Pune to set out new rules

The district consumer court has set out a new rule that an occupancy certificate will be issued by the municipal corporation in favour of an interested flat buyer, which will be sufficient to say that construction activity is successfully completed as per the sanctioned plan.
The court also ruled that a flat resident cannot seek his case to be treated as a “representative complaint” without first complying with the necessary requirements of such a plaint. Section 12 (1) (c) of the Consumer Protection Act needs a complete publication of a notice at the time of filing of the respective complaint about the complaint to be treated as a representative case.
A bench of O G Patil , V P Utpat, and Kshitija Kulkarni on Wednesday rejected the complaint by Kondhwa Khurd resident Anand Ranjalkar, who alleged that the builder of their housing scheme delivered him a 1bhk flat in Pune, which was of lesser area than it was originally agreed for, He also claimed that the builder had failed to secure a completion certificate. He also referred to common reliefs relating to the developer’s “failure” to form a society and execute a proper conveyance programme.
In July 2007, Ranjalkar had openly purchased a property in Pune under ‘Kumar Prithvi’ scheme, developed by Sukumar Township Development Private Limited in Bhavani Peth, Pune for Rs 28.7 lakh. The construction firm, as said and confirmed, delivered property to him on March 3, 2009.
In July 2011, after two years of getting possession, Ranjalkar filed a consumer complaint alleging the super built area of the flat was 39.87 sqft lesser than the area that was committed to him in the agreement. He said that he made the measurements done by an architect.
Lawyer Sunita Kinkar, representing the firm that supplied the possession, argued that Ranjalkar was bound by the agreement, to refer any further dispute to an arbitrator and that he did not comply with the norms for converting his complaint into a representative case for seeking common reliefs.
The bench, therefore, rejected Ranjalkar’s application, filed counter-arguments, for publishing a notice of a representative complaint first and held that the matter will then be treated as an individual complaint. “The complainant, in his individual capacity, cannot seek his justice as regards formation of society and execution of conveyance deed, etc. The after effects of the complainant will remain only as regards shortfall in area and completion certificate,” it held.

A good news for Bangalore real estate

Stop worrying more about investing in a building or a land or any property in Bangalore specially those which are close to lakebeds.
The properties owned by builders near these lakebeds were told not to construct their builders as the National Green Tribunal, in an passed order on May 2016 clearly increased the buffer zone of the lakebeds from 30 metres to 75 metres and announced that no construction will be done around the 75 metres zone of the lakebeds. However, now the BBMP has given out a sigh of happiness. They have clarified that those projects which recieved their contrsution approval before May 2016 can resume their construction. These will be only applicable to those who got licened before the NGT order arrived.

BBmp recently issued a circular on 30th March 2017 which came out with the green signal for the buiilders. Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad ordered that the NGT directive will be now not be applicable for site and properties which already secured their plan before the Green Court came out with their new orders and restrictions. This implementation sent to all eight zonal heads has brought out a relief to the real estate sector and is expected to grow the market as well with the increased rates in such locations.

Now the builders are excited and are offering new deals in their flats in Bangalore lakebeds. These areas are now more costlier than ever. The serenity of the lakebeds of Bangalore has always been an ideal place for all the segments of the society and is much desired specially by old people who plan on living their old age in a wonderful environment as same.
Not only flats, but some builders are now planning on moving to lake house projects. They are now applying for permissions for their beautiful projects from the NGT and are expecting great revenues for the real estate market.

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Gudi Padwa, a positive occasion for Pune’s low Real estate

With India’s economy finally growing its pace, Pune’s real estate market is now slowly witnessing a move in the forward direction in regard to the residential sector with a high rise in new residential launches. As prices are now stable and cheap after the announcement of the new set of rules in the Union Budget 2017, experts say that the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa will set a right tone in the minds of buyers to set their pace in investing new property in Pune.
With the storm of demonetisation slowly calming and settling down, Pune real estate is again starting to gather its momentum now. Gudi Padwa, according to experts is expected to give the sector a high increase in demands as residents of Maharashtra prefer home investments on the day. After slowly following this upward movement, Pune’s real estate market is expecting the past inquiries to be smoothly translated into sales. It has been noted that Pune has a huge unsold inventory of its real estate has slowed down since the past one and half years. Even those who cannot afford flats are inquiring for cheap 1bhk Flats in Pune in a relief of low-interest rates from banks and affordable schemes carried forward to them.
After the wonderful festive period, the real estate saw an exhausted inquiry inventory and a piled up sales record. This was due to the belief of auspicious occasion and the pocket-friendly schemes as after demonetization, real estate was one of the major sectors among many to be harmed by the cash crunch. Nevertheless, now as the cash flow in the bank is back to normal, the pace of remonetization has grown up faster than it was actually expected. Again, realty market in India has witnessed some big reforms like Benami Transactions Bill, RERA, or GST which are directly aimed at giving the sector of residential spaces transparency and more credibility.
It has been clearly seen in the country that a big investment like gold or property is considered more sentimentally than economically. Therefore the festive occasion added on to the sentiments and increased the sale to next level. Gudi Padwa, which marks a New Year in Maharashtra saw a huge increase in the sales as well as the new launched by reputed builders and developers of the state. Many people book their new homes or host housewarming parties in this occasion. Thus, Maharashtra real estate defines it as its level best on this day.

Ghaziabad Growing its Infrastructure

Ghaziabad is popular for serving to the mid-segment and affordable housing segments. The very known housing clusters such as Kaushambi, Vaishali and Indirapuram are now a major part of Ghaziabad property in terms of increasing the real estate. Apart from this, the new upcoming residential locations include Raj Nagar Extension, and other areas along NH-24 which are beyond Indirapuram, and incorporates Crossing Republic Township.
The only thing bothering the developed locations is the lack of space for further high-level development. These places majorly include Kaushambi and Vaishali. The 1BHK Flats in Ghaziabad are now available to meet all the residents and is expected to have a healthy capital appreciation. The recent projects mostly kept its focus on upper-mid and premium segments offering them new upgradations which were beyond anybody’s expectations. The affordable residential clusters which are mostly 1BHK Flats and located in Raj Nagar, Shahibabad are in the average price range of INR 2,200-3,500 per sq ft. The upper end of the range is commanded by projects which are fully completed or nearly ending its construction in Crossings Republic, whereas the newly passed projects in NH-24 are in the lower price band of INR 2,200-2,600 per sq ft. The Raj Nagar Extension corridor on NH-58 is has a price range in between INR 2,600-3,000 per sq ft range.

Greater Noida real estate to work more on affordable housing

The Real Estate’s new Union bill spells happiness for Greater Noida homebuyers, as the recently rectified budget will give more powers to those who want to buy plots in Greater Noida and will also keep in mind the concerns of the builders to a major extent. The Real Estate Regulatory Bill directly aims at bringing transparency in the real estate sector. However, the announcements were being planned from a long time but the finance minister made the right time to announce all of it with the Union Budget of 2017. However, after demonetisation, this area has more supply for residential units and less investors but after the affordable housing schemes it is turning out to be the opposite. Most of the housing units sold in Greater Noida now have a lot of takers but have less supply. Therefore, after taking some major steps a mega plan has finally been sorted out to cater affordable housing for all till 2022.
The budget is expected to establish state level regulatory authorities RERAs with whom developers have to register projects above a certain size. If this will not be carried out, the builders will have to pay major fines. The developers will now state all facts like possession dates, construction quality facts public on their websites so as to give clearer picture. The developers will have to focus more and more on the affordable housing. They will now be providing 3bhk flats in the price of 2bhk.
All these new rules are expected to set transparency in greater Noida properties. The Big Impact is that this will prompt homebuyers to purchase property without the fear of being cheated. This will bring in more creditability to investors and the belief to invest in the real estate sector. This will also give a clear legal recourse in case of any dispute or delay in the construction.
This has helped people who were interested in buying in Greater Noida as with this law the problems of the dust made by demonetisation will settle down and more over the development which tends to cater the needs which was stalled for a long time is finally getting its breath back. This is helping the Greater Noida real estate sector to become more transparent and the work has finally resumed and the building which were left unreconstructed the last quarter, are now coming to an end to supply its consumers their dream home.

IIFL Plans To Raise Two New Real Estate Funds

After closing its two earlier real estate funds, India Infoline Ltd (IIFL) plans to raise two new funds. These new funds will be invested for developing a residential and office space projects.

India Infoline Ltd (IIFL) has announced that it would close two old real estate funds soon and start raising two new funds. IIFL plans to raise the new funds from domestic investors. The funds will be probably be used for developing residential or commercial projects. Continue reading

Realty Investment In UP Increases, ASSOCHAM

Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India reported that realty investment in UP has increased over four years’ time.

Realty investment has grown up in Uttar Pradesh, states Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). Real estate sector in the state has seen remarkable progress during the period from 2008-09 till 2012-13. Continue reading

Surabhi Chemicals Buys Land In Nagpur To Enter Realty

Acquiring land in Nagpur, Surabhi Chemicals has shown their plans to step into the realty sector. The group plans to develop a commercial or residential project in this land.

Surabhi Chemicals has acquired some residential plot in Nagpur, where they will develop either a residential or commercial project. This will mark their entry into the real estate sector. The textile chemicals firm also has plans to expand their realty business to other cities like Surat and Vadodara. Continue reading

Guwahati Witnessing Real Estate Boom Now

Real estate sector across the country is booming and so is now in Guwahati. The city known as the gateway to Northeast Region is now witnessing the boom of real estate.

Though the real estate has been booming in the country for a long while, it was not seen in any of the Northeast States like Assam. Now, the situation is changing. Many of the Northeast cities like Guwahati have become hot spot for realty. Continue reading

RBI Slightly Cut Rates, Developers Seek More

RBI decided to cut the key policy rates by 0.25%. Welcoming the rate cut, realtors said that this will boost the sector.

Finally the Reserve Bank of India cut the key policy rates. While welcoming the decision of RBI, realtors said that it would boost the sector. RBI cut the repo rate (the rate at which banks borrow from the RBI) by a mere 0.25%.

RBI slightly cut the key rates.

RBI slightly cut the key rates.

Commenting on the rate cut, realtors said that the interest would have gone down if the reduction rate was further lowered. A further reduction would necessarily boost the home sales. Home loans will be lowered. This will boost the sentiments of the buyers.

Along with the buyers, the builders also will benefit from further rate cuts. If the repo rates are further revised, it will bring the EMIs down.

Speaking on the issue, former CREDAI chief Lalit Kumar Jain said that the common house buyers will benefit from the reduction of repo rate.

The Central Bank of India today cut the repo rate, short-term lending rate, by a mere 0.25%.  After the reduction now the repo rate stands at 7.25.

Developers seek more rate cuts from RBI.

Developers seek more rate cuts from RBI.

The RBI decision was met with mixed response. DLF, one the largest developers in India, said that the rate cut will hardly have any impact on the realty sector. The realty major said that the reduction is too small to leave an impact on the sector.

Rajeev Talwar, Executive Director of DLF Group, demanded further reduction. He opined that only a further reduction will boost both economy as well as realty. Mr. Talwar stated that the rate cut is very so small that it is insufficient to boost either economy or realty.

Sachin Sandhir of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) also expressed a similar view. He too said only further rate cuts can boost realty sector.

Assotech MD Sanjeev Srivastva said that the move will boost the sector. He hopes that the rate cut by RBI will be passed on to the customers by the financial institutions.

Water Shortage Affects Realty Construction

Water is necessary for realty construction. The water shortage thus affects it adversely.

As the summer is approaching, water shortage has become one of the main keywords in the headlines. We know that people are affected. Are the people alone affected? No, many industries are also affected with it. Continue reading

SEZ Policies to Boost Real Estate and IT

The new SEZ policies will have a greater impact on real estate and IT sector. Experts opine that these new SEZ policies are sure to boost commercial realty.

HYDERABAD: Recently the government has initiated some new SEZ policies. The government, by taking away the minimum land requirement of 10 hectares of land for developing IT and ITES SEZ, has taken a landmark decision which will boost both realty and IT sectors. The new SEZ policies will be enforced in top seven cities with immediate effect. Continue reading

Rajasthan Royals Renews Supertech’s Contract for IPL 2013

Rajasthan Royals has renewed its contract with Supertech. With this renewal of contract, 2013 will be the third consecutive year of presence for Supertech in the IPL.
Rajasthan Royals to retain its contract with Supertech.

Rajasthan Royals to retain its contract with Supertech.

JAIPUR: Supertech will be present in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 with their partnership with Rajasthan Royals. The team has been in association with the real estate developer since 2011.

IPL 2013 will be the third year for the real estate players. Commenting on the contract-extension Supertech Limited’s Director Mohit Arora said that Rajasthan Royals is consistent in its performance in the previous years. “The team,” he added, “has earned a huge fan now.”

While the real estate developer aims to attain further popularity and glamour to the team, the team is seeking a good and reliable financial support.

Rajasthan Royals’ CEO Raghu Iyer said that the team is really happy to extend its relationship with Supertech. He added that the team has benefitted highly from their partnership with the real estate major. Continue reading

Budget 2013 proposes 1% TDS on Rs.50 lakh Apts, by June

The proposed 1% TDS will come into force from June this year. This proposal included in the Budget 2013, is expected to affect the sales of luxury housing units.
1% TDS on luxury houses t by June this year, proposes budget 2013.

1% TDS on luxury houses , proposed by budget 2013, will come into force by June

As proposed in the Budget 2013, those who wish to buy homes or apartments over Rs.50 lakh will have to pay an additional 1% TDS to the government. This will make the apartments costlier.

Those who have booked for flats above the price range fixed by the Budget 2013-14, it will be harder as they will have to deduct an amount as TDS from their payment to the builder. Further they will have to pay the tax and file the returns.

According to the reports of top property research firms, around 5 lakh housing units are believed to be delivered this year. As many homes as the number of people; about the same number of people have ordered for flats. All these people will be affected by the new policy. Continue reading

Reforms in realty sector, untouched by budget 2013

Budget 2013 has failed miserably to bring in any reforms in the realty sector. Many reforms like real estate regulatory bill and so on, were expected by the experts.
Reforms stood away from realty sector

All expected reforms also stood away from realty sector.

The budget 2013 was expected to boost realty sector in many ways. Many reforms like real estate regulatory bill, infrastructure status at least to the affordable housing sector, etc. were the main reforms which realty sector expected from the budget 2013.

Leading realty players to greater despair and mischief, none of these reforms were included in the budget.

The main focus was on the lower and middle income segment people and affordable housing segments. On the other side the budget did not forget to levy heavy burden on the shoulders of the top earners.

The affordable housing segment may be boosted as the budget includes some sort of boosts to the sector. However the budget is expected to affect the luxury housing segment inversely. After the budget, the prices for luxury houses are expected to rise sharply. Continue reading

Budget 2013-14 Proposes Rs.1L Deduction to First-Home Buyers

With the Rs.1 lakh deduction on interest rates on home loans up to Rs.25 lakh, the first time home buyers alone may benefit from the Budget 2013-14 which was presented in the parliament on Feb 28.
Budget 2013-14 will help the first time home buyers

Budget 2013-14 will help the first time home buyers

The much awaited Budget 2013-14 was presented in the parliament by the finance minister on Feb 28. This year the budget did not have many sops to the real estate sector as a whole.

However real estate sector will benefit from the budget as it includes deduction of interest in the home loans by the first-home buyers. Those who plan to buy home for the first time can gain tax exemption and deduction in the interest rates up to Rs.1 lakh.

This will have more effect on the middle income class and so the buyers of this class will have a reason to be happier. Continue reading

Budget 2013: What it offers to Indian Realty?

Budget 2013 was expected to be a real estate friendly budget due to many reasons. Crushing the hopes of builders and realty players the Budget 2013 remain tepid to the sector.
Budget 2013 holds nothing special to the realty sector

Budget 2013 holds nothing special to the realty sector

The first time home buyers will be benefitting from this budget as the Budget 2013 has proposed Rs.1 lakh additional deduction to them. As per the proposal of the budget the home buyers will be given Rs.1 Lakh deduction for the loans up to Rs.25 lakh and Rs.1.5 lakh for the loans above Rs.25 lakh.

By raising the tax deduction limit by Rs.1 lakh, finance minister P Chidambaram aims to promote the housing sector.

Anuj Puri, Chairman Jones Lang LaSalle India, said that the Budget 2013 is not realistic as it was expected to be. In the opinion of Mr. Puri though the Budget 2013 as an overall level is a moderate one it was not so useful to the real estate sector.

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Green Norms to Be Eased For Real Estate Construction

In a step to boost the real estate construction, the environment ministry now plans to ease green norms. Once the green norms are eased more high-rise buildings can be constructed.
Easing of Green Norms: a  green signal for high-rise apartments.

Easing of Green Norms: a green signal for high-rise apartments.

The people may see builders developing more high-rise buildings on the side of smaller roads and streets in the cities. Yes, this will be possible if the environment ministry eases the green norms for the construction sector.

By laying down the rules which limited the height of a building, the environment ministry had made it tougher for the real estate developers to create taller or multi-story buildings in cities. The height of the buildings was determined by its closeness to the nearest fire station and many other things similar to this.

Right now a 60-metered building will be given the clearance certificate only if the building is on a 30 m or above wide road and have a fire station within two kilometers distance. Continue reading

Budget 2013 to Give Hopes to Home Buyers

Budget 2013 is expected to offer some hopes to the home buyers as finance minister has signaled some special provisions for the affordable housing segment.
Budget 2013 to boost affordable housing

Budget 2013 likely to boost affordable housing.

Budget 2013 is expected to be a real estate- friendly budget as there will be some special provisions to boost the housing segment in the country. Union finance minister P Chidambaram has already hinted that the government has plans to confer infrastructure status at least to the affordable housing segment.

Demands of the realtors are many and may have an end for any of them. They seek tax exemptions, lower interest rates for their loans, lowering the cost of finance for construction sector, and so many others. Some of them demand Single –window clearance for speedy approvals.

Besides all the above said demands, realty players have recently asked for infrastructure status to the entire real estate sector as it would enable them to attain some tax benefits. Continue reading

Real Estate Sector Wants FM To Lower Costs Of Finance

Real estate players of India hope that Finance Minister’s upcoming budget will bring down the costs of finance for the construction sector. Finance minister is likely to announce new Budget which is expected to boost the real estate sector on February 28.
real estate sector wants Financial Minister to lower the financial costs.

Real estate sector wants Financial Minister to lower the financial costs.

Real estate developers expect that the new budget which the Finance minister of India will announce on February 28 will contain provisions to boost the real estate sector. Builders and other realty players expect the cost of finance for the construction will be brought down by the new budget. They demanded that it will be enabling them to provide housing units at lower costs.

Real estate developers are also hopeful of faster clearance for their projects. Many at a time, the delay takes place due to the longer time taken for gaining the clearance. The delay in gaining clearances leads to delayed deliveries. Further the cost also gets accelerated in meantime, developers claimed. All these affect home buyers onto whose shoulders the additional cost is loaded. Continue reading

Indian Realty Sees Private Equity Firms’ Faded Zeal

Private equity firms show low interest to invest in Indian Realty and infrastructure. India witnessed a deep fall in the Private equity investment in the last year.
Indian Realty loses its attracting charm

Indian Realty loses its attracting charm.

According to a report by Grant Thornton, a leading global accounting firm, the Private equity firms have lost their interest in the Indian Realty and infrastructure. As per the Grant Thornton report $ 7.4 billion was invested in India by the private equity firms in 2012. Private equity investment of 2012 is comparatively very lower to the same of the previous year in which $8.8 billion was invested, the report adds. Continue reading

Real Estate Sector To Be Boosted By Government Policies

Real estate experts feel that the year 2013 will be a good year for real estate sector. They all point out that the new policies implemented will be in  favor of real estate sector.
real estate will reach new heights with govt policies

Real estate sector will be able to reach new heights only if the newly announced policies are properly implemented.

With the newly implemented government policies, real estate sector is on the verge to thrive in the current year. If the 2012- end was noted for the initiation of many policies in favor of real estate sector, then the new year is expected for  implementation of these policies.

Nahar Group’s Chairman and MD Sukhraj Nahar said that the real estate is undergoing through a transformation. He opined that the real estate has become more transparent in 2012 due to the fact that each participant has contributed to bring it out. Continue reading

Real Estate Sector to Get a Boost from Finance Ministry

Real estate sector is about to gain a small boost from the Finance Ministry. Finance Ministry plans to support the real estate sector by helping the real estate builders to secure bank loans.
Residential sector to thrive again

Residential Sector Thrives Again

Real estate sector will be boosted as the Finance Ministry plans to offer bank loans to the builders who have stalled projects at hand. The decision is expected to be made within a couple of weeks.

Latest RBI data show that the bank credit to the residential sector has grown by mere 12.1 % on year on year basis. This, in fact, is lower than the 15.9 % aggregate growth rate of bank credit. Continue reading

MoU Between Century Real Estate and IIM-B

Bangalore-based, Century Real Estate and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has signed an MoU for setting up the IIMB-Century real estate research initiative.

The IIMB-Century Real Estate Research Initiative will focus on collecting data and conducting scientific, cross-disciplinary research on the Indian real estate sector that will be published in leading academic and practitioner journals, the realty company said in a statement.

“There is a tearing need for such an initiative in the real estate space that will focus on research, act as an interface between the industry and the policy makers and eventually churn out quality human resource for this sector,” says P Dayananda Pai, Founder-Century Real Estate.

Additionally the research initiative will seek to provide guidance and policy recommendation to government and industry stakeholders on major issues relating to the Real Estate sector.

“The initial charter for the Research Initiative will be to create taxonomy of relevant data that will be required to do meaningful research, initiate research projects that fill key knowledge gaps and engage with key stakeholders within the industry” says professor Venky Panchapagesan, who has been leading the effort to set up this initiative at IIMB.

Real Estate Investing in Pune, India’s Other Growth City

Most of the funds are based out of Mumbai, which gives Pune obvious preference, as the city’s proximity allows these funds to track and monitor the market – and their investments – easily. Also, Pune is among the most rapidly growing cities in India after Mumbai, NCR and Bangalore.

According to Sameer Gholve, Manager of Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle India, Pune has been favoured destination amongst Real Estate PE funds since 2005 – the year FDI opened for real estate.

The total flow of PE funds into Pune until December 2011 was approximately US$800 million. This consisted of both foreign and domestic monies through around 32 major transactions over the last five years. 2009 saw the lowest flow of private equity funds into the city, though Investors regained confidence in 2010 arrived. The renewed investor confidence resulted in a massive recovery of private equity deal closures in Pune

As expected, most of these funds have been invested in the residential property asset class. In fact, residential real estate has proved to be the most consistent and enduring magnet for private equity funds into Pune’s real estate sector. In comparison, investments into SEZs, industrial parks (STPIT) and mixed-use townships have primarily been seen only before mid-2008. From 2010 onwards, the interest in these formats as asset classes has been quite meagre.

Significantly, 61% of the total private equity investments that have been seen in Pune were done in projects located in East Pune. East Pune has the majority of the city’s IT industry developments such as Magarpatta Cyber City in Hadapsar, EON IT Park in Kharadi, CommerZone in Yerawada, Weikefield IT Park on Nagar Road, etc. These IT developments have had a major spin-off effect on the profile of these areas. The higher spending power and commensurate aspirations of the people working in these establishments has caused the arrival of massive malls and also generated a huge demand for quality residential projects. These projects are proving to be the major magnets for private equity investments into Pune’s real estate sector.