Monthly Archives: November 2017

BENEFITS OF BUYING A HOME IN THE WIFE’S NAME

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With several states in India offering benefits for women property buyers to boost their empowerment, we examine why it makes financial sense to register a property in a woman’s name

There are several benefits to buying a property in a woman’s name, either as the sole owner or as a joint owner, with governments and banks offering several sops.

“Aspiring home buyers can seek certain benefits including tax exemptions if a home is bought in a woman’s name. Such offers can also attract more women buyers to the realty sector,” points out Ashok Mohanani, CMD, Ekta World. Encouraging women to register assets in their name, also boosts women’s empowerment, he adds.

 

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Tax benefits

 

Experts explain that some of the obvious tax benefits of buying a home in the wife’s name, include an extra deduction of interest up to Rs 1.5 lakh every financial year, if the house is self-occupied. If a husband and wife are the joint owners of a property and if the wife has a separate source of income, then they can both claim tax deductions individually. The tax benefit will depend on the ownership share of each co-owner.

 

Discount on stamp duty charges

 

Several state governments in north India are now offering a partial waiver on stamp duty, for buyers registering properties in a woman’s name – either as a sole owner or as a joint owner.

“You can save 1%-2% on stamp duty, if the property is in a lady’s name. In Delhi, the stamp duty rate is 4% for women, compared to 6% for men. Moreover, if you are undergoing some financial setback and have some debts to repay, the property held in your wife’s name, does not come under the cover for your loss,” points out Sushil Raheja, CEO of Raheja Homes Builders & Developers..

Stamp duty charges for Women Vs Men

State/UT For Women For Men
Delhi 4% 6%
Haryanat 4% in rural areas and 6% in urban areas 6% in rural areas and 8% in urban areas
Rajasthan 4%* 5%

* As 1% rebate over normal rate

 

Discount on home loan interest rates

 

Many banks like SBI, ICICI and HDFC Bank, offer discounted rates on home loans for women borrowers. The prevailing interest rates for women borrowers are as mentioned below:

Interest rate for woman borrower Vs others

Bank Interest for Women borrower Interest Rate for others
SBI 8.35 – 8.85% 8.4 – 8.95%
ICICI 8.35 – 8.7% 8.4 – 8.85%
HDFC Ltd 8.35 – 9.05% 8.4 – 9.05%

Note: For amount < Rs 1 Cr

 

Things to keep in mind when buying a home in the wife’s name

 

Experts maintain that it is a good idea to buy a home in the name of one’s wife or in co-ownership. However, the wife can enjoy the tax benefit, only if she has a separate and genuine source of income. Moreover, if there is any legal dispute on the property, then both, the husband and wife, will be involved in the case. Therefore, home buyers should evaluate all possibilities, before making a final decision.

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Source – HOUSING.COM

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LUXURY HOME PRICES IN DELHI & BENGALURU DECLINE, MUMBAI RECORDS MARGINAL RISE : REPORT

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Mumbai : The declining trend that engulfed luxury home prices across key Indian metros earlier this year has further intensified amid a global pattern of weakening prices, showed the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index Q3 2017.

 

The index that tracks the movement in luxury residential prices across 41 international cities, every quarter, rose by 4.2% in the year to September 2017. However, at least 19 of these cities saw a decline in annual growth.

 

While Delhi with 3.1% decline and Bengaluru with 0.8% drop recorded sharper negative growth, prices for luxury homes in Mumbai saw a marginal increase of 0.6% between September 2016 and September 2017, albeit on a declining trend.

 

Reflecting on the dismal performances all the three metros featured on the price index slid from their positions in the previous quarter. Delhi saw the biggest drop in rankings as it slipped from the 31st to the 36th position.

 

“Prime residential markets have been under immense pressure particularly since the event of demonetisation. While the move had an adverse impact on the overall residential market, luxury homes sales were worst hit. The quintessential wealthy investors known to take interests in such projects are missing courtesy better returns from other investment avenues,” said Samantak Das, Chief Economist and National Director – Research, Knight Frank India.

 

According to him, among the top three Indian cities the growth in price in this genre has been slowly tapering. While Mumbai maintained positive growth, albeit at an abysmally low rate, Delhi and Bengaluru witnessed negative growth.

 

“We foresee the trend to continue for at least 8- 12 months in this end-user driven market,” Das added.

 

Among global cities, Guangzhou continued to top the index with a staggering 36.3% price surge in luxury homes but the overall narrative for China was of a slower growth. While the annual prime price growth in Shanghai slipped from 19.7% last quarter to 14.9%, the rate of price growth decline in Beijing nearly halved from 15% to 7.2%, courtesy government enforced cooling measures.

 

However, the Asia Pacific dominated the ten rankings, with Seoul’s 11.2%, Sydney’s 11%) and Melbourne’s 10.4% rise.

 

Among luxury residential properties in Europe, Madrid, Paris and Berlin recorded robust growth. But other key markets such as Zurich, Vienna, Geneva and London ended the 12-month period witnessing a sharp price decline, the report said.

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Source: MAGICBRICKS.COM