7 Guidelines for a Successful Real Estate Investment

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Invest with a Reputed Developer

Investing with a developer who has a proven track record always pays off, even if you have to pay a premium for the Asset. This premium will pay itself back with timely delivery and high-quality construction. Not to forget the lack of sleepless nights!

 

Use RERA Disclosures

Now that Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) is enforced in most States, study the disclosures thoroughly to understand the costs of construction, timelines, existing sales in the building and other nuances of the Asset. The information will be able to tell you facts and also may throw up some questions which you can clarify before making the Investment.

 

Do not Trust Intermediaries who are not Registered with the Project

Under the RERA guidelines, all brokers need to be registered with the project in order to market the project. Brokers are also liable for the information they share with prospective clients, misleading clients have stringent penalties on brokers too.

 

Plan your Finances

If you have made a decision to buy a house, integrate all your finances to check as to how much down payment you can make. The higher the down payment, the lesser your EMI will be and the eventual cost of the home will be less as you will pay lower cumulative interest on the asset.

 

Check your Credit Score

Avoid unpleasant surprises when you apply for the loan, ensure to check your credit score before you apply. The RBI has instructed that a person should get at least one base-level credit report free in a year. Ensure that all the dues are paid, in fact, try and keep your expenses low for 10-12 months before the application of the loan.

 

Check the Common Area Maintenance (CAM) costs

New buildings with a lot of amenities have high Common Area Maintenance (CAM) bills per month. You need to ensure that you have accounted for these costs along with the cost of paying your EMI once you have taken possession.

 

Beware of Deep Discounts or Creative financing options

If a developer is selling an asset at a deep discount to others in the micro market or is offering some creative financing options (low down payment, rest on possession type deals), it’s recommended to spend extra time in doing diligence on the Asset. Many projects today are underwater and these schemes help the developer float for a little longer, not necessarily get out of the water.