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#XRBIA Chembur Central – Making Lavish Living Affordable


wealthymattersMumbai is a city where real estate is so expensive that a lot of people, even those who are far from poor, make do with tiny homes in old dilapidated buildings and others resign themselves to living in far off suburbs in the MMR where homes are cheaper and then suffering the inevitable long commutes into the city.

Now the problem of living so long in an environment where we train ourselves to expect less by way of lifestyle, as an inevitable compromise to get on with the business of making money in Mumbai, is that we often forget to open our minds enough to ask if this much of compromise with the quality of life of ourselves and our children is really inevitable. For those of us living a cramped life in really old houses, are there no other locations where the houses are newer and the social infrastructure comparable to those in older neighbourhoods of the city ?And for those of us commuting for hours everyday, are  there no better located homes, such that long commutes are cut short and we literally find time to actually live life in the Maximum City? Read more of this post

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Real Estate Investment Trusts = REIT


wealthymattersA REIT can be set up by a real estate developer or a private equity fund by pooling together rental real estate assets -office buildings, malls, warehouses -into a trust.

A REIT issues units that are traded like a mutual fund unit on any exchange that it is listed on.Like shares represented ownership in a company, a unit of REIT represents ownership of a pool of rent producing real estate assets, or of a company owning a real estate project.
Capital market regulator Sebi will shortly announce final guidelines for REITs.

So what does this mean to retail investors?Investments in REITs will be backed by assets, so they will be ideal for retail investors who want to get a piece of Indian real estate but without the hassles of property titles and other regulatory risks.

And how will REITS help real estate companies?
REITs will provide an exit option to real estate developers and to funds that own a stake in income-producing assets across India. It will provide builders a cheaper source of capital and the muchneeded liquidity to those who are highly leveraged. It will also reduce the exposure and risk assumed by the Indian banking system in the real estate sector.

Market regulator Sebi had notified the regulations for REITs last year, but there was lack of clarity on tax benefits for the new product from the govt’s side.There was a concern over double taxation of REITs.The finance minister,Arun Jaitley, announced in this budget that REITs will have pass through in relation to income from the project, which will eliminate multiple taxation.So.now REITs are likely to take off.

The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005


wealthymattersThis Act was passed to address the inequalities in succession to agricultural land, Mitakshara joint family property, parental dwelling house and certain widow’s rights.

One of the most significant amendments in the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 is the deletion of the gender discriminatory Section 4 (2) of the 1956 HSA. Section 4(2) exempted from the purview of the HSA significant interests in agricultural land, the inheritance of which was subject to the devolution rules specified in State-level tenurial laws.In States where these laws were silent on inheritance, the HSA applied by default, as also where the tenurial laws explicitly mention the HSA. But, in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, the tenurial laws specified inheritance rules that were highly gender unequal. Primacy was given to male lineal descendants in the male line of descent and women came very low in the order of heirs.Also, women got only a limited estate and lost the land on remarriage.Moreover, in U.P. and Delhi, a “tenant” is defined so broadly that these inequalities effectively covered all agricultural land. U.P. alone has 1/6 of India’s population. This clause thus negatively affected innumerable women farmers.The 2005 Act brings all agricultural land on par with other property and makes Hindu women’s inheritance rights in land legally equal to men’s across States, overriding any inconsistent State laws. This can benefit millions of women dependent on agriculture for survival. Read more of this post

Kamal Khetan’s Way


wealthymattersIn 2007, when the MMRDA invited bids for its plots in the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Sunteck was the only company that opted for residential plots – all others bid for plots to build commercial projects.

Here’s how Kemal Khetan explains his action:“My observation was that in any business district, the residential segment always commands premium over commercial, whether it’s Manhattan, Hong Kong or NCPA in Mumbai.” 

One of the BKC plots which he bought for 140 crores in 2007 and converted into a residential project, Signature Island, is valued at 1,000 crores by analysts. He has two more similar projects at BKC, each valued around  700 crores. About 65% of the inventory is already sold – buyers include former Citigroup chief executive Vikram Pandit, industrialist Gautum Adani and investment banker Nimesh Kampani – and the remaining is held by the company as it believes the premium will go higher once the projects are completed.

Kamal Khetan is very smart in land acquisition. His land cost to total sales is one of the lowest among Mumbai realtors.He has never gone for trophy properties but has still managed to create high luxury projects.

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