Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is preparing to present the Union budget 2021-22 on February 1, 2021. It is expected that Union Budget 2021-22 would help to revive from COVID-19 setback in a feasible manner. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has hit almost every sector therefore something needs to be done for all sectors. Also people from different sectors presented many proposals and suggestions to the Minister of Finance during preliminary budget discussions.
The same is true for the real estate sector, as they have also placed their demand, like flexible income tax norms and reforms in Good and Services Tax (GST). They consider that central government and some state governments have announced a series of measures to develop the real estate sector, which was low for the last two or three years. It has helped to stimulate demand in the third quarter of the current financial year.
Effect of COVID-19 on Real Estate-
Corona-virus has a severe hit on all industries including real estate sector. Insecurity of jobs has led many home buyers to postpone their property purchase. Many builders have extended the possession period due to delays in supply of construction material, shortage of workers, etc. Many retail and entertainment outlets has been closed temporarily, this has put the future commercial real estate on hold. Work from home trend has reduced the utilisation of office space in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Noida, Chennai and other metropolitan cities.
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Expectations from Union Budget 2021-22
Mr. Lincoln Bennet Rodrigues, Founder and Chairman of the Bennet and Bernard Group, known for its luxury vacation homes in Goa, expressed his views on upcoming Union Budget 2021-22. He said “The real estate sector is a major pillar of India’s GDP, and has undergone substantial changes over last few years. We anticipate further easing of income tax reforms in the upcoming budget.
The sector also expect the government to implement various reforms and accelerate consumption to grant bank loans to ease liquidity. A lower home loan interest rates, stamp taxes, and lower registration fees, will significantly affect the cost of the project and will definitely motivate home buyers to purchase the property.
After this epidemic, people realised the importance of large spaces and self-sufficient communities. This will definitely increase the desire to have bigger space for the same capital. Hence, places like Goa will surely attract the investors because it offers a number of amenities”.
In conclusion, we expect the government would realise the problems of real estate sector. And will take the necessary measures to strengthen the real estate sector and development of solid infrastructure.