. Experts point out that property prices were … READ FULL STORY The post Property price trends and forecast for key metro cities, in 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 14, 2017

How will GST and TDS impact rental income

The rental income from a real estate investment, is taxed under the head ‘Income from House property’ under the income tax laws, which is a direct tax law of the country. Properties that are … READ FULL STORY The post How will GST and TDS impact rental income appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 11, 2017

Rental homes are a must, to house India’s future

For decades, independent India peacefully lived with the concept of perpetual leases, inherited from the colonial era. Today, India is a country under construction. However, the governments’ design for housing, has perhaps failed to … READ FULL STORY The post Rental homes are a must, to house India’s future appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 11, 2017

What is the right age to buy a home?

In India, the current belief is that property investment is ideal, only for those with upcoming or established careers. However, is this true? How do banks, lenders and the property sector at large, view … READ FULL STORY The post What is the right age to buy a home? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 10, 2017

Despite IT layoffs, Hyderabad’s property market to see strong demand

Recently, there have been numerous reports that IT companies are laying off employees. Nevertheless, Hyderabad’s real estate market is expected to witness good buyer demand, despite sluggishness in the IT sector, which is the … READ FULL STORY The post Despite IT layoffs, Hyderabad’s property market to see strong demand appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Unfurnished 1-BHK apartments high on demand for rent, reveals study by Housing.com

Housing.com, part of Elara Technologies Pte Ltd, which also owns PropTiger.com and Makaan.com, on August 9, 2017, unveiled its key insights on house renting patterns. According to their research, 1-BHK units are the preferred … READ FULL STORY The post Unfurnished 1-BHK apartments high on demand for rent, reveals study by Housing.com appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Construction quality check: A must while investing in a property

Things to check   Builder’s experience The first and the most important thing to check while buying a house, is the builder’s construction experience. Generally, every reputed builder has a list of completed, ongoing … READ FULL STORY The post Construction quality check: A must while investing in a property appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Rustomjee launches limited edition 2-BHK homes for Rs 1 crore, at Rustomjee Urbania

Rustomjee, on August 9, 2017, announced the launch of its special limited edition homes in their 30-storey standalone tower, Aurelia, which is a part of the Rustomjee Urbania township, in Thane west. Aurelia offers … READ FULL STORY The post Rustomjee launches limited edition 2-BHK homes for Rs 1 crore, at Rustomjee Urbania appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 08, 2017

New launches decline by 17% in H1 2017: Colliers report

Although the market had returned to normal after the demonetisation drive in November 2016, it was further impacted by the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) and the nationwide execution … READ FULL STORY The post New launches decline by 17% in H1 2017: Colliers report appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 08, 2017

What is Stamp Duty Rates & Charges on Property?

The government levies a tax when there is a transaction of property (i.e., when a property changes hands, from the seller to the buyer). This tax is known as ‘stamp duty’. It is levied … READ FULL STORY The post What is Stamp Duty Rates & Charges on Property? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 07, 2017

NRIs fuelling luxury housing in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, which has traditionally been a cost-conscious property market, dominated by the mass and mid-segment housing, has suddenly witnessed a flurry of launches in the luxury segment. Moreover, this shift has happened at a … READ FULL STORY The post NRIs fuelling luxury housing in Ahmedabad appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 07, 2017

Can infrastructure development be environment-friendly?

Environmental concerns have often stalled large infrastructure projects in India. While the government maintains that it is committed to encouraging sustainable developments, policy decisions often reveal the gap between the stated intent and ground … READ FULL STORY The post Can infrastructure development be environment-friendly? appeared first on Housing News.

- Sunday, August 06, 2017

Vastu Shastra tips for a rented home

Vastu Shastra, the ancient science of architecture, is about improving positive energies in a specific space. It applies equally, to homes owned by individuals, as well as rental houses. “Vastu Shastra principles, when applied … READ FULL STORY The post Vastu Shastra tips for a rented home appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 04, 2017

RERA in the NCR: Can the states’ rules protect home buyers?

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) has had a difficult birth and seems to be having a troubled childhood. The expectations from the ‘miracle child’ seem to be mired in a ‘what’s … READ FULL STORY The post RERA in the NCR: Can the states’ rules protect home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 04, 2017

The safest areas for women in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi NCR and Bengaluru

The world needs to raise its collective voice against gender bias, inequality and violence against women. We also need to give more encouragement for women’s advancement, celebrate their achievements and champion the cause of … READ FULL STORY The post The safest areas for women in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi NCR and Bengaluru appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 03, 2017

Can buyers’ endorsements work in the Indian real estate market?

While word-of-mouth publicity is something that developers across the country have adopted, to improve sales and their brand image, their marketing and sales campaigns remain heavily dependent on celebrity endorsements. This raises a fundamental … READ FULL STORY The post Can buyers’ endorsements work in the Indian real estate market? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Real estate sentiments turn negative on RERA, GST implementation: FICCI-NAREDCO-Knight Frank India’s sentiment index

Sentiments in the real estate sector, which had been positive in the last quarter, have moved into the negative zone for the first time since Q4 2015, largely as a result of ambiguity over … READ FULL STORY The post Real estate sentiments turn negative on RERA, GST implementation: FICCI-NAREDCO-Knight Frank India’s sentiment index appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 01, 2017

4 strategies to create a successful property investment

Indian real estate is a dynamic industry, which experiences changes throughout the year. Consequently, evaluating a particular city or location, in terms of the investment potential it holds, can be a daunting task because … READ FULL STORY The post 4 strategies to create a successful property investment appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 31, 2017

RERA warranty clause: Will it protect home buyers?

Raman Kapoor, a home buyer in Noida, has been in a legal battle with his developer for the last five years. His grouse is that there has been a defect in the construction of … READ FULL STORY The post RERA warranty clause: Will it protect home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 28, 2017

Changing trends in the way families buy homes

The independence and security that a self-owned home provides are unmatched. However, the decision to purchase a home is not always a straightforward one. There are various socio-cultural and economic processes associated with a … READ FULL STORY The post Changing trends in the way families buy homes appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 27, 2017

Residential sales up by 3% in Q1 FY18: PropTiger’s Realty Decoded report

PropTiger.com, on July 27, 2017, released the findings of ‘Realty Decoded’ report for the April- June quarter of the financial year 2017-18 (Q1, FY18). As per the report, residential sales in the real estate … READ FULL STORY The post Residential sales up by 3% in Q1 FY18: PropTiger’s Realty Decoded report appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RERA in the NCR: A status update

As the deadline looms, for states to set up their respective Real Estate Regulatory Authorities and the machinery, and for developers to register their newly-launched or ongoing projects, both sections of stakeholders are making … READ FULL STORY The post RERA in the NCR: A status update appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Can a home be bought for end-use as well as investment purposes?

The psychology of home buyers and their expectations vis-à-vis return on investment (ROI), have traditionally been different for investors and end-users. However, this difference may be gradually disappearing, at least in the top eight … READ FULL STORY The post Can a home be bought for end-use as well as investment purposes? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thane emerges as best destination for home buyers among MMR

Thane is fast scoring over other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), by becoming a sought-after region among home buyers. In its recent report, real estate consultancy firm Knight Frank India, stated that … READ FULL STORY The post Thane emerges as best destination for home buyers among MMR appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 24, 2017

Pune new home launches fall 26% in H1 2017: Gera report

The headwinds of a slower market, combined with demonetisation and RERA, have had an impact on the number of homes launched in Pune, according to the ‘Pune Residential Realty Report for January-June 2017’ by … READ FULL STORY The post Pune new home launches fall 26% in H1 2017: Gera report appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, July 22, 2017

Vastu faults that you shouldn’t ignore while buying a home

Is it possible for every apartment that is put up for sale, to comply with Vastu Shastra norms? The answer is no! So, how can home buyers identify which apartments to buy and which … READ FULL STORY The post Vastu faults that you shouldn’t ignore while buying a home appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 21, 2017

Tamil Nadu RERA: Impact on the property market and home buyers

With the notification of the Tamil Nadu Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2017, the residential real estate sector in the state is all set to experience a sea change. On the optimistic side, … READ FULL STORY The post Tamil Nadu RERA: Impact on the property market and home buyers appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 21, 2017

The DMIC project would transform the realty market in its 20 impact cities

Infrastructure developments and large projects, such as industrial corridors or IT hubs, tend to augur well for the real estate market in the area. The Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor (DMIC) announced by the government of … READ FULL STORY The post The DMIC project would transform the realty market in its 20 impact cities appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 21, 2017

Godrej Garden City becomes largest township to receive IGBC Platinum certificate

Godrej Properties Limited (GPL) has announced that its township project in Ahmedabad, Godrej Garden City has received the Indian Green Building Council-Green Residential Society (IGBC-GRS) Platinum certification. The IGBC-GRS Platinum certification is recognised as … READ FULL STORY The post Godrej Garden City becomes largest township to receive IGBC Platinum certificate appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 20, 2017

The pros and cons of buying a property in Delhi’s Lal Dora regions

Rashu Sinha, a senior level marketing professional working in New Delhi, recently bought a two-bedroom apartment. The uniqueness of Sinha’s property is in the fact that his apartment is not part of a newly-built … READ FULL STORY The post The pros and cons of buying a property in Delhi’s Lal Dora regions appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How will changing interest rates impact home loan EMIs

Interest rates play a key role in the home buying decision, when one opts for a home loan. Presently, the interest rate on home loans, is around the 8% mark, which looks very attractive, … READ FULL STORY The post How will changing interest rates impact home loan EMIs appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Crowdfunding versus REIT: Crucial differences

Investors in India are today exposed to what is happening in the global market. This holds true for financial planning and investment in Indian real estate, as well. Consequently, they are curious to explore … READ FULL STORY The post Crowdfunding versus REIT: Crucial differences appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Private sector developers come together for a sustainable housing consortium

A first-of-its-kind, voluntary, private sector-led initiative, the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC), has launched a ‘greenhomes’ campaign that will work towards mainstreaming green homes in India. The aim, is for at least 20 per … READ FULL STORY The post Private sector developers come together for a sustainable housing consortium appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 17, 2017

Bengaluru leads office absorption in Q2 2017: Colliers International

Despite the demonetisation exercise and recent layoffs by technology companies, due to automation and changing technology, commercial markets continued to remain resilient, backed by sustained expansion plans of the major occupiers. The gross office … READ FULL STORY The post Bengaluru leads office absorption in Q2 2017: Colliers International appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 17, 2017

What does a PE funded project tell a home buyer about its credibility…

The activities of private equity (PE) investors are believed to be a reliable indicator of the property market’s status. By studying private equity investors’ movements, home buyers can understand the prevailing mood in the … READ FULL STORY The post What does a PE funded project tell a home buyer about its credibility… appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 14, 2017

Are Delhi suburbs a good bet for property buyers in the present market?

With fewer new launches in the last 6-9 months as developers focus on completing their projects and improvements in infrastructure, the suburbs around Delhi now offer ample opportunities for prospective home buyers. Highlighting this … READ FULL STORY The post Are Delhi suburbs a good bet for property buyers in the present market? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 13, 2017

RERA versus NCDRC: Who will protect home buyers better?

In recent times, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has given several tough rulings against the developers and in favour of home buyers. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), on the … READ FULL STORY The post RERA versus NCDRC: Who will protect home buyers better? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How will the NPA law impact the realty sector?

Sluggish growth has had an adverse impact on several real estate players, resulting in many of their loans turning into non-performing assets (NPAs) for the banks and financial institutions. Recently, the government of India … READ FULL STORY The post How will the NPA law impact the realty sector? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, July 11, 2017

One-BHK apartments are always in demand for rent, in Mumbai

Over the past few decades, real estate has emerged as an important investment asset. However, this investment, depends on healthy capital appreciation over a long-term period. Real estate also tends to be illiquid and … READ FULL STORY The post One-BHK apartments are always in demand for rent, in Mumbai appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 10, 2017

Which is more attractive: Rental income from residential or commercial property?

People often do not recognise the difference between residential and commercial properties, while making an investment and therefore, tend to focus on just one type. The leasing businesses in the residential and commercial segments, … READ FULL STORY The post Which is more attractive: Rental income from residential or commercial property? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, July 08, 2017

How to choose the right colours for your home, based on Vastu

It is a proven fact that colours have a significant psychological effect on people. A home is a place where a person spends a major part of one’s life. As specific colours stimulate distinctive … READ FULL STORY The post How to choose the right colours for your home, based on Vastu appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, July 08, 2017

Is your dream home really a ‘green’ home?

Of late, home seekers have become increasingly aware of the short-term costs versus the long-term benefits of living in green buildings. Although green building concepts in the residential segment are more prevalent in super-luxury … READ FULL STORY The post Is your dream home really a ‘green’ home? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 06, 2017

How to sell an apartment in a slow market

While it is not advisable to sell your apartment, when the real estate market is witnessing a slowdown, sometimes, it may be unavoidable. You may have been transferred to another city, or may be … READ FULL STORY The post How to sell an apartment in a slow market appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Residential property sales fall to lowest in 5 years: Knight Frank report

The residential real estate market has witnessed its lowest first-half sales and launches in the last five years, along with a resurgence of the affordable housing sector in H1 2017, says a report titled … READ FULL STORY The post Residential property sales fall to lowest in 5 years: Knight Frank report appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 03, 2017

Godrej Properties to develop premium group housing project, in Bengaluru

Godrej Properties Ltd (GPL), on July 3, 2017, announced that it has signed a ‘development management’ agreement, to develop a premium group housing project on Magadi Road, in west Bengaluru. This project will offer … READ FULL STORY The post Godrej Properties to develop premium group housing project, in Bengaluru appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 03, 2017

Godrej Properties launches new residential project in Gurgaon

Godrej Properties Ltd (GPL), on July 3, 2017, announced the addition of a new group housing project in Gurgaon. The project will offer approximately 98,000 sq metres (approximately 1.05 million sq ft) of saleable … READ FULL STORY The post Godrej Properties launches new residential project in Gurgaon appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, July 01, 2017

Jewar Airport: No significant gains for the property market

Ever since the second airport for Delhi-NCR in Jewar was given an in-principle clearance, developers in the property markets of Noida and even Ghaziabad, have been trying to make the best of it, to … READ FULL STORY The post Jewar Airport: No significant gains for the property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, July 01, 2017

Will land reforms help property buyers?

Land acquisition in the country, has been a hotly debated issue. The controversies around faulty land acquisition and the problems of resettlement and compensation, continue to threaten a number of projects across the residential … READ FULL STORY The post Will land reforms help property buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, June 30, 2017

Impact of GST on Property Prices: Will Buyers Pay More?

The regime of indirect taxation in the real estate industry, started as recently as 2004, when service tax was applied to works contracts of commercial properties. It was then introduced to residential properties and … READ FULL STORY The post Impact of GST on Property Prices: Will Buyers Pay More? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, June 30, 2017

GST on real estate: Should home buyers wait or invest now?

With the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, 2017, there is significant anxiousness and ambiguity among the stakeholders in the real estate market. Many are also wondering which would … READ FULL STORY The post GST on real estate: Should home buyers wait or invest now? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, June 29, 2017

GST on real estate: How will it impact home buyers and the industry

The GST Bill was approved in the Lok Sabha on March 29, 2017 with four supplementary legislations- The Central GST Bill, 2017; The Integrated GST Bill, 2017; The GST (Compensation to States) Bill, 2017; … READ FULL STORY The post GST on real estate: How will it impact home buyers and the industry appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, June 29, 2017

GST rates: Under construction properties to attract 12% tax

Although the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates have already been finalised on most of the goods and services, calculating its real impact appears to be a mammoth task, especially for under-construction properties. The … READ FULL STORY The post GST rates: Under construction properties to attract 12% tax appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Are developers reluctant to involve home buyers in the construction process?

“Whenever I wished to visit my under-construction apartment, I was denied entry into the site by the security guards, in the name of safety issues. I am unaware of the construction status and the … READ FULL STORY The post Are developers reluctant to involve home buyers in the construction process? appeared first on Housing News.

- Sunday, June 25, 2017

GST on Residential Property: Impact on buying and renting of properties

While there is a lot of buzz over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the market, most people remain unsure about how it will impact various businesses. In the real estate sector, people … READ FULL STORY The post GST on Residential Property: Impact on buying and renting of properties appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, June 24, 2017

Let infrastructure growth decide your next property purchase

In real estate lexicon, market drivers are developments in an area that increase the value of living there. It is a well-established fact that infrastructure is by far, the most important driver for real … READ FULL STORY The post Let infrastructure growth decide your next property purchase appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, June 23, 2017

GST impact: Will ready-to-move apartments cost more or less?

A perception has gained ground in the Indian housing market that the Goods and Services Tax (GST), is only applicable to under-construction projects and hence, ready-to-move-in apartments are exempt from the GST. However, the … READ FULL STORY The post GST impact: Will ready-to-move apartments cost more or less? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, March 31, 2017

Is GST bad news for home buyers and renters?

The Lok Sabha, on March 29, 2017, cleared four bills in preparation of the upcoming rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime: Integrated GST Central GST Union territory GST Compensation bill This … READ FULL STORY The post Is GST bad news for home buyers and renters? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, March 31, 2017

The top 5 property purchase plans in the market

Developers are offering a variety of payment schemes, to attract buyers during the current slowdown. For example, subvention schemes have been prevalent for quite some time in the residential sector and are being used … READ FULL STORY The post The top 5 property purchase plans in the market appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dos and don’ts for renting out your house

The rental housing market has evolved over the years, with new legislations and registration procedures that help to protect landlords against the potential risk of tenants violating terms and conditions of the rental agreement. … READ FULL STORY The post Dos and don’ts for renting out your house appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 30, 2017

What makes Bengaluru an ideal investment destination?

The real estate market in Bengaluru has stood apart from others in the country. Developers in the city have a much better track record, in terms of transparency, fair trade practices, construction quality, project … READ FULL STORY The post What makes Bengaluru an ideal investment destination? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 30, 2017

GST Bill passed in Lok Sabha: How will it impact the real estate sector?

With 4 crucial bills on GST being passed in the Lok Sabha on March 29, 2017, it’s now a certainty that the GST would be implemented from July 1, 2017. The GST is being … READ FULL STORY The post GST Bill passed in Lok Sabha: How will it impact the real estate sector? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 30, 2017

How has the GST been structured?

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime has came a step closer to meet its July 1, 2017 target of rollout, with the Lok Sabha approving four supplementary legislations. The Central GST Bill, 2017; The … READ FULL STORY The post How has the GST been structured? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The essential checklist for investing in a new and upcoming location

Rapid urbanisation has led to the emergence of new suburbs and peripheral areas around metropolitan cities. These newly-created residential markets have their own set of development types (apartments, row houses, villas and plots), price … READ FULL STORY The post The essential checklist for investing in a new and upcoming location appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, March 27, 2017

Why are Indian tenants a dissatisfied lot?

When it comes to taking a property on rent in India, tenants often have to pass through a number of uncomfortable questions, ranging from food habits to personal lifestyle choices. Consequently, a majority of … READ FULL STORY The post Why are Indian tenants a dissatisfied lot? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, March 25, 2017

Should you invest in a retirement home?

Retirement homes, earlier looked upon with disdain, are now gaining greater acceptance. Children of aged parents often, live away from their family. They are happier to have their parents living in safe retirement homes, … READ FULL STORY The post Should you invest in a retirement home? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, March 24, 2017

Renting out your apartment and living on rent: The pros and cons

A number of home owners, who have invested in properties located in the suburbs, prefer to themselves live on rent. Consequently, they put their own house or apartment on rent. Such people let out … READ FULL STORY The post Renting out your apartment and living on rent: The pros and cons appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 22, 2017

World Water Day: Make every drop count!

More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. However, very little of this is potable (safe to drink). Moreover, the available usable water, is not enough to meet the needs of … READ FULL STORY The post World Water Day: Make every drop count! appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Most important clauses for any rental agreement

Vasu Srivastava, an aspiring law student from east Uttar Pradesh, who recently shifted to Delhi for her higher studies, moved into a two-bedroom apartment in Dwarka, with her college friend. However, after two months … READ FULL STORY The post Most important clauses for any rental agreement appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The key to Pune’s success: Strong rental returns

In the real estate market, a higher average rental in a location normally indicates high demand and low supply of properties in that location. Pune’s property market has shown consistent growth in rental yields. … READ FULL STORY The post The key to Pune’s success: Strong rental returns appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, March 18, 2017

Should you opt for buyback offers and assured return schemes?

With the real estate sector slowing down, developers are offering various kinds of schemes to garner sales. Of these, two common ones are buybacks and assured return schemes. Let us examine their risks.   … READ FULL STORY The post Should you opt for buyback offers and assured return schemes? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 16, 2017

Average price of new residential units declines 14% in 2016: Cushman & Wakefield

The ticket size of new launches across the top eight cities of India (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune), witnessed an average decline of 14% year-on-year (y-o-y), according to a report … READ FULL STORY The post Average price of new residential units declines 14% in 2016: Cushman & Wakefield appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 16, 2017

Is this a good time to invest in real estate stocks?

People usually buy real estate stock, as they consider it to be a safe investment. They know that it is a key sector which goes through many temporary and cyclical phases. As per the … READ FULL STORY The post Is this a good time to invest in real estate stocks? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Indian real estate: Manpower shortage causing project delays

Delay in construction and delivery of projects, is the biggest challenge that the real estate industry faces. This is a direct by-product, of the shortage of skilled manpower to execute the projects and streamline … READ FULL STORY The post Indian real estate: Manpower shortage causing project delays appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pune impacted by lack of office space availability

Pune’s low office space vacancy rate of around 6%, is proving to be a serious challenge for companies that are seeking large spaces to establish or expand their operations in the city. Pune is … READ FULL STORY The post Pune impacted by lack of office space availability appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Panvel: From a second home destination, to a realty hub

Yashodeep Shivalkar, a banker who shifted from Chembur to Panvel five years ago, is extremely happy with his decision. Owing to its affordable property rates, Shivalkar was able to buy a spacious two-bedroom-hall apartment … READ FULL STORY The post Panvel: From a second home destination, to a realty hub appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, March 13, 2017

A guide to creating wealth with residential real estate investment

For any investment in residential property to provide effective returns, the chosen location should have good social infrastructure, adequate public transport and sufficient economic activity to sustain development and growth. These parameters apply to … READ FULL STORY The post A guide to creating wealth with residential real estate investment appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, March 10, 2017

Do real estate ratings offer any benefit to home buyers?

Although a rating system for real estate exists in India, this system has not evolved and is also prone to criticism, vis-à-vis its objectivity. Analysts maintain that real estate ratings, have to evolve beyond … READ FULL STORY The post Do real estate ratings offer any benefit to home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, March 10, 2017

How to check the construction quality of a project

It is common for developers to sell pre-launch, under-construction or completed flats, without any guarantee on the quality of construction. While rate, location, design, connectivity, etc., are all important aspects, construction quality is the … READ FULL STORY The post How to check the construction quality of a project appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 09, 2017

Does word-of-mouth marketing strategy work in real estate?

One of the most effective sales tools available in the Indian real estate sector, is word-of-mouth publicity. Consequently, developers are trying their best to create ‘artificially induced neighbourhoods’, for communities, professionals and other like-minded … READ FULL STORY The post Does word-of-mouth marketing strategy work in real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 09, 2017

Dos and don’ts for buying a property to earn rental income

From the initial choice, to finalising the purchase of your first rental property as an investment, there’s plenty of planning and work involved. You should begin hunting for your rental investment property with an … READ FULL STORY The post Dos and don’ts for buying a property to earn rental income appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Young, proud and empowered: Women home buyers in their 30s

“It is incredible to own a house to fulfill my father’s dream” Manada Chandrakant Udagatti Senior manager in a shipping company, Mumbai Women, these days, are independent and are opting to buy their own … READ FULL STORY The post Young, proud and empowered: Women home buyers in their 30s appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Women in real estate: ‘I did it my way’

“I can’t think of a better career choice” Surabhi Arora Senior associate director – research, Colliers International, Gurgaon Surabhi Arora leads the India research team at Colliers International. She specialises in real estate economics … READ FULL STORY The post Women in real estate: ‘I did it my way’ appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 08, 2017

I bought my home when I was 23: Actress Aashka Goradia

“When I bought my first house, I was 23 and at that time, owning a home was big thing. Looking back, it has turned out to be a wise investment, which has appreciated. Moreover, … READ FULL STORY The post I bought my home when I was 23: Actress Aashka Goradia appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Here’s why Indian real estate needs more women in the business

A lot of research and discussion, have gone into the topic of gender diversity and the role of women in senior positions in companies. More often than not, most of the results pegged that … READ FULL STORY The post Here’s why Indian real estate needs more women in the business appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Preferential location charges: How it impacts the price of your property

As a prospective buyer, one often comes across terms, such as ‘front park / pool facing’, or ‘rear park facing’, or ‘road facing’, or ‘corner facing’. The rate for a house may vary, according … READ FULL STORY The post Preferential location charges: How it impacts the price of your property appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, March 04, 2017

Karjat: A property destination blessed by nature

Over the last few years, the Karjat-Neral belt has transformed from a second home location, to a first-home destination. The region has become an established housing destination and prices are likely to move upwards. … READ FULL STORY The post Karjat: A property destination blessed by nature appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 02, 2017

Demonetisation: Premium properties, land worst affected

Priyansh Jain, a textile merchant from New Delhi, has an independent three-storeyed property in upmarket Pitampura locality. He has a large joint family and is now looking to sell his property and relocate to … READ FULL STORY The post Demonetisation: Premium properties, land worst affected appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 02, 2017

6 major trends that will redefine Indian real estate in 2017

1. Global capital flow into Indian real estate will increase further India was ranked fourth in developing Asia for FDI inflows, as per the World Investment Report 2016 by the United Nations Conference for … READ FULL STORY The post 6 major trends that will redefine Indian real estate in 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 02, 2017

Project approvals in Mumbai, Delhi, to be cleared in 60 days: Central government

In some good news for developers and home buyers, the Union Urban Development Ministry has stipulated that housing approvals will be given within 60 days, via an online application process in metropolitan centres such … READ FULL STORY The post Project approvals in Mumbai, Delhi, to be cleared in 60 days: Central government appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, March 02, 2017

Knight Frank Wealth Report shows that Indian UHNWIs still bet on property investment

The annual increase in the number of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) in India is all set to double during the next decade, according to global property consultancy, Knight Frank’s 11th edition of The … READ FULL STORY The post Knight Frank Wealth Report shows that Indian UHNWIs still bet on property investment appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Co-working spaces are becoming popular in Delhi NCR

With a thriving start-up ecosystem aided by the Modi Government’s efforts to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs across the country, demand for co-working spaces has been rising in recent times. Among the main … READ FULL STORY The post Co-working spaces are becoming popular in Delhi NCR appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Agent/online/direct: Which is the best medium to buy a house?

The platform through which you buy a property, plays a very crucial role in making the right selection and getting the best possible deal. Some of the common modes that home seekers use to … READ FULL STORY The post Agent/online/direct: Which is the best medium to buy a house? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Important guidelines for buying a property outside India

The general consensus among many experts today, is that there is limited choice for new real estate investments in India’s metropolitan regions, given the spiralling prices of real estate and the lack of confidence … READ FULL STORY The post Important guidelines for buying a property outside India appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Will the home buying transaction completely move online?

Before the internet, the only way to be able to find homes for sale, was to drive around and look for ‘home for sale’ signs or enlist the services of a broker. With such … READ FULL STORY The post Will the home buying transaction completely move online? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, February 24, 2017

Budget provisions that will discourage investment in high-value homes

The Union Budget 2017-18 has proposed some provisions, which will boost the affordable housing sector but at the same time, will discourage tax payers from treating real estate as an investment class. One such … READ FULL STORY The post Budget provisions that will discourage investment in high-value homes appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, February 24, 2017

Demonetisation: Stakeholders’ sentiments fall to three-year low

The demonetisation drive, announced by prime minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016, was a major disruption for the real estate market and pulled stakeholders’ sentiments for Q4 2016 to a new low – … READ FULL STORY The post Demonetisation: Stakeholders’ sentiments fall to three-year low appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, February 24, 2017

Vastu tips for a peaceful bedroom

Sunaina Mehta, a homemaker from Mumbai, had been quarrelling with her husband a lot. These were trivial issues but they sometimes ballooned into heated arguments. Then Sunaina did something unusual – she rearranged their … READ FULL STORY The post Vastu tips for a peaceful bedroom appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, February 23, 2017

NH 24: Wider highway set to unlock real estate potential in the NCR

For nearly a decade Sanjeev Chaudhary, regretted his decision of buying a house at Crossings Republik on National Highway (NH) 24. Connectivity with NH 24, was the only reason he invested in a large … READ FULL STORY The post NH 24: Wider highway set to unlock real estate potential in the NCR appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Demonetisation and RERA: How will it impact property prices?

On November 8, 2016, the Government of India de-notified currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 as legal tender. The temporary shortage of cash adversely impacted several sectors that depended on cash, notably … READ FULL STORY The post Demonetisation and RERA: How will it impact property prices? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Strong rental market is key to Chennai realty’s growth

Chennai has grown exponentially in recent decades. It attracts an endless sea of people who keep moving in to the city, primarily for career and educational prospects. Employment and education opportunities and lifestyle prospects, … READ FULL STORY The post Strong rental market is key to Chennai realty’s growth appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Buyers prefer homes in areas with good employment prospects

As a general trend, employment opportunities in an area have a significant impact on property demand – higher the job opportunities available in an area, greater is the demand for properties in its vicinity. … READ FULL STORY The post Buyers prefer homes in areas with good employment prospects appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 21, 2017

6 Indian cities among the world’s fastest growing

India is home to six of the world’s 30 most dynamic cities. In JLL’s City Momentum Index (CMI) 2017, the country’s primary IT and technology hub, Bengaluru, sits at the top. It is followed … READ FULL STORY The post 6 Indian cities among the world’s fastest growing appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pune’s quaint bungalows finally give way to high-rises

As cities mature, their skylines start growing vertically and horizontal expansion reduces. The preference of homebuyers to live in high-rises and luxury towers also increases as urban sprawls expand. This transition in Pune, started … READ FULL STORY The post Pune’s quaint bungalows finally give way to high-rises appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, February 20, 2017

End-users vs investors: Who has the upper hand in the current market?

Who is the trend-setter in the real estate market? Is it end-users or investors? This question is especially relevant now as we are in the midst of another slowdown. To stimulate activity, property developers … READ FULL STORY The post End-users vs investors: Who has the upper hand in the current market? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, February 20, 2017

Pune’s new Development Control Regulations: Small projects to benefit more

The Pune Municipal Corporation recently sanctioned the new development control regulations (DCR), which allows for higher floor space index (FSI) in certain categories, in non-congested areas. Small developments are likely to benefit more from … READ FULL STORY The post Pune’s new Development Control Regulations: Small projects to benefit more appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, February 20, 2017

London real estate has potential to flourish, post-Brexit

According to Knight Frank’s ‘The London Report – 2017’, the central London property market has witnessed significant capital inflows since the Brexit referendum, despite an initial pause for breath. For London real estate, the … READ FULL STORY The post London real estate has potential to flourish, post-Brexit appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, February 18, 2017

The art of buying an authentic luxury property

As the number of high net worth individuals (HNIs) increases in the country, real estate developers too, have reinvented themselves to try and cater to their needs. However, misconceptions still exist, about what truly … READ FULL STORY The post The art of buying an authentic luxury property appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, February 18, 2017

Are investors a market necessity?

In a cash-starved business like real estate, almost all the developers have their own set of lenders, investors, quasi-equity partners and even informal crowdfunding mechanisms. The extent to which these intermediaries solve the sector’s … READ FULL STORY The post Are investors a market necessity? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, February 17, 2017

Corporate developers bet on Noida’s future growth

Despite concerns over the fact that the housing market in Noida has a stock of over one lakh units, seasoned players seem to be betting big on its future growth. One important reason, is … READ FULL STORY The post Corporate developers bet on Noida’s future growth appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, February 16, 2017

UP’s draft RERA rules: Does it protect buyers’ interests?

Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government notified the draft Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) rules. Here is a holistic comparison of the Uttar Pradesh draft rules and the Act legislated by the central … READ FULL STORY The post UP’s draft RERA rules: Does it protect buyers’ interests? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ulwe: A promising location minus basic infrastructure

Ashsih Gupte and his colleagues thought that they had taken the best decision of their lives four years ago, when they invested in a project in Ulwe. The developer told them that their investment … READ FULL STORY The post Ulwe: A promising location minus basic infrastructure appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Budget 2017: What benefit does it bring to various stakeholders?

Developers The union budget provided a significant boost for affordable housing, by granting it an industry status and all the listed real estate stocks reacted positively. However, whether these incentives will entice the developers … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017: What benefit does it bring to various stakeholders? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Green homes: Profitable in the long run

Cutting pollution and reducing dependency on natural resources are important, to promote green living. The first step towards green living and ensuring that we do not exploit our natural resources, begins at home. “India … READ FULL STORY The post Green homes: Profitable in the long run appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, February 13, 2017

Demand for office space is not fuelling housing sales

Let’s start with a basic premise – that job creation leads to greater office space absorption, which in turn leads to housing revival. However, across the country, the recent uptake in office space has … READ FULL STORY The post Demand for office space is not fuelling housing sales appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, February 09, 2017

Distressed properties: Hidden opportunity for buyers?

A distressed property is one, where the home buyer is unable to repay the loan taken to acquire the asset. When an owner defaults on EMI payments for four to five consecutive cycles, the … READ FULL STORY The post Distressed properties: Hidden opportunity for buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Thane: A residential destination in sync with modern home buyers

With limited space for expansion, Mumbai has very few property locations that have evolved to meet the requirements of modern home buyers. Thane, on the other hand, is one location that perfectly suits the … READ FULL STORY The post Thane: A residential destination in sync with modern home buyers appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 07, 2017

These cities may beat the realty slowdown sooner than others…

The government’s recent demonetisation move, is likely to result in a steep correction in real estate prices across the country, making it a good time to buy property. However, if you are eyeing the … READ FULL STORY The post These cities may beat the realty slowdown sooner than others… appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Is the Indian realty sector taking the skill gap problem seriously?

Can the Indian real estate industry rely on the age-old tools and techniques to achieve Housing For All by 2022? Not really. India requires the crucial support of a skilled work force along with … READ FULL STORY The post Is the Indian realty sector taking the skill gap problem seriously? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, February 06, 2017

Crowdfunding: Can it work in Indian real estate?

After reading about successful global case studies pertaining to crowdfunding in real estate, Rajeev Minocha wondered why his investment was never labelled as crowdfunding. He, along with some of his school friends, had been … READ FULL STORY The post Crowdfunding: Can it work in Indian real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, February 03, 2017

Indian real estate gets a measly 1% share of global capital inflows

It makes for a telling revelation that considering the 11,500 developers under the CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India) umbrella, the number of developers who have consistently delivered projects across all … READ FULL STORY The post Indian real estate gets a measly 1% share of global capital inflows appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, February 02, 2017

Budget 2017: Expectations vs actual announcements for real estate

The real estate fraternity and home buyers, have now started analysing the fine print of the announcements made in the Union Budget 2017-18. This budget has drawn a clear distinction, between the affordable housing … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017: Expectations vs actual announcements for real estate appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, February 02, 2017

Budget 2017 analysis: Experts believe middle-class home buyers have been ignored

While the real estate fraternity has largely welcomed the announcements in the Union Budget 2017-18, certain sections in this sector, apart from the affordable housing segment, as well as buyers, are still trying to … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017 analysis: Experts believe middle-class home buyers have been ignored appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, February 02, 2017

Budget 2017: The Aam Admi’s verdict

Sandeep Doke Senior manager – telecom industry, Pune Home buyers’ confidence in the real estate industry, is likely to increase, if the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) is implemented at the earliest. Demonetisation has … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017: The Aam Admi’s verdict appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Budget 2017: Infrastructure status to give a big boost to affordable housing

With the real estate sector hoping for a push from the Union Budget 2017-18, the announcement of ‘infrastructure status’ to the affordable housing sector, can serve as a significant step in achieving the government’s … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017: Infrastructure status to give a big boost to affordable housing appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Budget 2017 expectations: How do we fuel consumption of real estate?

Post demonetisation, the real estate industry expects the government to initiate measures that boost ‘consumption’, during the upcoming budget. The challenge for the government, is to grow the economy while maintaining fiscal prudence. A … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017 expectations: How do we fuel consumption of real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Budget 2017: 3 key hopes of the realty market

1. More clarity on REITs Easing the guidelines for real estate investment trusts (REITs), will open the way for the realty sector to get easy funding and ensure timely completion of projects, say developers. … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017: 3 key hopes of the realty market appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Real Estate Act’s rules notified: What it means for buyers and builders

The union government of India recently notified the rules under the Real Estate Regulation Act, which will be applicable to the five union territories. Now, all the states are expected to notify their own … READ FULL STORY The post Real Estate Act’s rules notified: What it means for buyers and builders appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Budget 2017: Reforms that the realty sector needs the most

As budget 2017 closes in, the real estate market is ready with its list of demands from the finance minister. Of these, some demands have a good chance of being addressed in the upcoming … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017: Reforms that the realty sector needs the most appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Will economic compulsions allow for a realty-friendly budget?

The state of the Indian economy, suggests that the government will have to walk a tight rope with the Union Budget 2017-18, amidst forecasts of a slowing economy. Although banks are now flush with … READ FULL STORY The post Will economic compulsions allow for a realty-friendly budget? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What women want…from Budget 2017, for buying homes

Disha Kansara Chawla Senior executive search professional, Mumbai Many average Indians now own two houses – one to live in and one through which they earn retirement benefits. It is very difficult to buy … READ FULL STORY The post What women want…from Budget 2017, for buying homes appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Budget 2016 to Budget 2017: Did last year’s sops help affordable housing?

In the 2016-17 union budget, the government introduced several measures to boost affordable housing. Among the significant ones, it provided 100% tax exemption on profits, for developers building homes up to 30 sq meters … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2016 to Budget 2017: Did last year’s sops help affordable housing? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Can budget 2017 compensate for demonetisation’s impact on realty?

Many within the Indian real estate fraternity, privately admit that the government’s demonetisation drive, has done more damage to the real estate business than even the Lehman Brothers crisis. “The sector has suffered badly, … READ FULL STORY The post Can budget 2017 compensate for demonetisation’s impact on realty? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rate cuts may indicate more sops for home buyers in Budget 2017

There has not been any precedence of major interest rate cuts, ahead of the union budget’s presentation. On the contrary, major financial policy decisions are put on hold or deferred, ahead of the budget. … READ FULL STORY The post Rate cuts may indicate more sops for home buyers in Budget 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wanted: A budget for budget housing

Right before Union Budget 2017-18, the issue of budget or affordable housing, is once again in the spotlight. As the central government reiterates its commitment towards ‘Housing for All’, this aim cannot be fulfilled … READ FULL STORY The post Wanted: A budget for budget housing appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Benami property: A focus area of Budget 2017?

The central government has repeatedly stated its intent to deal with benami transactions. It is, hence, expected that several concrete steps and financial curbs on benami transactions may be announced in the Union Budget … READ FULL STORY The post Benami property: A focus area of Budget 2017? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Budget 2017: What the real estate industry wants from Jaitley

The real estate sector has been plagued by many challenges, including delays in projects owing to funding issues, complicated government diktats, unclear records and land titles and delays in obtaining approvals. The passage of … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017: What the real estate industry wants from Jaitley appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Budget 2017 should address the need for skill development in realty sector

The Indian realty sector is slated to become the fastest-growing realty market, in the next few years. With a rapidly growing population, high GDP and rising income levels, the infrastructure in rural and urban … READ FULL STORY The post Budget 2017 should address the need for skill development in realty sector appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Home buyers’ wish-list for Budget 2017: Remove investors, encourage end-users

The Indian home buyers are quite convinced that whatever incentives are given to them in the union budget, will never reach them. The reason: Investors and middlemen in the Indian housing market, will absorb … READ FULL STORY The post Home buyers’ wish-list for Budget 2017: Remove investors, encourage end-users appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, January 28, 2017

Rental properties in residential and commercial segments pick up post demonetisation

For a long time, the property market was going through the problem of excess unsold inventory, but the property rates were not falling. Now, according to various media reports, property rates have fallen, after … READ FULL STORY The post Rental properties in residential and commercial segments pick up post demonetisation appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, January 26, 2017

Interest subsidy on home loans: A gift for the first-time home buyers!

Prime minister Narendra Modi, on the eve of new year, had announced an interest rate subsidy scheme on home loans. It is expected that this move, will provide a huge boost to the realty … READ FULL STORY The post Interest subsidy on home loans: A gift for the first-time home buyers! appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Manage your home loan smartly, as interest rates dive

The year 2017 has begun on a good note for home loan borrowers, with significant cuts in interest rates being announced by most banks. Experts point out that the reduction in the interest rates, … READ FULL STORY The post Manage your home loan smartly, as interest rates dive appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A quick guide to investing in commercial property

A person, who is buying a property, has to analyse numerous factors before making the investment. Moreover, these factors will also vary, depending upon whether the investment is made in a commercial property or … READ FULL STORY The post A quick guide to investing in commercial property appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, January 21, 2017

Dos and don’ts for buying a second home

The main purpose of a weekend home or second home, is to provide an avenue for recreation and to spend time away from one’s regular routine. Consequently, weekend homes are generally located away from … READ FULL STORY The post Dos and don’ts for buying a second home appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How are home loan rates charged by banks and housing finance companies

Basis of home loan interest rates charged by housing finance companies Housing finance companies (HFCs) are regulated by the National Housing Bank Limited (NHB), a subsidiary of the RBI. The funding of housing finance … READ FULL STORY The post How are home loan rates charged by banks and housing finance companies appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 17, 2017

E-Registration: A major step towards transparency

The most frequent disagreement in Indian real estate is land dispute. Cases range from of illicit land grabbing and illegal land sales, to instances of purchase of land where no actual purchase has taken … READ FULL STORY The post E-Registration: A major step towards transparency appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Centre, states reach consensus on GST; rollout from July 1, 2017

In a significant breakthrough in the implementation of India’s biggest tax reform, the deadlock over the administration of GST ended on January 16, 2017, after the Centre agreed to allow states control over most … READ FULL STORY The post Centre, states reach consensus on GST; rollout from July 1, 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, January 16, 2017

Timely delivery Vs price discount: What should you choose?

Timely possession remains a major concern for home buyers, who opt for under-construction properties. On the other hand, owing to high real estate prices, home buyers are often forced to opt for under-construction projects, … READ FULL STORY The post Timely delivery Vs price discount: What should you choose? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, January 16, 2017

The pros and cons of buying agricultural land

Janesh Sharma, a 55-year-old senior marketing professional from Rajasthan, who mostly lived in the metros such as Delhi and Jaipur, recently invested in a three-acre agricultural land in his home city of Bikaner. Like … READ FULL STORY The post The pros and cons of buying agricultural land appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, January 14, 2017

India’s smart cities will need smart citizens

It was a noisy morning in Bengaluru, when numerous senior citizens stormed into the office of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the administrative office responsible for civic and infrastructural assets of the Greater … READ FULL STORY The post India’s smart cities will need smart citizens appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, January 13, 2017

Home buyers demand basic practices before best practices

When it comes to best practices in the real estate sector, there seems to be a huge chasm between the claims of many builders and the actual practices on ground. With buyers having low … READ FULL STORY The post Home buyers demand basic practices before best practices appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sobha gets top honours in India’s first ever real estate best practices audit report

Sobha Ltd has been ranked number one in Track2Realty’s Best Practices Report-2017, followed by Godrej Properties and the Prestige Group. This is the first of its kind in-depth report on best practices prevalent in … READ FULL STORY The post Sobha gets top honours in India’s first ever real estate best practices audit report appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Will 2017 be the year of best practices?

The real estate sector in India has miles to go, before it can state that it has adopted some of the globally-accepted best practices. Data available with Track2Realty, shows that real estate complaints are … READ FULL STORY The post Will 2017 be the year of best practices? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Noida-Greater Noida Expressway: Creating new property destinations

The 24-km-long Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, is a case study on how an infrastructure project can improve the brand positioning of a given market. It has turned around 20 nondescript sectors of the city, into … READ FULL STORY The post Noida-Greater Noida Expressway: Creating new property destinations appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, January 09, 2017

Best residential real estate investment options in 2017

The year 2016 was an interesting one for real estate markets. A number of initiatives, like the passage of the Real Estate Regulatory Bill in March 2016, amendments to REIT guidelines in budget 2016-17 … READ FULL STORY The post Best residential real estate investment options in 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, January 07, 2017

Is the post demonetisation period, a good time to invest in property?

“Demonetisation has impacted the resale market, which is otherwise flush with transactions involving black money or unaccounted cash. Consequently, the number of transactions in the secondary market has come down,” explains Vijay Gupta, CMD, … READ FULL STORY The post Is the post demonetisation period, a good time to invest in property? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, January 07, 2017

Dubai and London properties to attract Indians in 2017

A survey by Track2Realty in 2014, among NRIs, HNIs and other wealthy and influential investors, found that Singapore, Malaysia, New York, Sydney, UK (London) and the Middle East (Dubai), were the preferred destinations for … READ FULL STORY The post Dubai and London properties to attract Indians in 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, January 06, 2017

Can India’s expressways fast-track housing growth?

Expressways across the country, are redefining distance and connectivity and also boosting the growth of regions along their route. The government, on its part, wants 11,500 miles of ‘controlled-access highways’ to be built by … READ FULL STORY The post Can India’s expressways fast-track housing growth? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, January 05, 2017

Tips to invest in office property

The residential market continues to witness a slowdown but commercial real estate has turned around, thanks to the improvement in business sentiment since last year. Traditional sectors like IT-ITeS, banking and financial services, continue … READ FULL STORY The post Tips to invest in office property appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Gurgaon’s growth story now lies in its extended areas

Gurgaon (which has been recently rechristened as Gurugram) is witnessing major infrastructural developments. Besides the extension of the Metro and road networks, there have been proposals to introduce a cable car system and a … READ FULL STORY The post Gurgaon’s growth story now lies in its extended areas appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Home loan rate cut and sops: Immediate cheer but can it revive the sector?

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s new year’s eve announcement, on interest subvention for housing loans for the poor and the middle-class, was soon followed by rate cuts by various banks, including the government-owned State Bank … READ FULL STORY The post Home loan rate cut and sops: Immediate cheer but can it revive the sector? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, January 02, 2017

Is a property price correction possible in 2017?

A vast majority of home buyers (as many as 74%), dismiss the possibility that recent policy changes, could lead to price corrections in the housing market. In fact, prospective buyers and sellers across the … READ FULL STORY The post Is a property price correction possible in 2017? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, January 02, 2017

What do home buyers want in 2017?

A majority of home buyers (as many as 82%), believe that the wide trust deficit between the builders and the buyers, can be bridged to a considerable extent, if the developers genuinely come forward … READ FULL STORY The post What do home buyers want in 2017? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, December 30, 2016

How the Real Estate Act is impacting developers’ business plans

Although developers have publicly welcomed the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA), there seems to be definite concern, as the deadline for its implementation by states, by May 1, 2017, fast approaches. With numerous projects … READ FULL STORY The post How the Real Estate Act is impacting developers’ business plans appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, December 30, 2016

A buyer’s guide to selecting property in Ghaziabad

Interspersed between old localities and newly developed regions, Ghaziabad has seen tremendous real estate growth in the past decade. Serviced by the Delhi-Meerut Highway and the National Highway 24, the city is well-connected with … READ FULL STORY The post A buyer’s guide to selecting property in Ghaziabad appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, December 30, 2016

Upcoming property hotspots in Kolkata for home buyers

Over the past few decades, Kolkata, the ‘city of joy’, has witnessed significant infrastructure development and redevelopment. Now, with the real estate market in the main city area reaching a saturation point, fresh developments … READ FULL STORY The post Upcoming property hotspots in Kolkata for home buyers appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top residential property investment hotspots in 2017

The top five hotspots for residential property investment in the country today, are Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Chennai. Not only are these cities attracting new businesses and industry, their respective governments are also … READ FULL STORY The post Top residential property investment hotspots in 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016: A year of high judicial intervention in real estate

For far too long, aggrieved home buyers have suffered owing to judicial delays. Developers have been comfortable, in the knowledge that court cases can drag on for years. However, the year 2016 exposed them … READ FULL STORY The post 2016: A year of high judicial intervention in real estate appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, December 28, 2016

PE focus on housing projects set to increase

Partnerships, often between investors and developers, create a pool of money that is available for all projects matching a specific set of criteria, without having to go through the time-consuming approval process. These partnerships … READ FULL STORY The post PE focus on housing projects set to increase appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The risks and rewards of investing in Delhi’s L-Zone

When the market is witnessing high levels of unsold inventory, investing in a new region has its own share of risks, notably, non-completion of projects, delayed delivery and absence of basic civic infrastructure. The … READ FULL STORY The post The risks and rewards of investing in Delhi’s L-Zone appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, December 26, 2016

2016: A year of policy changes

For the real estate sector, 2016 will be remembered as the year of dramatic policy changes. These changes have the potential to usher in a more organised, cleaner and more transparent real estate market … READ FULL STORY The post 2016: A year of policy changes appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, December 26, 2016

Benami Transactions Bill: Will it reduce black money transactions in real estate?

In 2016, the comprehensive Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act was passed, with the intent of bringing unaccounted money into the system, as well as seizing benami property and prosecuting those indulging in such activities. … READ FULL STORY The post Benami Transactions Bill: Will it reduce black money transactions in real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, December 24, 2016

Demonetisation impact: Market movements don’t indicate immediate price correction

When Housing News analysed the impact of demonetisation over the property prices, some of the critics disagreed and even took it as an endorsement of black money in real estate. Nevertheless, the theory that … READ FULL STORY The post Demonetisation impact: Market movements don’t indicate immediate price correction appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tips to choose a retirement home

Sitalakshmi Gopalan, a retired school teacher in Delhi, invested in a senior living project in Coimbatore. Although her children continue to stay in Delhi, she was clear that she wanted to stay with people … READ FULL STORY The post Tips to choose a retirement home appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Impact of demonetisation on land prices

Post-demonetisation, the affordable housing segment, which is confined to the fringe areas of metros, is expected to get a boost as land prices will plummet in the next few years, especially in far-flung areas … READ FULL STORY The post Impact of demonetisation on land prices appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Q3 2016: Apartment sales outdo new launches for the first time, since 2008

The real estate markets in India, seem to be aligning themselves to market realities in more ways than one. For the first time after 2008, residential apartments sold across India in the first three … READ FULL STORY The post Q3 2016: Apartment sales outdo new launches for the first time, since 2008 appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, December 20, 2016

1-BHK flats: Are they worth a premium price?

The real estate market in India, today, is faced with an oversupply of one-bedroom (1-BHK) units, popularly called as studio apartments. While some of these, are part of projects that were launched at least … READ FULL STORY The post 1-BHK flats: Are they worth a premium price? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Chembur: From an industrial suburb to a prime property market

The suburb of Chembur, in Mumbai, has witnessed a sea change over several years. There are many under-construction and ready projects in the area, from reputed builders. Many sick industrial units have also given … READ FULL STORY The post Chembur: From an industrial suburb to a prime property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, December 17, 2016

Impact of demonetisation on different segments of the real estate market

Sagar Mehendale, a salaried person, was looking to buy a resale flat for his second investment, so that he could let it out on rent. As he could only invest by taking a home … READ FULL STORY The post Impact of demonetisation on different segments of the real estate market appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, December 16, 2016

The home buyers’ guide to choosing the right amenities

Amenities are an important part of any real estate project, which builders use to woo home buyers. While some amenities are essential, like a security system, elevators, etc., property sellers may, at times, also … READ FULL STORY The post The home buyers’ guide to choosing the right amenities appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, December 16, 2016

Do park-facing apartments deserve a higher price?

Parks are an important feature of contemporary, landscaped housing projects. While such projects command a premium, park-facing apartments within the project are also priced higher than those which are road-facing or towards a corner. … READ FULL STORY The post Do park-facing apartments deserve a higher price? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, December 15, 2016

Senior housing projects: Bhiwadi leads the way

When Ramakanth Sharma bought an apartment in a senior housing project in Bhiwadi, his decision was based more on the property’s affordability, than the concept of senior housing. Sharma himself had no plans to … READ FULL STORY The post Senior housing projects: Bhiwadi leads the way appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Commercial and office demand determine residential realty trends

Currently, commercial property and office spaces are the true indicators of the future of the real estate market. It is always the absorption of office space that reflects the potential economic activity and job … READ FULL STORY The post Commercial and office demand determine residential realty trends appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, December 09, 2016

Net office absorption across the top eight cities likely to surge by up to 10% to 32.4 million sq ft, in 2017

Net office absorption across the top eight cities (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune), is likely to surge by up to 10% to 32.4 million sq ft in 2017, the highest … READ FULL STORY The post Net office absorption across the top eight cities likely to surge by up to 10% to 32.4 million sq ft, in 2017 appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, December 08, 2016

Should you buy a house now or wait for the Real Estate Regulation Act?

Across the country, aspiring property buyers are waiting for the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) to be implemented by the state governments. Once the RERA becomes an enforceable law, it will change the way … READ FULL STORY The post Should you buy a house now or wait for the Real Estate Regulation Act? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, December 08, 2016

Bought the wrong house? Here’s what you can do

Buying a property is a once-in-a-lifetime decision for most people, as the investment is generally huge and may come with a long-term liability. One wrong decision, can create imbalances in the buyer’s personal balance … READ FULL STORY The post Bought the wrong house? Here’s what you can do appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Kharghar: Where infrastructure drives property values

“While real estate is traditionally viewed through the prism of ‘location, location and location’, I feel that if you can spot the future location, then you strike a potential goldmine. Kharghar happens to be … READ FULL STORY The post Kharghar: Where infrastructure drives property values appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, December 05, 2016

Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad Expressway: Creating new property destinations

Rakesh Yadav bought his first property at Neharpar, Faridabad, at a rate of Rs 2,000 per sq ft in 2009. However, Yaday, who is a foreman, has avoided moving in to his house, as … READ FULL STORY The post Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad Expressway: Creating new property destinations appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, December 03, 2016

Gram panchayat areas Vs municipal limit locations: Pros and cons

When Viraj Momaya, a sales professional, was looking for a home in Dombivli, a northern suburb in Mumbai, he was intrigued by the difference in prices within the location. He discovered that this suburban … READ FULL STORY The post Gram panchayat areas Vs municipal limit locations: Pros and cons appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, December 01, 2016

Can prefab construction make homes more affordable?

India needs 50 million homes by the year 2022 and there are more than 90 smart cities being planned. To achieve such a huge feat in a short time, industry experts point out that … READ FULL STORY The post Can prefab construction make homes more affordable? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, November 28, 2016

Demonetisation analysis: Will property prices increase or fall?

Ever since the demonetisation of old currency was announced by the union government, the Indian real estate industry, has been trying to ascertain the cost-benefit analysis of its impact. Those who suggest that a … READ FULL STORY The post Demonetisation analysis: Will property prices increase or fall? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, November 28, 2016

Your guide to buying a home in Greater Noida

Amidst the gloom in the real estate market, on account of poor sales and high levels of unsold inventory, Greater Noida continues to outshine other neighbouring markets in the National Capital Region (NCR). The … READ FULL STORY The post Your guide to buying a home in Greater Noida appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, November 28, 2016

Should location be the only price determining factor?

On the Delhi-Ghaziabad border, the price point on either side of the divide is a case study in urban housing economics. A 2-BHK property on Delhi’s side costs Rs 1.25 crores while the same … READ FULL STORY The post Should location be the only price determining factor? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, November 26, 2016

Indians look to mobiles for home searches

Home seekers are looking beyond brokers and word-of-mouth leads, to look for accommodation. The process has gone digital and smartphones and the internet have proven to be catalysts. Today, there are apps that help … READ FULL STORY The post Indians look to mobiles for home searches appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, November 25, 2016

Retirement home or ‘resort’?

Retirement doesn’t have to be synonymous with ‘biding your time’. Senior citizens are now discovering the joys of retirement in second homes that offer several comforts and facilities. Take, for instance, Dharamvir Singh and … READ FULL STORY The post Retirement home or ‘resort’? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How can home buyers protect their interests…

The long term growth of the real estate market, depends a lot on how the home buyers are empowered to take decisions and given a platform to fight for their rights. Legal recourse is … READ FULL STORY The post How can home buyers protect their interests… appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mumbai’s new TDR policy: Lower congestion, but costlier homes?

Mumbai has a new Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) policy that is linked to the width of the road beside the project’s site. As per the new policy, projects on roads that are less … READ FULL STORY The post Mumbai’s new TDR policy: Lower congestion, but costlier homes? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, November 22, 2016

6 reasons why demonetisation may not mean cheaper homes

In mid-2015, a report predicted a 50% crash in real estate prices. The logic used, was that the rental yield on real estate is very low as compared to the interest rates on bonds. … READ FULL STORY The post 6 reasons why demonetisation may not mean cheaper homes appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekend homes: Does luxury rule the roost or affordability?

When Nikita Chaudhary, a non-resident Indian (NRI), was looking for a weekend home in places like Shimla, Manali, Kullu and Haridwar, she had one important criteria – that the property should be an affordable … READ FULL STORY The post Weekend homes: Does luxury rule the roost or affordability? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, November 18, 2016

Commission offered to home buyers, for referring other buyers, is unethical

Diwakar Sharma bought an apartment in a Delhi-NCR project on the recommendation of his colleague. Prima facie, there has been nothing to suspect about a project where most of his colleagues have bought homes … READ FULL STORY The post Commission offered to home buyers, for referring other buyers, is unethical appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, November 17, 2016

3 top measures that can boost transparency and confidence in the property market

When it comes to tackling black money, three measures introduced by the government, are expected to make the real estate sector more transparent and bring in long term confidence in the market. These measures … READ FULL STORY The post 3 top measures that can boost transparency and confidence in the property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Delhi smog makes pollution-free locations more popular with home buyers

Sheelu Juneja, a homemaker and wife of a senior-level professional, working with an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the National Capital Region, recently finalised a ready-to-move-in, 1,400 sq ft apartment, in a group housing … READ FULL STORY The post Delhi smog makes pollution-free locations more popular with home buyers appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nashik: Maharashtra’s highest ROI property market

Nashik has better potential for property price appreciation than any other tier-2 or tier-3 city in Maharashtra, owing to its growth and expanding economic opportunities, says Hardik Puranik, a local property broker. This feeling … READ FULL STORY The post Nashik: Maharashtra’s highest ROI property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Will the demonetisation attract foreign investments into Indian real estate?

The demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, is likely to result in an immediate reduction in cash transactions, in the real estate sector. Buyers are expected to shift towards more legitimate transactions, … READ FULL STORY The post Will the demonetisation attract foreign investments into Indian real estate? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, November 12, 2016

Virtual real(i)ty

Imagine that you are on a virtual lift that takes you up to the 22nd floor of a building. A glass sliding door opens and you walk into the sprawling living room of a … READ FULL STORY The post Virtual real(i)ty appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Here’s why more projects need to provide open spaces for children…

Humans are social beings, who crave relationships and a sense of belonging. The extent to which we are successful in forging long lasting relationships in adulthood, is determined to a great deal, by the … READ FULL STORY The post Here’s why more projects need to provide open spaces for children… appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Brand integrity: The road to financial success

Research across sectors, globally, has shown that companies encouraging a culture of integrity, are able to reap financial benefits. Perhaps the most important benefit, which often remains concealed, is that this culture forces individuals … READ FULL STORY The post Brand integrity: The road to financial success appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Co-working office spaces: Can Mumbai match the mounting demand?

The start-up ecosystem in the country, which for long depended solely on angel investors and venture capitalists, has today been buoyed by a slew of initiatives, like the central government’s Startup India. Along with … READ FULL STORY The post Co-working office spaces: Can Mumbai match the mounting demand? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, November 07, 2016

GST structure: Home buyers fear higher property prices

With the government finalising the tax structure for the goods and services tax (GST), home buyers now seem concerned that the GST may increase the price of under-construction flats, which are expected to come … READ FULL STORY The post GST structure: Home buyers fear higher property prices appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, November 07, 2016

Real estate industry awaits clarity on several aspects of GST

While the tax structure for the goods and services tax (GST) has been announced, the real estate industry is waiting to see which rate is applied to it and the construction industry. Given the … READ FULL STORY The post Real estate industry awaits clarity on several aspects of GST appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, November 04, 2016

PE investment in RE increases 22 pc y-o-y, in Jan-Sept 2016: Report

Private equity investment in the real estate sector, has grown 22 per cent during January-September this year, to Rs 28,300 crores, from Rs 23,200 crores a year ago, reflecting improved confidence among investors to … READ FULL STORY The post PE investment in RE increases 22 pc y-o-y, in Jan-Sept 2016: Report appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, November 03, 2016

How realistic is India’s Smart Cities Mission?

Urbanisation in India, is increasing at a rapid pace. It is estimated that by 2030, over 40% of Indians will live in cities, accounting for a population of 600 million people. Consequently, it is … READ FULL STORY The post How realistic is India’s Smart Cities Mission? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, November 03, 2016

What can you do if your project gets excessively delayed?

Those invested in a delayed project, suffer in several ways. If this is their first house and they have taken a loan, the buyers are saddled with both, rent and EMI simultaneously. If it … READ FULL STORY The post What can you do if your project gets excessively delayed? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, November 03, 2016

Here’s why investors are still necessary for the real estate sector

Although not many developers may be willing to publicly admit it, the fact is that developers find it advantageous to have investors as anchors for their projects. Developers need money, even before they can … READ FULL STORY The post Here’s why investors are still necessary for the real estate sector appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Crowdfunding: Is Indian real estate ready for it?

Crowdfunding in the property market, the world over, is mostly associated with the commercial real estate segment. The most common forms of crowdfunding in the developed property markets, are debt and equity. In debt … READ FULL STORY The post Crowdfunding: Is Indian real estate ready for it? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Why is Indian real estate slow to adopt new technologies?

The Indian real estate sector, it seems, is yet to wake up to the benefits offered by technology, towards reducing operational and construction costs, maintaining timelines and tackling the labour crisis in the market. … READ FULL STORY The post Why is Indian real estate slow to adopt new technologies? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Wadala: A suburb with one of the highest ROI in Mumbai

Wadala has undergone a significant transformation over the last decade, from largely being an industrial zone to an upcoming residential market. Its proximity to Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) spurred large-scale land development, thereby, fuelling the … READ FULL STORY The post Wadala: A suburb with one of the highest ROI in Mumbai appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, October 29, 2016

Noida Extension lacks unique pin code, causes problems for residents

When Anmol Prabhakar wanted to buy some furniture online for his new home, he realised that he would be unable to get the delivery of his purchase, as his home in Noida Extension did … READ FULL STORY The post Noida Extension lacks unique pin code, causes problems for residents appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 25, 2016

India’s property market needs more pioneering projects

One benefit of a slowdown in the real estate market, is that it helps to separate the top-notch developers from the inferior ones. It is often seen that developers who set benchmarks with their … READ FULL STORY The post India’s property market needs more pioneering projects appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, October 24, 2016

Do amnesty schemes benefit the builders and home buyers?

Contrary to the general perception that the business environment is getting tougher for the builders, due to activism from home buyers and the media and judicial intervention, there have been many instances of amnesty … READ FULL STORY The post Do amnesty schemes benefit the builders and home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, October 22, 2016

Will faster construction approvals make homes cheaper?

The enactment of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016, is expected to provide a fillip to the real estate and construction sector and improve ease of doing business in the country. Added … READ FULL STORY The post Will faster construction approvals make homes cheaper? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Why is BKC performing better than Noida?

Prima facie, there is nothing identical between Noida of Delhi-NCR and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) of Mumbai. However, a closer look suggests the two given markets have the same DNA, with a different tale to … READ FULL STORY The post Why is BKC performing better than Noida? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Home buyer satisfaction index at all-time low: Survey

A majority of Indians across the country are extremely apprehensive with the property market and feel that in spite of the slowdown, the industry’s practices have not changed. On a scale of 0-1,000, the … READ FULL STORY The post Home buyer satisfaction index at all-time low: Survey appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 18, 2016

‘By invitation’ only projects

There is real estate and then there is something called ultra-luxurious real estate. It’s that property which is out-of-bounds to the well-heeled and information about it is available only to a handful of privileged … READ FULL STORY The post ‘By invitation’ only projects appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, October 17, 2016

Are online property sales really beneficial to home buyers?

Searching for a property has become relatively easy, nowadays. The internet has made it possible for prospective buyers to get all kinds of information within seconds, on real estate websites. Moreover, analytical tools, such … READ FULL STORY The post Are online property sales really beneficial to home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, October 17, 2016

All you need to know about buying investors’ flats

The Indian real estate market is experiencing a difficult phase. The builders are stuck with huge amounts of unsold inventory and at the risk of delayed delivery or a straight default. With this prevailing … READ FULL STORY The post All you need to know about buying investors’ flats appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, October 17, 2016

Mumbai office rental values to increase: JLL

Compared to Q2 2015, when Mumbai’s rental values had bottomed out, the city will now start to see acceleration in its rental value growth from Q2 2016, says a report titled Global Real Estate … READ FULL STORY The post Mumbai office rental values to increase: JLL appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, October 14, 2016

Should you believe all marketing brochure claims?

Shweta Jha, a journalist, was house hunting in Bengaluru. After a lot of research on the market, upcoming locations and price comparison, she finally zeroed in on an apartment in Outer Ring Road. The … READ FULL STORY The post Should you believe all marketing brochure claims? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rents in Noida on a downward slide

Pramod Varshney shifted to a rented 2-BHK flat in Noida’s Sector 137, a couple of years back, at a rental of Rs 13,500 per month. The lease agreement specified a 10% hike in rentals, … READ FULL STORY The post Rents in Noida on a downward slide appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 13, 2016

Artificial price appreciation: Emerging markets face greater risk

While developers, investors and speculators, are the main beneficiaries of artificial appreciation in property prices, its adverse effects are felt by prospective home buyers and those who want to exit from the given project. … READ FULL STORY The post Artificial price appreciation: Emerging markets face greater risk appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pune’s suburbs transform the city’s property market

One does not tend to think of Pune as a metropolitan city, especially when compared to neighbouring Mumbai. Unlike Mumbai, however, Pune has the benefit of being able to grow spatially and it has … READ FULL STORY The post Pune’s suburbs transform the city’s property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 13, 2016

What’s most important: Property, price or location?

There’s a common dilemma plaguing the average home buyer: what is the right property in the right market, and at the right price point? Without scientific research to help home buyers make an informed … READ FULL STORY The post What’s most important: Property, price or location? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Festive sentiment not enough to drive property sales anymore

Nearly two-thirds of the prospective home buyers, as many as 62%, will not buy their dream home this festive season. Expectation of a price correction, is the biggest deterrent for these home seekers this … READ FULL STORY The post Festive sentiment not enough to drive property sales anymore appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Noida Sectors 70-79: Are these prime regions a safe bet?

The biggest advantage of living in Noida, is the connectivity with other parts of the National Capital Region. Noida is connected via several exit points to Delhi, Ghaziabad and will be connected with Faridabad, … READ FULL STORY The post Noida Sectors 70-79: Are these prime regions a safe bet? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 11, 2016

3 factors that can boost the market during the festive period

The festive season is when people usually loosen their purse strings as this is an auspicious time to buy a home. Usually, this means a windfall for developers. But with the property market in … READ FULL STORY The post 3 factors that can boost the market during the festive period appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, October 08, 2016

Children’s needs and its influence on home buying

People often do not pay heed to the children’s requirements, when they buy a home. As children usually spend more time at home than their parents, property owners and buyers should ensure that the … READ FULL STORY The post Children’s needs and its influence on home buying appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, October 07, 2016

Are CBDs losing sheen to PBDs?

The central business districts (CBDs) in the country, seem to be losing sheen, vis-à-vis being real estate markets that drive economic activities. Critics attribute this to the improving quality of infrastructure on the outskirts … READ FULL STORY The post Are CBDs losing sheen to PBDs? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 06, 2016

Possession without a Completion Certificate: The Noida-Greater Noida bane

Sneha Sharma, a home buyer in a housing project in Greater Noida west, is now planning to shift in to her apartment. While a few of the towers in the project are fully built, … READ FULL STORY The post Possession without a Completion Certificate: The Noida-Greater Noida bane appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, October 06, 2016

Beware! Your property’s price appreciation may not be real

Appreciation in property prices may not always mean good news for home buyers in India. Often, property owners who try to sell their houses are in for a rude shock, when they find that … READ FULL STORY The post Beware! Your property’s price appreciation may not be real appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Are developers neglecting research on buyers’ needs?

‘Location, location and location’ has been the tried-and-tested format of success in Indian real estate, so far. It has been the best calling card for all developers. Many even assumed that if a developer … READ FULL STORY The post Are developers neglecting research on buyers’ needs? appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Should you buy a house now or wait for a price correction?

Most home buyers are concerned about the right time to make an investment and whether the realty market is set for a correction in rates. The global economic market has witnessed lots of ups … READ FULL STORY The post Should you buy a house now or wait for a price correction? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, October 03, 2016

Five common investing mistakes during a market slowdown

The current real estate slowdown has put the spotlight on some of the mistakes people commit in the realty market.   Over-concentration The past decade’s strong real estate returns have led to investors ignoring … READ FULL STORY The post Five common investing mistakes during a market slowdown appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 30, 2016

Should a market ‘slowdown’ influence your home buying decision?

In the real estate market, fear is often used as a tool to drive the market sentiment and to influence the demand and supply matrix. For several years now, we have often heard that … READ FULL STORY The post Should a market ‘slowdown’ influence your home buying decision? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 29, 2016

BKC set to become a luxury residential address

Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) will soon have to reposition itself in Mumbai’s psyche, from being a premium business district, to a luxury residential address as well. Driving this transition is BKC’s special planning agency, the … READ FULL STORY The post BKC set to become a luxury residential address appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Faridabad’s USP: Connectivity and affordability

Faridabad is emerging as one of the most promising locations in the National Capital Region (NCR). Easy accessibility to Noida and Gurgaon, which are major corporate centres, while being a peaceful spot, have made … READ FULL STORY The post Faridabad’s USP: Connectivity and affordability appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Byculla: South Mumbai’s new property hotspot

Byculla, a suburb in south Mumbai, has a rich cultural heritage. In the 1800s, Byculla was a prestigious European enclave and home to the rich and famous, including Baghdad’s treasurer, Sir David Sassoon, who … READ FULL STORY The post Byculla: South Mumbai’s new property hotspot appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 26, 2016

E-auctions: What benefits does it hold, for buyers and builders?

Real estate auctions have generally been associated with distressed properties, being put up by banks and other financial institutions, to recover their dues from defaulting borrowers. Consequently, real estate auctions have been viewed in … READ FULL STORY The post E-auctions: What benefits does it hold, for buyers and builders? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 22, 2016

Highway to prosperity!

Areas along the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Expressway, are gradually becoming sought-after locations, for residential real estate development. Before the Expressway came up, development along this route was restricted to Vasai and Virar, points out Diipesh Bhagtani, … READ FULL STORY The post Highway to prosperity! appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Real estate flash sales: What’s in it for home buyers?

‘Flash sales’, which have become commonplace in Indian ecommerce platforms, now seem to be gaining traction in the real estate industry as well. An event last year, titled India Realty Flash Sales, saw participation … READ FULL STORY The post Real estate flash sales: What’s in it for home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 19, 2016

Infrastructure development proven to boost affordable housing

One of the major initiatives taken by the Modi government, is to promote the policy of ‘Housing for All by 2022’. India has a shortage of 18.8 million urban homes for the 12th five-year … READ FULL STORY The post Infrastructure development proven to boost affordable housing appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 19, 2016

What builders mean by pre-launch and soft-launch offers

Property developers often use jargon that the buyers find hard to comprehend. In this feature, we will focus on the two most common terms used in the realty market: ‘Pre-launch’ and ‘Soft-launch’. Aman Nagar, … READ FULL STORY The post What builders mean by pre-launch and soft-launch offers appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 16, 2016

Impact of the new Maharashtra Housing Policy on residential markets in Mumbai

The recently-released Maharashtra State Housing Policy, proposes redevelopment of buildings in 104 layouts of the state-run Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) in Greater Mumbai. A developer will be eligible for an FSI … READ FULL STORY The post Impact of the new Maharashtra Housing Policy on residential markets in Mumbai appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 16, 2016

The FSI premium that is hurting Mumbai’s property market

“Even though I am buying an apartment of 1,470 sq ft in Mumbai, I am not getting even one decent balcony. If this is the situation in a large apartment, I can understand the … READ FULL STORY The post The FSI premium that is hurting Mumbai’s property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 16, 2016

7 checks you should do on your builder

The right builder will certainly ensure a hassle-free process of buying an apartment. Here’s how you can go about making the right decision.   Banks’ pre-approved list Choose a developer who is on the … READ FULL STORY The post 7 checks you should do on your builder appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 15, 2016

5 trends that will reshape the Indian real estate market

1. Co-working spaces finding favour with independent consultants, freelancers With the growing start-up ecosystem across India and the central government creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship, demand for office spaces matching such firms’ requirements … READ FULL STORY The post 5 trends that will reshape the Indian real estate market appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Should you trust all festive offers and discounts?

During festive periods, developers try to cash-in on the positive sentiments, by using offers and discounts to attract property buyers and to push sales. Nevertheless, home buyers should remember that no developer would ever … READ FULL STORY The post Should you trust all festive offers and discounts? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, September 12, 2016

Why developers launch projects even in slow market conditions…

Top developers sometimes launch new projects, even when the market is witnessing a slowdown and there is a sound logic behind this. There is always demand for residential projects at convenient locations and with … READ FULL STORY The post Why developers launch projects even in slow market conditions… appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, September 10, 2016

Delhi-NCR developers use lucrative schemes to attract buyers

Recently, a Delhi-based home buyer, Dilip Sahu received a demand letter from his developer. The Noida-based firm sent demand letters to all its buyers announcing its ‘Mission Completion.’ The letter is a direct appeal … READ FULL STORY The post Delhi-NCR developers use lucrative schemes to attract buyers appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 09, 2016

Noida realty market: Made in Noida, by Noida

At a time when developers across the country are citing labour shortage and the absence of migrant workforce, to justify delays in meeting project timelines, there seems to be no such issue in Noida’s … READ FULL STORY The post Noida realty market: Made in Noida, by Noida appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, September 02, 2016

Subvention schemes: Gimmick or useful financing option?

Critics of subvention schemes, often argue that it is merely a marketing methodology to attract customers, at a time, when developers are struggling to boost sales amidst a slowdown. According to these critics, such … READ FULL STORY The post Subvention schemes: Gimmick or useful financing option? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, September 01, 2016

What’s in a project name? Everything, say developers

Contrary to common perception, naming projects is a well-researched and executed exercise. Most leading developers invest a great deal of psychology and marketing thought in this process. The aim is to best convey the … READ FULL STORY The post What’s in a project name? Everything, say developers appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 29, 2016

Property trends in Thanisandra – Bengaluru

 Location Advantage Excellent connectivity to the international airport (~ 45 min) and Hebbal railway station (~ 20 min) Enjoys a strategic location advantage as it is located just off the Outer Ring Road (ORR) … READ FULL STORY The post Property trends in Thanisandra – Bengaluru appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 29, 2016

Buyers should be cautious about joint ventures in real estate

Joint ventures (JVs), in the real estate sector, typically, take place between two developers or between a developer and a land owner. As in any partnership, conflicts may arise in these JVs, which could … READ FULL STORY The post Buyers should be cautious about joint ventures in real estate appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 29, 2016

E-Registration: Procedures and safety

The real estate market has historically been plagued by land acquisition issues. The current government’s initiative of facilitating e-registration to streamline the registration of immovable properties, is an extremely progressive move. This has been … READ FULL STORY The post E-Registration: Procedures and safety appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, August 27, 2016

Possession delayed? You can now file an FIR

A state police circular, directing the police stations across Maharashtra, to register complaints against builders who cheat home buyers and violate building norms, has evoked a mixed response from developers and home buyers. Swadesh … READ FULL STORY The post Possession delayed? You can now file an FIR appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 26, 2016

Advantages of buying a property online…

Earlier, real estate portals only offered property listings: a requirement was posted online and a list of relevant available options were presented to you. Realty portals have come a long way since then. Today, … READ FULL STORY The post Advantages of buying a property online… appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dwarka Expressway: Potential delayed but not denied?

When Priyadarshini Mittal bought an apartment in a newly launched project along Dwarka Expressway in 2009, he was ridiculed by his friends, who felt that Mittal had invested his lifetime savings in a place … READ FULL STORY The post Dwarka Expressway: Potential delayed but not denied? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Longer construction hours: Boon for home buyers, bane for home owners?

Project delays have been a matter of grave concern and a common grievance of home buyers. Developers, on their part, cite various reasons for such delays. Among the legitimate reasons, almost all developers complain … READ FULL STORY The post Longer construction hours: Boon for home buyers, bane for home owners? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 22, 2016

Can the digital medium bridge the trust deficit in realty?

Home buyers across the country often complain about the lack of accountability, with respect to what is possibly the biggest investment of their lives. Cynics argue that this deficiency makes it a sellers’ market, … READ FULL STORY The post Can the digital medium bridge the trust deficit in realty? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, August 20, 2016

Noida’s skyline goes high

If the recent residential property launches in Noida are any indication, it may seem that the developers in the city are determined to compete with global cities. The market, which has for long been … READ FULL STORY The post Noida’s skyline goes high appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 19, 2016

Is there enough market research for home buyers?

When Ratan Pandit, a school teacher, searched online for information to buy a house in Noida Extension, the results left him completely confused. While some property consultancy firms endorsed this market as a future … READ FULL STORY The post Is there enough market research for home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Transit-oriented development: Making affordable destinations accessible

Rapid urbanisation and migration of rural workforce in search of jobs, have led to increasing pressure on infrastructure and transportation in urban centres. Consequently, the debate now is whether transit-oriented development (TOD) can solve … READ FULL STORY The post Transit-oriented development: Making affordable destinations accessible appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Has the property market finally become a buyers’ market?

The Indian real estate slump has brought a wishful thought to the fore, the buyers’ market. Across the built environment of real estate, there is a critical evaluation of opportunity cost as the transactions … READ FULL STORY The post Has the property market finally become a buyers’ market? appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 15, 2016

Independence Day special: Challenges and opportunities in the property market

The Indian real estate sector, has witnessed several ups and downs in the 69 years since independence. Despite its long journey, this industry still needs several reforms, while many challenges continue to hinder the … READ FULL STORY The post Independence Day special: Challenges and opportunities in the property market appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 15, 2016

Challenges to be overcome to achieve ‘Housing for All-2022’

Although the idea of providing affordable housing for the masses has been proposed by every government since independence, it has never been accomplished. This time, the Modi government has set a target to achieve … READ FULL STORY The post Challenges to be overcome to achieve ‘Housing for All-2022’ appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 12, 2016

On time? Technology is helping builders deliver before time

Project delays, not only cause inconvenience to home buyers but also hurt the credibility of developers. Consequently, developers are increasingly turning to smart and extensive use of technology, to overcome project delays and deliver … READ FULL STORY The post On time? Technology is helping builders deliver before time appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, August 12, 2016

How often should you switch a property investment?

Switching from one property investment to another, can be a crucial decision for investors. This situation may arise, when investors find a better opportunity for returns on investment in a property other than the … READ FULL STORY The post How often should you switch a property investment? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 11, 2016

The best places to buy a home in Hyderabad

Hyderabad has witnessed a surge in demand for commercial and residential properties. According to CBRE India’s report titled ‘The comeback of Hyderabad’, ‘Hyderabad is regaining prominence, as one of the leading destinations for real … READ FULL STORY The post The best places to buy a home in Hyderabad appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 11, 2016

The changing dynamics of brand image in Indian realty

Over the years, the dynamics that define a developer’s brand image, have changed rapidly, in the Indian real estate market. Critics, who question whether brand name really matters in the real estate market, have … READ FULL STORY The post The changing dynamics of brand image in Indian realty appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Ready-possession Vs Under-construction: Why ready possession homes win

It is no secret that ready-possession projects or projects nearing completion are costlier than under-construction projects. Nevertheless, many buyers are eager to acquire property on an immediate basis rather than waiting. There are sound … READ FULL STORY The post Ready-possession Vs Under-construction: Why ready possession homes win appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 08, 2016

DMIC to boost affordable housing in Bhiwadi

“When I was explaining to a client that the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), would change the urban landscape of Bhiwadi, he reminded me that Rewari (a junction point in the DMIC), was 25 kms … READ FULL STORY The post DMIC to boost affordable housing in Bhiwadi appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, August 04, 2016

GST: How will it impact home buyers

At a financial planning seminar in Delhi, a home buyer had a pertinent question: “Although GST may help the builders to avoid double or triple taxation and reduce their cost of construction and operation, … READ FULL STORY The post GST: How will it impact home buyers appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Smart cities: What’s in it for the aam aadmi?

The government recently announced two lists of 20 and 13 cities that have been selected for its ‘Smart Cities Mission’, out of the 98 that were shortlisted. While it is hoped that these smart cities … READ FULL STORY The post Smart cities: What’s in it for the aam aadmi? appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Housing society management, now an app away

Megha Chauhan defaulted on the payment of her society’s maintenance charges. The lapse wasn’t intentional; she just kept forgetting. In a world that’s increasingly taking the paperless route, there’s no reason why reminders for … READ FULL STORY The post Housing society management, now an app away appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Implications of the GST Bill on real estate

The Goods and Services Tax (GST), is a comprehensive indirect tax on the sale, manufacture and consumption of different kinds of goods and services throughout India, with all other central and state taxes intended … READ FULL STORY The post Implications of the GST Bill on real estate appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail unlocks property potential

In 2009, Manisha Ghai was offered a flat in Greater Noida, for Rs 35 lakhs. She liked the apartment and its cost. However, the interior decorator, who mostly travels in and around Delhi-NCR for … READ FULL STORY The post Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail unlocks property potential appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 01, 2016

Tips to choose a house in a locality best suited to you

Often, home buyers may find it difficult to finalise a house, after shortlisting their final few properties. If these properties are in a similar price range and in the buyers’ preferred location, there are … READ FULL STORY The post Tips to choose a house in a locality best suited to you appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, August 01, 2016

Should you buy property, in a city you don’t live in?

The tendency of most property investors in India, is to focus on the cities that they actually live in. This is because they are already familiar with the locations that have highest demand and … READ FULL STORY The post Should you buy property, in a city you don’t live in? appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 29, 2016

More FSI for Mumbai: Boon or curse for home buyers?

Recently, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), proposed to increase the floor space index (FSI) in Mumbai from 1.33 to 2.0. Such an increment, will directly impact the property prices in the area. FSI, also … READ FULL STORY The post More FSI for Mumbai: Boon or curse for home buyers? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 28, 2016

‘Better infrastructure can solve India’s urban housing shortage’

Noting that factors, such as road infrastructure and inflation seem to be closely linked to residential price movements, a report titled ‘Indian Real Estate: Comprehending the varying speeds of growth’ by JLL India and … READ FULL STORY The post ‘Better infrastructure can solve India’s urban housing shortage’ appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 28, 2016

Transit-oriented development: The Pune case study

All over the world, cities are facing the challenge of uncontrolled urbanisation. According to the United Nations, 54% of the population across the world today, resides in urban areas, and that this figure will … READ FULL STORY The post Transit-oriented development: The Pune case study appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Serviced apartments becoming popular in the NCR

In a recently-launched project in the National Capital Region (NCR), the developer promised amenities, such as power back-up, fully air-conditioned rooms, modular kitchens, pantry and laundry facilities, as well as a professional concierge services … READ FULL STORY The post Serviced apartments becoming popular in the NCR appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Greater Noida: The best rental market of Delhi-NCR

Although rental values may seem to be undervalued in the Indian context, due to the high capital values of real estate, the fact is that when compared to affordability and median income of cities, … READ FULL STORY The post Greater Noida: The best rental market of Delhi-NCR appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 25, 2016

Affordable housing: The pros and cons

In a recent newspaper advertisement, the developer of an under-construction housing project in Gurgaon, offered a two-bedroom flat at a price of Rs 22 lakhs. Property prices in the region, where the project is … READ FULL STORY The post Affordable housing: The pros and cons appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 22, 2016

Faridabad: Where social and physical infrastructure are in sync

When Aditi Mishra, a fashion designer, shifted to Faridabad in 2009, she did not like the place. After having spent many years in Gurgaon, she found Faridabad to be a sleepy city, devoid of … READ FULL STORY The post Faridabad: Where social and physical infrastructure are in sync appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 18, 2016

Business drives Bengaluru realty

Bengaluru’s thriving economy is a major demand driver for residential real estate in the city. It is the leading city, in terms of absorption of office space and this, in turn, is fuelling demand … READ FULL STORY The post Business drives Bengaluru realty appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, July 16, 2016

Benefits of buying a home in the wife’s name

There are several benefits to buying a property in a woman’s name, either as the sole owner or as a joint owner, with governments and banks offering several sops. “Aspiring home buyers can seek … READ FULL STORY The post Benefits of buying a home in the wife’s name appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 15, 2016

How is Indian realty addressing the problem of skill deficit?

Only 4% of India’s workforce is skilled as compared to 96% in South Korea, 80% in Japan, 74% in Germany, 68% in the UK and 45% in China. Experts say that developers, construction firms … READ FULL STORY The post How is Indian realty addressing the problem of skill deficit? appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bengaluru’s top 10 emerging affordable destinations

Bengaluru’s affordable housing segment has been witnessing steady demand on the outskirts. Expansion of the city in all directions and infrastructure developments, such as the planned metro rail and Peripheral Ring Road, have played … READ FULL STORY The post Bengaluru’s top 10 emerging affordable destinations appeared first on Housing News.

- Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brokers go digital with apps

Real estate agents have been known to create a network where they share inventory in order to hasten deal-making. Such networking has historically helped end-users as they are able to choose from a wider … READ FULL STORY The post Brokers go digital with apps appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why the monsoons are the best time to invest in property

During the monsoon season, a real estate property and its surrounding areas, may be quite different from how it is during the rest of the year. Consequently, this season offers prospective home buyers, with … READ FULL STORY The post Why the monsoons are the best time to invest in property appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 11, 2016

Survey reveals Indian home buyers dissatisfied with current projects

Real estate continues to remain an attractive investment option for Indians. Nevertheless, despite the attractive returns on investment, it may be time for a reality check. According to a pan-India survey by Track2Realty, more … READ FULL STORY The post Survey reveals Indian home buyers dissatisfied with current projects appeared first on Housing News.

- Monday, July 11, 2016

What promises greater returns: Realty or other asset classes?

When it comes to investments, most people have two main expectations – that the investments should preserve their hard-earned money and also grow, to meet their financial goals. If one needs to beat inflation, … READ FULL STORY The post What promises greater returns: Realty or other asset classes? appeared first on Housing News.

- Saturday, July 09, 2016

Single window clearance will bring down property prices

The construction industry in Mumbai and Delhi, is eagerly waiting for the single-window clearance of all approvals within 30 days, to be implemented. The procedure is at the final stage of implementation, in both … READ FULL STORY The post Single window clearance will bring down property prices appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 08, 2016

Consumer activism: Protecting the home buyers’ rights

Seven years after booking an apartment with a leading pan-India developer, Mohit Khan lost patience and approached the developer for a refund. Khan was denied on the basis of the claim that the project … READ FULL STORY The post Consumer activism: Protecting the home buyers’ rights appeared first on Housing News.

- Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Gurgaon’s Golf Course Extension Road: Strong prospects for growth

In its Residential Investment Advisory Report 2016, real estate consultancy Knight Frank India has identified Golf Course Extension Road as one of the destinations that has the potential to offer the highest price appreciation … READ FULL STORY The post Gurgaon’s Golf Course Extension Road: Strong prospects for growth appeared first on Housing News.

- Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Home prices could increase in Noida Extension

The real estate market in the Noida Extension area, in the National Capital Region (NCR), warrants close observation. Among the factors that favour buyers in this market, is the oversupply of under-construction and near-completion … READ FULL STORY The post Home prices could increase in Noida Extension appeared first on Housing News.

- Friday, July 01, 2016

Infra projects that will transform Mumbai’s skyline

Mumbai and its surrounding areas offer a healthy mix of real estate options, which has been possible, largely due to the region’s infrastructure and connectivity. “If connectivity is improved, then it will be easy … READ FULL STORY The post Infra projects that will transform Mumbai’s skyline appeared first on Housing News.