Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Why Home insurance is extremely important in India?

Author: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

Jammu and Kashmir floods have been devastating to say the least. Many people have lost their lives. Businesses including restaurants, Shikaras, tourism, small workshops have been razed. Agricultural land has been eroded. Houses including the contents of a household have been damaged. The floods in Jammu and Kashmir have been the worst in over half a century.

Well, there could be man-made reasons such as aggressive construction, & lax regulations for this great disaster, however, one cannot take away the fact that it was a horrendous natural disaster partly assisted by man-made actions.

The focus of the state and central government is to rescue the people and then focus on relief work. We must congratulate Armed forces for their stupendous work for saving Thousands of lives. Food is being provided to the flood victims, Medicare facilities have been augmented.

However, to bring back the normalcy would take months, maybe year or two. The government has announced relief packages including financial assistance. However, one wonders, what will happen to the damaged houses and the contents of the houses? Will these be recovered? In such a scenario, home insurance would have been of great help. We are not sure, if home insurance was a common practice in Jammu and Kashmir.

Home insurance is extremely useful for people living in areas that are prone to the risks of floods, earthquakes or burglaries?

Home insurance can cover losses to the structure and contents of one’s home from any natural or man-made calamity. The disasters that can be insured against are fire, earthquakes, storms, cyclones, tempests, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or inundation, lightning strike, explosion, landslides, impact by vehicles or aircraft, and bursting or overflowing of water tanks and pipes. However, care needs to be taken that only the cost of structure is insured and not the cost of land.



Mainly two types of home insurance policies are available in India:

  • Buildings Insurance

Insuring the building or building structure is important since it protects the policy holder against inevitable losses in case the insured building is destroyed or debilitated in any natural or man-made calamities.


  • Content Insurance

Contents insurance under home insurance plans includes protection to movable goods, possessions or contents in the house; anything that is not a fixed part of the home, for example appliances, electronic goods, furniture and clothing etc.


Home Insurance can be extremely useful for an NRI who is living far away from his/her property. In case of an NRI, his/her property is usually managed by a Property Management Company who specializes in NRI Property Management Services and such companies can advise an NRI to opt for home insurance.

Find below the detailed info about Home insurance in India including the claim process, benefits of home insurance, and companies that offer home insurance in India.




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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What is the impact of Interest (Repo) rates on Housing & Housing Prices Appreciation in various cities in India? Is there any direct relationship?

Author: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

Ok, everyone including the real estate developers, builders’ apex bodies such as CREDAI, brokerage houses, and other related industries are shouting from the roof tops for interest rate cuts to revive the demand in realty sector. Every time there is a review of monetary policy by RBI, numerous articles in leading newspapers are published on how the rate cuts can boost demand and bring back fence sitting customers in investing in real estate in India. However, RBI has resisted such calls and instead has focused on bringing down the inflation. Now that, inflation has come down, can we expect rate cuts? Mr. Raghuram Rajan knows it best. Let’s leave it to him and his team at RBI.

But, let’s explore, is there any merit in the builder’s argument for reducing the interest rates? Will rate cuts boost demand?

For that, we need to examine the housing price appreciation in various cities across India and the impact of repo rates on housing price appreciation.

Let’s go one by one.


  • Appreciation in Housing prices across India

As can be seen from below graph, the pace of housing price appreciation has slowed down since 2010. What does it suggest? Well, it suggests, that demand has been falling gradually since 2010. End-users or investors are postponing their decision to invest in real estate. Assuming influx of new housing supply to be constant from 2010 to 2014.




  • Increase in repo rates

Repo rates have increased from 5% in March 2010 to 8% now. Repo rates are rates at which RBI (central bank) lends money to banks or housing finance companies.




  • Impact of increase in repo rates on housing price appreciation

This graph tells the whole story. As the repo rates started moving up from 2010 to 2014, the housing price appreciation started to come down. In 2010, most cities witnessed substantial appreciation in housing prices with Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai appreciated upwards of 30%. Whereas in 2014, the highest price appreciation was witnessed in Pune at mere 3.88%.




  • Conclusion

While rate cuts will certainly bring back customers to market and we may see improved activity in real estate investment. However, just like demand waned gradually from 2010 to 2014, similarly, demand will pick up gradually and we may see the full potential somewhere in 2017.



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