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How Will GST Impact The Indian Real Estate Sector

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How will GST impact the Indian Real Estate Sector

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is beyond doubt the most revolutionary tax-related reform to be seen in India in several decades since it will eliminate the conflicting and cascading taxation structures which have confounded several industries over the past few decades. It will most certainly have a profound effect on India’s economic prospects.
A single indirect tax which covers all goods and services will, in the long run, increase tax collection by making it easier for retailers and several other businesses to comply and also moderate overall taxation levels. That said, it should be remembered that the favorable effects of this new taxation regime will become evident only within 2-3 years of its implementation.

Though the goods and services tax (GST) tax structure has been announced, there is still a lot of conjecture about which tax rate will be applicable to the real estate and construction industry.

The tax rate is not decided yet and it would be premature to comment on it at this point. The expectations are for real estate to be in the 12% bracket. However, the GST rate is not the only important factor. The abatement rules as applicable under the service tax regime and the input tax credit facility for developers will determine if the effective tax incidence on real estate is lower or higher under GST.

Effectively, the composition scheme allowing for abatement against cost of land to the extent of 75% of the house cost for residential units priced under INR 1 crores and less than 2000 sq. ft. makes the effective rate at 3.75%. In other cases, the abatement goes down to 70%, making the effective rate at 4%. This will go a long way in determining whether GST is tax neutral or tax adverse for real estate.

The Government has offered some clarity on the abatement rules for under-construction houses and input tax credit benefits for developers.

Impact on Residential Real Estate:

If we look at the residential property sector, sales are not just impacted by tax rates but also by sentiment, and also on account of the trust deficit which the Real Estate Regulation & Development Act – or RERA – now seeks to address. That said, if costs do go higher under GST, the lower prevailing current home loan rates could assuage the impact to some extent.

Buyers and investors as well as developers are understandably worried that the final ticket size of homes will increase even if the Government levies GST at 12%, when compared to the existing service tax rates. Developers are still awaiting further clarity on this, but they know that it is in the interest of their business to keep ticket sizes range-bound. Evolving market dynamics have already brought about a change in the manner in which developers work. Staying customer-centric and delivery-focused to create a differentiated identity will be the most logical and likely method for them to adopt.

Impact on Rental Housing
Other doubts pertain to the rental housing market, which would naturally be impacted if the Government were to tax residential leases under GST. The common apprehension is that if this were to happen, the rental housing segment may see a huge slump over the medium-term, since residential leases are currently not taxed at all.
Here, it is pertinent to note that residential leasing is an inherent demand which will not evaporate merely by higher taxes. Certainly, we may be looking at rental stagnation or marginal decline as the market readjusts to the new dynamics which GST will infuse. However, rental housing demand is sticky and end-user-driven in nature, so we are definitely not looking at a major slump in this segment because of GST even if it does tax residential leases.

That said, rental yields in major cities could certainly moderate if GST is levied on rental housing. In India, rental yields in housing are quite modest at around 2-4% on an average. Rents may either hold steady or decline marginally due to increase in housing stock. However, it is also true that most investors in the residential sector do not invest for rental yields but rather for the capital value appreciation, so reduced rental yields would not independently impact sentiment.

Impact on Commercial Real Estate
When it comes to GST’s impact on the commercial office real estate market – with the existing service tax for commercial leases at 15%, GST would be likely neutral overall (at 12% slight savings, and at 18% slight increase).

Impact on Affordable Housing
Affordable housing is currently exempt from service tax. It is likely that the government may come out with a clarification regarding the applicability or continuing exemption under the GST.

Source: Economics Times

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Square Capital Becomes The Largest Organized Distributor Of Secured Mortgages In India

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Square Capital Becomes The Largest Organized Distributor Of Secured Mortgages In India

Square Capital, the digital lending arm of India’s largest real estate transaction platform Square Yards has underlined its market dominance by becoming the largest organized distributor of secured mortgages in the country. It is currently facilitating USD 30- 40Mn (INR 200cr – INR 260cr) of loan disbursals every month, contributed majorly by secured mortgages spread across 50+ banking partners for their different products in home loan, home against property and business loan. Its impressive growth is attributed to the rise in availability of affordable housing in India as well as the increasing consumer propensity to rely on fintech platforms for a full spectrum of financial needs.

Speaking on the recent numbers, Amit Prakash Singh, Principal Partner, Square Capital said Real estate and fintech aggregation are a synergistic match to a vast degree and Square Capital, was able to build on the established best practices of Square Yards to become one of the largest mortgage distributors in India today. We are betting big on affordable housing to drive future growth, particularly with the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana offering interest subsidies and of course, the huge number of untapped first-time home buyers that can be catered to in the home loan segment up to Rs. 30 lakh.

Government schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna which offers interest subsidy between 3-6.5% for loans between Rs.6-12 lakh for EWS and LIG categories and subsidy of 4% and 3% for loans of Rs.9 lakh (for those with income up to Rs.12 lakh annually) and Rs.12 lakh (for those with income up to Rs.18 lakh annually) respectively, are driving consumers to opt for home loans that they can repay easily and fulfill their dream of real estate ownership. In fact, several studies have shown that loans have gone up by more than 20% over the last few years for affordable housing purchases. Square Capital is optimizing this opportunity to the hilt by enabling easier access to credit for potential home owners.

In the absence of any national-level mortgage distributor that has managed to scale up over the last decade, Square Capital has not only been able to generate massive digital leads but is also enabling fulfilment, either digitally or through its hybrid online to offline (O2O) approach.

About Square Capital

Square Capital is a marketplace lending platform that aggregates offers from financial institutions on a single platform and provides end to end fulfilment support in the lending process that includes assessing the credit worthiness/risk of clients, helping them choose the right product from the appropriate lending organization, managing their documentation, advising on professional issues pertaining to taxation & insurance and assisting the client till the entire lifecycle of loan disbursement.

Also Read: Under The First MahaRERA Verdict, Builder To Return Rs.26 Lakhs To Buyer

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ASK Group and TVS Emerald Join Hands To Setup Rs 400 Crore Real Estate Investment Platform

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ASK Group and TVS Emerald Join Hands To Setup Rs 400 Crore Real Estate Investment Platform

ASK Group’s Property Investment Advisors, the real estate equity arm, and TVS Motor Company’s real estate wing Emerald Haven Realty Limited (TVS Emerald) have decided to set up Rs 400 crore real estate investment platform.

The raised capital will be spent on several affordable mid-segment projects.

“We strongly believe that affordable and mid- segment market offers huge growth potential and this is in sync with the TVS Emerald’s core purpose of providing better living space to the urban middle class,” said Amit Bhagat, MD & CEO ASK PIA.

“Our endeavour is always to delight customer by fulfilling the aspiration of the urban middle class in their quest for a better living space,” said R. Chandramouli, President, and CEO, TVS Emerald.

The first investment under their partnership will be of developing a 10-acre land parcel having 5,48,000 sq ft of saleable area. It will have an equity investment of Rs 83 crore in Porur, Chennai.

Sunil Rohokale, MD & CEO, ASK Group said, “This platform is poised to get benefited in the heightened regulatory regime of RERA through focus execution and satisfying customer needs.”

Also Read: Chandigarh Brokers Yet To Register Under RERA

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ANAROCK Property Consultants Acquires LJ Hooker’s Indian Operations – Redwoods

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ANAROCK Property Consultants Acquires LJ Hooker’s Indian Operations – Redwoods

Strategic acquisition to boost ANAROCK’s capability in integrated real estate solutions, dedicated design center in Bangalore

Bangalore, August 30, 2017 – Consistent with its focus on becoming India’s leading residential real estate solutions company, ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Redwoods, the Indian arm of LJ Hooker, based out of Bangalore. The acquisition was closed today, with ANAROCK absorbing all Redwoods employees.

Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants says, “The acquisition of LJ Hooker’s Redwoods is in line to our overall business strategy and will help us augment our operations across key southern markets. It will give us unparalleled competitive advantage in offering customized real estate solutions. With its strong presence and unique multi-pronged approach, ANAROCK is decoding unmatched value for both B2B and B2C clients.”

ANAROCK Property Consultants is already redefining the residential real estate services sector in India by offering integrated solutions through a hybrid model of online and offline convergence. The company launched its operations under its flagship brand name of ANAROCK in June 2017 and is well on its way to cross INR 100 crores of revenues for 2017 calendar year. The firm has aggressive plans to achieve INR 250 crores of revenues in 2018.

With a growing team of over 750 professionals, ANAROCK aims to cross 1000 in employee strength by the end of 2017. The company currently operates in all key property markets across India – Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Noida, Hyderabad, Kolkata AND Pune, with an international presence in Dubai.

About ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd.:

ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd. is one of India’s leading real estate services company having diversified interest across real estate value chain. Anuj Puri, ANAROCK Group Chairman, is an acknowledged thought leader in the Indian real estate industry and numbers among the most established expert on India’s real estate opportunities, both in India and across the globe. With a career spanning over 27 years, Anuj Puri was the former Chairman & Country Head of international property consultancy JLL India.

The ANAROCK Group’s key strategic business units comprise of residential broking and advisory services to clients, investment services, debt, equity and mezzanine funding, and research and consulting. ANAROCK’s residential team consists of the industry’s finest residential real estate professionals who understand the ever-changing consumer needs and market trends.

With its vast experience and expertise in serving the most reputed developers, corporate houses, portfolio investors and individual investors makes ANAROCK India’s pre-eminent residential real estate services firm. The company’s investment arm has built a revolutionary business model of bulk-purchasing residential apartment inventory through a proprietary investment fund. For further information, please visit www.anarock.com

About LJ Hooker:

Established in 1928 by Sir Leslie Joseph Hooker, LJ Hooker has grown to become Australasia’s best-known real estate brand (Galaxy BrandTrack 2015). It is one of the largest residential and commercial sales and property management organizations in the industry with more than 8,000 sales professionals, property managers and support team members in 730 franchised offices.

LJ Hooker has an exciting and impressive heritage of innovation, perseverance and bold decision-making. The company’s strong people-focused culture was established and defined by its founding visionary: Leslie Joseph ‘LJ’ Hooker in 1928. A constant innovator, entrepreneur and devotee of best practices, he changed the way real estate business was conducted in Australia. Today, LJ Hooker is Australia’s best known real estate brand.

About Redwoods Projects Pvt. Ltd.

Established in 2006 with the philosophy of providing customized real estate solutions to clients, Redwoods has expertise in fund management, deal structuring, fund syndication, joint developments and unique transactions. With over 25 million sq.ft. of leasing experience across all major markets, Redwoods have nurtured long-standing relationships with all major developers across India.

Redwoods partnered with BNP Paribas Real Estate in 2008 to jointly provide real estate services in India. The company successfully exited the Joint Venture in 2010 after establishing a successful realty arm in BNP Paribas.

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