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What you need to know while buying a home.

Buying a home is a big legal and financial commitment.

Now that we have got the attention of all the home buyers out there, let’s move on to the next question: What should one look for while buying a house? What adds the adjective ‘dream’ in home and in home buying experience? The exact answer varies in every case and for some, buying a house can be a more overwhelming process than for others. Here are a few pointers that will help:

Your home: Day and Night

The windows that let in so much light during the day may attract sly peeping toms at night. Your windows might open up to a peaceful view in the day time, but the seemingly quiet residential street may be just a hub for rush hour traffic at night. The park in the neighborhood might look unsafe/deserted at night. The shady tree right outside might be a brutal punishment during autumn. So check, check, check.

Talk to neighbors

More often than not, a helpful neighborhood is the key. You don’t want to be in a community where no one cares or knows about each other. Knock at doors and ask questions, how much ever silly they sound. Afterall you don’t want your kid to have no one to play with. Neither would you want to make STD calls to your best friend every time you have a gossip or some issues, right?

The sellers are the boss!
Get into the history of the house. What issues did the previous owners experience? Were the issues fixed? If you need something fixed, will you get help easily? After clearing your minutest doubts, get a home inspection done. Fix all the anomalies before you move in. Knowing what needs fixing can help you negotiate a lower price. If nothing, you’ll at least be prepared for costs you’re soon to incur.

‘Once the view, always the view’ is a fad.
Make sure you inspect your neighborhood area and buildings and you know what you are signing for. There could be tear downs that might restrict your awesome ‘priced’ view that made you sign the dotted line and purchase the house in the first place. You want to be prepared for any mammoth structure that could crop up close to your house and affect your light or the way your house looks or your view.

Taxes/ Land prices
In some areas, houses are re-appraised. What could feel like a great deal and a good investment may not remain quite so grand if the property taxes are re-appraised year after year.

Once you are done with the external factors, do a detailed internal introspection. Check the drains, the windows and the faucets. It’s your dream home after all. Don’t hurry up with your decisions or else it might turn into a nightmare.

History of Vastu Shastra

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Vastu Shastra has been a part of the Indian culture for thousands of years. Even today people consult Vastu experts before buying a new property. Vastu Shastra has its origin in Sthapatya Veda which is a part of Atharva Veda.

The early principles were drafted according to the sun rays and their differing positions at different times of the day. In ancient times, this science was only confined to the architects, known as Sthapathis, and was passed on either verbally or through hand-written monographs. The significance of Vastu Shastra is established by the fact that in earlier days, the architecture of temples and palaces was completely based on it.

Vastu Shastra has also been mentioned in our ancient scriptures like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The architecture of the city of Ayodhya bears a resemblance to the plans mentioned in the Indian architectural text Manasara. Setu bridge built by Lord Ram was based on Vastu principles. The excavations at Harappa and Mohenjo-daro also indicate that Vastu Shastra had an influence on the Indus Valley Civilization.

6According to Indian mythology, Vastu is an Asur (Demon) who prayed to Bramhadev and got boons. This, in turn, spurred an insatiable hunger in him. His power grew to such an extent that he attacked the Devas (Gods) in an attempt to consume their energies. The Devas then asked Bramhadev to help them get rid of this peril. Bramhadev asked the Devas to wage a war with Vastu. During the fight, Vastu was pushed back to Earth and he fell flat on his back with this legs pointing towards Nirrtikon and his head to the Eshankon. Bramhadev then asked the Gods to jump and sit on each organ of Vastu as this will be the only way he can be killed. Bramhadev himself sat on the middle of Vastu, and defeated and killed Vastu.

It is said that ‘The Vastupurusan’ still lies in the same position with his hands resting on his chest. The formation in which the Devas sat on Vastu was used to draft a grid diagram, which helps Vastu experts to decide favourable directions in a dwelling.

Even after thousands of years since its establishment, this science of direction remains to be very popular with people and many housing firms like Tata Housing adhere to it while designing their projects.