Friday, 23 October 2015

E-Registration: A Step Towards Realty Market Transparency. The New Way That Will Make The Real Estate Back On Track

The most frequently-occurring type of disagreement in Indian real estate is land dispute. Cases range from of illicit land grabbing and illegal land sales to instances of purchase of land where no actual purchase has taken place.

E-registration has simplified the process for providing evidence of titles and facilitating transactions, and will go a long way in preventing the unlawful disposal of land. 

This online registration system effectively put paid to the various underlying problems and loopholes in the traditional land registration process, based on the Land Registration Act of 1925, which typically involves Powers of Attorney, sale or mortgage of. 


If a piece of land has been passed on for generations or has seen multiple owners over time, a proper hierarchy of land holding needs to be available so that current buyers or tenants can ascertain the exact value of land or the rent according to current market values. 

This is possible only when there is complete transparency in document verification and full disclosure of details about the property - gross carpet area, number of rooms, foundation details and wiring blueprints. 


Does e-registration also negate the need for a real estate broker? This is a fair question. While all details of the property may be available online, this may not be enough information to make a firm investment decision. 

The question of whether a particular property, regardless of how many details are available online, makes good investment sense in light of many other options can only be answered by a knowledgeable consultant.


Since property in both urban and rural areas property comes under the jurisdiction of the same State Government and both types of areas are managed under a Tehsil (aka taluk or mandal) the e-registration of property (housing or commercial rental) is fairly similar. 

The process will only differ if the land is vacant or occupied (built upon). For vacant land, valuation is done at current market price while for occupied land (with built-up prope) 


The usual resource challenges at Registrar offices are reduced drastically, allowing them to tend to more sensitive matters like disputes. 

-The details and documents pertaining to land records can be accessed online at any time. 

-Transparency in the registration process increases significantly, thereby also rationalizing broker fees and negating the need for bribes to officials 

-The software calculates the stamp duty.