The recent decision to introduce one per cent TDS on transfer of immovable property, will further complicate the home buying process.

The Finance Bill 2013 has introduced a new Section 194 IA which provides that with effect from June 1, 2013, the buyer of property will have to deduct tax at source at one per cent from the payment to be made to the seller, if the sale consideration is Rs 50 lakhs or more. This will further complicate the process of buying a propert...
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Confused about all the taxes that you will have to pay as a first-time home buyer? PARESH KARIA gives you the lowdown on the entire gamut of direct and indirect taxes related to buying a home in Maharashtra and makes a case for a single window taxation system

The real estate industry is one of the most heavily taxed industries in the country. The taxes, both, those paid directly by the home buyer while buying a property, as well as those paid by the developer duri...
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Real Estate Reforms – what to expect in 2013

The year 2013 is expected to be a landmark year as far as reforms in the real estate sector are concerned. Some of the major reforms initiated in the previous years are likely to be implemented this year. One can expect all or majority of the following in the year 2013.

1) Real Estate Regulation Bill

The much waited ‘Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill is likely to be tabled in the forthcoming budget session of the parliament. The bill aims at establis...
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Different modes for investing in real estate

A. Investment in Residential property

Buying a residential property is one of the most popular means of investing in real estate. This is mainly because of variety of options available to investors to suit their budget, location preference, risk appetite and investment horizon. Also the ease of understanding the transaction and executing the same makes it a preferred investment for majority of investors. Residential properties would include low cost budget a...
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Real estate is one of the oldest known classes of investment. Even today, it continues to occupy a majority share in the overall investment portfolio of an Individual.

According to Merril Lynch Cap Gemni Wealth Report 2012, Asia-Pacific HNWIs remained most heavily invested in real estate and equities in 2010. Of all HNWI assets, 27% was in real estate, far above the global average of 19%. Another 26% was in equities, significantly lower than the 33% global average.

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