Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What are your Rights as a Home Buyer?

Are you planning to buy a home of your dreams? Well, buying a home is a bit tedious task. It involves many complex legal processes. Buying a home is perhaps one of your largest financial investments. Isn’t it? Particularly, if you are a first-time home buyer, your mind would be filled with hundreds of doubts and questions.

For instance, if someone is looking for flats in Calicut, he/she would be concerned with his /her rights over the property, terms and conditions offered by the builders, delays if any and other problems. As a home buyer, you might have many questions.

Before diving into what the home buyers’ rights are as per the Government norms, let us first analyse the process of buying a home in India.

  1. First analyse your financial situation and requirements.
  2. Find a property that caters to your specific requirements.
  3. Inspect the property and seek professional help if needed.
  4. Get into an agreement with the seller. Ensure that details like price and also personal details of both buyer and seller are highlighted before signing the same.
  5. Find a reliable lender. It is always recommended that you associate with reliable financial institutions like the SBI while applying for a home loan. Play it safe.
  6. Perform a thorough analysis of your property to avoid any loopholes in the agreement.
  7. At the time of closing, ask seller for all the legal documents associated with your property and get it registered in your name.

These are some of the common steps that one follows while buying a home. Now, let us shift the focus on the rights of a home buyer. As a home buyer, there are several rights granted to you that include mortgage loans, the rate of interest on loan and several others. Awareness of such rights protects you from being duped.

Here are some of the rights that you are entitled to as a home buyer:

Right to obtain information
The home buyers are eligible to know the details of sanctioned layouts and plans of the building. They can also claim for the specifications which are approved by the construction control authority.

Right to know the stages of construction
Under RERA, the home-buyers are entitled to know the stage-wise schedule of the construction of the project. It includes the provision of water, electricity, sanitation and other amenities promised by the builder.

Right to possession of the property
The home-buyer has the right to claim possession of the building, plot or apartment. It is the duty of the builder to provide all the legal documents to the buyer.

Rights to document
It is the duty of the real estate builders to handover all the legal documents related to the property to the home-buyer. Under RERA act, allotted can claim documents and plans of the common areas.

These are some of the rights one should take advantage of as a home buyer. So, if you are looking for your dream home, exercise your rights and make an informed decision. Let me know if you have any doubts or your feedback in the comment section below.

This is a guest post by Sreekanth, who is a digital marketing expert at Webdura Technology. He enjoys experimenting with new techniques in both print and the web. He also loves to explore roads less traveled. Reach him by writing in your details in the comments sections.

Monday, July 29, 2019

What are the things one should notice before taking possession of the property or new flat in India?

Sumit was finally relieved that he will be getting the possession of his flat in Noida. Sumit had bought this under construction flat in 2009. After many delays due to environmental clearances and slow progress by the developer, the flats were finally ready for possession for flat owners. Sumit and other flat buyers in this group housing project had several rounds of discussions with the builder and environment ministry for speedy delivery of flats. Because on one hand, many of these flat buyers including Sumit were paying monthly rent and on the other hand, EMIs on these flats had started. That was double whammy for Sumit and others.

Now that, flats are ready for possession, what shall Sumit and other home buyers like him verify in order to make sure possession of flats is legal? Before handing over the final payment and taking possession of the property, Sumit and other flat buyers in this group housing project shall ensure that:

  1. Property is vacant
  2. Title certificate to be handed over by seller to buyer
  3. Buildings plans, approved layouts, and other supporting documents (original) to be handed over by seller to buyer
  4. In case of new group housing project (as is the case with Sumit), it shall be verified that building has been given the occupancy/completion certificate by the concerned authority
  5. Mutation is done to reflect the name of the purchaser

Find below detailed document highlighting what needs to be checked before taking over the possession:

Monday, July 22, 2019

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 – the online portal that meets the requirement of sellers, buyers and real estate professionals in the real estate space of the country.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Codes for design and development of earthquake resistant buildings in India

Author: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

While buying an apartment in a builder project, one would have noticed the words ‘Earthquake Resistant Building’ in the ‘Specifications’ section.  This is mandated as per the codes and guidelines framed by The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

As we know, a good part of North India and hilly regions have been classified as seismically sensitive zones or earthquake prone. Therefore construction of buildings in these regions has to be meticulous and as per the strict guidelines and set of rules laid down by The Bureau of Indian Standards BIS. Deviation from these guidelines may prove to be harmful in case of a severe earthquake. The buildings need to be designed in such a way that they can withstand the ground vibrations caused by earthquakes. Failure to adhere to guidelines can cause damage to human life and loss of property.

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We have seen in past, how earthquakes have proved to be disastrous. And therefore, putting in place systems and guidelines that can avoid or limit the loss are extremely useful.

Find below the codes for design and development of earthquake resistant buildings in India:

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Monday, July 8, 2019

How can NRIs-PIOs-OCBs open and maintain the NRE-NRO-FCNR-bank accounts in India to buy, sell, rent out immovable property?

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Foreign exchange management act (FEMA) of 1999 allows Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origins (PIO) to buy, sell, rent immovable property other than agricultural land or plantation property or farm house in India. One can invest in a piece of land and construct it or buy an under construction property directly from the real estate developer. Overseas Indians can invest in commercial or residential property of their choice. The acquisition of immovable property by person resident outside India is governed by terms of Section 6(3) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999, as well as by the regulations contained in Notification issued by RBI vides Notification No FEMA. 21/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000, as amended from time to time.

Persons resident outside India are categorized as Non- Resident Indians (NRIs) or a foreign national of Indian Origin (PIO) or a foreign national of non-Indian origin. A person resident in India who is not a citizen of India is also covered by the relevant Notifications.

To carry out this entire process of buying, selling, renting out the immovable property, NRIs/PIOs are allowed to repatriate an amount up to USD 1 million per financial year (April-March) out of the balances held in NRI account subject to tax compliance. This amount includes sale proceeds of assets acquired by way of inheritance or settlement. Thus, NRIs can purchase property and transfer money earned in India to their country of residence through authorized banking channels.

How can NRIs/PIOs/OCBs open and maintain the bank accounts in India? Find below the detailed document:

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Monday, July 1, 2019

List of Housing Finance Institutions of India

Author: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

Owning a House is a dream for every household in the country. The new government has also set an ambitious target of ‘Housing for all’ by 2022, a challenging yet achievable task. To fulfill this objective, providing housing finance at affordable rates is paramount. Therefore housing finance companies will play an extremely important role in this noble endeavor.

Who are the major players in this area currently? Can the list be expanded given the enormity of task? Things will unfold as we move along.

There are 2 kinds of housing finance companies, one, which accepts public deposits, and the second kind do not accept public deposits. Housing finance companies are regulated and supervised by National Housing Bank. Housing finance companies offer loans for purchase of commercial and residential properties. Find below the detailed list of Housing finance companies in India:

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