IndiaHomes joins the league of Hackathon

IndiaHomes.com is dedicated to quality service. In order to improve the service further, it keeps on innovating new form of tools and provide hassle free options to the users. In line with this, IndiaHomes conducted ‘Hackathon’ on February 16, 2015 among all its branches across the country. The event was free and open to everyone — with or without technical skills.hackathon

The term Hackathon basically refers to an event wherein different groups are formed to identify certain problems with an aim to make usable software, applications or any process. The focus of a Hackathon depends on different concepts.

IndiaHomes for the first time organised Hackathon for its four key applications that included Mobile Site, NRC Workflow, Magic Broker App and Main website. It was conducted pan India through Polycom. Overall, there were thirteen teams with interesting names such as Core Team, Team Spartans, The Sting Bees, The Hurricane Rush, The Fast and Furious, Tech Ninjas, Avengers, Dominators, Transformers, Control Freaks, Technical Knockout, Terminators and Snipers. The event was participated by various team members from across the country.

As a part of the event, all the participants were asked to identify issues or bugs in all the four applications and raise it in front of the judges. Then the team judges examine the bus and if they accept it as a bug, then it goes to the team’s bucket. The judges for the Hackathon were Mayank Ravi- AVP Ops and Rajesh Kwatra – VP Secondary Sales.

The problems were divided into three categories– Issues, Beetle bug (small) and Scorpion bug (big). The Issues were worth Rs 2000, Beetle bug (small) for Rs 3000 and Scorpion bug (big) for Rs 5000. Therefore the participants were awarded with prize money depending on the kind and number of problems identified.

The Core Team from North comprising Samar, Rahul Aggarwal, Shailender, Manish Mehta and Naveen Jain, Manish Goel won the maximum amount; then Team Spartans from North comprise by Ahsan, Sai Prasad, Biplab and Prashant. Followed by Sting Bees from North as well, included Saurabh Agrawal, Manish, Madhurima Sil, Sonakshi Bajaj and Neha Chopde; Transformers from West, Navi Mumbai had Abdul Razzak Khan, Sachin Patil, Prakash Patil, Sushit Dutta and Manoj Bohra. Then came Fast and Furious again from North comprising of Manish, Manas, Nikhil, Prabhjot, Chaitanya; Avengers from North included Piyush Chandra, Sudhanshu Agarwal, RajKumar and Amitesh Kumar. Further Snipers from West, Andheri consist of Amit Gupta, Ajay Tiwari, Malank Dandotia, Anup Almal and Dominators format with Sangeet, Taniya, Sanghamitra and Sumit as the team members.

The event was organised at the corporate office of IndiaHomes in Gurgaon and witnessed lot of enthusiasm and interest not only from the participants but also from the audiences side.

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Extension in Metro line will boost real estate in Greater Noida

If you are looking to buy a property in Noida Extension or in the interior regions of Greater Noida, but not sure whether to buy or not, because of the proper connectivity and unavailability of a public transportation system, then your wait is over. Delhi Metro is all set to expand the present Dwarka-Noida City Center line to Sector 62 and  further extending  the line to Greater Noida. 

As part of the new plan, the upcoming metro line will go through sectors  34, 51, 59,  62 and to Electronic City. It will connect Noida with Delhi very closely and  will be among the longest lines. The station at Sector 52 station will be an interchanging  station towards the Greater Noida Metro line.


Metro line will boost real estate in Greater Noida

The extension of the new metro route will mark a positive development for the real estate sector in the Greater Noida area. It will encourage the industry to build several new property in Noida Extension fulfilling the existing housing demands of the aspiring end users as well as the investors. This step will also be a step forward to save the degrading state of the of real estate in Noida market, especially around the Greater Noida and Noida Expressway area. The new line in Greater Noida will improve the connectivity and lessen the travelling time between  Delhi and Greater Noida, which can be a major factor to encourage the property sector in Noida to develop new flats in Noida Extension. Also, due to the smooth connectivity buyers will be inspired to move towards the interiors of the Greater Noida and will not have any doubts to settle down in that region.

However, it is needless to say that, the growth of the real estate sector in any state is directly proportional to the development of its infrastructure.  As the infrastructure will be improved and developed, the realty sector will simultaneously experience growth. Such as in Delhi, Gurgaon and in main Noida, since the inception of the Metro, it played a crucial role in developing the property market with the rise in property prices and new projects.  

Likewise, due to this upcoming Dwarka-Noida City Center metro line, the stagnant sector of property in Noida Extension or Greater Noida can expect a boost on the developer’s side as well as on the buyers and investors’ side. The extended metro line will help in attracting more prospective buyers, interested investors and moreover the developers can clear off the remaining inventory and plan for developing newer projects.

In line with this new metro line the Authorities of Greater Noida and Noida have already proposed to escalate FAR by 0.5 within 500 metres of an area around the present and upcoming metro lines. With this step, the authorities aim at increasing the population around the stations and providing metro station at a walking distance from the residents’ respective places.

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Assessing the Impact of Digital Technology on Real Estate Markets in India (White Paper)

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The  impact   of  digital   technology  (internet, mobile  phones and  tablets) has  greatly  affected our lives.  Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)  had  announced  that   there   were  164.81 million internet users in India as of March, 2013, of whom  7/8th made  use  of handheld devices such   as   smartphones  and  tablets.  Currently, India  holds   the  third  position among   nations with the most number  of internet users, after US and  China. Therefore,  it is  quite  palpable that digital technology would influence the third most important sector  that affects the economy.

 

This white paper  makes use of a study conducted by  Google  India  on  “Real  Estate in  India:  The Digital  Influence”   to establish the  pivotal  role that  would  be  played  by  digital  technology in determining the course of real estate in India. The survey  was  conducted over  15 cities  with  6196 respondents spanning over  residential renting, residential buying and commercial  renting  to determine answers to two main questions.

1. How far would the internet impact the growth of the real estate market?

2. Understanding consumer behaviour in pre- purchase phase.

 

The  following  white paper   acknowledges the growing  presence of  digital  media  in  the  real estate market and addresses issues of harnessing the true potential of digital technology.

Download the complete White Paper: Impact of Digital Technology

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Which is a better option buying or renting ?

Given the skyrocketing capital values of residential properties, more home seekers are opting for rental properties. However, this phenomenon has led to a new kind of problem where rental values of certain areas, particularly those close to commercial properties are increasing rapidly. Today’s home seeker is therefore left in a dilemma over whether to buy a home or rent it. If you are stuck in a similar situation, then here are some pointers to aid you out.

  1. Risk Analysis- Rise in property prices is exponential in developing nations such as India as prices may be artificially floated over a long period. However, rental earning grows at a realistic rate as they are proper functions of demand. Most rental agreements have clauses where rental rates are hiked by 10 percent annually. Price of property in metros normally double every 5 years in urban areas, which is around 20 percent in a year. You should carefully weigh your options of investment as stock markets too offer an annualised return of 20 percent almost.
  2. Price to rent ratio- This tool is fast catching up with Indian property buyers where the cost of the property is divided by the rent payable annually for it. If the value of the ratio is lesser than 15, it would be better to buy the house than rent it.
  3. Financial strength- Your financial position must be the backing force behind your stand to purchase an apartment. If your family earning is around Rs 1 lakh in a month, then you shall be entitled to take out a loan of Rs 40 lakhs to Rs 50 lakhs for a period of 20 years. However, if you need to balance your budget in a way to be able to meet expenses with a residual pay after the EMI is deducted. Moreover, you have to spend 20 percent of the cost upfront. For a house valued at Rs 50 lakhs, you have to down pay Rs 10 lakhs or so. Before you set out to buy an apartment, you should set aside an amount of Rs 5 to 6 lakhs as emergency fund. Also, you should be left with some savings after bearing home expenses and monthly EMI. The surplus shall cover the needs of investment and any increase in interest rates. Once you fulfil the conditions, you should look out to purchase an apartment.
  4. Stability of earnings- Home loans are normally for long tenures (more than 20 years or so). Unless you have a stable employment record, getting a home loan may be difficult. You must be confident about the stability of your job particularly if you are employed in a privately owned enterprise. Loan agreements normally come with built-in insurance which would take stock of the outstanding loan in the event of death.

Besides, prior to buying a new apartment you must factor in the salary increases you hope to see in the coming years because your EMI may increase when the rates are revised. Or else, go for flats on rent under your budget in a preferred locality.

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Impact of RBI’s Slashed Rates on the Real Estate Sector

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given a major surprise, cutting repo rates by 0.25 percent to 7.75 percent, ahead of its policy meeting in February. Repo rate refers to rates at which RBI lends funds to various banks. This step is in line with controlling the growing inflation and also focusing on the growth rate.

RBI’s slashed rates on the real estate sectorHowever RBI has also indicated about a further decrease in the interest rates, looking at the inflation and development for fiscal consolidation by the government. Also, as reported in the media it is expected that banks will pass on the rate cuts to the consumers with further reduction in lending rates. As a result the home and auto loans expected to become cheaper.

It’s a win-win situation for everyone. For instance, if the home loans get cheaper, the requirement for home loan will increase. Therefore the banks can expect more consumers with a requirement for the home loan which is definitely a profitable for banks.

Now talking specifically about the real estate sector, this move brings in a lot of  good hope for the industry as well as for the consumers. This move will boost the selling and buying of property. The industry will also see an increase in the number of housing complexes and growth in the number of potential buyers due to cheaper home loan rates and more housing option. 

On the other hand, as consumers will experience lower home loan rate and EMI, so automatically they will save more. And as their saving will increase, so the prospective consumer, who might be an investor or an end user will think about investing or buying a house. Moreover, this will also active those consumers who are not even planning to buy one.

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Therefore, with this initiative by RBI, we can easily say that good days are definitely ahead and now everyone can own a home for themselves.

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Sale Price Trends for Multistorey Apartments in Bangalore

Those moving to Bangalore often decide to stay back because of the urban lifestyle offered along with pleasant weather. Each micro market in Bangalore located close to IT parks or commercial properties is self-sufficient because of the walk to work culture prevalent in the city. From schools to grocery stores and ATMs, you can find amenities at a stone’s throw from your home.

The permanent residency that most moving to the city desire is what is boosting the city’s real estate scene along 

Multistorey Apartments in Bangalore

with the burgeoning population of NRIs moving to the city. In fact, Bangalore has been classified as one of the fastest growing real estate market. The configurations offered in Bangalore are a mix bag of

 apartments, row houses and villas. Most developers in Bangalore, such as the Mantri Group offer multi-storey apartments where the properties are developed in the form of several towers, each housing scores of apartments.

For instance, the Mantri Energia close to Manyata Tech Park offers 2.5BHK and 3BHK apartments in various towers spread over the 11 acre area. The apartments are spacious (all of them measure more than 1000 sq. ft.) and well aerated and lit. The cost of a 2.5BHK apartment is Rs 69 lakhs approximately while for a 3BHK apartment you have to shell out Rs 75 lakhs approximately.

The standard rate per square foot hovers around Rs 4500 in this area. For areas such as Sarjapur Road, the property, pricing is almost Rs 87 lakhs for a similar 2BHK apartment. Most of the areas in Bangalore are priced within the band of Rs 70 lakhs to Rs 80 lakhs for 2BHK properties, with the average rate per square foot around Rs 5000 or so. There are a couple of areas like Madivala and Naganathapura where per square foot rate is significantly lower than the prevailing average. It can be safely said that Bangalore specialises in community housing where amenities such as gymnasium, clubhouse, crèche, children’s play area, jogging tracks and even indoor games rooms are offered within. Home owners can find every avenue of relaxation and entertainment within the premise, without having to go out for anything else except work.Multistorey Apartments in Bangalore

NRIs too prefer staying in these areas as they offer them lifestyles which they enjoyed while living abroad. In the third quarter of 2014 it was seen that the price trends in Bangalore were more or less stagnant with the exception of a few areas such as Banashankari, Old Airport Road and Amrutahalli etc. Unlike larger cities like Delhi and Mumbai, Bangalore is yet to undergo the mass scale price correction.

Most people prefer to buy properties which are close to IT parks (main sources of employment), which is why flats in HSR Layout, Sarjapur Road, Electronic City, Bomanahalli and Whitefield are much in demand. NRIs and frequent travellers prefer staying close to the railway station at Yeshwantpur such as in Malleswaram whereas others who use the airways are snapping up flats in Yelahanka and Devanahalli. With an increase in employment as forecasted this year, the sale of apartments in multi-storeyed buildings is set to increase in Garden City.

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A Complete Home Loan Guide for NRI’s

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Buying a home for an NRI has always been the biggest challenge, especially identifying the right property sitting thousands of miles away. In addition to that the availability of the right information has almost been impossible, unless she/he is visiting India and have enough time to investigate, identify and shortlist during their short stay.

Traditionally, NRI’s have relied mostly on friends, family & relatives to get information in identifying the right property. But, with time property advising has evolved beyond the brokers and numerous online companies with huge investments have started realizing the potential of NRI market. They have developed processes which guide the prospective buyers from the scratch by asking relevant questions, like the purpose of buying a property, budget, how they plan to finance it.

Financing a property purchase through loans has its own challenges and involves lot of paperwork which delays the whole process.

Though NRIs can avail loans by mortgaging an existing a residential property; however there are certain conditions that the NRIs need to fulfill in order to avail the home loans.

  • Age – The minimum age for a loan applicant is 18-21 years age. And maximum age limit is 60 years or retirement age (whichever is earlier) at the time of loan maturity.
  • Qualification – The minimum qualification of the loan seeker has to be that of a graduate.
  • Income – The loan applicant has to have a minimum monthly income of $2,000 (This criterion may differ across HFCs). Moreover, the eligibility is also determined by the stability and continuity of your business or employment.
  • Payment options – There are the Equated Monthly Installments which the NRI needs to route through cheques or his NRE/NRO account. Making payments from another source say, his savings account in India is not allowed.
  • Number of dependents - Another aspect for NRI Home Loans is that the eligibility of the applicant is also determined by the number of dependents, assets and liabilities.

 

General guidelines for availing Home Loan

  • Based on the repayment capacity and the cost of the property, an NRI applicant is eligible to receive a home loan that ranges from a minimum of Rs 3-5 lakhs to a maximum of Rs 1 crore, this again is subject to variables depending on the priorities of the home loan.
  • A loan applicant can be eligible for a maximum of 85% of the cost of the property or the cost of construction as applicable and 75% of the cost of land in case of purchase of land, based on the repayment capacity of the borrower.
  • Besides, the Home Loan Tenure for NRIs is different from Resident Indians.
  • A NRI can also enhance his loan eligibility by applying for home loans with a co-applicant who has a separate source of income. Also, the rate of interest for home loans to NRIs is higher than those offered to Resident Indians. There is a difference which varies from 0.25%-0.50%. Some HFCs also have an internally marked 'negative criterion' for NRI home loans. As such, the NRIs who hail from locations that are marked as being 'negative' in the books of HFCs, find it difficult to procure a home loan.
  • The cost of dwelling unit which is own contribution financed less the loan amount, can be met from direct remittances from abroad through normal banking channels, the Non-Resident (External) [NR(E)] Account and /or Non-Resident (Ordinary) [NR (O)] account in India.
  • However, repayment of the loan, comprising of the principal and interest including all the charges are to be remitted to the HFC from abroad through normal banking channels, the Non-Resident (External) [NR(E)] Account and /or Non-Resident (Ordinary) [NR (O)] account in India.
  • The repayment option for NRIs as they can pay through the funds held in any non-resident account maintained in accordance with the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, and the regulations made by the RBI from time to time. As most of the home loan provider companies consider the economic stability of the applicant, home loans for NRIs are quite feasible, because they are well in economic resource.

Now comes the most crucial part of the entire process that is the documents required for a Home Loan. NRIs need to submit the following documents and these are different from those of Indian residents.

  • Passport and Visa
  • Bank Statements for the last six months
  • The labor card/identity card (translated in English and countersigned by the consulate) if the person is employed in the Middle East Salary certificate (in English) specifying name, date of joining, designation and salary details.
  • Valid work permit
  • A copy of the appointment letter and contract from the company employing the applicant
  • Another document of vital importance that is required while processing an NRI home loan is the power of attorney (POA). The POA is important because, since the borrower is not based in India; the HFC would need a 'representative' 'in lieu of' the NRI to deal with and if needed. Although not obligatory, the POA is usually drawn on the NRI’s parents/wife/children.

An important point to be noted here is that documentation is different for Salaried NRI Applicants and Self-Employed NRI applicants.
 

Salaried NRI applicants need to provide

  • Overseas bank account for the last three months showing salary credits.
  • Copy of valid visa/ work permit/ equivalent document supporting the NRI status of the proposed account holder.
  • Copy of valid passport showing Visa stamps.
  • Latest contract cope evidence salary/ salary certificate/ wage slips.

 

Self-employed NRI applicants need to provide

  • Six months overseas bank account statement and NRE/ NRO account.
  • Brief profile of the applicant and business/ trade license or equivalent document.
  • Passport copy with valid visa stamp.
  • Computation of income, P&L account and B/Sheet for the last three years certified by the CA/ CPA or any equivalent authority as the case may be (or equivalent company accounts).

 

Property Documents that need to be arranged

  • Original title deeds tracing the title of the property for a minimum period of the last 13 years
  • Encumbrance Certificate for the last 13 years
  • Agreement of sale /construction, if any
  • Receipts for payments made for purchase of the dwelling unit
  • Approved plan / license
  • ULC clearance /conversion order etc.
  • Receipts for having invested the margin money through normal banking channels from the Non-Resident (External) account in India and / or the Non-Resident (Ordinary) account in India
  • Latest tax paid receipt
  • Allotment letter from the co-operative society / association of apartment owners
  • Agreement for sale / sale deed /detailed cost estimate from Architect / Engineer for property to be purchased / constructed /extended / improved
  • Copy of approved drawings of proposed construction/purchase/extension

 

However if the PIO card is not available, photocopies of the below documents will work

  • The current passport, with birthplace as 'INDIA'
  • The Indian passport, if held by the individual earlier
  • Parents/grandparents Indian passport/birth certificate/marriage certificate substantiating the individuals claim as a person of Indian origin

Lastly one basic query that every NRI have in mind is that whether NRI/PIO avail of loan from an authorized dealer for acquiring flat/house in India for his own residential use against the security of funds held in his NRE Fixed Deposit account/ FCNR (B) account. So the answer for the query is yes. Such loans are subject to the terms and conditions as laid down in Schedules 1 and 2 to Notification No. FEMA 5/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000 as amended from time to time.

However, banks cannot grant fresh loans or renew existing loans in excess of Rupees 20 lakh against NRE and FCNR (B) deposits either to the depositors or to third parties [cf. A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 29 dated January 31, 2007].
Such loans can be re-paid
(a) by way of inward remittance through normal banking channel or
(b) by debit to his NRE / FCNR (B) / NRO account or
(c) out of rental income from such property.
(d) By the borrower's close relatives, as defined in section 6 of the Companies Act, 1956, through their account in India by crediting the borrower's loan account.

If anyone says the process is easy, it’s not. But with right advice, the whole process can be made lot less cumbersome and if the above points are kept in mind, one will be able to ask the right questions while moving through the whole process.

This is where companies like IndiaHomes are taking a lead and going beyond just selling, they are helping & guiding the customer through the whole process.

About the Author: Naveen Kumar Jain, VP & Head of Business Operations & Customer Services, Indiahomes.com, is an MBA & LLB with 16 years of experience in operations and customer services. At IndiaHomes.com, he is responsible to ensure that all processes, policies and practices followed by the organisation are customer centric and should result in an optimal solution for the end user. Naveen has held senior leadership roles in ING Vysya Bank, HDFC Bank & Stock Holding Corporation of India. Being a certified six sigma black belt & ISO 9001: 2008 lead auditor, the implementation of quality management systems and standards for operational excellence have been Naveen’s key strengths and areas of focus.

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Why Electronic city in Bangalore is a good option for real estate investment

Have you ever thought about owning a property in Bangalore, that too in Electronic city? If not, then you should give it a thought. Being the IT hub of the country, Bangalore is also famous for accommodating country’s largest Electronic city, situated on the Hosur Road, Bangalore. Spread across a huge area of 332 acres, the Electronic City is home for top electronics and IT companies such as Siemens, BHEL, Wipro, Infosys to name a few, holding around 100,000 employees.Electronic city in Bangalore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With further development into Phase I, II, III in the E-City Industrial Township Area and setting up of Biotech Park Helix by the department/unit of BioTechnology, the Electronic City has grown in rapid pace during the past couple of years. Parallel ways the transportation has also improved as BMTC bus services connect it to the every part of the city.

Infrastructure wise Hosur road elevated highway counts for another major development in the area.  The 9.9 km expressway connects the Electronic city with Silk Board in 15 minutes. The highway also has some of the IT companies such as Sasken, Convergys, BOSCH, etc., along with outlets of main auto manufacturers such as Audi, Volvo, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen and many more.

Due to this rapid growth of this property in Bangalore, a lot of real estate developers are attracted and have set up residential properties that includes apartments, plots and luxury villas. Some of the well-known housing projects are Ajmera Infinity, Concorde Manhattans, Concorde Silicon Valley, Ganga Vertica and Genesis Ecosphere. The stretch between Wipro and Neeladri houses all these projects and also has general stores, food chains and healthcare centres, which are the basic amenities for the daily life.

Hence, with all the conveniences and comforts round the corner starting from major corporate, housing essentials such as medical centres, proper connectivity with the other parts of Bangalore, markets and shops, educational institutions such as Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Symbiosis Institute of business Management and many more, Electronic City is definitely a place to be in. With the growing development rate, it is a profitable destination to invest upon.

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All you need to know to invest smartly in subvention schemes

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In order to make sales faster, developers are offering different kinds of payment plans. Among others, Subvention schemes are one of such schemes, where home buyers have to pay 10 to 20 percent of the property price at the purchase time. And the remaining amount is paid by banks to the builder as loan under the head of a three way agreement between the bank, buyer and the builder. When the project is being developed, the developer must pay the interest accrued to the bank. In turn, the bank dispatches the sum to the builder as the building’s construction progresses. Here the good part is the buyer has to start paying EMIs only after possessing the apartment.

The subvention scheme has been around for long and it has been renovated into the smart subvention scheme. For instance, if a bank has to pay the developer in 10 instalments, then
20 percent of the amount that the buyer has to down pay can also be paid in smaller instalments of 2 percent or so.

How are these schemes advantageous?

The schemes are beneficial to buyers mostly as they can buy their dream home by down paying a small sum upfront. After the initial down payment, the buyer does not have to pay anything till s/he receives possession of the Chennai property.

In this way buyers save money on the property’s cost in subvention schemes, as developers have to pay the loan interest till the property is possessed by the buyer. Buyers also get ample time to accumulate the sum needed while the Chennai Property is being built. Even if a loan needs to be taken at the hour of possession, the principal amount would be lower. Smart subvention schemes are particularly beneficial to buyers with high salaries but little savings. They may not be able to pay the 20 to 25 percent of the amount upfront but would be able to pay around 2 percent of the total amount payable upfront every couple of months.

Moreover, as EMIs payable by buyers begins after the possession, the situation of EMI and rent payment simultaneously can be avoided. The risk of development is borne entirely by the developer in such cases. If possession is delayed, developers have to bear the interest burden for a longer period or till the balance sum is paid later on.

Risks Associated with Subvention

For subvention schemes, contracts between developers and buyers must state that the former would pay the interest on the loan till the properties in Chennai are possessed. Earlier, developers endorsed subvention schemes where they would pay the interest for a fixed time period of 24 months to 36 months. If the project was delayed, the buyer would have to bear the cost of interest repayment and rent.

In a subvention scheme, if a developer defaults on the interest payment, then the credit record of the buyer shall be marred. Therefore, you must invest in such schemes for properties in Chennai that are offered by credible developers, particularly those with financial abilities of project completion within time.

Prior to investment, make sure you calculate the cost difference between construction-linked plans and subvention schemes in the same project. In all likeliness, subvention schemes would be more expensive. You should invest only in those projects where the difference is zero or minimal.

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Is your property Vastu compliant

Have you noticed most prominent property developers include the feature of their constructions being Vastu compliant? Vastu Shastra is an ancient Vedic science which is concerned with construction. The science studies the effects of nature’s law on various residential dwellings. A property which complies with Vastu, promises wealth, good health, contentment and prosperity. The designs of the construction should be in line with the tenets of Vastu Shastra, based on the alignment and direction of household objects. The tenets of Vastu Shastra are mainly concerned with construction and architecture- forts, building10 Vastu Tips houses, apartments, and temples along with other kinds of buildings.

It has been opined that if a property does not comply with Vastu tenets, then it may cause discord and strife within a family. For instance, many people have observed that after moving their cooking stove, family members stop feeling ill. You too can match up these 10 tenets of Vastu to verify if your house is compliant or not. Accordingly, you can make changes in your home to bring peace and harmony.

  1. A plot on which a house is built must be rectangular or square in shape. Plots, which are irregularly shaped not only look odd and have bad designs, but they may leave bad influences on occupants.
  2. Your property should have a well (tube well or other water source) to the North East before construction commences.
  3. Ample space should be given towards the eastern and northern directions and lesser space must be kept towards the western and southern directions. The East is where the sun rises and empty spaces in the direction would make your rooms be naturally illuminated with sunlight.
  4. Open spaces towards the North West and the South East must be equal.
  5. Trees must not be planted on the north-eastern corner, as both these directions must be kept free.
  6. More numbers of windows must be kept towards the North and East.
  7. Avoid construction of doors along straight lines.
  8. The plot’s western side should be more elevated compared to the eastern one while the southern half of the plot must be more raised compared to the northern side.
  9. The North East side of the plot is where construction should be started. From thereon, construction should move to the East, North and finally West and South.
  10. Building of pillars must be started from North East direction.

Unless you are constructing an independent villa or a house on a plot, following all these tenets may be difficult when you are picking out an apartment. There are quite a few tenets for apartments that must be followed for a prosperous family life. Avoid having a Puja room right beside the washroom or the main entrance. It should be in the East, North, North East, South East or the North West. The number of windows and doors in your apartment must be an even number. If you can match up to these Vastu tenets, then, you can expect a peaceful and happy lifestyle.

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