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Things to keep in mind while investing in property

Investing in a real estate property comes with a lot of terms and conditions. When you decide to invest in a property, you may find that the situation is completely different from what you have in mind. To avoid the confusion and legal hassles later on, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you invest in a property.

1) Background of the builder
Real estate deals involve large sums of money. When you buy a property, you make huge upfront payments followed by regular EMIs. So, after buying the property, you don’t want to find out that the property or the piece of land is under litigation. Experts recommend that you do an extensive background check on the builder, just to be on the safe side. Check out his past projects to verify his authenticity.

2) Ensure all documentation is proper
When you zero in on a property, you should ensure that all the required documentation for the property is in order. For instance, if you buy a residential property on the outskirts of the city, you should ensure that the land in discussion is not an agricultural land. Get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the development authority in the city to avoid legal hassles. Similarly, ensure that you obtain the necessary approvals for the entire layout of the project from the local authorities in the city.

3) Total cost of the property
In order to make the deal exciting, many brokers often mention only the basic cost of a property. However, when you sign on the dotted line, you may find out that there are additional costs included such as development fees, parking charges, club charges and other statutory charges. Adding up all these additional charges can escalate your costs pretty quickly. That’s why you should always ask for the final cost of the property before you make the transaction.

4) List of banks financing the project
It is no secret that many real estate projects in cities across the country are simply languishing because of lack of funds. The project may have kicked off very well but without enough cash to complete, banks may hesitate to finance them. That’s why, when you finalise a particular property, see which all banks are ready to fund the project. Go through the list and select the bank that offers a loan with the best rates that are suitable for you.

5) Check size of property
If you are investing in a residential property, remember that the ‘super built-up’ area is different from the actual size of the apartment. The super built-up area that is generally mentioned in advertisements and brochures includes common areas in the apartment like the lobby and the staircase. In reality, the carpet area of the apartment could actually be almost 30% lesser than the super built-up area. Ensure that you always go by the carpet area and not by the super built up area to avoid any surprises later.

The bottom line
As an investor, you are paying good money for a property. In return, you need to ensure that you are getting what you pay for. By keeping the above points in mind, you can make good investment decisions when you plan to buy a real estate property.

Disclaimer: Investment in securities market / Mutual Funds are subject to market risks, read all the related documents carefully before investing.