Monday, February 8, 2016

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Housing for All by 2022

Since the new central government under the leadership of Prime Minster Narendra Modi took charge of governing the country, various initiatives have been announced. Some of the initiatives are ‘Make in India’, Digital India, Skill India, Start-up India, smart cities, Housing for all, etc. Work has started on all these initiatives and deadlines have been set for each program.

Housing for all by 2022 is an initiative under which every household will have pucca house with 24x7 electricity supply, water connection, and toilet facilities. The mission started from 17th June 2015 and will be under implementation in 3 phases till 31st March 2022. The 3 phases are:
  1. Phase 1 – Beginning from April 2015 to March 2017. Phase 1 will cover 100 cities states/UTs as per their willingness.
  2. Phase 2 – Beginning from April 2017 to March 2019. This phase will cover another 200 cities.
  3. Phase 3 – Beginning from April 2019 to March 2022. This phase will cover another 200 cities.

In all 500 Class I cities would be covered under this ‘Housing for all’ mission. Each house will have a carpet area of about 30 square meters. However, states/UTs will have the flexibility to determine the size of the house and basic amenities.

The mission will be implemented using following 4 methodologies:
  1. In Situ slum redevelopment
  2. Affordable housing through credit linked subsidy
  3. Affordable housing in partnership with public sector or private sector
  4. Subsidy for beneficiary led individual house construction

Find below the detailed ‘Housing for all by 2022’ report:




Source: National Housing Bank

Monday, February 1, 2016

Things to consider while buying a Property

So, finally decided to make a big move or still contemplating whether to take a step forward or not? There are so many things you think about when you want to make the big move of buying your own house. Be it buying a 2-bedroom, duplex, penthouse or a bungalow, its always a big decision.

Every buyer goes through series of questions and to find answers, they have to look at multiple websites, blogs and do a lot of research. There is never a single document which talks about all the facets of buying a property. So today, I’m going to try put all the steps required based on my experiences.

I have been lucky enough to have a chance to experience buying multiple properties, as an investment as well as buying a house to stay in. So, to help save the frustration first time buyers go through, I’m going to try to jot down all the points a buyer might think of before making the big decision. 



Before any other questions arise, the most important thing to remember is the reason to buy a property. What are the motivation factors to buy a property?
  • House to stay in
  • Investment
  • Probably both
Let’s try drilling down for all of those options.

If you are buying as an investment,
  • How much are you willing to invest
  • Are you taking any loans?
  • what kind of returns are you expecting?
  • how long can you stay invested to get your returns?
  • can you afford to book a loss?
  • What’s your primary investment goal? Capital appreciation or rental yield? If both of them which one is more important 
Buying a house to stay in,
  • How long do you plan to stay there?
  • How is your job, source of income, do you see a steady cash flow for at least few years?
  • Changes that might happen in future (marriage, have kids, dependent parents moving in with you, in an unfortunate case death of loved one, divorce)
Both (first investment and then some day you plan to stay there or vice versa),
  • In addition to above points
  • Where are you staying right now, with parents, siblings, in a rental home, in company paid accommodation as you are in a transferable job?
  • Define your tentative time line for each activity
Ok, so now you have already decided why to buy and have already answered the above questions, next question will be as to what kind of property – under construction or second sale.

Each have their own pros and cons and everyone person has to weight what is more important for them. An under construction property will be a brand new house and you can get the interiors done as you like without having to demolish anything. But that mean after you pay your initial amount, there can be a long wait. You will start paying your EMI much in advance to actually staying in the house. Some people are ok to do so if they already have a house to stay in or live with your parents or siblings. But if you are renting out your current place, then it can get very expensive as you will be paying rent as well as EMI.

On the flip side, a second sale house might be difficult to find as you will want to find a house which is done to your liking. Its not impossible but it does take a lot of time and effort. When I bought my house, I couldn’t afford paying a rent and EMI, so I decided to buy a second sale property. It did take me 5-6 months to find a house but when I did, it was perfect. I could move in immediately once the paperwork was done.

Be it a first time buyer or a savvy buyer, every buyer has to go through different stages in their buyer’s journey.  Let’s dive a little deeper to understand what to expect at every stage.

Initial iterative stage:

  • At this stage you are really not sure what kind of property you really want and how much money would you need for it
  • You spend at least 60-70 % of the property hunting time in this stage.
    • Money Matters: You don’t have an exact idea how much this property is going to cost and can you manage that money? Note: You will need at least 20-25 % of the property value in cash
    • Selecting a Size/Type/Design: Deciding between 2 bedroom or 3 bedrooms, penthouse or duplex
    • Selecting a Locality:Ask these questions to yourself. How well do you know the locality? How know it well? Is it convenient?Proximity to your lifestyle needs (night life, malls, nature parks, medical facilities, grocery stores)
    • Selecting a Project: Are you fascinated by a particular condo or a complex? Have you got a particular size you are looking for,what are the amenities required?
    • Selecting a Unit: what view are you comfortable with? Garden, swimming pool, parking lots, another building,etc., any religious spiritual things involved.Does it need to be east / north facing, fengshui, vastu shastra, condition of the unit. Amount of repair work
You will go through this stage multiple times until you have found the right property. This iterative stage stops only when you have identified the property. But remember to use a top down approach – identify budget, then size type, the locality, the project and finally unit.

After this comes the closing stage.

  • You have identified the property, more or less comfortable with money matter and actively reaching final agreement with the seller
  • Before you start negotiating, make sure you have done a thorough research on the market price. Also, check what price the other units were sold at. This will help you get a fair understanding of what the seller might be expecting.
  • If the house you are buying is for investment, then also find out the rent the house would fetch. Check if the rent can pay off the EMI or you need to top up.
  • With this, also make sure you find out the maintenance fees and sinking fund if any.

 

Lastly, with all the above done, doing the paper work:

  • Token amount
  • Black/White part of the deal
  • Registration
  • Final settlement
  • Possession
This can be a little tricky as there is a lot of paperwork to do, lot of legal matters to take care of. It is advisable to get professional help if you are buying a property for the first time. Without prior knowledge of real estate, buyers get bogged down and don’t really know if they are doing the right thing. So to be stress free and to make sure that all the paper work is correct before moving into the new house, get yourself a property advisor who will not only help you find property, negotiate but also help with get the right paper work done for your dream house.

Depending on where and how you are buying, these points might defer. But the overall stages will remain the same in every buyer’s life.Hope this article help you make the right choices and happy shopping!


This is a blog post by Karishma Patel

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Digital India by promoting Digital Health

My objective to do this post is to seek your opinion whether you would like to use Medzap or not. If your answer is yes, I seek your feedback on what more you would like to see in the product so as to use it every day. If your answer is no, I seek your feedback on how to make this product useful.

Let me start the post with the story on how we started MedZap

In August last year I was in the last month of my notice period from my employer, that is when I along with my co-founder started to deliberate on new ideas. We didn’t have any idea to work on but our vision was clear that we want to build something which will solve a real life problem.

Thinking of real life problems, I started to write down my routine mundane activities from last few months with the objective to find a real problem which I faced. Buying medicines was one of my regular activities (My wife was not really keeping well after we became parents). But was there a problem which I faced while doing this activity?

Yes there was. 2 out of 3 times I forgot to carry the prescription and thus had to go home to get the prescription. Also I used to forget the prescription at the chemists shop while collecting my medicines. Thus we decided to build Medzap to solve this problem.

We set out to discover what can be other use cases where people would like their health records to be available on their mobile. We discussed with people from India as well as other countries. Some friends from countries like France, Spain who travels frequently said they need a portable way to carry their doctor prescriptions so that they can refer them while travelling and don’t get into the hassle of managing paper records. Thus we were convinced about the idea of Medzap where the problem we are solving is “mobility and longevity of paper based medical records.”

Medzap is a simple application where user takes a picture of his/her medical records, adds doctor’s name & relevant keywords and saves the records. The record is then saved on the cloud and can be accessed anywhere anytime even if the user changes their mobile phone.

 

How it works:


Through Medzap we want to take forward the mission of “Digital India” by promoting “Digital Health“.




The data collected will help the doctors take informed decision based on the medical history of the patients. This data will also be used find the effectiveness of medicines. We have introduced doctor rating system also which will enable to get credible data on the doctors in your neighborhood.

We also ask the user to create his/her medical profile which include details like allergies, surgeries, life style, eating habits, job type, etc. This helps us analyze the common medical problems related to certain life styles, job types, etc.

In India, we take second opinions on our medical conditions. We have made this easier by integrating the app with the common messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook messenger and also the social networking & emailing websites.

The app is free for users and we plan to keep it this way. From the economic perspective, the app also has an expense tracker build into it, which helps the patients to track the money spent on each doctor/pharmacy/lab visit.

I always give this example of the most common use case in India: the use of antibiotics for any medical condition. If you are changing doctor and the new doctor gives you the same antibiotics as the earlier doctor then you are not going to improve. So carrying the earlier medical records is very important when you are changing doctors. And we make this easier by providing the medical records on your phone.

In terms of competition there are similar apps but even Google drive and Dropbox are also our competitors. However Medzap has been built around a much focused use case of storing files on cloud. The app also interacts with the user to check about the user’s well being and rate their experience at the respective hospital.

This is a guest post by Amit Kumar. You can download our Android app here - Download Medzap. We welcome your feedback; please share it with us at setup@medzap.co

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

THE REAL ESTATE SECTOR IS SEEKING TO TIE UP WITH ONLINE REAL ESTATE STARTUPS

When the world is moving to the web, then how can the housing sector stay behind? The venture of new real estate startups is heading towards the online business, as it is one platform that can reach to millions of potential customers. The segment is seeking a consolidation that will lead to monetization. It is hoping to assure powerful business entities with the latest being the merger of CommonFloor with Quikr's realty vertical.


  • The growth of online real estate startups

Online real estate collaborations include PropTiger's purchase of Makaan-.com and Square Yards' acquisition of three companies in the past year. It is also reported that Housing.com is in talks with Snapdeal and News Corp for a stake sale. Apparently, over the past two years, the segment has attracted over $250 million, or Rs 1,600 crore in investments. This occurred during a period when realty sales were the slowest in India. The investments were made by Helion Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Accel India, Horizen Ventures, SoftBank Group, Qualcomm Ventures and Nirvana Ventures. It is believed that more mergers are currently happening as they are driven by the synergistic value created by the two companies for achieving goals faster. The mergers will be more for acquiring products.

  • The benefits of resorting to online business

Every business aims at offering value to their customers but also seek to gain maximum profits. However, profitability depends on the stage at which these companies are now. India is still at an early stage. A saturated market with too many competitors also reduces margins. At times, part of the amalgamation is taking place because of a founder's inability to take the business to the next level or sustain it in challenging market conditions.

Today, online real estate value chain has its base in transactions. Organizations are looking to control the advisory transaction space. Study reports reveal that more mergers and acquisitions are bound to happen in the area of search and discovery. This happens to be an area that has under-performed despite high levels of investment. The emergence of more mature business models is profitable and sustainable this year.

  • What is the future of such consolidations

The prevailing sluggish real estate market is expected to launch more opportunities for acquisition of entities that are grappling to move ahead. There is an enormous scope for consolidation, given that there is very limited capital available. Apart from that, there are plenty of opportunities available now. As the burn rate is quite low, some firms have been introducing multiple options, including fundraising and acquisition for future growth. General investors drive most of the acquisition after second and third rounds of funding, which are strategically running the companies. According to industry officials, consolidation will be quicker than the rate at which these companies entered the market.

So as we see, today, investors are enthusiastic and confident of fundraising by these startups. Now, companies themselves are looking for stronger partners to achieve growth. It can be concluded that with new acquisition proposals, online construction developers are on their way to creating a revolution in the real estate space.


This is a guest post by Deepak Yewale. The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NirrtiGo and NirrtiGo does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Transformation of Electronic city into the realty city

Electronics city is a hub of IT companies based in the Anekal taluk area of the Bangalore Urban District. It houses some of the most renowned companies of India like Wipro, Infosys, iGate etc. With Infosys purchasing Rs. 65 Crore worth of land from HP, the property scenario in the Electronics City area of South Bangalore has grown substantially.





Bangalore, which is also known as the Silicon Valley of India, is the IT hub of the country. With over 10 national plus MNCs operating in Bangalore, the Southern region has seen a substantial growth in both residential and office complexes, contributing a major portion to the Bangalore real estate market.

 

Electronics City

Southern part of the city holds the maximum number of IT companies in India. The location is always counted as prime because of the hot shot names attached with it. Because of the presence of top companies like TCS, Biocon, HCL and HP etc. the property rate in this region of Bangalore ranges from moderate to high prices. Attached to the prime parts of the city through BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) bus, the area’s connection is set to further improve after the launch of Namma Metro Phase II.

 

Property price:

The property prices in the Electronics City Bangalore are moderately priced as on December, 2015. For those who are not looking to invest in a property but are planning to reside there on rent, the prices are Rs. 7k to 11k for 1 BHK, 12k to 14k for 2BHK and 14k to 19k for 3BHK apartments

 

Demands of property investors

Property investors who are looking to invest in Bangalore are looking for following things in the city:
  • 2 BHK Apartments
In Bangalore city, 2 BHK flats are on a very high demand and have identified an unmatched growth because of a rise in prices and decrease in affordability. The 2 and 3 BHK flats constitute 90 percent of the realty market and especially the 2 BHK flats noted a demand of 54 percent, which is somewhat equal to the supply in the real estate market. This has made motivated many builders of the nation to launch similar property in Bangalore.

  • Studio Apartments
The concept of Studio Apartments is becoming very famous in the Electronics City area of Bangalore. The prime reason for this is the fact that the new buyers will most probably plan on relocating in the future or that they have small family sizes. It’s easier for the young professionals to pay EMI rather than paying 15k to 25k as rent every month, also it can be used for investment purposes in the future. Thus studio apartments count as being a feasible option for professionals.

 

Electronics city will turn smart

The Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) along with Cisco has developed a plan to make Electronics City, a Smart City. A 5-kilometre area has been noted where, over and above the parking and street lighting, other amenities, such as, water management, traffic management and security surveillance will be managed locally through information systems,intelligent sensors and the Internet to develop the quality and competence of the city amenities in the Electronics City area.

When ranged ahead of the 5-km stretch, this project will be launched as concept of a smart city next year.

Bangalore, especially South Bangalore is growing as the realty hub in India. Because of the presence of the world’s top IT companies in the locality, the prices will only increase. However, like any other investment, look for the reliability of the developer.

This is a guest post by Tripti, who has been in the writing industry for 2 years now. Her work ranges from articles on property to education and employment.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Odd even rule has drawn public attention to the alarming pollution levels in Delhi. Now, we need a long term sustainable solution for curbing vehicular pollution and jams. Here is one – an App based public transport system.

By: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

1. The Problem

Last few months have seen heated debates among environmentalists, activists, policy makers, and public at large about the deteriorating air quality in national capital Delhi. Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi led by Arvind Kejriwal has announced some measures to curb the rising pollution levels. Notably among them has been the animatedly debated ‘odd-even formula’.  We wish them best and hope pollution levels reduce drastically in Delhi.

So, what contributes to Delhi’s Pollution? Let’s have a look:




Transport contributes 22.7% to overall pollution levels in Delhi. Out of which Heavy and light trucks contribute about 14.2%. Private vehicles that include cars (4 wheeler) & 2 wheeler contribute 6.6%. Public transport that includes buses and 3 wheeler contribute 1.9%.

Government of Delhi has announced variety of measures to curb pollution at all levels. One among them is ‘Odd-Even’ formula which intends to target 4 wheeler. Will it succeed? We will have to wait for the 15 day trial run.

 

2. Existing situation

But what is the existing situation as far as transport is concerned? With growing GDP, more and more people are able to afford their own private vehicles to commute in the city. According to Delhi Economic Survey, the vehicular population in Delhi registered a 135.59 % jump between 1999-2000 and 2011-12 to touch 74.53 lakh. As things stand today, Delhi adds 1400 cars a day on its roads. About 50% of these cars sold run on diesel. Despite the world class Metro Rail, the public transport has not been able to keep pace with growing demand.

Sumit Sachdeva, Who lives in Faridabad drives a petrol CNG car, says, “I have to go to my office on Lodhi Road from my home in Sector 21C in Faridabad. There is no door to door public transport facility. If I want to take Metro Rail, then, first I have to take an auto from home to Metro station and then another auto from Metro station to office. It’s too time consuming and at the same time expensive”.

Manish Sharma, who lives in Greater Kailash II drives a diesel car, says, “I am in a sales job and there is no way I can use the existing Metro Rail or other Public Transport systems. I have 3-4 meetings a day and all these public transport systems don’t connect me at all”.

Everyday there are Lakhs of such cases where people use their own private vehicles rather than using the public transport. This not only raises the pollution levels but at the same time chokes city roads leading to massive traffic jams.



 

3. Proposed Solution

It is clearly evident that unless government provides high quality public transport system with last mile connectivity, citizens will continue to use private vehicles.

It is in this context, we provide this solution with the motto that “Public Transport needs to compete with Private transport in terms of comfort, safety, and cost efficiency”.

With the existing infrastructure of Metro Rail, citizens can be made to use public transport more. All that is needed is the last mile connectivity. So, how do we get the last mile connectivity? By deploying ‘Metro Shuttles’ as shown in the picture below:


    3.1. Implementation of Metro Shuttles:

A high quality 14 seats electric shuttle costs about Rs 3.5 Lacs with following specifications:
  • Overall Dimensions:4650*1675*2020mm
  • Seat Capacity:14 Persons
  • Motor:5kw DC Motor
  • Body Color: Customized
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Emission Standard: 0 Emission
  • Maximum Speed(Unload / Full Load):30km/H
  • Battery:6V*8
  • Max driving distance (20km/h constant speed on flat road) (Km)    ~80

The idea is to connect people with Metro rail using these Metro Shuttles. Each Metro Shuttle will run within the radius of 5 km with multiple predetermined Metro Shuttle Stops. Metro Shuttle Stops will be created keeping in mind that no individual should walk more than 500 meters to catch a Metro Shuttle.

These Metro shuttles can be manufactured in India, thereby, giving boost to Make in India campaign.

           3.1.1. Financing

Let’s assume, there is a requirement of 100,000 Metro Shuttles to cover whole city.
Cost of buying these Metro Shuttles = 100000x350000 = Rs 3500 Crore.
Now, who will provide funding for buying these Metro Shuttles? Here is the plan:
  • Government of Delhi to announce the launch of Metro Shuttles system.
  • By just paying 10% (Rs 35000), an individual with a valid driving license can buy a Metro Shuttle to operate in the city. These drivers will not be on payroll of Delhi Government but will be guided by Delhi Government’s Rule Book of Public Transport system.
  • Remaining 90% (Rs 315000) to be financed by banks at subsidized interest rates of say 5% with Government of Delhi providing collateral support. Therefore, there is no risk for banks to give loans to Metro shuttle owners who normally don’t have necessary papers to get loan.

           3.1.2. App for Metro Shuttle Stops

An app will be developed with information about Metro Shuttle stops, drivers, and timings. Citizen can download the app on their Mobile phone in order to locate the nearest Metro shuttle stop with navigational capabilities. Any individual who wishes to commute within the city can use the Metro Shuttle to go to Metro station or vice versa take a Metro shuttle from Metro station to the nearest stop for his home. Metro Shuttle stops need to be created in such a way that any individual using the app shall not walk more than 500 meters to reach to Metro shuttle stop.


           3.1.3. Pricing

Ticket Price for using the Metro Shuttle will be highly affordable. And it needs to be fixed at say Rupees 5. People can pay in following formats:
  • Cash (If a user wishes to pay in cash, then, the ticket price could be Rs 10. This is to encourage users to use Metro Shuttle Card).
  • Metro Shuttle Card that can be charged at the metro station itself or Pre paid Metro Shuttle Card can be sold at super markets. A person using the Metro Shuttle card can swipe the card at the swipe machine attached to all Metro Shuttles. The money goes directly to the central authority and from there Metro Shuttle Driver can claim once every week or fortnightly.

           3.1.4. Real time tracking

Metro Shuttles will run in 2 shifts with only one shift allowed for an individual driver to operate.
  • 6 AM to 3 PM
  • 3 PM to 12 MID NIGHT
All the drivers driving Metro Shuttles will be registered by Government of Delhi and their behavior & capabilities can be tracked by the ratings provided by users on their Metro Shuttle App.

    3.2. Political Benefits:

Government of Delhi can draw huge political mileage by implementing this proposal. Indirectly, they will be providing jobs to over 1 Lac people (many of them can be women drivers). 

Can it be implemented? Yes, all it needs is a ‘Project Champion’ and in a matter of 2-3 years, the plan can be successfully implemented. And subsequently be adopted in other NCR cities.

We have to note that in many developed countries in Europe, Government provides last mile connectivity to people. In addition to trains, they have trams which take people from one stop to another within the city. However, In India, building trams is a futile and expensive exercise. Instead, we can easily implement Metro Shuttles.


    3.3. How to discourage use of Private Vehicles:

In addition to implementing the Metro Shuttle system, Government can tax the use of private vehicles in following way:
  • High cost of parking
  • More taxes on fuel

4. Conclusion:

In a nutshell, government needs to provide high quality public transport system. A system that is inexpensive, can be implemented fast, and at the same time strengthens the government’s political capital. Metro shuttle system can be the answer.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

5 Reasons Why India is One of the Top Realty Hotspots in Asia

There is a big change in the way people think about property nowadays. Previously one used to buy property for accommodation for themselves. But now, people buy property as a lifetime investment. If you are interested in investing a part of your income in real estate, you have to choose the property very carefully. Thankfully, finding real estate is never too hard as India is constantly expanding in the realty industry.

Presently, India is booming in real estate zone, especially in its metropolitan cities. In 2016, if you want to buy property in Mumbai or Bengaluru, it would be a wise investment. Followed by these cities are properties in Delhi, Chennai, and Pune. A recent survey stated that 35% of expats staying in the UAE wanted to buy property in Mumbai.

  • The Attractive Government Policies
The Government of India has come up with some liberalization measures in the past few months which has increased foreign investors’ interest in real estate market in India. The Indian Property Show held this December from 11th -13th at the Dubai World Trade Center revealed Bengaluru as one of the favorite areas for NRI investment because of it’s growth in many fields simultaneously in the last few years.

This goes to show that the Government of India has paid serious attention in bringing in foreign investment through real estate. The minimum built-up area in case of foreign direct investment (FDI) was 50,000 sq. ft. which is now reduced to 20,000 sq. ft. Though the economic structure of the country shows dis-balance at times, the property investment has not been affected by this.

  • Greater Demand
Presently there lies a huge opportunity of investment in upcoming and happening cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru. Mumbai stands as the first choice of real estate investment due to the immense business options and opportunities. Mumbai is facing problems with the scarcity of free land for further construction. So, Navi Mumbai and other cities are coming up in the periphery of the city of Mumbai. In the last one decade Bengaluru has developed massively in the technology industry, becoming the best hot spot for the IT sector in the country. The availability of skilled labor and capital-backed start-ups are also a prime reason for the city’s growth.

  • Free Lands Readily Available
If you are planning to invest in real estate, India is an attractive destination. It is the right time to invest in a property in Bengaluru as it’s the information technology hub which in today’s world will provide jobs to millions. So, people will need places to live a smart life with lots of modern amenities. A large number of properties are available in the city and most of them are purely for investment purpose which offer good returns opportunities in the future. It is said that Bengaluru is the third largest real estate investment city for High Net worth Individuals (HNIs) and one of the cities right for Non Resident Indians (NRIs) to settle if they want to come back to India in the future to settle.

  • Some Facts and Figures
‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2014’ was a survey published jointly by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which stated that Indian cities are in the list of top 25 real estate investment spots of the Asia Pacific region. A survey was made where about 22,300 NRIs participated all over the UAE. These are a few striking facts that revealed themselves after the survey.

The main reason of purchase of property in India remains for personal use, which is about 54.42% of the population. Now, 45.57% of people want to possess a property for investment only. More than 65% of NRIs are looking for financial institutions to help them invest in property. 68.75% of the NRIs are willing to invest in real estate properties within six months. 17.49% of the NRI investors are looking for properties at an affordable range of 5 to 25 lakhs, whereas 51.35% are willing to spend money in the mid segment of 26 to 75 lakhs, 31% are ready to invest in properties ranging from 76 lakhs and above.

NRIs are most interested in residential apartments, which is 79.33%. Then are the villas and the commercial properties are their last choice.

As is evident, India’s real estate market has all the makings for an investment hotspot in Asia, and the rest of the world. If you’re looking to buy a buy a house in India, visit commonfloor.com for a breezy property buying experience.

This is a guest post by Naresh G

Monday, December 21, 2015

An analysis of the Indian luxury real estate market

Gone are the days when people compromised on residential facilities and amenities. These days, everyone wishes to have a gym or swimming pool on their residential premises. Convenience is no longer an option. It has become a compulsion to homeowners. Thankfully, the Indian real estate market has evolved from being a market obsessive about a home with a location to a new and vibrant concept of branded homes. Luxury housing concept refers to houses that are approximately 2000 sq. feet in area as the starting size of apartments. It goes onto much larger sizes depending on the category of luxury housing that the project is looking at offering. At this moment, potential buyers are checking out luxury villas for sale in Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Today, luxury homes are the fastest growing segment of residential housing. Studies reveal that to cater to this growth in demand, India would require 1.5 million luxury homes over the next 15 years.

  • How has globalization contributed to the development of luxury real estate?

In the last decade, rapid globalization has paved the way for employment opportunities. Due to this, income earned on the executive level is significantly high. Individuals from this segment are exposed to world-class amenities, are well-read, well-traveled, and thus, have an idea of what they want as a reflection of their taste and lifestyle. It has acted as a catalyst and paved the way for real estate developers to earn high-incentives while simultaneously catering to the housing needs of the uber wealthy of the city. These are the ones who are happy to pay for a luxurious property that would be an indicator of their social and financial standing.

Indian real estate market has witnessed a surge in the sale of properties due to an emerging concept of owning more than one luxury property by the upper segments of society. Investment in premium properties further diversifies the assets of an individual and is primarily motivated by a variety of reasons that range towards a passionate inclination or even investment purposes.

  • Factors that draw potential buyers towards luxurious segment

There are multiple factors that a customer keeps in mind before investing in luxurious properties. Apartments and villas in Devanahalli, Bangalore, and other locations of South India are widely in demand. The location is stated to be the prime factor. Outstanding infrastructure, the status of people living in the vicinity, trouble-free access to nearby locations, etc. play a crucial role. Properties that are situated near golf courses, beaches, mountain tops are all time favorite developments. Research indicates that top locations in luxury segments in India are like ones that have an inclination towards environment-friendly projects. A vast number of individuals are demanding homes that would have less impact or no impact on the Eco-system. Green Homes make use of Eco-friendly/recycled materials for construction, use of solar energy and bio-gas plants, have more windows to allow natural light. These are some features that are considered while making a purchase.

  • What is the future of luxury residential real estate in India?

Major steps are being taken towards the creation of intelligent living spaces. The use of high-tech built-in features that allow you to lock-unlock doors, air-conditioners, turn on the lights, etc., with a click of your phone, high-speed elevators and security systems such as limited access cards always makes a mark. Builders are even collaborating with international designers and brands to create a statement. Currently, the luxury real estate market is going through a slowdown due to an oversupply situation. NRIs are skeptical about the investment in this sector due to global economic downturn.

Ultimately, a smart buyer knows that it would make sense to use, this time, as the property prices are at an all-time-low, and would rise in the long run.

This is a guest post by Deepak Yewle

Monday, December 14, 2015

Filipinos, Foreigners and Former-Filipinos: Process of having a Home in the Philippines

Having your own real estate in the Philippines is nice to hear. There are many beautiful places to go. Beaches like Boracay in Aklan, waterfalls like Pagsanjan falls in Laguna, and big shopping malls. If you are a foreigner, you will like the people here in the Philippines because of their warm hospitality. Having a home in this country is quite difficult, especially if you’re a foreigner. You must undergo processes to have one.

For Filipinos, owning or having a home by themselves is not quite easy. Finding a place that suites your taste, finding a place that is near in the places you want to go, and finding a perfect home for your family. But don’t worry, there are people who can help you, they are called Real Estate Brokers. Brokers will help you find your perfect home and place. Their responsibility is to offer you a development that’s probably close enough to your dream house.

For foreigners, you own a building, but not the piece of land where the building is put on. So you can rent the land for 25 years* (which should be enough) and build a house on it which you own.You can purchase a unit in condominium buildings or high-rise apartment as long as foreign ownership will not exceed to 40 percent in a single project. But if you are keen on purchasing your own land, there are options:
  • If you are married to a Filipino citizen, you can buy land but the title will be provided in his/her spouse name, but if in event of death or separation, the land remains to the Filipinos and will be given to his/her heirs (siblings or families)
  • Another option to acquire land is through corporation. And only 40% in corporation is foreign-owned and the 60% is to the Filipinos. The land can be leased by the foreigner on a long term contract for an initial 50 year period and renewable every 25 years.
  • If you are a retired foreigner, you can own a business and property by the use of the visa called the Special Resident Retirement Visa (SRRV). This visa cost $1500 for application and $400 a year to renew it. You just have to deposit money in a local bank account with the amount of $10,000 and $50,000. The exact amount depends on your age and your pension status.

For Former-Filipinos, same as the natural Filipinos, the process of owning or having a home is the same. Former-Filipinos are natural born Filipinos that are naturalized citizens in different foreign countries. If a former-Filipino who avails Dual Citizenship Law can buy as much land as any other Filipino Citizens. If a Former-Filipino does not avail, they can still own land but it is limited.

For Residential Use
  • Only up to 1,000 square meters of residential land.
  • Only up to one (1) hectare of agricultural of farm land.


For Business / Commercial Use
  • Only up to 5,000 square meters of urban land.
  • Only up to three (3) hectares of rural land.

   
Ergo, owning or having a land in Philippines is not a joke. You must know the law and the processes and have to follow it for your own good. Don't get easily discouraged just because the process of having a home or land is quite hard because in the long run, it is really worth it. You have to be patient, and respect the country. Good day, and Happy Living and have a good life!

This is a guest post by Sam Lemuel Mabatid from Philippines

Friday, December 11, 2015

Emerging Trend of Affordable Luxury Housing

~ win- win situation for all

Fast emerging HNI segment in Delhi NCR has boosted strong demand for luxury homes, so much so that this segment has surpassed all expectations. Due to high disposable income and greater aspirations, HNI buyers naturally want to lead a better standard of life and hence the demand for quality dwellings has witnessed considerable upsurge. Even to meet their expectations, a large number of developers have also ventured into this segment, resulting into a massive upsurge of luxury housing projects around the capital.

However, not every project is compatible to provide the truly desired luxury and most of the so called luxury projects are nothing, but demonstration of basic luxury features and amenities. To fulfill the actual demand of the buyers and in order to provide similar facilities and amenities ‘affordable luxury’ is another growing segment. In this segment a strong demand has been witnessed over the years which have created a win-win situation for everyone. In other words, the concept of luxury homes in India is striving hard to have relevance to a wider cross-section of the population.

Resultant, the affordable luxury homes segment is fulfilling all the expectations in the integrated township format. Luxury living projects though involve larger spaces and the provision of exclusive features such as individual swimming pools, reserved parking and smart interiors, affordable luxury projects on the other hand, offer all these facilities, but in compact format.  In addition affordable luxury homes located in such a setting also bring with them the matchless benefits of integrated township living for the home-buyers.

Such projects are helpful for the middle income group in realizing their dream of improving their lifestyle. Affordable luxury projects have successfully captured the larger market by providing the home buyers actually what they truly want rather than what artificially created standards of luxury offers.

In simple terms affordable luxury project are developed in such a manner that these remain in the financial reach of a much larger audience. The whole aim of developing such projects is centered around a distinct luxury flavor and experience without pricing the project out of the pocket of the mid-income segment of buyers. Affordable luxury projects are thus conceived and designed to meet the aspirations of middle-income buyers and so the developer has to upgrade the projects to a superior lifestyle without increasing their financial burden.

However, looking at the current real estate development scenario and the inspirational level of the home buyers, affordable luxury market segment is a good investment option.

This is a guest post by Aman Nagar, Director-Paras Buildtech
 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Apartment Related Compliances a Real Estate Salesman must know

Though almost every Real Estate Development company has a separate Compliance officer, to take care of various compliance, but Real Estate Salesman should also be aware of various Unit/Flat related compliance as he is the first point of contact between the company and the Customer. Since he is meeting the customer, therefore, generally the compliance officer will get the compliance completed through him and also have various documents delivered to client through him.

Hence, Real estate salesman's knowledge of compliance is very critical.

  • Booking Amount: 
When he receives booking amount , client is given a code in company’s system and under that code he should ensure that Client’s file is started. A receipt should be issued to client for the Booking Amount received and that receipt contains information like Client’s Name, His Father & Mother’s Names, His Contact Address, His Permanent Address, Details of Nominee like Name, Relation and preferably Nominee’s Signatures also, Details of Payment Received: Cheque/DD No. (If Cheque/DD) or Cash, Date, Amount, Unit Number (Here he is temporarily allotted a Unit Number also).

  • Booking Documents
Along with booking amount salesman must take following documents so as to complete the booking documents set:

  1. Booking/Registration Form along with booking terms & conditions completely filled & signed by client.
  2. Price List, with the price at which he is purchasing circled & signed by client. However, if client is buying at a price other than printed, in that case that price should be handwritten on Price List, circled & signed.
  3. Payment Plan: A company may have different payment plans, so the one applicable to this deal should be attached along with & signed.
Once this is done, he is through with the booking process and move on to the next steps of the process. Here one thing very important to mention is that every payment he receives from customer should be by adding 3.50% Service Tax. And this has to be religiously deposited to government at the end of month.

  • Allotment Installment
Now the 2nd installment is called the “Allotment Installment”. Here again a routine receipt for payment received in issued. But what is more important is that, at this stage Buyer-Builder Agreement is signed between client & developer. Two completely filled copies of the same should be given to client for signing. Under no condition, should it be first signed by a representative of company. Client signs both the copies, and attaches his KYC documents along with it and returns it back to company.

Then Authorized person of company signs both the sets, after which one copy goes to Client & other to his file.

P.S.: Each & Every paper entering client file should be signed by Client

  • Due Payment Intimation
Whenever a customer’s payment becomes due as per the Payment Schedule he has chosen , compliance officer , may be with the assistance of his team, sends him an intimation.
After the intimation has been sent by compliance officer, salesman should follow with client as well concerned channel partner to get the payment within due time.

  • Cancellation Of Booking
If the payment doesn’t come even after the passage of 90 Days (Again varies from company to company), then a cancellation letter should be sent to customer through Registered/Speed Post.
Salesman should also intimate this to client as well concerned channel partner.

  • Transfer Cases
Many a times clients will like to transfer their property in someone else name. For that, salesman should have a properly worded & vetted by a Lawyer Transfer Set. This Transfer Set on a Stamp Paper of Rs. 100 should be filled & signed by both Transferor & Transferee. Both will attach their KYC documents along with & get it notarized. On submission of this, Transferor will have no rights over this property.

  • Cancellation
During the process many persons will like to get the unit cancelled also due to some reason or the other. For this also salesman should have a properly worded & vetted by an advocate cancellation set. Any person willing to cancel a unit will fill it on a stamp paper of Rs. 100. Then after submission of the same, salesman should release him the payment as per company’s policy.

Cancellation will be complete once that person has refund amount in his account after which he will have no right over the said property.


This is a guest post by G S Bedi

Monday, November 30, 2015

Why Is Bangalore The Top Destination For Real Estate Development In India?

Anyone living in Bangalore will always talk about how amazing the city is. And it is no secret that it is a highly favored real estate market as well. So what is it that makes Bangalore click so? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that people love to put their money in Bangalore real estate.

  • Work Opportunities
Bangalore is the IT hub of India. But moreover, it is the most favored location for companies to set up their head offices whether Indian or international. Bangalore has also seen a spike in the number of new age start-ups that have found their footing in the booming Bangalore market. Many young cosmopolitans are opting to relocate to Bangalore due to the varied job opportunities it offers.

  • Favorable Climate
Bangalore is one of the best cities in India, climate-wise. With cold winters, sunny summers and beautiful monsoons, the climate here is pleasant all year round. After the sweltering heat of Mumbai and the extreme climate fluctuations of Delhi, the weather in Bangalore comes as a welcome change.

  • Social Infrastructure
Bangalore boasts of a high standard of living. Social and professional lives have equal importance and the people of Bangalore are very fond of their recreational activity options. It is an extremely contemporary city and caters to people from all walks of life. So whether one wants to spend the weekend shopping till they empty their pockets or by soaking in some art and cultural entertainment, Bangalore has it all. With plenty of shopping malls, multiplexes, art galleries, performance art theatres and innumerable restaurants and eateries, every social need is fulfilled in this beautiful city.

  • Varied Real Estate
Bangalore is not short of options when it comes to real estate. Whether you are looking for a luxury villa, a penthouse, a studio apartment or just a midsized 2 BHK flat, the variety in Bangalore real estate has something for everyone. With multiple construction companies in the city, innumerable projects sprout up every few months across price segments and cater to the needs of the diverse population of Bangalore.

  • Civic Infrastructure
Bangalore has very well developed civic infrastructure to make the lives of every citizen much easier. With excellent roads, flyovers, metro lines and top notch public transport services, connectivity and accessibility are never a problem in the city. You can get from point A to point B without any hassles and worries. Along with this there is ample water and power supply that satisfies the need of the population.

  • Steady Appreciation
Bangalore real estate has seen a steady growth in prices over the last couple of years. The return on investment is also high which makes it a favorable market for those wishing to purchase a home. And with the booming real estate market, the demand for properties in Bangalore is rising like never before which ensures the profitability of a purchase.

All in all, it seems like Bangalore deserves to be rank 1 when it comes to real estate. With all these favorable conditions packed together, it’s no wonder that so many people want to set up camp here.



This is a guest post by Naresh who is working with CommonFloor as content writer.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Aamir, Shahrukh and others, just another piece of musical instruments in a song composed and conceived by Media

By: Sachin Gupta | Twitter

Media has done it again.
Media has composed a song again

A song titled ‘intolerance’. People only know the title of the song and not the lyrics. But the song is so well conceived and composed by media that everyone is humming it. Humming it without even knowing the lyrics. Media has organized a great orchestra and musical instruments to compose this song titled ‘intolerance’.

Media has done it again.
Media has composed a song again.

Orchestra party includes who’s who of big political parties, Bollywood stars, writers, scientists, scholars, and great public acting as the chorus on social media.

Media has done it again.
Media has composed a song again.

Everyone is humming the song titled ‘intolerance’. It’s a blockbuster. It’s topping the charts. It’s everywhere from drawing rooms to office canteens, from sports grounds to club houses, from institutes to recreational grounds. Everyone loves the tune. Everyone is dancing. It’s even being played in discos. Everyone is loving this new song titled ‘intolerance’.

Media has done it again.
Media has composed a new song again.

Media did not care to put the lyrics in front of everyone because had they done so, the song would not have become a massive hit. They just brought out the lyrics when song has become the frenzy of the nation. What a calculated master stroke by Media.

Media has done it again.
Media has composed a song again.

So, where are the lyrics (facts) of the song called ‘intolerant’? Here are the lyrics (facts). Picture attached*

Source: MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs)


In many other instances too, media has composed the songs without revealing the lyrics. And when song becomes a massive hit they secretly reveal the lyrics. But before that, round table debates are organized 24x7. The torch bearers of media instigate people to take up sides. One versus the other. Gang war happens on Twitter.

Aamir Khan and Shahrukh just happen to fall in the trap of media and became the part of orchestra and joined the song. When song is being continuously played day in and day out, how can any sensitive person keep out of it…no way. They also ended up becoming ‘flute’ and ‘drums’ in the song called “intolerance” conceived and composed by media. The song reached a crescendo status. Yes, that’s what media wanted. Blockbuster hit, anything less would have been a dampener.

24X7 TV channels are mushrooming...how else would they survive? So called ‘5 stars’ journalists are the toast of the town, why wouldn’t they compose a song every now and then?

Non existential and irrelevant politicians such as Sangeet Som, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Adityanath, Azam Khan, Salman Kursheed, Arvind Kejriwal, and many others of the same tribe jump in the song and play their part. Mike and camera are put in front of them. One plays harmonium, one plays guitar, another one plays saxophone…..all of them do their bit by taking this side or that side based on their political affiliations.

And of course, people are humming it too on social media thereby acting as chorus.

Everyone is now involved and everyone is now humming the great song “intolerant” conceived and composed by media.

Media has done it again.
Media has composed a song again.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The rise of India’s commercial real estate market

While talks about the residential real estate sector have got people gripped, commercial property is not far behind. Thankfully, good days have returned for office real estate property in India, with lots of domestic and foreign companies looking for space and many businesses in expansion mode. Bangalore being the prime location for office spaces, many companies are purchasing apartments in Bannerghatta road Bangalore and converting them into office spaces.

  • Change in government

One of the most stabilizing factors is last year’s general election and that was one of the reasons behind the upswing of the real estate. It brought with it new confidence in the country’s economic development. Though, the country witnessed uncertain times in the first quarter of 2014, and market morale was low, sentiment improved gradually following the elections. Apart from buying apartments in Bannerghatta road Bangalore, the city of Mumbai, for example, witnessed 65 per cent appreciation in average deal sizes between the second quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2015.

The growth of the real estate sector can also be attributed to expanding businesses, especially due to India’s emergence as an attractive offshore destination. The government’s decision to introduce incentives to attract foreign investors plays a role. Also, the availability of a large pool of highly skilled technicians and engineers, customer-friendly banks and housing finance companies, the country’s favorable demographics, and increasing purchasing power. Increasing professionalism among real estate brokers is also cited as an advantage.

  • The big three cities

Major shares in the profit are gained from tier 1 cities such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, and New Delhi. These cities are technological, commercial, and political hubs respectively. According to a survey, these cities even outperformed global commercial property market when it comes to annual rental yields. The Indian office market has been maintaining a healthy traction in 2014 and has clocked office space transactions of 18 million square feet in the first six months of 2015.

It is a record year for Bengaluru, which is expected to transact office space to the tune of about 12 million square feet in 2015. The three cities have also endured the largest individual transactions in the sector, with big corporations and expansive start-ups such as Flipkart and Snapdeal picking up a lot of office space. Some of them are purchasing apartments in Bannerghatta road Bangalore and expanding them to set up their offices. And with the growth in office activity, other commercial spaces follows suit, particularly retail, as well as hospitality due to increasing demand for lodging in the trade hubs from business travelers.

  • REITs on their way

The Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) is expected to come up with a future boost. However, due to some legal barriers, the scope of taxation proceeds from such trusts remains unresolved. Foreign investors will be allowed to buy units. It will help reduce pressure and stress on the banking system to fund the real estate sector as REITs will enable the industry to propose fresh equity by attracting long-term finance from domestic and foreign investors. The Indian REIT sector is expected to give a further push to commercial real estate and is tipped to attract investments. So far, REITs worth a total of $20 billion in assets are mainly focusing on Grade A office space and parks, logistic space and warehouses, malls and shopping centers, hotels and other commercial space.

Today, the potential of the Indian real estate sector is enormous, but there needs to be a clear solution with regards to REIT taxation. Among other trends, there's been a steady growth of the commercial sector, which is favorable for organizations.







This is a guest post by Deepak Yewle

Monday, November 16, 2015

What are the kinds of properties that can and can not be transferred?

Author: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

The property transfer is a complicated process and therefore one must be thoroughly aware of the laws and practices. When we talk of property transfer here, it means, an immovable property that is already registered with one person. The person may choose to sell the property of transfer the property.

One should note that property transfer for an under construction property with the developer is a different and private process. The developer transfers the property from one buyer to another buyer on the request of first buyer. Normally, developers charge a fee for the transfer.

However, in this section, we are focusing our energies on property transfer for a property that has been completed and is registered with the registrar department. This property transfer between any two parties is governed by the “Transfer of Property” Act, 1882. Both of these parties need to be alive to carry out this kind of property transfer. In case, one person is not alive, then, succession laws as per the religion of the dead person are applied for the transfer of property.

So, what kind of properties can be transferred and what kind of properties that cannot be transferred? Find below in the detailed document:





Have any Questions?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Want to Buy Real Estate? Consider the Top Real Estate Companies in Delhi NCR

Whether you are willing to buy a residential or commercial property in Delhi NCR, you need to be very cautious. Some real estate companies in Delhi NCR are developing projects, both commercial and residential, owing to the rising demand for ownership as well as rental properties. But remember, investing in real estate means you’ll be putting a huge portion of your hard earned money into it, so you need to consider some factors before finalizing the property you want to buy.

You should buy properties that enhance your quality of living along with fulfilling your home-ownership dreams. To make sure that you invest your money in the right property, here are some factors that you need to consider:

1. Find a Registered Real Estate Developer

This is the most important factor while choosing a real estate property in Delhi NCR. There are many instances where buyers have invested in real estate properties that have never materialized. Many people who invested in properties almost five years back still did not get possession of their properties.
So if you want to invest safely, you should always look for registered real estate developers who work according to a certain code of conduct.

2. Work with Reputed Builders

This is another important aspect when looking for top real estate companies in Delhi NCR. Always carry out background checks of the real estate developer you are willing to work with. Refrain from working with developers who have been involved in various legal issues.

3. Location

Location of a property, whether commercial or residential, is very important. If you are willing to buy 3 BHK spacious apartments Gurgaon, make sure it is located close to hospitals, schools and work area. If you are willing to buy commercial property, make sure it is located close to the city center and the main transportation points.

4. Check the Exact Carpet Area, Amenities and Facilities Offered

Most of the real estate developers would quote prices based on the total area of an apartment, but you should insist on paying the price depending upon the exact carpet area. Apart from the carpet area, you should consider the amenities and facilities offered. Check whether there are 24hour water and electric supply, ample parking space, generator backup, etc.

5. Registration Fees

Apart from the actual price of the property, you will also have to pay registration fees, which depends on the value of the property. So, the registration fee for a 3 BHK spacious apartment Gurgaon will be more than that of a 2 BHK apartment.

A Final Thought


Buying property is one of the biggest investments in one’s life, so you should be extra cautious so that you don’t get conned. Always work with top real estate companies in Delhi NCR who are registered with some real estate organization or the government. The right decision will bring back a lot of benefits while a small mistake can make you repent for the entire lifetime.

Summary: Buying a property is one of the biggest decisions that you make in your lifetime, so to get the best deal it is necessary that you work with the top real estate companies in Delhi NCR and invest in the right kind of property.






This is a guest post by Amelia Hill

Monday, November 2, 2015

Union Minister For Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu launches India’s First Real Estate and Property Business TV channel - Magicbricks NOW

Union Minister For Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu launches

India’s First Real Estate and Property Business TV channel - Magicbricks NOW

 

  • ‘Magicbricks NOW will provide an unbiased, trustworthy and authoritative perspective on the property business and will help its viewers ‘Be Un-Confused’ about this important sector’
  • CHANNEL’S COMMERCIAL LAUNCHES ON 1 NOVEMBER 2015

New Delhi 28 Oct 2015: The growing Indian Real Estate and Infrastructure sector received a significant addition when Honorable Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, introduced India’s first Real Estate and Property Business TV Channel, Magicbricks NOW, today.

Unveiling the channel name, Mr Naidu told media persons, “I am delighted to be here today on this auspicious  day. Times NOW from the Times Network is the most credible, premium news channel in the country, and when I came to know that this network is launching a news channel to create a platform for the real estate and housing sector, I felt really happy. Because it is going to partner with me in our plans to provide housing for everyone by 2022.

“So I am very happy that a dedicated channel called Magicbricks NOW is launching for the sector. My congratulations. I hope Magicbricks NOW will do the required magic for the sector; and bricks are always required to construct houses, and housing is the most important aspect of anybody’s life, Mr Naidu said, adding  “I suggest that news and views should not be combined for the channel and that should be the noble beauty of the new channel.”

M K Anand, MD & CEO – Times Network, said, “We are delighted to offer India its first 24x7 real estate and property business television channel, Magicbricks NOW,  and are extremely happy that it has been launched at the hands of the Honourable Mr Naidu today.  Magicbricks NOW has been launched to guide the consumer through the complex and seemingly intimidating world of real-estate transactions.  While real estate is of paramount importance in the life of every Indian, equally, the space is full of complexities, jargon and confusion.  Magicbricks NOW will provide unbiased, trustworthy and the most authoritative perspectives on the property business to help the consumer ‘Be un-confused’,” Anand said.

“We are confident Magicbricks NOW will enjoy wide reach – not only because it is a genre pioneer that covers the extremely important property business, but also because it will leverage the proven strengths of our network distribution and marketing,” Anand said, adding, “It is befitting that India’s first real estate and property business TV channel has been launched by the Nation’s biggest media conglomerate, The Times Group, which has always had a deep and abiding emotional connect with middle class Indians, Magicbricks NOW will cement this relationship further.”

Magicbricks NOW has strategically partnered with Magicbricks.Com, India's No 1 Property portal for property buyers and sellers. Apart from them - Lotus Greens Developers Private Ltd and Mantri Developers Pvt.Ltd, leading developers of the country on board as key sponsors. Their association with us from Day One is testimony to their belief in our vision for Magicbricks NOW.

Faye D’Souza Editor – Magicbricks NOW, said, “Magicbricks NOW is here with a singular focus – on the end consumer. Magicbricks NOW will offer a rich array of programs that range from News bulletins to property hotlines, debates, leadership insights and more. These will not just keep the end consumer informed, but will serve as a common meeting ground for knowledge-driven individual buyers, sellers and businesses looking seriously at the world of property and real estate.”

Marquee channel programming includes The Property Guide, The Home Buyer’s Guide, Property Hotline, The Interiors Show, The Vastu show, Real Estate Tycoons and, of course, The News, every hour on the hour.

Speaking about the association with Times Network to create the new channel, Sudhir Pai, CEO-Magicbricks.com, said, “Magicbricks is delighted to be a part of this initiative with the Times Network. Our endeavor has always been to make our brand ubiquitous across media so as to provide consumers with rich and in-depth information when it comes to matters of property. With this association we leverage the visual appeal of television to communicate our rich data and analytics in an easy-to-consume manner for the consumer. With this launch, we strengthen the offering and make ourselves available at every touch point to consumers."

Target audience: The 24/7 channel will target NCCS A and B viewers in the 25-37 and 38-50 years age groups. In viewer profile terms, it will target both, consumers who are looking to buy, sell or rent real estate, and businesses and service providers like brokers, builders, interior decorators, paint companies and others.

Distribution: Magicbricks NOW will be distributed extensively across DTH and Cable, and is already present on all platforms that carry the channels of Times Network.


This is a press release by Times Group.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Vaastu tips to place decorative items in home

Buying a new house is considered a monumental job in today's world. When we buy our dream home we start decorating it to make it reflect our liking and personality. While most of us follow Vaastu Shastra to design and build our house, we don’t take much care of internal arrangements and using decorative accents inside the house. Following vaastu tips in our home is believed to offer prosperity, wealth, health and happiness. Vaastu Shastra tells that placing things at right position and arranging the internal things according to Vaastu will help in creating a peaceful and happy atmosphere at home. Here are few tips to make internal arrangements inside your house.

Always have storage or console in the south and west wall and do not have storage in the eastern and northern wall. If you have heavy furnishing and other heavy items in the southern and western side of the house, Place TV and electronic items in the eastern and northern wall. Crystal decorative accents should be placed in north or east side. If the decorative items at house are heavy weighted then one should place them in the south and western walls.

Here are few tips to design your home with respect to different directions of home.

  • North-east corner:
North-east corners are always considered as a place of wealth and prosperity. Do not place any heavy statues, heavy decorative objects, and holy shrines in this corner. Also when you are constructing your house, do not have any overhead water tank or septic tank in this corner. Do not dump many things in this corner. It is very important to keep north-east corner of a house clean and tidy to have wealth and prosperity in house.
  • South-west corner:
This is the best place to store valuable things, documents, cash, and jewels. You can place cupboard in this corner as it is considered a corner of wealth. Place the cupboard in this corner facing east or north. You should open the cupboards towards north.
  • South-east corner:
If you wish to bring good luck and wealth to your house, then you can place money plants in purple pots in this corner.






Having discussed about importance of different corners of the house, let us take a look on where to place certain decorative items at home according to Vaasthu Shastra.

  • Never place the statue of lord Ganesha in the north-east corner of the house
  • To attract wealth to your house, you can keep active fishes in clean and ventilated aquariums
  • Always keep the entryway of your house clean and free from clutter
  • You can place mirror in cash drawers or incorporate mirror into the design of your cupboard and cash drawer to multiply wealth
  • Place painting depicting natural scenes, waterfalls, gardens and flowers in home
  • You can place flowering plants inside your house and avoid placing cactus and thorny plants inside your home

Following Vaasthu Shastra while constructing you home is always vital as it is believed to bring wealth, peace, prosperity and health to your home. Apart from building your home according to Vaasthu, placing certain decorative objects in proper place and directions will bring all good luck to your home and creates a harmonious balance.






This is a guest post by Pratheepa who writes for indiaproperty.com – the online portal that meets the requirement of sellers, buyers and real estate professionals in the real estate space of the country.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The two options for the soon-to-be landlord

Around the globe there are just two options for everyone looking for the ideal tenant match for their house: One is easy but expensive and another is comparatively difficult but cost effective and fully autonomous.The easy but expensive one is where you appoint a property management service to find and then manage the tenant and rent respectively in return of which they charge an amount. The second and only one left now is where you do all the hard work in finding a tenant and manage them in your space. While the level of guarantee as to the right tenant is less in either case but the moment you take things in your control, things become a hell lot easier both on your pocket and also provide peace of mind.

The takers for both these options are many but let us look at both the options for the first clueless timers’ sake.


For those comfortable with property management service

The choice to go for property management services is not bad, it not only saves time and effort in finding the ideal tenant but also do a clear background check to ensure that the tenants are genuine. If you are planning to opt for this mode, there are just two things for you to consider: where to find the right service provider and being comfortable with the expenses that you will have to incur.

  • Where to find the right property management service provider?
Depending on where your property is, you can either go for the traditional word of mouth medium or use reliable real estate portals available on the internet. The latter is much easier for all you have to do is put in your location and search, for example, if your property is in Bangalore, just put in ‘property dealers in Bangalore’ and you will get a number of results on time.

  • Be comfortable with the expenses
In order to be comfortable with the expense, you will first need to get an idea of the exact amount. Confirm and research the going service rate in the market and also ask your provider if the cost of managing the property is recurring or one time. Doing this will prepare you for the coming expenses.

 

For the 'do it yourself' counterparts


Doing all the tasks on your own definitely makes you a Brave-heart. Although it may look impossible, but it takes less time to get it

  • Advertise your house
Begin online. For nominal fees and sometimes even free, you can now advertise your property on renowned websites. Like the last Bangalore example, what you can do is post a ‘Flat for rent in Bangalore’ ad that will eventually take the prospects to the hyperlinked image. For those who want a more advanced result for less money, they should try YouTube or Vine. Upload a simulated tour of the property, then share the links on different classified websites such as Craigslist, also add them in your various social media platforms. After listing your property, do not forget to put in the necessary "For Rent" signage in front yard.

  • Tidy it up
Strangely, some landlords do not even bother to tidy up their houses and apartments before putting it up for rent. Normally, the nicer and cleaner your house is at times when the prospect comes,the nicer it looks when they both stay and leave.

  • Repair structural shortcomings
Replacing the busted appliances, chucking out left-behind scrap, pests and termites spray and by simply adding new paint coat will take you far in attracting the ideal renter. Also the probability of getting a higher charge increases, big time.

  • A ready rental policy
Have a document that clearly specifies the various lease’s TnCs, such as if pets are allowed, if you need security deposit and/or expect the tenants to bear their renters insurance. Make sure you have it ready even before you start shortlisting tenants.


We all know how difficult it can be to find the right tenant for your property. There is no right or wrong option here, everything depends on the efforts you can take and the money you have. Now that you know what it takes to go in either of them, make a sound decision.



This is a guest post by Tripti Rai. She writes about real estate sector, she keeps her readers informed about latest developments in real time through her writing.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tips To Make Your House Look Spacious

Some things cannot be easily changed, one of them being your home, of course most of us do not have the luxury of changing residences periodically at the whims and fancy of our bored existence, but there are quite a few interesting ways, you can employ to give your home a complete makeover in surprisingly low budget…

Let us have detailed look at some of the pointers, which you can use for the purpose:


  • The clutter has to go – 

The first and foremost step in this regard is to clear out all the mess and clutter which takes up most of the extra space in your house. There is in fact a very logically approach to this activity. It is said that if you have not used an item in your home for over six months, then in all probability, you’ll never use it in your life (excluding winter wears). Hence, take a good look around and identify such items…the kitchen is a good place to start…keep your OLX app handy…The next important area to de-clutter is the entry hallway of your house. If you enter into a clean and open area every day, you will automatically feel that your house is more spacious.


  • Make do without too many fancy items – 

This is another thing, which needs to be carefully edited. Get rid of all those fancy items, which are not really necessary for your house either by gifting, selling or by just by throwing away. You will be surprised at how much space opens up after you are done gifting!


  • Redesign your furniture – 

Another great step towards making space in your house is to change the shape and size of your furniture. For instance, you can replace your shoe rack with a hanging shoe organizer, which will not only save a lot of floor space, but will also keep your house cleaner. Another example can be that of a shelving unit, which can be built into a wall or the back of a door.


  • Repaint your walls – 

Another trick, which can be used to make your house look bigger, is to lighten the shade of color of the walls of your house. The lighter the color of the walls, the bigger the house would look. Dark paints make rooms look cozy and comfortable, but they also make them look smaller and cramped.


  • Decorate the ceiling – 

This is one of the most frequently used tricks to increase the height of the house. If the ceiling of your house is painted or has wallpaper, your house will automatically get more height. So if the height of your house is your main concern, consider this option to be a perfect solution for your problem.


  • Re-arrange the furniture – 

Avoid putting the furniture close to the walls, as it makes the place to look cramped and closed. Pull the furniture away from the walls and you will automatically add more space in your house. You can also build your own vertical shelves and make it more fun!


  • More vertical furniture – 

Instead of expanding your furniture horizontally, try to expand it vertically. Bunk beds are a good option instead of double beds in your children’s bedroom.


  • Stripes go a long way – 

Try to put out rugs and wallpapers, which have stripes on them. This will give you an illusion of more width and height. Hence your house will appear far bigger than it actually is. Arrange the stripes in the direction of the longest length of the room for best results.


  • Mirrors, more mirrors – 

As you must have seen in many shops, there are many strategically placed mirrors, which create an illusion that the shop is bigger and more spacious. You can use the same concept for your house as well. Place mirrors in the entryway and room entries to double the width of the room by a large margin.


  • No overhead stuff – 

The more things you will hang from the ceiling, the more cluttered that room will look. Avoid hanging lights and decorative items in your house if it is already very cramped up. Instead of hanging a light bulb, try to put on a decorative lampshade instead!


  • Uncover the windows – 

Remove those bulky curtains from your windows and bless your house with some sunlight. Leaving the windows uncovered automatically makes the room to look bigger and brighter. It would also have the right energy and create a positive vibe; if the windows are left open and off-course some cool breeze would be good too.


  • Remove some doors – 

If this is feasible to you, you can try this unconventional method to literally open up some space. You can remove some doors, which connect rooms together and leave those particular areas open. This will not only increase the size of your house, but would lead to good ventilation too.


  • Color code – 

To make things appear more organized and cleaner, one should try to keep them in accordance with their color tones. If you keep all the colors together in one place, separated by even and thin margins, your room will open up by ten folds and also it is a visual treat!


  • Large scale flooring – 

The floor pattern, which you choose for your house must have large blocks. The larger the pattern, the more spacious your house will look. Also, try to arrange the floor tiles in a diagonal fashion to give the illusion of more space. Tiling is a crucial and costly step, so try to do this in the beginning itself.

So now that you are well equipped with these easy tricks on how to create more space in your house and make it look bigger, what are you waiting for? Choose your top 5 and start with them right away! These tricks are so simple and cost effective that you will be really happy after you are done revamping your house.After all a bigger place is so much better to live in!


This is a guest post by Anasua Mitra, Associate  Manager - Marketing, Wienerberger India Private Limited