VAT increased in Kerala, worries realty sector

Increase in the Value added tax (VAT) may affect the real estate sector adversely. Industry experts stated that increase in VAT would result in materials for construction.
The Kerala Budget 2013 proposes an increase in VAT.

The Kerala Budget 2013 proposes an increase in VAT.

It is true that the budget 2013 has not done any indirect harm to the realty sector. The budget, though did not help the sector, cannot be termed as unfriendly to the real estate sector. However the realty players in the state fear that the proposed increase in VAT would affect the realty sector.

The prices for cement, wood and paint are likely to go up with the proposal to increase VAT. The prices of the above mentioned items are directly related to construction. So in short the prices of the raw materials will have an impact on the property prices too. The property prices will shoot up proportionately.

The budget 2013 has proposed an increase of 1.5% of VAT. This will directly affect the prices of the raw materials used for construction. Continue reading

Maharashtra Govt. nods e-payment of stamp duty

Renovating the entire stamp duty collection system, Maharashtra Government has approved e-payment of stamp duty.
Maharashtra govt decides to go online for property tax payment

Maharashtra govt decides to go online for property tax payment.

Property transactions will be easier in Maharashtra now. And you will have more convenience on moving around from office to office, one to the other. All this will be possible in Maharashtra where the government has decided to accept e-payment of stamp duty.

To pay stamp duty for your property transactions, you may soon be spared of doing the rounds of multiple offices.

Under the new model, the stamp duty for property transactions will be collected by authorized banks. With the approval the buyers will be able to pay the property tax in the bank counter.

Under the new system, the buyer, or the one who needs to pay the property tax, can pay the property tax in the bank. However this new system is applicable only for the sum over Rs.5000.

Property deals will be easier in Maharashtra with online tax payment

Property deals will be easier in Maharashtra with online tax payment

Once the stamp duty is paid with the bank officer who collects the amount, the officer will return a digital bill to the payer. The bill, known as Electronic Secure Bank and Treasury Receipt (eSBTR), will look like a stamp paper. Moreover it works as a stamp paper.

While the payment is made, the customer has to provide all details related to the property transactions to the bank officer who will feed all the given details in to an online database.

The digital bill or the e-receipt is expected to be more secure than traditional stamp papers. It is the main difference between the two. Traditional stamp papers are more viable to falsifying.

Making it more secure, the category of the paper used for the receipt also will be entered in the database. So it will be easier for the officials to track the receipts and identify whether the produced receipt is fake or original.

The new system of paying property tax through banks will be first initiated in Mumbai and will be followed by Pune. The new system will be introduced in other cities afterwards.

Real Estate Rules Count Stamp Duty as Predominant

About Real Estate Rules

Latest knowledge about various rules and regulations  in Real estate remain the most important factor for all smooth property dealings.The  knowledge about local rules at state as well as district level too, are equally important. If we enter into any kind of property dealings such as lease, rent, buy or exchange of a property without proper knowledge of Real estate rules, there are all the chance of being tricked/duped. Moreover,in future there can be number of legal troubles or hassles as well. So before buying a property one has to go through a number of Real estate rules to avoid all sorts of legal hassles. The knowledge about the dos and don’ts or the Real estate rules will enable one to avoid all such legal hassles certainly. Normally the buyer is supposed to pay the tax known as stamp duty when he or she tempts to buy homes or apartments. This is not the same in the case of property exchange where both the buyer and the seller share this tax. So let’s try to know more about stamp duty.
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Mumbai offers little hope for home buyers.

In a recent report, Jones Lang LaSalle said that Mumbai seems to be in a tighter spot with Rs275 billion being sunk in land since FDI (foreign direct investment) was allowed in real estate in 2005; most of which has failed to yield returns. Even many investments done in South Bombay once named as one of the hottest and costliest property location in the world have met the same fate. Read Mumbai has sunk Rs275 billion in lands since 2005, the reason is known to all. Sky high prices have put off customers. In Mumbai, an average flat costs more than Rs10,000 per sq. ft. and even in Navi Mumbai, in less populated areas, there are many projects that have flats priced at over Rs1 crore.

Add to that the confusion created by the new DCR (development control rules). Many builders now have to make fresh plans to accommodate the proposed changes about FSI; and the worst affected are those whose projects are already underway. Many of the launches have been put on hold, and construction has been stalled in many places. And for people who have already invested in these projects, the longer the deadlock lasts, the more they have to pay.

Buy or not to buy? Despite a profusion of analyses and research reports on housing prices and their future direction, home buyers remain as confused as ever. So it is little wonder that 37 lakh of flats remain vacant in Maharashtra, of which 4.79 lakh are in Mumbai. The Census Directorate data says that even Thane district has more than 5 lakh vacant flats.

“Why doesn’t the government or RBI (Reserve Bank of India) understand that the more they squeeze liquidity by raising interest rates, it raises returns on black investments even higher. If our country can bring down black element out of property, rents will fall, property prices will fall,” said a commentator.

The home-buyer, however, is at a loss. The Budget came as a flop, and a recent Crisil report says that prices of steel and cement will go up, which will probably be passed down to the end-user. And then, there is the proposal to hike on leave-license, which is going to make rentals expensive. There are some who expect matters to improve.

Pankaj Kapoor, MD, Liases Foras also had echoed similar thoughts. “The high prices are not fault of only the builders. The hike in stamp duty was uncalled for and it is too revenue-centric and indicates a short term vision.” Read Maharashtra Stamp duty hike: “Neither can you afford to own a home, nor take it on rent”

However, as most experts say, one can buy a home any time. “You never know what will happen next. And honestly, there is little evidence to suggest that customers have waited for better home loan or price options when they have to buy a home—because it is a necessity. So if you want to own a home, there is no bad time,” said an analyst.

Order of Documents for Property Sale

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Essential Documents

The sale/purchase deed and the housing society share certificate are the major documents required while selling a property. Sale deed serve as confirmation for the land belonging to the seller only and he has full rights to sell the land. Some more documents such as NOC from the housing society, registered house documents and original copies of stamp duty are necessary. Also, the owner/owners have to submit documented consent if it is a joint ownership land.

Necessary clearances

The NOC from the society and title clearance are necessary, but they are not sufficient. The exact details of how old the building is, the carpet and built-up area, car parking status, the floor plan, land title (free hold/lease hold/collectors land), the conveyance of the society and transfer charges of the building and the apartment also have importance.