How to use home loans effectively for tax benefits in 2018

Home loan tax benefits 2018

Home Loan Tax Benefits 2018

The central budget of 2018 gives an encouraging note to the home loan borrowers of the country. The tax benefits on home loan remained unchanged as per the Central Budget announced on this month.

Avail home loan tax exemption for self occupied home

•  Under section 24, annual interest up to Rs 2 lakh can be claimed  as deduction against income. Senior citizens will get up to Rs 3 lakh.

•  Depending up on your tax slab, the tax liability can be reduced up to Rs 67, 980

•  As per section 80 EE, the homebuyers will get the tax benefit for home loan up to Rs 50,000 per financial year. The value of the property should not exceed Rs 50 lakh and the amount taken for the loan should be less than Rs 35 lakh.

• Tax benefit will be available for purchase of land, construction, repair and renewal of home property

•  As per section 80C, the applicant will get a maximum tax benefit of Rs. 1.50 lakh for principal repayment.

•  Under section 24, you are eligible to claim tax deduction if you take loan from friends, employer, relatives or any private lender to buy a home. A valid certificate from the lender (relatives/friends/ employer) should be produced showing the detail amount of loan taken.

Claim tax benefit on for under construction property before possession

•  Section 24 of IT Act clearly states that payment of interest is qualified for tax reduction for under construction (on-going) property.

•  The total interest paid during the construction period can be claimed in 5 equal installments starting from the financial year in which the construction is completed.

•  Tax benefit during construction is not allowed for repair or renewal of existing home.

Avail tax deduction for rented property

•  According to section 24, you are entitled to tax deduction if the property is not self-occupied and you are away for various reasons such as employment, business needs.

Joint home loan tax benefits for co-owners/co-borrowers

•  For the co-owners of the property, the home loan borrowers (any number of applicants) can claim individual tax benefit.

•  As per section 80C, each applicant will get a maximum tax benefit of Rs. 1.50 lakh for principal repayment.

•  Under section 24, the applicants can claim Rs 2 lakh for interest repayment.

•  Even if you are paying the EMI of the property owned by your parents/ spouse, you are eligible for the tax deduction.



*The information compiled taken from various authentic sources.

Benefits of living in a gated community

Gated Community living

Tens of thousands of Keralites migrate to the various part of the world for lucrative jobs, better lifestyle or for higher education. While chasing their dreams, they need to leave many things back in their own native. One such treasure that they leave behind is their own parents.

A gated community is one of the most suited and sought after dwelling places for the parents.  It provides them with a comfortable atmosphere and a happy lifestyle.

Following are the advantages of living in a gated community

Safety and security

The NRIs are concerned about the safety and security of their parents. A gated community will provide both automatic and manned security systems.  Controlled entry and exit with boom barrier gate, biometric accesses to main lobby, surveillance camera in common areas, video door phone system etc are provided in a gated community. The primary fire safety systems provided in a gated community includes smoke detector, fire detector and gas sensors.

Gated communities equipped with latest technologies like window sensors, glass break detectors and motion detectors with burglar alarm provides the parents a fear-free living. The security access system is so effective in controlling the unwanted strangers from entering into the premises of gated community.


Another major benefit of a gated community is its accessibility. Most of the time, a gated community offers a good connectivity to some of the best multi-speciality hospitals in the city. Being close to the other social infrastructure, your parents will have access to shopping malls, movie-theatre, temples, churches, mosques etc.


Gated community provides a host of world-class amenities such as fitness centre, Swimming pool, Spa, Jaccuzzi, saloon, recreation hall, walkway etc. A well-equipped fitness centre, walkways etc helps parents to maintain their health also.


Though situated amidst the heart of the city, a gated community offers tranquil and serene environment favourable for your parents. The large open green space insulates gated community from noise and pollution provides them a relaxed life.

Community living

A gated community is a great relief for every elderly parent from loneliness, anxiety and fear. It helps them to have interacted, find friends, start a new hobby at their living space itself.  A gated community is an ideal place for them to gather with friends and engage in various activities making their life happy and healthy.


The gated communities by reputed builders are situated in the most prominent locations. All the gated communities have a host of world-class amenities like fitness centre, multi-purpose recreation room, mini-theatre, swimming pool etc making the property value higher.  A gated community is perfect option  for investment.

Why visiting sample apartment is important before buying an apartment.

1 (12) A home is the most comfortable place in this world and we are emotionally attached to it. Buying a new home is the biggest financial decision of everyone’s life and it’s also an investment for future. Before taking the final decision, it is very important to visit the sample apartment. It will give you the look and feel of your future home. Here are the reasons why visiting sample apartment is important:

1. Sample apartment gives you an idea of the real space, size, and direction. It will also help you understand how your future home looks like once it is completed.

2. Visiting sample apartment will help you know about the quality of construction. You can also check with the builder about the materials and fittings used in the sample apartment.

3.  A fully furnished sample apartment will give you a clear picture of the interior design and utilization of space.

4. The builder follows the floor plan and layout while constructing sample apartment. By visiting sample apartment, you can decide upon the floor plan for your future apartment.

5. While visiting sample apartment you will understand the carpet area and built-up area.  The built-up area of an apartment includes elevator, lobby, outer wall thickness, staircase etc.

6.Most of the sample apartments are constructed for the purpose of representation which is done by the Interior Design Division. If you are interested, the builder can easily replicate the interiors for you.

7. Visiting sample apartment will help you understand the tiles used in flooring, bathroom fittings, electrical points, wood used in door frames and cabinets, false ceiling etc.

How to invest safely in real estate?

Invest Safely in real estate

Owning a home is a dream come true moment in anybody’s life. It’s most valued possession and also a lifetime investment. But, you need to ensure that the decision to buy your home is well planned, analysed and executed.

There are many aspects that need to be considered before buying a property from a real estate builder. Let’s look at what are the crucial aspects.

Choose a builder with expertise and track record

It is very important for a homebuyer to choose a builder with good experience and a valid track record.  The buyer should do a detailed examination of the builder like its financial stability, quality of construction, expertise in this field, on-time delivery and feedback of their completed projects.

With a proven track record of 28 years Skyline maintains to keep promises to its customers. Skyline is the only builder in Kerala that handed over 125 projects on-time. For its high credit standing, track record, high net worth and project execution, as per specified quality level within the stipulated time schedule, CRISIL, the international rating agency conferred DA2+ rating which is highest in Kerala.

Quality of construction

Another important aspect a buyer should check is the construction expertise of the builder. A buyer can arrange a site visit of the builder’s completed and ongoing projects. This helps the buyer to get an idea about the builder. Experienced builders usually have clear-cut procedures to check the structural and overall fitness of their project.

Skyline Builders always maintains strict quality control norms, laid out by international standard organizations. All the procedures are documented and audited periodically. Skyline follows tested and proven construction practices, suitable for the customers, weather and local conditions to ensure hassle-free living conditions. With over 1.44 crore sq.ft built-up area, the builder believes in providing zero defect homes to its customers. Skyline is one of the first builders in India with ISO 9001:2015 certification.

RERA Compliance

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) is aimed at bringing  more transparency and accountability in terms of procedures to both developers and buyers. The regulation mandates that all the on-going and upcoming projects should come under the purview of RERA.

Without much ado, anybody can say that Skyline is RERA ready since 1989. Its transparency, quality of construction, post sales department helps over 6850 customers to choose their home address.

Post Sales Services

An important factor a homebuyer should check before investing his hard-earned money is the post sales services of the builder. Ideally, a buyer can avail the service of post sales the moment he books an apartment with the builder. The post sales services include the overall maintenance of the project

With After Sales, Interiors, Home Care and Skylineage the Skyline Builders post sales services Skycare takes care of the homes of its customers.

Value appreciation

Property appreciation of a project depends upon its location, quality of construction and maintenance of the project.  While zeroing in on a property, buyers should keep in mind factors such as proximity to various good schools, supermarkets, shopping centers, entertainment, hospitals, connectivity and work.

The 142 projects of Skyline Builders are situated at prime locations giving its customers a desirable value appreciation. Skyline has created over 1200 crorepaties due to property appreciation.

RERA: 7 Things you must know about Real Estate Act

7 things you must know about RERA

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) is aimed at bringing promotion to the real estate sector. It will bring more transparency and accountability in terms of procedures to both developers and buyers.


According to this Act, the builder has to keep 70 percent of the money collected from the buyers in an exclusive bank account (ESCROW account), only to meet the construction purposes of that particular project. The builder cannot accept more than 10 percent of the property’s cost as booking amount/application fee before the execution agreement for sale.


As per RERA rules, the builder ensures protection to buyers up to five years after the possession. If any issue brought to notice by the buyer during this period including quality of construction/defect in workmanship/provision of services, the builder is responsible to rectify such defects within 30 days.


According to this Act, it is mandatory for builders to publish all the information about their projects, such as project plan, project layout, land title and status, government approvals, contractors, schedule and completion of the project with clients and RERA.


RERA mandates that carpet area have to be clearly mentioned before sale. The builder cannot charge for the super built-up area. The area for balcony/terrace should be mentioned separately before the sale.


The act clearly states that the builder will be able to sell the project only after registering the project with RERA. Any advertisement inviting a person to purchase or investment should carry the unique RERA registration number. All the ongoing and upcoming projects will come under the purview of this.


It is mandatory that the agreement of sale should mention the date of possession. RERA imposes strict guidelines on the builder and ensures on-time delivery of the project.


In case of any complaint against the builder, the buyer can go the real estate regulatory body for redressal.  For a builder, if they come across any delayed payment, they can also approach the regulatory body.

Important Guidelines To NRIs For Investing In Real Estate

NRI Real Estate Investment GuidelineA home in one’s native is often the dream of all Keralites who are living abroad. Kerala, one of the most developed states in India, is the preferred real estate destinations for all NRIs. According to a report by JLL India, a global real estate management company, Trivandrum and Kochi are the two of the 10 the future cities of India. This shows the state has the favourable market conditions for NRIs to invest in Kerala.

While making an investment in real estate, what are the important aspects the NRI buyers should check.  Listed below are the checklists for NRI buyers.

Type of property

The NRI buyers can own any immovable property in India. The immovable property includes both residential (apartment/villas/land) and commercial properties. They cannot buy agricultural lands/ farmlands/ plantation property, but they can inherit such properties.

Power of Attorney (POA)

The physical presence of an NRI is not necessary while doing the property related transactions. He can execute official procedures like property registration, home loan procedure, property buying etc through the power of Attorney. The person who holds the power of attorney can be his close friend or relative residing in India.

Home Loan

For buying residential property in India, an NRI can avail home loan from any financial institutions registered with the National Housing Bank (NBC). He should hold a bank account in any authorised Indian Bank and make all transactions in Indian currency only. The repayment of loan can be done with NRO/NRE account or FCNR (Foreign Currency Non-Resident) deposits.

Tax benefits

Like every citizen, an NRI is qualified for tax benefits. The NRIs can claim tax benefit according to section 80 C of Income Tax Act, 1961. The charges for the processing fee, stamp duty, registration and municipal tax are applicable for the tax deduction.

Sell/rent –an NRI property

There is no restriction on NRIs to sell any of his property. An NRI can sell his inherited farmland/ agricultural land only to Indian resident or he can gift it to anyone. Similarly, he can rent his commercial/residential property without any constraint. The rental income is eligible for repartition.

Yell For Yellow, ISL Is Back In Kochi.

Kerala Blasters Kochi

Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kochi is all set to kick off the inaugural match of the fourth edition of Indian Super League (ISL), 2017. All roads that lead to the Kochi International Stadium will be flooded with the excited fans cheering for Kerala Blasters. The ordinary tickets have been sold out for the opening match between Kerala Blasters and ATK. This shows the huge fan followers of ISL in Kerala.

Packed with an average of 45000 frantic supporters at Kochi International Stadium, the past three ISL seasons were a big success. The constant and committed support from a highly enthusiastic crowd add colour to the football match in India. This year there will be 10 teams from various states to compete for the elusive title.

Kochi hosted the FIFA U-17 world cup matches in October this year. With these two mega Sporting events back to back, Kochi is turning out to be one of the important sporting destinations in India. Its central location and easy accessibility from the northern and southern parts makes Kochi a natural choice for sports. The city possesses a well developed social and transport infrastructure that will cater the large influx of crowd who are coming to watch the ISL.

By hosting national and international sporting events, Kochi has got worldwide recognition. Its cosmopolitan culture and love for sports proved that this city is capable of hosting events that are more international. Kochi is joining the league of big metros and ranked 5th in real terms per capita disposable income in Indian cities with ISL team.

Kochi ISL

Kochi with its well-equipped social infrastructure, cosmopolitan culture, the multitude of eateries, entertainment and technology makes Kochi more vibrant. It is the first tier II city in India with a metro rail for intra-city connectivity. Moreover, this city is included in the top 20 Smart City mission. The IT boom aswell ultimately attract more investment to Kochi. All these factors make Kochi one of the most preferred real estate spot not only in Kerala but also in India.


Want your child to be safe and happy? 10 points checklist for the flat/villa dwellers

Children safety in Apartment/Villa

  1. Security: Check whether the apartment/villa are manned with security guards, and have controlled entry and exit. Also opt for an apartment /villa with good surveillance camera system.
  2. Design Safety: The design and structural security of your apartment is a mandatory thing to check. Horizontal railing in the balcony is a big No –No. Vertical rails avoid the chance of your child climbing on it and any subsequent danger. One main aspect is to check the gap between the two adjacent rails. It should be less than 10 cm.  All the lifts should be censor controlled and the calling button should have sufficient height from the floor.
  3. Proximity: Always make sure that there are renowned schools, daycares, crushes etc near your apartment. Living closer to your children’s school can give you a greater peace of mind and comfort.
  4. Children’s play area: A well-equipped children’s play area will encourage your child to play with other children. This will help your child to develop physical, cognitive, emotional and social well being.
  5.   Large open space: A large apartment/villa with ample open space is an opportunity for your children to move freely.  Large open spaces provide abundant fresh air and keep your child away from the noise of traffic.
  6.   Indoor games room: Indoor games room with equipments like Foose table, Table Tennis, Table Ice Hockey, caroms, chess, Air Hockey is something any child enjoys.
  7. Swimming pool with kid’s pool: Swimming is proved to be a good exercise, routine exercise is vital for children. A swimming pool with kid’s pool inside apartment/villa facilitates learning swimming at your child’s convenience.
  8. Access to other amenities: The infrastructure like multi- purpose recreation hall, party area will provide much required space to celebrate your kid’s birthday and other important days with all its grandeur.
  9. Well-ventilated rooms: A congested home is a real trap for your child.  Well-ventilated rooms with maximum cross ventilation provide natural light and air. The floor-ceiling height should be adequate.
  10. Power back-up: It is terrible to have power failure in the midst of the study hours of your child. Always opt for a villa/apartment with 24*7 power backup. This will help you children in study and do their homework without any interruption.

Skyline Builders launched its 140th project at Kannur.

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Skyline Builders launched its 140th luxury residential apartment project in   Kannur. Aptly named as “Skyline Upper Crest”, this project is located on the Kannur-Mattannur Airport Road at Mele Chovva, the most coveted residential locality in Kannur.  With a direct access from the fast developing highway, Upper Crest is surrounded by sprawling green fields on three sides that radiates fresh air.

The opening up of the Kannur International Airport (KIAL) is expected to give way to massive developmental activities in the region. International airports, due to the very nature of being gateways to the world have remained one of the prime yardsticks to measure the economic conditions of a region. This is the second green field airport in the state with a land bank of 2,000 acres that allows its operators to benefit from airport-based industrial potentials including airline maintenance, repair and overhaul . KIAL bringing business opportunities from cargo originated from industries based in and around Mangalore, which is located just 140 km away. Coorg, in Karnataka located at a distance of 70 km from the new airport, is a hub for coffee and tea plantations, produces of which are primarily exported. All these add value to the rising of Upper Crest which is Skyline’s project near Kannur Airport.

In addition to the expansion of transport infrastructure, this location envisions potentials for various business developments including tourism, industrial developments and housing in north Kerala.

This state-of-the-art high-rise apartment tower comprises of 67 luxury apartments with 2 and 3 BHK configurations. The apartments are available in five different sizes ranging from 1047 sq.ft to 2205 sq.ft.

Upper Crest offers all modern amenities such as swimming pool, kids Pool, pool deck party area, air conditioned multi-purpose recreation hall, fitness centre, games room, intercom facility, drivers room,  round-the-clock security with surveillance cameras in key areas to name a few.

For more details call, 9847324060, 9747044499.

Schedule a personal visit to the show apartment of Skyline Spectra


It’s time to schedule a personal visit to the show apartment of Skyline Spectra, the 136th luxury apartment project of Skyline Builders. It is located on Seaport- Airport Road, Mavelipuram Kakkanad. Tucked away from the hustles and bustles of town, Mavelipuram has proximity to hospitals, educational institutions, a children’s park, The Collectorate, smartcity and Infopark and is easily connected to the other hotspots in the city

This project has 87 apartments with a choice of 2 and 3 BHK. Conceptualised as an L-shaped structure, the tower reduces building footprint to provide vast open spaces. It is in a well- planned beautiful and secure environment offering utmost tranquility, amenities and best views over the surroundings.


The 3 BHK show apartment at Skyline Spectra is 1886 sq.ft. The show apartment will help you understand the sense of space and dimension of your dream home once it is completed.


Skyline Spectra is also an ideal investment option, which has close proximity to SmartCity, Infopark, proposed Metro station Infopark Phase II and Cochin Special Economic Zone. Moreover, multi-national companies like TCS, Brigade Group, Cognizant, Wipro and Leela Group have already occupied their space in the outskirts of Kakkanad.  Skyline handpicked this prime location, which is the best in terms for living and investment.


Skyline Builders Real Estate group offers you Luxury Apartments, Villas, Homes and Flats all across God's own country – Kerala, India. Skyline Builders™ is the #1 Builders in Kerala. Skyline invites you to join our ever-growing community of satisfied customers... into a world where dreams do come true... where unmatched quality goes hand-in-hand with affordable rates... where aesthetic beauty in a clean green environment is coupled with all the essentials for practical living... an investment that is a celebration of your success. The Skyline Group has been in existence since 1980 and Skyline Builders™ is the flagship unit of the group. We provide luxury villas and apartments across Kerala esp. in Kochi (Ernakulam/ Cochin), Thrissur(Thrichur), Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram), Kottayam, Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kannur. With the IT boom in full swing, Skyline Builders is providing housing facilities near Infopark-Kakkanad and Technopark- Kazhakkottam.

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