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BUYING VACATION HOMES – WHAT ONE MUST CONSIDER!!!

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There’s a cold nip in the air. The festival lights that flicker like a pack of fireflies with the setting sun as the backdrop create a bokeh of memories that lead our thoughts in one direction- a holiday to a land far far away. Our hypothesis for such strong emotions is that these colourful lights seep into the essence of our being and stir deep seated emotions that are tantamount to relaxing holidays in far flung places; reasons that definitely push financial considerations into the background. And why not? The best vacation properties offer something right out of a Hollywood film (in our minds at least) – a view of the vast expanse of the sea, a mountain vista, a wooden cabin overlooking thick groves or a dock on a lake. Also a great retirement head start and an awesome, low cost destination for gatherings.

But flowery, quixotic dreams apart, before you invest in a vacation home keep in mind that you don’t have to buy the ultimate beach house with the high ceilings and French windows. It’s OK to start small. And also, it’s better if you don’t flow with emotions and spend more than you have to spare.

So what should you keep in mind before buying that ultimate vacation home which you would like to revisit every year?

Look for a place within three hours’ drive of a major metropolitan area or where you stay. Longer distances with difficult roads make weekend trips a pain. And this might turn you off from a visit to your vacation retreat.

Overenthusiasm could be a curse in the long run. Sometimes an investment opportunity seems so tempting that you can barely contain your enthusiasm. But buying a vacation rental property involves real estate, and it’s not like online shopping of shoes with 30-day return policies. So keep in mind your cash flow, the location, resell value etc.

The allure of vacation investment property is unmatched. One of the reasons is that whether you’re a skier, a lover of the beaches, or someone who dreams about fishing for 12 hours a day and scuba diving for the rest, there are homes available to meet a wide range of budgets/interests. Also vacation homes have long term profits. While all assets fluctuate in value in the short term, these properties retain their value mostly and even appreciate, simply because they are located in touristy/beautiful areas. So if you want to come back home with more than just a tan, a few souvenirs, instagrammed stories and a big hole in your pocket, take a soulful dip into the real estate world of vacation homes.

Here are some investment tips that you should keep in mind before buying a vacation home:

Buy only what you can afford even if you consider your vacation home as a potential way to earn income. View the home as a form of recreation, not an investment.

Buy an existing home instead of land.

Work with an agent who knows the area.

Research all four seasons before you buy.

TIPS FOR NRI INVESTORS TO BUY A HOUSE IN INDIA

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It’s a daunting task for NRIs looking at investing in Indian property today. On the outside, with the rupee touching all-time lows against the dollar and India’s ‘real estate’ growth story looking bleak, the prospect for investments in property for NRIs seems like an uphill task. But this hasn’t deterred them from investing in India because, though for Indians property prices have appreciated significantly, for the overseas Indian, it has only been a marginal increase. So, whatever be your reason for investing in India, make sure that you are diligent and careful. Some important questions you need to ask yourself are:
Which city do you want to invest in?
In whose name do you want to buy the property?
If you have invested in a ready property, how do you plan to fund it?
Before any kind of an investment, engage in sufficient research or you may end up buying into micro markets. Also, make sure that the property has secured all clearances required by law. Insist on legal documents to ensure that your investment is safe.

Logically speaking, your first action plan should be to determine the nature of the property because NRI investment rules are different as per RBI guidelines. Buying a property requires time and energy and hence it’s advisable to not fall prey to hoax calls or ‘gut instincts’. Before you zero on into a project, speak to a few builders in the locality on the initial prices and the price for the last transaction. Make sure you visit a completed project by the builder to assess quality before deciding to buy.

Check the developer credentials, prime location, potential for infrastructure development and quality of property management in the project. Remember that apart from the registration cost and stamp duty, there’s also a service tax that will be levied. Once you arrive at a price at which the sale is agreed, pay through rupee denominated non-resident ordinary (NRO) or nonresident external (NRE) accounts and foreign currency non-resident (FCNR) accounts. It’s always suggested to invest in mind-sized property with high-end amenities.

Before you finalise on any property, find a good real estate adviser who will help you out with all the details. It’s advisable not to go to a broker. Most NRIs get tempted to purchase a holiday home in a hill resort or beach property or a retirement home over buying yet another flat in the city. But keep in mind that residential land purchases usually pay off well for most investors. Have any more tips? Share it with us.