Credai to shove for change in proposed real estate bill

 

cThe Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (Credai) will ask the Central Government for the adjustments to the proposed Real Estate Bill. If the present norms are implemented it could lead to big problems for big boys and will also hike the user-end housing cost in the market.

The Realtor governing body said a regulatory body is must to punish offender but some provisions in the bill are unfairly lodged against the developers and would also scare away small time developers for the market.

The body wanted these major issues to be discussed when the Bill is passed in the Parliament in the winter session.

The Centre should engage the developers in the roll out of affordable housing policies.  The body is keen to take part and contribute measures for the implementation of affordable houses in the country.

The major issue with some guidelines, the developers could end up being punished for a projects time period over which they have no control.

Credai suggested the ‘Residex’, a housing price pointer by the National Housing Bank, to get better parameters in order to be a more realistic reflection of the market.

The next meeting will open its doors to non-members and professionals such as real-estate consultants. The two-day event will also focus on sharing best practices with participants from Tier-II and Tier-III cities in the country.

‘Simplify Administrative Procedures, Introduce Reforms’-CREDAI

Simplify administrative procedures, introduce land reforms and changes in banking and taxation systems is the way to increase construction of houses, according to Mr Lalit Jain, National President of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI). The developers have decided to make a representation to the Central Government on the issue of administrative reforms.

The governing council of the industry body will follow up on its representation, and in 45 days decide on further course of action, including going on strike, according to a press release from the confederation. The release said Mr Jain, addressing the annual governing council meeting in Pune, said the changes are needed to encourage the construction business. This will help increase the supply of houses and bring down costs. The Government and the private sector should partner to address the shortage in housing.

The real estate developers have been demanding the changes as they maintain that delays in getting project clearances, high land cost, high rates of taxation and shortage of funds in the real estate sector are driving up the cost of construction. The real estate developers’ organisation has emerged the main representative for the sector, as its membership includes more than 6,000 developers across 20 States and 100 associations in major cities in India.

Mr Pradeep Jain, National Chairman of CREDAI, said the industry body is encouraging self-regulation, by demanding its members to adopt a uniform code of conduct. The members discussed a range of issues that needed to be addressed, including the need for an affordable housing policy, undue delays in approvals, price rise, and standardising procedures across various States.

CREDAI is committed to disclosing the exact cost of a project, once the single-window clearance for approvals is set in place. Each developer will be required to mention the complete cost in each sale. In agreements with buyers, the developers must mention carpet areas in all sale material and agreements; each city unit will establish a consumer redressal forum for dispute resolution. Peer pressure and better understanding between buyer and seller helps resolve issues and save on cost and time for both parties and re-establish goodwill.

Andhra’s Realty Sector Grows

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The state of Southern India has shown a demand in Real Estate properties over the last few months which is a good news for the people of the trade.

The Realty Sector in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh has shown sudden upsurge after the recent political turmoil it went through. The demand for both, commercial and residential properties have registered an increase.

The trend is more evident in Tier I and tier II areas specifically; making them high demand markets.

Prabhakar, a Real Estate Sales Officer had this to say on the topic, “Market is improving as of now because of these developments happening in the Hyderabad areas like outer ring road area, Infosys campus and many other areas, so this is the right time to invest and to buy a customer.”

Even the prices of the realty sector have improved as the customers feel Hyderabad is the right place for investment thus increasing the sales.

Raj Kumar, Marketing Manager in a Real Estate firm puts forth, “NRIs, Doctors and Information Technology (IT) people are coming forward for the investment and even some of the central government employees are also coming forward. As you know, now a days comparing with the facilities what we are giving on what rates we are giving, people are seeing benefits and on these bases they are coming forward for investments and showing interest.”

The sector is one of the biggest in terms of number of employees working in the country. It is anticipated that in the next decade the realty sector will grow at a rate of 30% every year. This is bound to attract foreign investors with as many as 30 billion US dollars along with a number of IT parks as well as residential townships being constructed across our country.

Need to Monitor Realty Sector

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In India there is no qualified consumer movement supported by thorough research conducted by voluntary research organisations to recommend the avenues for investment in property. The

The present enhancement in realty prices throughout India has given a new outlook to the investment in realty. The resources in real estate have slided from need oriented to profit based.  Last five years advancements have brought 300% to 400% returns in finance in realty sector.

The legal system in India is so over hindered and costly that the investors are considering surrendering their money as a good option than to knock the law doors which is benefitting the estate agents.

The enforcement of Consumer Protection Act 1986 acted as the turning point in the Indian history. The common educated man is enlightened now but what is the immediate need is the a Ralph Nadar who makes the mass awareness.

A step forward was initiated by the voluntary organisation, Common Cause, headed by of HD Shourie towards promoting an organisation to infuse discipline among various participants of the industry.

1) This organisation demanded a National Real Estate Development Council, which aims at administrating various actions related to realty.

2) Another method included allocation of ratings to builders.

The activities of guiding these authorities should cover all sectors concerning real estate development. There should be similar authorities in all big cities enforced by Central Government. The concerned delegation should maintain the records for the past projects including purchases and deposits of individuals.

With the proposal of any new project there should be strict instructions to get the details registered with the related authority for the property developers. All transactions related to finance should be governed by authority to avoid misuse of investor’s values by developers.

There should be regular inspection by the authority by visiting sites to supervise the construction schedule given by builders. The authority should also have the power to increase the deadline of the project completion.

If in case any builder fails to complete the project within the predetermined period even after the extension of the deadline, then the project should be given to a new builder in the same condition as it is keeping in mind that the investors should not suffer. Such builders should be discarded and should be charged a heavy penalty.