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Why 2017 Is The Best Year To Buy Affordable Houses

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Why 2017 Is The Best Year To Buy Affordable Houses

The Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) was the Housing Ministry’s effort to dovetail finance availability into the Prime Minister’s vision of a liveable house for every Indian family by 2022

By: E Jayashree KurupMagicbricks

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.

The Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) was the Housing Ministry’s effort to dovetail finance availability into the Prime Minister’s vision of a liveable 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 CLSS 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, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The family income of the buyer was to be within Rs 6 lakh. This amounts to a net subsidy of 21% for the applicant. For the first time the government efforts had been stretched to include the Lower Income Group (LIG) segment and not the social sector of the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) alone.

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%.

This meant that if a young urbanite with a family income of Rs 18 lakh approached a bank for a loan, he or she would be eligible to seek loan for a house of upto about Rs 65 lakh. This accounts for over 55% of the stock that is actively traded and listed on property portals like Magicbricks.com. 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,” said Amrit Abhijat, Mission Director, PMAY and JS (HFA).

While nay-sayers have been predicting the digital challenge, statistics show that over 30 lakh people, without any aid, have been able to come and apply on the HUPA website. When some states were found not to be pushing for more CLSS applications, the Common Service Centres, manned by IT literates was launched. They charge a facilitation fee of Rs 25 per application but 28 lakh people have applied, paying this charge. The National Housing Bank (NHB) is now determining the eligibility of these applicants and estimates that at least 80-90 lakh loans will be disbursed.

For the first time, the Middle Income Group (MIG) housing has got incorporated into affordable categories. However, stressed Dr P Jaipal, Sr Executive Director, HUDCO, “The MIG subsidies are for one year. If we struggle on interpreting the law for a long time, then time will run away. The industry needs to be facilitated to transfer to MIG and take advantage of the scheme, or the next year when the scheme is appraised, the verdict will be that it is not a success.”

Another concern raised by Dr Jaipal was that since it is easier for the developers to make money out of the MIG sector, the higher end of the LIG segment that was being addressed by developers may be neglected. One way of ensuring developer interest is to keep a percentage of priority lending funds from banks for constructing LIG housing.

This plea was echoed by the State Bank of India representatives who asked for the definition of affordability to be dovetailed into the priority sector lending.
With or without priority sector lending, banks such as SBI and HDFC are holding major sessions on CLSS for its staff. This is part of the preparation for a large number of disbursals. NHB, on its part, is now equipped to make the disbursals into the bank accounts of the borrower in two days, thanks to a massive digitising exercise that has won them an award as well.

With the Digidhan and other digital cash movements in the past, many informal sector workers now have a digital footprint that gives them a CIBIL score. This is already being used by microfinance lenders such as the SEWA bank to lend between Rs 1-3 lakh. The ministry is already in talks with the Indian Banks Association (IBA) to sort out the concerns of lending to the unorganised sector. A simplified application form and document process has been circulated by the IBA. However, appealed the ministry, finally the banks have to take a compassionate view when lending to those in the informal sector as they may not have too many documents to support their application.

If you are buying a house in resale markets from someone who has got a house using subsidy and is selling now that the lock-in period is over, you are eligible to be considered for funding under the subsidy scheme. But seller does not get more subsidy.

The PMAY was launched in 4011 statutory towns as per Census 2011. Now all states are adding more statutory towns, which now numbers 4300, to avail PMAY advantages. NHB, has now mapped all the localities in these cities to postal codes that will facilitate lending by the banks.

As the Secretary Dr Nandita Chatterjee stressed, “The entire purpose of PMAY is that those with no shelter should get a house and not to trigger speculation. So the schemes are all to facilitate purchase of the first house.”

With the inclusion of LIG and MIG in the fold of affordable housing, the government is clearly matching aspirations to resources to create a kind of ecosystem fuelled by incentives. They are available in 2017-18. The home loan interest rates too are low. Coupled with subsidies, they are the lowest in 20 years. But unlike in the Housing and Habitat policies of 1998 and 2007, when there was a lot of consumer facilitation and access to funds, this time round, the extent of the incentives is for a far shorter period.

Come 2018, all the incentives may not exist. Therefore, it is a good time to buy now if you don’t own a house.

Source: ET Realty

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NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

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NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

On Thursday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said with the estimated expense of Rs. 5,556.74 crore, the construction of more than 2,44,164 houses, out of the proposed 3,03,044, has been commenced under the NTR Housing Scheme 2017.

While addressing the second day of the Collectors’ Conference he also said the construction of the remaining houses will begin soon. He mentioned that Prakasam and the Kurnool districts are ahead of the schedule in the urban housing scheme. Also, the works are in full swing in the Nellore and the Guntur districts under the rural housing scheme.

According to Naidu, the government will complete 2.5 lakh houses by January next year and another lot of two lakh houses by June.

By October 2, 2018, the state government intends to finish the construction of all the houses and plans to celebrate with massive house warming ceremony with local public representatives. This will help them set an example for housing schemes in other states.

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A Mumbai Suburbs’ Swift Transformation From Industrial To A Residential Zone: Wadala

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A Mumbai Suburbs’ swift transformation from industrial to a residential zone: Wadala

An industrial zone primarily, Wadala has undergone a drastic transformation in the past decade. Now an upcoming residential area, this Mumbai suburb is one of the seven islands to form the modern Mumbai. It is located on the Harbour line of Mumbai’s railway network.

Due to its proximity to BKC, large scale land development was inevitable, thus fueling the real estate market. Wadala is bordered by Dadar on the West, Matunga on the Northwest and Sewri on the South. Nestled between south Mumbai and the suburbs, Wadala enjoys strong connectivity by road and rail to most parts of Mumbai.

It has a number of flyovers like the Anik Panjrapol Link Road, Elevated road and Santacruz flyover. Thane, CST and Chembur are connected via the Eastern Highway while the Western Highway connects the locality to Bandra and Borivali. Wadala has the biggest bus depot in Mumbai. Furthermore, the multiple infrastructure initiatives like the monorail, Truck Terminal and the expansion of Highway are in various stages of development.

All this has given rise to residential demand and pushed the property value over the last few years. One of the most populated areas in Mumbai, Wadala has a large number of old temples, churches and dargahs, university campuses, schools, reputed hospitals and is also home to a former world’s largest IMAX dome theater. There are many stores, showrooms and malls around Wadala like the R Mall, High Street Phoenix and Palladium Mall.

Ramesh Nair, COO – business and international director, JLL India says, “A decade ago, property prices at Wadala were as low as Rs 2,800 per sq. ft. and it rose to Rs 14,000 a few years ago.”  As the infrastructure plans are on their way, so are the renowned developers like Ajmera, Dosti Group and Lodha Group among others.

Wadala at present offers one of the highest returns on real estate investments in the region. All the above-mentioned developers have their luxury projects in the area.

Ajmera I-Land introduces Aeon, Zeon and Treon towers with 2, 3 and 4 BHK plush homes. Conceptualized by renowned Singapore based Architects Space Matrix, these spaces with top-of-the-line lifestyle amenities exude exemplary class and finesse. The first residential floor begins at 110 feet from the ground level and offers several modern lifestyle amenities like kid’s pool, swimming pool, gymnasium, club house, open space and landscaped gardens, yoga room, kid’s play area and senior citizen corner.

Dosti Ambrosia is a 36-storey tower nestled in the 18 Acre Township of Dosti Acres. The architecture of the project was undertaken by renowned Hafeez Contractor in the 2 and 3 BHK apartments. It offers an exclusive rooftop swimming pool with 40,000 sq. ft. of landscaped gardens. You will find all modern conveniences like Gymnasium, Tennis Court, Indoor Badminton Court, Yoga and Meditation Room, Elderly Corner, Banquet Hall, Indoor Games, Indoor Badminton Court, Guest Rooms, Restaurant, Grand Entrance Lobby, Kids Play Area, 2 Club Houses and an Amphitheatre.

New Cuffe Parade by Lodha Group offers its residents all the comforts of a world-class lifestyle. The 2 and 3 BHK homes are spread in over 23 acres of land with 15 acres of stunning landscape and 75,000 sq. ft. of the club house. It includes 11 swimming pools, an organic farm, cricket pitch and multiple themed gardens. The buildings are designed by the world renowned WOHA in Singapore and the landscape was planned by Sitetectonix in Singapore.

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Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

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Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

The prices of homes under the ambitious Mukhyamantri Jan Awas Yojana are expected to be increased by the state government.

According to the sources in the empowered committee meeting to be held on Monday, a proposal to increase the cost of a low-income group (LIG) and economic weaker section (EWS) houses will be proposed. Urban development and housing (UDH) minister Srichand Kriplani will chair the meeting. The LIG and EWS houses, presently are being constructed on government lands by private builders. These homes are sold at a fixed rate of Rs 1,250 per sq feet; out of which 1000 rupees per sq ft is given by Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), development authorities and local bodies to the builders.

According to provision 4(A) and 4(B), the developers are supposed to build EWS and LIG houses on government land. Seventy-five percent of such government land can be used in building EWS and LIG houses, while the remaining 25% can be sold by the developers. However, since the rates provided by the government are less the developers are not showing interest to construct houses under these categories. Sources said, “In Jaipur, not a single developer has shown interest in constructing houses under this model. The JDA has invited expression of interest (EOI) several times.”

The UDH is leaving no stone unturned to attract the builders in order to achieve the target of constructing 10 lakh houses by 2019. The sources mentioned, “As per the new proposal, the department has proposed to provide Rs 1,600 per sq feet rate to the developers. The land rates have increased subsequently over the period of time; this is why increasing rates has become a need of the hour.”

Sources further added, “The developers are constructing G+3 buildings at present. However, it is not cost-effective. It has been proposed to construct G+2 buildings for LIG and EWS category.”

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