The home buyers’ guide to choosing the right amenities

Should You Buy A House With A Swimming Pool, A Gym, Or A Park? We Tell You How To Evaluate The Necessary Amenities, From The Avoidable Ones 

Amenities Are An Important Part Of Any Real Estate Project, Which Builders Use To Woo Home Buyers. While Some Amenities Are Essential, Like A Security System, Elevators, Etc., Property Sellers May, At Times, Also Highlight Amenities To Hide Flaws In The Project Flaws Or To Propel The Sales Momentum.

Each Buyer’s Need Is Unique, Points Out Vinod Rohira, Managing Director – Commercial Real Estate And REIT, K Raheja Corp. “Buyers Should First Evaluate Their Needs And Compare It Against The Services Available In The Micro-Market And Then Look At The Amenities Provided In The Project. This Is The Best Way To Choose A Product,” Suggests Rohira.

Credit : Freepik.Com

Amenities And Its Influence On Home Buyers
Experts Believe That It Would Be Wrong To Say That Amenities Do Not Influence A Buyer’s Decision. However, If A Project Has An Indoor/Outdoor Swimmin…

Why stamp duty rates are important for income tax purposes…

Any Difference Between The Agreement Value And The Ready Reckoner Value Of A Property, Has Implications, Not Only On The Stamp Duty Payable But Also On The Income Tax Of The Buyer And Seller

When You Enter Into An Agreement To Buy A Property, You Have To Pay Stamp Duty To The Government. The Amount Of Stamp Duty Is Generally Based On The Value Of The Property Mentioned In The Agreement.

To Avoid Evasion Of Stamp Duty Through Undervaluation Of Agreements And To Minimise The Disputes On Quantum Of Stamp Duty, All State Governments Publish An Area-Wise, Stamp Duty Ready Reckoner On A Yearly Basis. If The Value Of The Property Based On The Ready Reckoner Is Higher, Than The Value Of The Property Stated In The Agreement, Then, You Will Have To Pay The Stamp Duty On The Basis Of The Value Computed From The Rates In The Ready Reckoner. However, If The Agreement Value Is Higher Than The Ready Reckoner Valuation, The Stamp Duty Payable Will Be Calculated With Reference To The Agreement Value. T…

Aromatherapy tips for a home that smells good

Home Owners Can Use Essential Oils, Not Only To Add A Fresh Fragrance To Their Homes But Also To Enhance Health And Well-Being, Through Aromatherapy

Pleasant Fragrances Not Only Help To Create A Positive Ambience, But Can Also Be Therapeutic And Help The Brain To Relax. Aromatherapy Is The Practice Of Using Fragrant Oils Or Essence Of Plants, To Aid Good Health.

“A Home That Smells Fresh, Makes Its Occupants And Guests Feel Good. Smells Are Linked Directly With Emotions. A Pleasant Smell Can Enhance And Uplift One’s Mood, After A Hard Day At Work,” Points Out Manita Bajaj, Founder And CEO Of Sattva Life. There Are Many Ways To Make A Home Fragrant – With Reed Diffusers, Air Freshening Sprays, Candles And Potpourri.

“Although Air Sprays Can Be Used To Freshen Up Fabrics And The House, They Are Made Of Chemicals And May Not Be Good For The Health. Instead, One Can Light A Non-Scented Candle And Let It Burn For A Few Minutes, Until Some Molten Wax Forms. Then, Add A Few Drops Of Essenti…

Can a home be bought for end-use as well as investment purposes?

While Real Estate May Give Better ROI Than Any Other Investment Instrument, Can An End-User Afford To Think Like An Investor? We Get Some Answers

The Psychology Of Home Buyers And Their Expectations Vis-À-Vis Return On Investment (ROI), Have Traditionally Been Different For Investors And End-Users. However, This Difference May Be Gradually Disappearing, At Least In The Top Eight Cities.

Thinking In Terms Of Risk-Versus-Return Is Something That Is Predominantly Done By Investors. “Whether The Mindset Of An Average End-User Is Similar To That Of A Seasoned Investor Today, Is Very Much Debatable,” Said A Panelist At An Investment Seminar. Take The Case Of Ramakant Nigam, An Employee In The Power Sector Who Rented An Apartment In Atta Market, Close To The Central Business District Of Noida, At Rs 18,000 Per Month. With 12 Years To Go Before He Retires, Nigam Invested In A Property In Ghaziabad.
Credit : Freepik.Com Nigam Believes That He Made A Sound Investment Decision. “When I Can Buy The …

Bullet train work to start near Thane in January 2019

Around 26 Villages In Thane District Will Also Have To Be Displaced For The Project.

More Than A Year After Laying The Foundation Stone Of The Bullet Train Project, On-Ground Work Near Thane Is Expected To Begin In January 2019. The National High Speed Rail Corridor Limited (NHSRCL), The Executing Agency Of The 508-Km Bullet Train Corridor Project, Will Be Procuring Boring Machines For Construction Of The Underground Tunnel. The Boring Machines Will Be Placed For The Sea-Bed Work In Vikhroli, In Mumbai. Further, The Station Design Of Major Stations Has Been Prepared By The High Speed Corridor.

“The Undersea Tunnel Will Be Major And Critical Work, Which We Aim To Begin First. The Tenders Will Be Floated In November And Boring Work Will Begin By January 2019,” Said Dhananjay Kumar, Spokesperson Of NHSRCL.

Of The 508-Km Alignment Connecting Mumbai And Ahmedabad, 155.76-Km Will Be In Maharashtra, 348.04-Km In Gujarat And 4.3-Km In Dadra And Nagar Haveli.

Around 26 Villages In Thane Distr…

NRI investments in India: The essential checklist

While NRIs May Want To Invest In Indian Real Estate To Benefit From Correcting Prices And A Depreciating Rupee, There Is Much Research And Careful Planning Involved. Here’s What You Need To Keep Track Of

Presently, Indian Real Estate Is A Very Popular Investment Option For Most NRIs. However, Since They Live Abroad, It Becomes More Important For Them To Do Proper Due Diligence Before Risking Their Money.

NRI Property Investment
Mandatory Checks Nowadays, Many Indian Developers Conduct Roadshows Abroad. NRIs Should Not Be Entirely Convinced By Impressive Presentations And Glossy Brochures. They Should Have Someone Trusted Visit The Property’s Site And Check The Ground Realities. Like All Real Estate Investments, The Location Of The Project Should Be Attractive And Should Enjoy Good Connectivity.

Pricing Is Another Important Issue. “Often, The Prices Quoted By Builders To Buyers Abroad, Are Higher Than Those Quoted To Domestic Buyers. Also, Builders Don’t Offer Discounts When …

Style-Friendly Ways To Improve Your Home’s Acoustics

We Look At Some Quick Ways, To Improve The Acoustic Quality Of Your Home, Without Compromising On Style Or Spending A Fortune

Studies Have Indicated That Noise Is One Of The Main Factors Of Disturbance, In Interior Spaces. While Office Interiors Are Continuously Evolving, To Incorporate Aspects Of Flexibility, Comfort And Aesthetics, In The Home Segment, Comfort And Design Are The Main Aspects Of Contemporary Urban Living. Homes Are No Longer Built In The Traditional Ways, With Greater Emphasis Now, On Aesthetics And Designs That Offer A Functional Purpose. The Rapid Expansion Of Cities And The Advent Of Smart Homes, Are Pushing More Urban Denizens Towards Consciously Planning Their Home Design And Interiors.

Acoustics Often Remains A Neglected Aspect Of Interior Design And Architecture. Although We May Not Think Of The Sound And Acoustics Of Our Home, It Remains An Integral Aspect Towards Greater Comfort And A Better Ambience. When It Comes To Acoustics, A Home Owner Can Look At A Ho…