Thursday, 30 June 2016

Technology to address the increasing demand of homes for the younger generation

India has established itself globally as an emerging market. Various sectors in the country are gearing up to adopt modern and cutting edge innovations keeping up with global standard. One sector that needs to bring in technological advancement is real estate, with rapid urbanization, growing young population and mass exodus to cities rapid changes are required in the sector. Additionally government initiative likes Smart Cities Mission and Housing for all in 2020 are sure to push demand even further making it essential that the sector incorporates modern technology.

Technology is a key enabler that helps in simplification of operations and reduces turnaround time. In real estate, use of technology can led to cost-effective projects while ensuring efficient utilization of labor. Even in case of mass housing developments, technology helps in improving the quality of construction, while cutting a project’s construction time extensively some ground-breaking technologies that have improved the construction space in real estate include precast, hollow pre-fab, block masonry, plasswall etc.

Another important factor is that technology enables sustainable development. Precast technology, for example, apart from reducing the duration of construction, cost and improving the quality of the final output is adaptable and resilient. Precast is produced only under strict quality measures in a factory by highly trained professionals with little wastage. Precast panels can be rapidly erected on the site with negligible interruptions and saves energy.  It also makes it possible for designers to cut down on heating and air conditioning costs associated with HVAC systems and at the same time, keep building occupants comfortable.

Technology also helps in enabling eco-friendly construction. Most people are increasingly aware of the changing environment and thus prefer buying projects that have a low carbon footprint. Developers nowadays are careful to follow the green standards, in design and architecture, water conservation, use of renewable energy, and sewage and garbage processing. Technology can be used in almost all the basic amenities of a home to create energy utilization. So you toilets that uses minimal water in flushing, plumbing that makes provisions for separate lines for drinking and flushing, used water treatment for gardening, efficient insulation in the walls, ceilings and floors enables better temperature control among others, lighting based on movement etc. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Feng Shui for your Kid’s room

In continuation with our Feng Shui series, we now bring you Feng Shui for your children’s rooms.  As with every other room in the house your child’s room also needs attention so that they have a cozy space where they can sleep peacefully, be happy and cheerful. Feng shui can help you achieve this goal by these simple tips.

Placement of the bed- Don’t place the bed directly in front of the door, the ideal position or “commanding position” would be across the room, diagonal from the door. This would help with issues in sleep as it puts the child in command of their room.

Choose the right color- A youngster’s room needs to have a balance of energy, so it should be neither too bright nor too dark while keeping in mind the personality and taste in mind. Using pastel shades of their favorite colors will achieve both the purposes.

Use Feng shui to boost self confidence- Place a full length mirror at the child eye level in his/her room, this will help in boosting self confidence. Another good idea would be to display their artwork or craft or family pictures to create a sense of comfort and love.

Ensure that the room is not cluttered- While this applies to most rooms, it’s a bit difficult to achieve it with a child. However, try to inculcate a habit of putting away toys, books and clothes away at the end of the say. An easy solution would be to have a designated place for everything, use a lot of boxes and baskets where things can be swept into in one go.

Hanging artwork- involve your child in picking up the artwork for their room, as stated in the point above you can use their own creations and family pictures. Do not hang pictures that depict fast movement in case your child has a hard time sleeping, as this might induce restlessness. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Oberoi Eternia & Enigma- High quality homes from a name you can trust

Oberoi Realty has made its foray into the central suburbs of Mumbai with the launch of its twin residential developments, Eternia and Enigma, at Mulund. The projects are located on the arterial LBS Road in one of Mumbai’s fastest growing suburb. The project is to be designed by the Singapore-based architects, HB Design.

Oberoi Enigma will comprise of two luxury high-rises spread over an area of 9 acres which will have expansive 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom apartments while Eternia will comprise of two premium high-rises on another similar sized plot of 9 acres in the same vicinity comprising of 3BHK configurations in two spacious sizes. While Eternia would be a bigger property with almost 1100 units Enigma will have approximately 600 plus units.

A vibrant and attractive project, the project is at walking distance from Mulund station, the location of the project is strategic in it that it allows residents to have easy access to other parts of the city through the Easter Expressway and the LBS Road.

Designed to match international standards, the projects are both sophisticated and flamboyant in terms of architecture and design bringing a world class lifestyle to the aspirational Indian home seeker.

Both of projects Oberoi
Eternia & Enigma are effortlessly accessible to a host of educational institutions, hospitals, amusement hubs, restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and more. The complexes of both the projects are slated to have a wide variety of facilities to amuse and entertain residents. Amenities like well-designed club-houses and leisure zones like play areas for kids, long jogging tracks leading to verdant gardens and expansive walkways, landscaped podiums and gardens, swimming pools, squash courts, launderette, day care centre, salon, gymnasium, steam rooms, yoga / meditation room, Café and a multi - purpose hall all are meant to make life easier, convenient and enjoyable for the residents

Monday, 27 June 2016

Kalpataru Hills Pristine- Pure undisturbed bliss

Pristine means unspoiled, pure and faultless. Kalpataru Hills Pristine is an epitome of this; Surrounded by lush green Yeoor Hills, the project is a true haven in every sense of the word. Owning a beautiful home where you can spend time with your loved ones, relax and enjoy yourself is the true meaning of happy living However, it’s not easy, the struggle to find the home that affords you such peace or tranquility is long and hard. Kalpataru Hill Pristine is like an answer to this trouble.

Kalpataru Pristine comprises of 3 BHK apartments at the bustling hub of Thane west, it is designed to provide you roomy and well designed living spaces that are sure to enchant you.

Thane west is a bustling and growing locality, having access to major parts of Mumbai. The location offers convenience to residents through its excellent connectivity via road and rail networks.  The social infrastructure of Thane West is also quite well developed, there are many schools, hospitals, parks and malls around the area ensuring residents are able to enjoy an active and healthy social life. Another very important factor is that Thane west is comparatively affordable in relation to other nearby localities.

In a bid to offer residents a complete lifestyle the company has provided many facilities inside the complex like  a clubhouse, a well equipped gym, separate swimming pools for adults and kids, a Jacuzzi, , landscaped garden and even a yoga deck. However the biggest draw for this project would be its proximity to the beautiful Yeoor Hills, while most of long to vacation every month, we don’t really get a chance to do so. But, being able to view sunrises over lush green hills every day is definitely an amazing alternative

Saturday, 25 June 2016

From Dreary to Cheery. Hacks to turn your home around

Has your home started looking more like a dumpster than a retreat? Do you longingly look at others homes and wonder what is wrong with yours. Well, worry not we list down some simple measures to revamp your home into an inviting, cozy place which you would never want to leave.

Pile on the Pillows- Pillows are an instant and cheap way to revamp the look of your boring old sofa. Get as many as you can in different sizes, shapes and colors. You can even use old leftover pieces of fabrics and even old jeans to make interesting covers.

Gallery Wall- One frame per wall is outdated; a host of different paintings whether in the same theme or contrast are the way to go. Opt for mix a shapes and sizes and colors with monochromes to create a statement.

Antique/Vintage Look- Adding a vintage or rustic piece to your furniture gives it a bit of drama and becomes a conversation piece. You don’t have to buy something expensive to get the vintage look,  a lot of old stuff like chests and cupboards in your home or old doors are all excellent choices.

Say goodbye to your plain white curtains- Curtains can do a lot more than just keeping the elements away, you can play with a host of fabrics, patterns and textures to instantly uplift you room. If you don’t want to spend on new curtains get mirror wreaths or beads to hang along with your old curtains.

Fairy Lights- Lights are known to change the look of your dramatically, they can light up hidden corners and give the room a new look, fairy lights are an instant whimsical and inexpensive way to do up your room and they are very versatile too, you use them in a variety of way like draping around your collection of photos or a plant. 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Feng Shui For Your Bedroom

You bedroom should be your retreat from the stresses of your daily life. An ideal bedroom is a place where you can rest peacefully and emerge revitalized and renewed.
If however, you are unable to sleep through the night, or feel restless, then maybe Feng Shuican help regain the tranquility in your room.

Feng Shui literally means wind and water. The art of feng shui dictates the flow and balance of energies in any space to ensure good fortune and wealth for the people living in it. The whole concept of Feng Shui is based on five elements and they are - fire, metal, earth, water and wood.
Below are the principles of Feng Shui you can use in your bedroom.

Use Welcoming and Calming Colors- Earthy and warm color like coral, peach, cocoa, copper and tan are great form creating a cozy and comfy environment, whereas light blues, greens and lavenders add a sense of tranquility and calmness. Colors like reds, oranges and pinks are considered too stimulating and are thus best used as accents to enhance the energy.

Position Your Bed with Care- Your bed is the core of your bedroom, the ideally position for it would be as far away from the door as possible,  but in a spot which still allows you to keep an eye on the room's entrance. This gives you a sense of safety and protection while you rest.

Opt for Curves, Not Corners- Try to use furniture that has soft lines and non linear form. Furniture with sharp edges and lines is considered to create negative energy. If you cannot replace your furniture, the opt to cover it draping a piece of flowing fabric over the top or placing a healthy plant on top, leaves cascading over the corners.

Clear the Clutter- It seems kind of obvious that a clutter free room automatically seems calmer, however it is doubly important in Feng Shui, because clutter denotes unfinished business and impedes progress. An important aspect is not store clutter, especially work related under your bed as this is sure to disturb your sleep.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

How Metro Rail has become a big multiplier for real estate

The metro rail has become a lifeline for cities like Delhi and Mumbai, and due to its huge success the implementation of metros has been carried out in cities like Jaipur and Chennai now.  All the cities with metro rails have shown a positive impact in terms of real estate along the metro corridors.

While retail and commercial areas along the metros corridors benefit directly through ease of access, the impact on residential areas is dual wherein the jobs generated by Metro cause an increase in demand for homes and the reduced commuting costs draw more buyers.

In areas bordering the stations, the noticeable impact is higher on commercial property values than on residential values, and the effect reduces as the distance from the station increases

 Land prices will generally be higher if a land parcel is located within walking distance of the metro, but not directly next to the station. The increase in the land values is reflected in the area served, especially around the stations. There is a substantial increase in demand of retail and office spaces around existing metro stations. Most commercial properties near Metros are result of conversion of individual residential units to apartments, mixed use properties to commercial use and new development on vacant land.

Metro exerts influence in value up to a KM; with maximum influence around 500 meters. In fact the population density of residential areas nearby will tend to increase after the launch of metros due to preference for proximity. Alongside the launch of new projects and developments will also witness a steep rise, a steady price rise is also an accompanying feature.

The relevance and importance of metros can be gauged from the fact that most residential and commercial projects advertise their proximity and the ones which are within walking distance site this as their biggest USP. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Six things about home loan incentives you are unaware of

This has been a year of joy for home buyers. More tax benefits, interest rate cuts on loans, sluggish property prices, new launches in the 'affordable' segment with freebies and attractive payment schemes.
A lot many people would be looking to take advantage of these benefits and buy their home sweet home. In the midst of this, it makes sense that you would try to get a good deal on your home loan as well. However, even if you get a discount, the taxes are sure to burn a hole in your pocket. Here we give you a list of lesser known tax benefits on home loans.

You can claim tax benefit on interest paid even if you missed an EMI- In case you have missed a few EMIs during a financial year, you would still be entitled to claim deduction on the interest part of the EMI for the entire year.

Processing fee is tax deductible- Charges related to loans are tax deductible, according to the law, these charges are considered as interest and therefore you can claim deduction on the same.

Principal repayment tax benefit is reversed if you sell before 5 years- If you sell your house within five years of purchase then it can have a negative impact. Any deduction claimed under the principal repayment category would be reversed and added to your annual taxable income in the year of sale.

Loans from relatives and friends is eligible for tax deduction- If you avail of a loan from a friend or family member, you can claim deduction on interest repayment, provided that the loan was used for construction or purchase and the requisite documentation is provided. This rule is applicable only for interest repayment.

You may not be eligible for tax break even if you are just a co-borrower- You cannot claim tax benefit if you are not the owner of the property. You would need to be both owner and borrower to be entitled to any sort of tax breaks.

You can claim pre-construction period interest for up to 5 years- Your home loan benefits start kicking in after you get possession. While you cannot claim principal repayment, you can claim the interest paid post possession 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The other side of the Real Estate Bill

The Real Estate Bill was hailed as a welcome step to put the unorganized and anarchic state of the real estate sector into a semblance of normalcy, an attempt to create certain guidelines that real estate developers would follow to ensure protection of the buyers. While the actual implementation will still take times, with a lot being dependant on various state governments, the bill will address key issues like creating a regulatory body to guard consumers, mandatory registration of projects, registration of agents and redressal of consumer complaints in a quick and efficient manner.

While all these steps are brilliant and no doubt will ensure that the chaos in which the real estate sector functions will be reduced considerably, there are a whole host of issues that have to be monitored so as to avoid any problems in future. The state and local authorities have been given huge roles to play with both approval and monitoring of projects coming under their aegis, the point to be kept in mind here is that these authorities don’t themselves become hurdles and a hub for corrupt practices.

Another important issue is that with the parking of funds in an escrow account, the burden on developers is going to increase which consequently will lead to an increasing of property prices, additionally the fact that this is going to be another bolt to the liquidity crises most developers already face. Another area of concern is the ambiguity in terms like “Carpet Area” which might later lead to issue with standardization in any future legal tangles. With so many points of approval and registrations involved it seems like the builders have a tiresome task ahead of getting all requisite clearances.

While the governments intentions in terms of streamlining the sector and bringing more transparency seem true, the Bill has a lot of areas where the without proper setup and implementation there are going to be a number of pitfalls. However, it is too early to be cynical; the Act is the beginning of pushing the real estate sector in the right direction and with the support from government it is highly possible that the industry itself will ensure its success. 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Understanding what a good rental agreement is

Renting out your home as a source of extra income or to pay off your home loan is gaining popularity. Also, home owners who live out of town usually rent out their homes to utilize the space. Now, in case you have someone trustworthy like a family member or a friend to take care of such things, then nothing like it. But mostly people rely on real estate agents to take care of the property and execute any paper work involved.

Now even if you have a professional real estate agent taking care of these things, it is better to have an understanding of what makes a good rental agreement. Listed below are few of the key points.

Stamp Duty and Registration- Stamp duty is the tax you pay to the government to make your rental agreement legally valid, so it is imperative that you are aware of how much the stamp duty is and pay it, also make sure to pay registration fee as an unregistered document is not going to work as evidence in case of a dispute.

Important Terms and Clauses- Make sure to include all important terms and clauses in the agreement which include the tenancy term, names of occupants, security deposit, discipline and maintenance . Mentioning these terms clearly in the agreement insulates you against financial loss.

Lease Agreement- a lease agreement is different to a rental fundamentally due to the time period, rentals are usually drawn up for 11 months whereas lease agreements are usually for 3 to five years. Consequently the stamp duty and registration fees also vary in lease agreements depending on the tenure. Hence it is essential that you understand the legalities of the contract.

A good rental agreement is one in which both the tenant and landlord are satisfied. Hence, the responsibility to create a fair, clear and concise agreement rests with you. 

Friday, 17 June 2016

How Digital Revolution has impacted Real Estate

Digital revolution is something that every one of us has experienced in one or the other aspect our life, in fact, nowadays it seems almost impossible for us to live without technology right in our hands. 
 Many aspects of the technological revolution like IT systems, ERP’s, web communication, social media have all managed to transform how business is conducted. It has helped industries become more efficient and growth focused.

The impact of this digital revolution has been as intense as any other sector. Technological advancement has found place in every single aspect of the real estate cycle, from designing and construction to marketing, branding and sales. Flow of information has been made faster, more reliable and economical and buyers and investors seem to the ones who are most benefited by this.

Buyers and renters have a wide variety of options for choosing properties amongst thousands of listings with multiple of filters customized to suit their needs instead of relying on brokers. This sort of opening of market has driven down brokerages, consequently causing developers and builders to offer myriad facilities and offers to keep customers happy.

 Digital revolutions has opened a number of avenues for marketing for the builders and developers, with advent of Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare and LinkedIn, developers are able to engage customers better and make them a more involved party, opening up two way communication with them to deliver better product and services.  Another important aspect is the ability of using high end software to design and create buildings that are economical, environmentally friendly and appealing. The time taken to build and develop projects has also reduced resulting in consumer confidence.

A more indirect benefit has been that the easier processing of information at financial institutions leading to quicker disbursal of loans to buyers and developers alike has helped in their financial health.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Things to keep in mind before you buy your first house

Owning a home is a dream most of us have, in fact it is statement to your success and announcement that you have arrived in life. Most people would love to buy a property but are held back due to continually rising prices and insecurities related to their jobs, and it is wise as buying a home is a huge long term commitment.

As more and more projects are being launched, that promise you everything from a car to the Moon, we list out a few things you need to keep in mind before you take the plunge.

The only direction real estate goes is up- everyone believes real estate prices never fluctuate, this is a myth, real estate as with other asset classes also goes through its ups and downs, however, the difference is that it is not as volatile as say, gold or stock market. While it might be tempting to buy a home right now when it seems prices are low, it makes sense to save more if you are at the beginning of your career, that way you can reduce the amount of loan you have to avail when you make the purchase.

This is the cheapest property in the area – you might be tempted by the fact that you are getting an apartment at 8-10% cheaper than the others in the area; however this isn’t the entire picture. What you need to check is the size of the apartment. Compare the price per square feet to get a fair idea of the price of the flat.

Rates will go up soon- Most agents advise you that the property you are looking at is almost sold out and will witness an upward price revision. However, the reality is that builders and developers are dependent on buyers for cash, so they would be offering you discounts and freebies, keep this in mind and make the purchase for maximum benefit.

Penalty for late Delivery- Agents would generally assure you that due to the penalty clause in the agreement your investment is safe, however it is advisable to check the contract and not bank upon the compensation entirely as the penalty is usually on the base price and would not be close to the EMI you are paying, additionally most contracts have a clause in the agreement which states that if the project is delayed because of 'factors outside their control', they will not be liable. So, make sure to get a legal expert to go through the agreement. 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

How rugs can transform your space

A well placed rug can change the look for any room, it can add warmth and comfort, it can help you define space and make it look more intimate or more spacious. Rugs anchor a space and bring all the elements together to create a more cohesive look.  Another important thing is they help you cover any imperfections on your floor.

Although its expected that you would have rugs in your living room or bedroom, rugs are quite good in dining rooms or hallways.
Here we give the four ways a rug can be used to instantly spruce up your space.

Define separate spaces- If you have an open plan apartments, you can use rugs to demarcate different spaces. In case you use different rugs in different areas, then make sure that they are of varying sizes so that the space looks bigger and more open. Also, make sure that all rugs complement each other in terms of design and style.

Change the size of a room- Rugs are one of the most effective ways to change the space of your room. A large rug in small room will make it look larger while a small one will cramp the space further. Its all about the balance, in a large room, you can add multiple smaller rugs in different colors or shapes to add a more intimate feel.

Enhance your style- Rugs have a huge impact on the rooms, so definitely consider all options before buying. Think about your overall décor and furniture, and what sort of statement you want to make before you take the final decision.  

Add texture- Rugs are made in a variety of materials- wool, cotton, jute and a number of shapes as well. So in case your room is going to experience a lot of foot traffic then use a jute or sisal rug, which is going to be sturdy. For a living room, a wool rug will give an instantly inviting look. 

Monday, 13 June 2016

How to choose a home loan wisely

Although it has become quite easy to avail a home loan in India, one should be careful while choosing the best one thereby saving money on the interest rates. With a lot of important features like lowest fixed and floating interest rates, availability of prepayment option, special concession for women and senior citizens etc it is easier for individuals to save money.

With a number of private financing institutions and banks offering flexible interest rates with various budget options, it has become quite simple to apply for a home loan. With every year these banks come up with new schemes, so it is advisable to consider your options. We give you a few ways below to save your money while availing a loan.

Check the percentage of loan offered- Banks offer varying percentage of the total outlay require to purchase a home, so if you have one bank offering you 80%, check for one which will give you 85%. This will help you reduce the amount of down payment, however, keep in mind that consequently your EMI would go up.

Analyze the interest rates and prepayment charges – Check for loans that offer you free processing or lesser EMI, lesser prepayment charges to save your money. In case of floating interest rates, banks cannot charge a prepayment penalty to borrowers.

Consider the process and time involved – Loan disbursement process is quite long a tedious job involving multiple documents related to income and property. Research a little and decide on a bank that has a simpler process and offers you a better deal.

  Check for Special Concessions or offers- Many banks offer you special concessions or offers like lower interest rates for women, or senior citizens, EMI holiday etc. check if your bank has any such offers and avail them to get maximum benefit. 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

How to decorate your home using mirrors

Mirrors can add a lot of depth to the décor of your home, they are a relatively inexpensive and easy way in which to transform the look of your walls, and whats more they make your home look bigger.
So here we tell you how to use mirrors.

Mirror as art work- use a collection of small or differently sized mirrors, hung in a asymmetric or haphazard manner to make it look artsy. You can even use huge a single, dramatic, statement piece to add the glam quotient to your wall.

Brighten up your living room- Since most of us end up living in cramped spaces due to the ever increasing property prices, any ideas that make your rooms look bigger are a boon. Install big mirrors opposite to windows to reflect more light and make the room appear brighter and larger.

Mirror cabinets for the kitchen- Use a mirror instead of tiles for your kitchen wall against the sink or the platform to open up a small area. You can also use mirrors as a sliding door for your cabinets so that they do not look like one.

Create optical illusion in the hallway- Hallways are largely ignored by us as we don’t actually spend time there, however, adding mirrors to the space will open up the area so that you don't feel confined within it. Drawers and cabinets with mirror doors in the hallway can make the home look lively and colorful, as they would reflect everything around it

A statement mirror at the dining area- Using a statement mirror with a beautiful frame adds to the look of the room while highlighting the main attraction- food. 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Feng Shui for the Kitchen

 Food is an essential element for our survival, so naturally kitchens are one of the most important aspects of a home, so much so that it is considered part of the Feng Shui trinity- of the bedroom, the bathroom and the kitchen because of its utmost importance to your health and well being.  Here we have a few tips for good Feng Shui of kitchen.

·         Bright and Happy- Kitchens are one of the most active areas of our homes, so bring in bright colors through paint, lighting or nature.

·       Get Organized- Kitchens are sort of like magnets for everything to land so you need to create specific places for everything

·         Clear Clutter on the Refrigerator Door- We generally display a lot of magnets and lists on the refrigerator, but it is advisable to keep it a bit cleaner, more organized and less cluttered.

·         Organize all the drawers and shelves-  Reduce clutter in the shelves and drawers, a good way to do this is to use the 1 year rule- if you haven’t used it in the last one year, you won’t be using it in the future.

·         Clear the counter- Do not stack a load of utensils on the counter, keep it clean and clear so that you can start working straight away.

·         Make it Safe- Ensure that all knives, scissors are kept safely in their designated places. Do not place any flammable items near the stove. Also, try to reduce number of pots and pans hanging overhead and store them in your newly cleared cupboards.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Six hacks to make your room look bigger

In an age where property prices are soaring, the possibility of finding a big spacious home within your budget is quite difficult. So, naturally you end up with small homes and rooms. But, don’t worry we present to you 6 hacks that are sure to help your small room look larger.

·         Paint or wallpaper your ceiling- While you are probably aware that color’s play a huge role in determining how cozy or airy your room looks, painting or wallpapering your ceiling gives more height to your room and draws the eye upwards.

·         Use hidden storage space and multipurpose items- Try and incorporate furniture that serves dual purpose like a sofa-cum-bed or a kitchen counter than doubles up as a dining table as these will help in maximum utilization of space. Use items which have storage space like trunks as coffee tables etc to reduce clutter.

·         Hang shelves near the ceiling- Get shelves made near the ceiling and display your collection of knick knacks, books etc there. These will again help in drawing eye to ceiling making the room look more spacious, you can even add shelves for storage in your bedroom reducing clutter.

·         Use mirrors and glass where possible- pacing a mirror in front of a window or behind a chest or big table to create an illusion of space and light.

·         Use varying shades of same color- try and incorporate the color you have used on your walls in your furniture as well; this creates uniformity and opens up the space. It’s not necessary to buy new furniture; you can just create accents of the same color by pillow covers and throws.

·         Get statement furniture that fills the room- Get one big statement piece of furniture that fills the room rather than scattered pieces that create clutter and serve the same need. In the same vein, opt for one big, dramatic art piece instead of a number of small pieces that cover up the whole wall.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Buying a Home While You are Young Makes Sense

Buying a home in your twenties might seem like a real tough decision, but if you think carefully it is a wise one. Waiting till you are in your 30’s is generally the norm, however if you consider it, it is also more difficult because you have more responsibility and more financial burdens.

While you may not be able to buy a home right your first job, but planning for the same will help you achieve the dream in the next 4-5 years. Since this is the time when you do not have to take case of any debts or have any long term financial obligations you can plan and invest with a focus on building a corpus for a home.

Since a home loan is huge financial commitment requiring discipline for a long term, it is advisable to try and make up as much in your own savings as possible so as to reduce the amount of debt you have to take.

Some key factors that your prospective buyers should bear in mind are:

·         Location- The most crucial element of your purchase. In case you have a job that entails a lot of travel or you have plans of moving elsewhere, it makes sense to buy or construct property in an areas where someone you trust can lookout for you in your absence. Also essential is the security and social infrastructure of the area keeping in mind your future needs.

·         Space Requirements- Keep in mind your future requirements and buy a home that will suffice as your family grows, don’t just focus on the number of rooms but also on storage space as more members need more storage space.

·         Comfort Zone- Make sure to buy space that makes you comfortable. Things like low roof, inadequate kitchen space, high counters, and lack of sunlight are some things that may not be noticed in the first go but are sure to bother you with time. Incorporate as many elements as you can within your budget.

·         Credit History- Ensure that you are not defaulting on any loans like auto loans or credit loans which will reflect poorly on credit score.

·         Budget- This is probably the most important aspect of your purchase, do not borrow more than you can repay under the assumption that you would be able to repay with you salary hikes, with time your expenses are also going to rise. Also keep in mind that everything need not be done in the first go, you can keep adding improvements as your budget permits.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Vaastu Tips for Your Living Room

Whether you own a contemporary home or a traditional one, a living rooms is an essential part of it since man being a social animal needs space to socialize and spend time with friends and family. Since the living room is such an integral part of your home life, it is imperative that the vaastu of this space is correct. Below are a few tips that we bring you to get you living room’s vaastu in order.

  • The living room should always be in the East of North direction. In case you have a south facing home, then your living room can be in the South East corner.
  • If you have a small prayer or pooja room, then its best to have it in the North-East as god presides in this direction.
  • if you love socializing and do not want your guests to leave in a hurry then make you have your living room located in the South West direction.
  • The floor and the ceiling of the living area should slope towards North or East.
  • Make sure to keep furniture, articles and heavy things in West or South side. If you are unable to do so then use a base of 1-3 inches height to keep furniture in North or North-East.
  • Place the TV in South-East corner; otherwise it will break down often.
  • Keep telephone in East, South-East or North, and not in South-West or North-West.
  • Place air cooler and air conditioner in West, North-West or East and never in South-East.
  • You can have portraits of Gods or some beautiful paintings in the North-East wall or corner. Don’t hang paintings that are negative in nature like war, crime, weeping, etc.
  • Use white, light yellow, blue or green colors for living room walls. Avoid red or black for living room walls.

Friday, 3 June 2016

How to find a good real estate agent?

Property buying is a big decision involving lot of time, money and patience. For first time buyers this is even more formidable as they don’t have the requisite knowledge. Hiring a property agent helps you in dealing with most of the headaches involved while getting you the property you desire, so here is a guide in deciding the right agent for you.

Well-versed with the market: The key to getting a good bargain is an agent who is aware of all the rules and regulations of the city and state along with the latest property developments. The trick to identify a good agent is to list out your needs and if he is able to give you a variety of recommendations. A good agent would have a god network of builders, developers and owners and thus would be able to offer you a wide number of options.

Fluent with realty terms: For first time buyers realty terms in property buying become challenging, the terms are difficult and confusing; here is where a good agent steps in, guiding you through all the legal terms, their meaning and implication.

Proficient in legal and financial terms: You should hire someone who can help you understand legal implications like clearances, permits and registrations required along with the financial aspects like the extra costs involved, home availability etc. The agent should also be aware of the structural sufficiency norms and the legality of the property.

References: The best way to ensure that you have a good agent is to check with his previous clients. Ask the agent to give you some references and then speak to these clients about how happy they were with his services and would they recommend him.

Select an agent with a good reputation. Keep up with your own research on the do’s and don’ts as well. Be clear about your requirements and do not back down on them, once you are clear you can keep looking till the time you find the right fit.  

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Extra Costs of Real Estate

Most people while buying a home do not have a complete idea of the costs involved, most advertisements and brochures do not include the entire cost involved and when confronted with these extra expenses consumers get stressed as these costs are quite substantial.
So, it’s quite important to research regarding all the costs involved and prepare the resources and contingency funds in case of a shortfall.

Stamp duty and registration fee:
Post purchase your apartment needs to be registered in your name to completed the ownership process. For this you need to pay stamp duty and registration fee to the government. The stamp duty is in the range of 5-7% of the property value whereas the registration fee is about 1-2%. Thus, together these charges will add an additional 6-9% to the total cost of your property.

Preferential location charges (PLC):
In case you have bought an apartment in a highrise or a residential complex, then the builder can charge you for preferential location like the top floors or ground floors or an apartment overlooking a water body, or a garden. The charges vary from city to city and also depend on how luxurious the complex is. It can range from Rs 50-500 per square feet, adding quite a significant cost.

Interest-free maintenance deposit:
Interest free maintenance will be charged by the builder at the time of possession; this fee is for the maintenance and repair of the facilities inside the complex and ranges from Rs 50-100 per square feet. Clubhouse membership is another similar charge over and above the price of the apartment that has to be paid, ranging between Rs 50,000- 3 lakh the charge is generally compulsory.

Car park:
Depending on whether your car parking space is covered or uncovered and the whether the complex is premium or normal, the charge can vary from Rs 1 Lakh- 5 Lakh.

Service tax:
Service tax is paid by the builder to the government; generally this cost is passed on by the builder to the buyer, assuming that the service component is about 25% of the total cost, at 14.5% of this the actual cost to the buyer comes to about 3.5%. 

Value-added tax (VAT):
Builders have to VAT (Value Added Tax) to the government on buildings under construction, this tax is charged on the construction material.

Brokerage fee:
In case you have bought the apartment through a real estate agent then you will have to pay a brokerage fee. The fee generally ranges from 0.5-2% of the cost of the apartment.

As you can see there are a lot of costs involved while buying a home and it is advisable to research properly before you consider purchasing property.