According to CREDAI, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, due to the application of service tax as per the union budget 2010, the property prices will experience an increase.
All of us are aware of the fact that this service tax has come into effect since July 1. For those who don’t, a quick recap says that an introduction of “deeming provision” took place in Union Budget 2010 which brought realty within the horizon of service tax.
According to the president of CREDAI, Mr Chitty Babu, there will be an increase of around 2.5% in property prices on account of the levy. Additional to this, in locations like Tamil Nadu where land registration and sale of building are done separately, a hiatus of 66.3% has been granted, thus, service tax will be applicable on the balance.
Finally, this whole tax would come just on the shoulders of buyers. This fact has even been admitted by some developers that they would charge extra from the buyers themselves to pay this tax.
In the Visakhapatnam chapter, regarding the disputes between buyers and builders, on Thursday, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) took responsibility of being a mediator so as to arbitrate the disputes.
A code of conduct was formally released by code of conduct, national president, CREDAI. This code was originally brought by the Visakhapatnam chapter as a measure of self-regulation. The formal release of this code of conduct announced many dos and don’ts for member developers/builders of CREDAI.
In the welcome address, K. Subba Raju, the chairman of CREDAI said that they would surely keep a watch on all members so that they adhere to the 27 guidelines of the code completely which in turn would develop a sense of confidence upon the fraternity.
One of the most prominent bodies of realty developers and builders, Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry has planned to showcase the phenomenal work of Indian builders in the field of property in the 13th India Realty Expo 2010. This expo is scheduled from 3rd to 5th June, 2010 in Dubai, at the Renaissance Hotel, Deira. This step is taken by MCHI to bring some of the NRIs in the Indian realty market.
is a member of CREDAI, Confederation of Real Estate Developers‘ Association of India. This expo will last as an opportunity to NRI investors to fully explore the offers and opportunities in front of them as far as Indian realty sector is concerned. This expo would throw light on all the fields, be it be housing, retail or commercial sector.
This ‘India Realty Expo’ will prove as a golden opportunity for the NRIs, especially in the Gulf region, to come back close to their motherland. Apart from CREDAI and MCHI, there will be 21 more builders who will participate in this expo. The expo will be held at from 5 pm to 9 pm on 3rd June whereas the timings for and June are 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm. The main focus of this expo will be on the real estate sector of cities like Bangalore, Goa, Pune and Mumbai.
Few days after the budget is announced the Realty Industry started showing discontent in concern with the service tax policy announced by the union finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee. The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) with the Surat Builders association wrote a letter dated March 5 to the finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee asking to withdraw service tax imposed on sales and renting of commercial and residential spaces.
In the letter to the Centre, the association has also said that a inclusive action plan for urban housing is necessary as there is a shortage of 27 million houses in the country presently.
President of Surat Builders’ Association and the vice-president of Gujarat chapter of CREDAI Tarun Rawal said that if we look at the population explosion in the city the figure has gone up to 46 lacs very fast but there is a shortage of about 5 lacs shelters in the city itself. He added that the need for sustainable housing in most of the big cities is huge and to fulfill that we must have a central policy and plan to guide it.
The association compels the Union finance minister to look into the matter of service tax imposed on housing sector as the sector is crucial for growth to create affordable housing. Slum re-development and integrated township incentives are also required. “Only if this is provided the sector will be able to fulfill the need of a growing nation,” said Rawal.
It is argued by real estate developers that the imposition of service tax will eventually make buying houses more difficult for the middle and lower classes. Similarly, service tax on rented property will adversely affect sectors like IT sector since they are already showing declining trend when the US restrictions have affected them.
What the finance minister decides is what should be looked for now.