More Indians will afford homes

The long-term outlook for the Indian real estate sector is bright. Urbanization, massive changes and increasing  cost will drive growth above the next decade. Nearly five million Indians move into cities every year. People are increasingly choosing to stay in nuclear family models with dual incomes, thus increasing each family extra income, and the demand for housing.

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The Narendra Modi government recognizes the value of real estate development to the economy and has made a lot of announcements that will benefit the sector. These types of include the aspirational Real estate for All by 2022 policy and the 100 Smart Cities initiative. The recent Union budget proved this focus as the government announced numerous plans changes to support the affordably housing industry. The government has also improved the regulations governing investment trusts and foreign immediate investment to promote better liquidity. It has also taken important steps to improve governance levels with the Real Estate  Regulation and Development Act, which will ensure that home buyers are protected and that the sector increases more credibility

The  government has a major role to play in setting a policy agenda that encourages both consumer protection as well as industry development. Real estate development could be a priority for the authorities for many reasons. First, the development,  second the major employment generator, behind only agriculture. Second, the sector is a significant contributor to the economy directly, and through ancillary industries such as cement, steel and paints. Third, there exists an acute housing crisis in the country, with limited housing and large sectors of urban India moving into slums. Lastly, the property sector is a significant earnings source for the federal government and can drive funding for significant infrastructure requirements.

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2017 is the best year to buy home

Over 1.66 crore applications for various credit linked subsidies for housing loans have been received through various channels by the government in the past few months. In a country where online internet penetration is a mere 37% overall and 62% urban, this data available with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation shows that digital access is not an issue. It may require some facilitation. However, that too, provides job opportunities and therefore, is a good economic activity to pursue.

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The Housing Ministry’s effort to dovetail finance availability into the Prime Minister’s vision of a livable house for every Indian family by 2022. The interesting thing is that while earlier it was housing shortages that were being computed, today the extent of subsidy sanctions are being touted. So how does every citizen avail the sanctions? The government announced in a previous budget offered a 6.5% interest subsidy to be credited into the borrower’s account for the first Rs 6 lakh of loan availed for buying a house of 30 and 60 sq m carpet area. The With the inclusion of family income of the buyer was to be within Rs 6 lakh. This amounts to a net subsidy of 21% for the applicant. The Prime Minister’s announcement on December 31, 2016, that two new credit subsidy schemes for the middle classes, MIG 1 & 2, was also announced ensured that the net was widened further. Now those with upto Rs 12 lakh annual income could avail of the housing subsidy of 4% and those with annual income levels of Rs 18 lakh could avail of subsidy levels of upto 3%. On this loan the borrower is eligible for a subsidy of 3% on the first Rs 18 lakh, if the loan has been availed after January 1, 2017. This effectively brings the rate of interest down from the existing 8.5%. “This makes it the best time to buy an affordable house in urban India.

Come 2018, all the incentives may not exist. Therefore, it is a good time to buy now if you don’t own a house at Lakeshore Gardens. Read more at: Luxury villas in Cochin