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10 COMMON MISTAKES IN HOME BUYING

As someone searching for a new home, you sometimes have an overwhelming amount of options. Umpteen locations, hundreds of builders, and thousands of home options to choose from. There is so much to look at, sift through and decide. Here are ten pitfalls you may fall into.

1. Not doing your homework

Always keep the old maxim in mind: ‘knowledge is power.’ Nowhere is this truer than in real estate.

A lot of things can affect a home’s value. It is primarily location; then comes the design, amenities, the credentials of the builder, and of course the price.

It is imperative that you do your homework before you start.
With all of the information available through friends, advertisements, on the internet, and online social media, there is really no excuse for entering the process ill-prepared.

2. Trying to make a shrewd investment

Someone from your friendship circle might have made a fortune by investing and selling it at a most opportune time on completion. But, you should bet your hard-earned money only on feasible projects, trusted builders, and without any bias on minting money as you wish. Your motivation for buying a new home should be either to meet your family’s need or as a proud possession for your kids in the future.

If a home doesn’t appeal to you, then chances are others won’t like it too.

But if you choose a neighbourhood where you want to live, choose a home that matches your aspirations and a builder who has a track record in executing quality projects on time, you won’t go wrong. Otherwise, if you want to be known as a shrewd investor, wait at least three to five years before selling.

3. Choosing a poor location

At last, you found your dream home! It is close to good schools, commuting made easy with good road and access to public transport, the elevation looks stunning in the picture, the floor plans suit your family needs, and the price seems to be right.
The few drawbacks include that the locality is slightly notorious, there are some perennial water, and power shortages and the vehicular traffic and noise levels are a bit high. Walk away. Nothing spoils life and resale value like a poor location. The crime rates will rise higher, and the traffic will only get louder and more frequent. Not to say of other infrastructural deficiencies.

4. Overlooking an inferior floor plan for an attractive exterior

The frills and fancies on the elevation or the grandeur of the gate cannot compensate for a poor floor plan or inferior space layouts.

If this doesn’t continue after you open the door, there you’ve got a problem that will be difficult to unload. You want a place that makes home-coming the best part of your day.
It ought to have a layout that makes your family feel comfortable, one that responds to the way you live today– open, friendly and functional.

5. Not considering how your family wants to live

You have a mental picture of your dream home you cherished for long. You have seen homes in movies and in designer magazines and on the internet.

These images seldom fit the way you really live.

Your home needs to fit your family. Your comfort and happiness depend on how well you can judge that fit.
While buying a home, you need to think about the kind of neighbours you will be having. Always go for a project that offers you a host of amenities that keeps your leisure hours refreshing and rejuvenating.

6. Not having the home properly inspected

When you find your dream home, it is very important to look over the property. Right from the location and neighbourhood to the quality and workmanship of the materials, you should have a hawk’s eye.

You need to go through the quality of the design, the endurance value of the structure and the services ensured by the builder etc. The most reliable method is to trust a professional builder and visit their past projects, check their track record on delivery etc.

7. Failing to check the builder’s reputation

When you search for a new home, you will probably have a preference for location and you would eventually shortlist a number of builders who have projects there.
Rather than making an emotional choice of location, you should be rational. You should look at your proximity to urban conveniences and the development potential.


Look for a home design that appeals to you. Once you have narrowed your search to projects and builders, take a hard look at the builders.
How long have they been in business? How many homes have they sold? What do their homeowners think of them? How many homeowners would buy from the same builder again? What industry recognition have they received? Do they have dedicated departments for Customer Care and After Sales Service?
If you get answers to these questions, then you can easily decide to buy.

8. Not getting what you want because you are impatient

There are a lot of things you can rush into and recover from later. But this does not include buying a new home. The single largest investment most of you ever make is a home. It requires an enormous amount of energy, effort and research. It takes time to do it right.

You need time to do your homework. You have got schools to check for children’s admission, home finance to shop for; neighbourhoods to match your status and above all, you need to check the builders’ reputation. A professional builder has a reputation for safeguarding. Go for the builder rather than the project features. Most probably one will be having the right project at the right location if you wait a little longer.

9. Buy low. Sell high.

Here is the best advice about when to buy a home. There is no time like the present. Who can predict the future? The best we can do is to learn from the past.

History shows that those who purchased home and kept them for a few years did better than those who didn’t. Will interest rates be lower on home finance someday? Maybe not. Will home prices ever be significantly lower? Probably never.

10. And the biggest home-buying mistake… postpone it indefinitely.

Not buying at all. No place to call your own home. No control over your earnings and savings.

No social security or status to fall back on. No value appreciation of your assets. No place to show off to your friends and relatives. You will remain only a dreamer without a dream home.

Now is the best time for NRIs to invest in Kerala Real Estate

With good governance, the booming IT industry, generating significant job opportunities and growth in the real estate sector has opened avenues for investment in Kerala. With large scale IT hubs –Technopark, Infopark and Cyberpark- and other physical infrastructure such as Metro Rail, airports, national highways and ports, Kerala has always been the most preferred investment destination for all NRIs.
For real estate, the year 2019 is considered as a smart revival after the implementation of social and economic reforms. This has helped to evolve and shape the real estate sector in a positive way. Besides all these, there are several other factors that make real estate an attractive investment option for NRIs.
There is a fast-paced infrastructural development in Kerala including the Tier-II cities and its suburban areas making the location highly potential for appreciation. For NRIs, investing in real estate will be a smart move.
Another attractive factor for NRIs to invest in real estate is its return on investment. Comparing to other investments, returns from real estate property are high. Residential properties in prime locations across Kerala offer good and constant rental yields as well as potential capital appreciation.
The easy availability of home loans for NRIs is a key attraction to invest them in the residential sector. They can avail a home loan up to 80% of the value of the property from any RBI approved banks. Repayment can be done through inward remittances, debit to a NRE/NRO account. If they are earning rental income, this can also be used to repay the loan amount.
The new regulatory reforms undertaken by the government such as RERA, GST, etc has brought transparency and accountability that help to make the real estate sector more streamlined. This has created a win-win situation for real investors.
Kerala real estate market has turned out to be one of the most attractive investment options for NRIs and residents alike. For those NRI who are considering to buy property, this is the best time to invest in Kerala real estate.

Factors you should consider before choosing a home builder

Choosing the right builder plays a vital role while buying your dream home. Here are some essential factors you need to check while choosing the right builder.

1. Check the track record of the builder

Choose a builder with good experience and valid track record. It is vital to check the construction expertise of the builder and their years of existence in this field.  This will help you understand the type of projects they have, quality of construction, specifications, on-time delivery and latest technology they implemented for construction.

2. Post Sales Services

Before signing the agreement, it is important to check the post sales services of the builder. Ideally, you can avail the service of post sales from the moment you book an apartment with the builder. This includes the periodic updates of the project, helping to select the home loans of your choice, maintenance of the delivered till the formation of the resident association.

3. Visit the completed project of the builder

Seeing is believing! Visit some of the completed projects of the builder and directly interact with the residents about their experience about the builder. You will get the real picture about the quality of the projects they are delivering, amenities provided inside the project, layout of the project, etc. After visiting the past projects, you can evaluate and validate the claims of the builder.

4. Check the builder’s industry association

Make sure that the builder is a member of reputed builders association like Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) or Builders Association of India (BAI).  These associations provide certain rules and regulations that are mandatorily followed by the member builders. The builder who violates the rules will be blacklisted.

5. Check the builder’s website and social media

Website of a builder is one of the major resources of information. Check the information such as their current projects, completed projects, location, amenities, upcoming projects, awards, customer testimonials, etc. You can also track the property appreciation of their completed projects.

6. Check the Awards and certifications

A good builder is always bestowed with numerous prestigious awards for their efforts. A builder with ISO 9001 certification indicates that they ensure quality in their projects and services. Also, check the CRISIL grading of the builder.  DA2+ is the highest grading given to any Kerala builder. The builder who constructs environment friendly green building projects should be a member of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

7. Real customer experience

To know real customer experiences you need to interact with a few existing customers of the builder.  A good builder will display their customer experiences on their website and social media platforms.
 

Guide for NRIs to sell inherited property in India

Many Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have properties in India which they inherited from their parents or ancestors. Most of the time, they want to liquidate it. For NRIs, who had left India for so many years ago, may not be aware of the procedures of selling the inherited property.
Here are the procedures that an NRI should go through before selling the inherited property.
Step 1: Transfer the title of the property to your own name
The foremost thing you need to do after inheriting the property is transferring the title of the property to your own name. This process can be done by ‘mutation of revenue records’. For this you need to have a copy of the registered will or deed of partition, in case you haven’t possess these, you need to obtain the death certificate and apply for legal heirship.
Step 2: Arrange all the documents
After you got transferred the title of the inherited property, put together all the documents that need to sell the property. Here are the documents you need to sell.
1. Original title deed
2. Encumbrance certificate for the last 30 years
3. Possession certificate
4. Latest land tax receipt
5. Location sketch
6. Prior deed
7. Latest building tax receipt
8. Occupancy certificate
9. Approved plan
10. Id proof and address proof
Before getting into the actual process of sale, you need to identify the sale value of your property. Here you can seek the help a professional firm or you can do it by yourself after researching the market. While selling your residential property, NRIs should aware of the tax implications such as short and long term capital gains. When an immovable property is sold after a period of 2 years of its purchase is taxed at 20.8 percent. For inherited properties, the date of purchase of the original owner is considered for calculating the capital gain.

Documents needed for an NRI to transfer title of an inherited property to his name

A Non-Resident Indian (NRI) can inherit any type of property in India. This includes residential, commercial and agricultural land.
Let’s check out what are the documents required for an NRI to transfer the title of inherited property to his name.

Deed of Partition

If there is a partition deed already executed among the family members who had inherited the property, based on the said deed each individual will get his share. Thereafter each shareholder can get the property mutated in his name
If there is no partition deed among the family members, after the death of parents/ relative the legal heirs will be entitled to get the property. This happens in case parents die intestate (without executing a will). The legal heirs will have to apply for a death certificate of the deceased father/mother. After obtaining the death certificate, application for legal heirship certificate has to be submitted before concerned Taluk office. The Tahasildar after seeking a report from the village office will proceed further and take steps for gazette publication. Based on this legal heirship certificate will be issued to legal heir.
To prove the title, following documents after mutation are required
1.    Land tax
2.    Possession certificate
3.    Encumbrance Certificate for 15 years
4.    Location sketches of the property

 A registered Will

If the parents have already executed a registered will, then based on this will, after the death of executant the property will come to the hands of beneficiaries mentioned in the said will. To prove the title, the death certificate of the executant of will is required.

How NRI investors gain from falling rupee

The Indian rupee has depreciated 14% in value against the US dollars this calendar year. If you are a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) investor then this could be the best time to own a property back in your homeland. The depreciating rupee value against currencies like the dollar, UAE dirham, pound, encourages a large of NRIs to invest in Kerala’s real estate market. Along with the dwindling rupee, the ready to implement RERA (Real Estate Regulation Act) bring in transparency and accountability makes the real estate the investment options for NRI invest. For a US-based NRI who would have got Rs 64 lakh for $100000 just one year back, but today he will fetch Rs. 71 lakh for the same amount which is a big gain. For example, an NRI who pays an EMI of Rs 51,000 on a home loan, his monthly deduction would be $797 in November 2017 and now it will be $718 for the same amount. In effect, he is saving $79 dollars which is equal to an amount of Rs 5609.
Major factors that an NRI should consider before making an investment
• An NRI can buy residential and commercial property in Kerala, but not allowed to buy agricultural lands, farmhouses, and plantations. But he can inherit such properties.
• An NRI should be aware of the builder, its projects, location, financial stability, quality of construction and on-time delivery etc
• Know the property documents related to the property such as the title deed, prior title deeds, latest tax receipts, encumbrance certificate, approved plan, building permit number etc.
• 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.
• Before investing into real estate an NRI should know that he 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.
• An NRI should know the ROI potential of the property. An NRI can sell or rent his property without constraint.

How to reduce interest on your home loan

When you consider buying a dream home, the best possible way to make it more comfortable and easy is taking a home loan. One of the major factors concerning about the home loan is its interest rate.  Since it’s a huge investment, the repayment of home loan should not be a burden for the borrowers.
Here are some smart tips to reduce the interest rate on your home loans.
1.  Short Term Home Loan Tenure
Shorter duration of the home loan will definitely increase the amount of EMI and that guarantees a faster repayment of your loan. This means the principal amount of your home loan is paid much faster that will result in the reduction of the absolute interest rate.
2.  Pay more EMIs
One of the effective ways to reduce your rate of interest is to pay additional EMIs. The extra EMIs you are paying will not only reduce the principal amount, but also the interest rate.
3. Refinance the home loan
To get the benefit of a lower rate of interest is transferring your existing home loan to another lender, which is otherwise called refinancing. You need to watch out for the best interest rate offers prevailing in the market. You can switch your home loan to another bank/ financial institution who offer a lower interest rate than your current lender. While evaluating the benefits, keep your eyes on the additional charges like processing fee, legal fees etc.
4. Make part-payment of home loan
Another effective measure to reduce the home loan interest rate makes a part prepayment. The surplus cash you paid will reduce the principal outstanding on your home loan which will definitely bring down the interest rates.
To know more about Skyline Builders projects which are approved by banks for home loans
 

Benefits of buying a ready to move-in apartment

 
1. No waiting period
A major advantage of ready to move-in apartments is the absence of waiting period. You can immediately move in to your new home once the documentation work is over.
If you looking for a luxury apartment in Kottayam, then Skyline Exotica is the best option you can have. This ready to move-in apartment has received the completion certificate. Book an apartment at Exotica, complete the documentation procedures and start living with your family.
 
2. Can physically verify the apartment
You will actually get the real experience of your own apartment before buying it. You can physically inspect the apartment and other amenities before making the final decision.
This helps you make an informed decision while buying a new home. You and family are invited to visit our ready to move-in apartment, Skyline Campus Heights at Sreekaryam, Trivandrum.  Here, you can physically inspect the quality and design layouts at Campus Heights that will help you make a better choice according to your needs.
 
3. Can totally save Pre-EMI
The best thing about ready to move-in home is, you can avoid the payment of pre-EMI. Once the bank disburses the home loan, you can immediately start paying EMIs, which will effectively save a considerable amount of money. To avail this benefit, we have only few more villas available at Skyline Oasis, one of the ready to move-in villas at Kottayam.
Read More: How to create one crore worth asset with an initial investment of Rs. 25 lakh
4. Can save on rentals
Another advantage of buying ready to move-in home is that you can either save or earn rent. If you are paying very high rent buying a ready to move-in home will give you an immediate relief. And for those who are not planning to move in soon, then, they can let it out for rent and can start earning an income. This will be a supplement to your EMI payments. To know more about a Skyline ready-move-in apartment at Pala, visit Skyline Grace.
 
5. No GST implication
Ready to move-in apartments are exempted from Goods and Service Tax (GST). Book any of the ready to move-in apartment of Skyline Builders to avail the benefit

Simple tips to protect your home during this monsoon

Paint external walls with waterproofing paints
Make sure that the external walls of your house are painted with waterproof coats. This will prevent water to seep from external wall to the internal walls.

Protect wooden furniture
You need to periodically check the wardrobes during monsoon. In order to avoid the musty smell, keep the doors of the wardrobe open for some time. Paint/polish the furniture will increase the longevity of your furniture.

Check electrical fittings
Old broken electrical fittings will cause electric shocks, voltage fluctuation and power off. To avoid accidents make sure that you check all the electrical fittings of your house. It is preferred to call an electrician to check and fix the electrical faults in your house.
AC outdoor unit should be kept raised from the sunshade, preferably on stands so that water stagnation can be prevented.

Check roofs and walls
Any cracks in the roofs and walls will lead to dampness and allow the moisture to get into the structure of your house. To safeguard, fill the hole with crack fillers and re-paint the walls. In high-rise buildings, there are chances for improper plant growth in the roof, which leads to cracks. To avoid this, immediately uproot the plants and periodically maintain the roof.

Clean all rooftop drains and rainwater pipe
Remove all the blockages in the rooftop drains and rainwater pipe. This will avoid clogging of water in sunshades and rooftops.

Avoid using carpets and rugs during monsoon
During monsoon, muddy footprints and moisture will cause damage to your expensive carpets. It is better to use bamboo carpet or coir mat during the rainy season.

Guide to finding the best home

Owning a home is a long cherished dream of many. It provides a sense of long-term security and is considered as the perfect investment that provides reasonably high returns over a period of time if one is able to invest in the rising curve of the real estate cycle. It is an emotional decision for few and a rationale purchase decision for the rest. Buying a home requires detailed research, financial planning and can be a time-consuming and a cumbersome experience at times. With the introduction of the Real Estate (Development and Regulation) Act (RERA), there is growing requirement for transparency and availability of credible information on the internet. However, before setting out on making a real estate investment, it is imperative for one to understand the nitty-gritties of the home buying process.
Right from cost of the property, government regulations and taxes applicable, costs involved while undertaking home loans to the limitations or benefits of the current regulations, there is a need to clearly understand all aspects.
Here are a few tips to reduce the stress involved in finalising your home purchase –
Assessment of Home Requirement:
Firstly, one needs to understand the important factors that will drive your investment decision. The location, address, surroundings, views, proximity to social infrastructure and the workplace, commuting time, security, potential for capital appreciation, quality of the developer, timelines for possession, quality of product and the budget play a key role in deciding which project one should invest in.
Financial Assessment:
Once you have identified which of the above key factors are of paramount importance, you should make a financial assessment of your budget, ability to leverage and address the financial commitment during purchase, construction and post occupation.
Do remember that it is not only the Agreement Value that you should provision for but also taxes that can vary during the lifetime of the project besides property taxes and Common Area Maintenance post occupation.
In a nutshell, the following costs should be envisaged for under-construction projects:

  • Agreement Value
  • GST and other taxes applicable
  • Stamp Duty and Registration Charges
  • Broker’s fee, if applicable
  • Other charges including parking, corpus, formation of society, legal charges, etc.
  • Payment terms

 
Post occupation, one should provision for the following:

  • Interior and fit out costs
  • Property taxes and common area maintenance
  • Property Insurance, if applicable
  • Mortgage payments, if loan availed

 
Availability of Finance and Schemes:
There are multiple banks and Non-Banking Finance Institutions (NBFCs) offering home loans and attractive schemes in tie ups with developers. A buyer has the option to pick and choose from these schemes and some of these come with assured insurance options in case of contingencies.
It is important to understand the terms and conditions of every scheme and the impact of delay in handing over possession, cancellation, liabilities, etc. It is also important to assess ones credit rating and loan eligibility prior to making an investment in a home. Very often, customers intend to sell existing properties to fund the new acquisition. However, one often is faced with a situation where the sale does not happen within the expected time frame, for various reasons resulting in payment default and an interest liability, thus adding to the cost of acquisition.
 
Research:
Research plays a vital role in finding and narrowing down your dream home. Earlier, real estate agents played a major role in influencing the purchase patterns of homebuyers. However, the busy working schedule of professionals makes them resort to social media platforms and other internet based research. Today’s highly digitised world provides a number of real estate portals listing down available properties at the click of a button. Internet provides the comfort of looking at multiple options across locations. It is now possible to evaluate and compare properties basis each individual criteria. Make sure you research on the latest trends and regulations in the industry. The process involved, property prices across locations and documentations required for a purchase is also easily and readily available online. Additionally, an interactive website with extensive project details and images helps in building credibility for the developer and adding to a unique buyer experience.
 
Impact of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (2016)
One of the salient features of the introduction of RERA is that all developers have to register with the Authority and upload details of the project, including title, approvals, agreements, delivery dates, payment schedules, finish, etc. This enables the customer to get a good insight into the project before making a purchase decision.
The following information, amongst others, are mandated to be made available on the RERA portal:

  1. Sale deed/title deed /Conveyance Deed – Title documents and Title Report
  2. Litigations, if any
  3. Approved Layout Plan
  4. Building plan sanctioned by statutory authority
  5. Approvals including permission to commence construction ie. Commencement Certificate
  6. Detailed cost estimate/valuation report from chartered engineer/architect (if applicable)
  7. Building Layout, configuration and details of units
  8. List of Common Area Amenities and Facilities that will be provided
  9. Configuration and details of units sold
  10. Details of consultants on the project and registered channel partners

 
Customer Protection:
Some of the recently passed bills like RERA provide greater transparency and protection to customers. Off late, the government approved the amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) which recognises homebuyers as equivalent financial creditors as banks and institutional creditors. This and many such steps will prove pivotal in protecting homebuyers and instilling transparency in the real estate system.
 

Conclusion:
Most often, you would be investing a major part of your savings while purchasing a home, hence, always ensure you garner all the valuable information that will lead you to make the right purchase.

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