BANGALORE REAL ESTATE SPECULATION AND INSIGHT
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The discounts and the promise of hefty profits are tempting,but beware of the risks of buying a property that is yet to begin construction
The best word when scouting around for a dream property has got to be discount.When that discount is to the tune of 20-30 % over the prevailing market rate,only a fool would let go of the golden opportunity,right So what if it is for a real estate project that is yet to begin construction Actually,you need to be wary if the sales pitch contains the term soft launch because such projects come with a plethora of risks that may not be worth the discount being dangled.
What is a soft launch
At the time of the ceremony inaugurating the construction site,many property developers face a liquidity crunch.To tide over the problem,they come out with a soft launch,where they offer the yet-to-be constructed commercial and residential project at a huge discount to a select few customers.
For instance,a couple of years ago,a leading developer was offering a prelaunch rate of just 25,000 per sq ft for a property in central Mumbai,where the prevailing market rate back then was around 60,000 per sq ft.Sources say that 80-85 % of the property got snapped up even before construction began.
Such soft launches are rarely advertised in a big way.Customers are lured in by brokers known to the developer in exchange for a fee.While customers are baited by higher than average discounts,the developers get ready cash.This is because while some developers will ask buyers to shell out 20-30 % of the property value upfront,others ask for the entire amount.
Developers are not in a position to showcase anything of the project during a soft launch,not even building plans.So,for any queries,say,regarding construction quality,you will be asked to check out the developers earlier projects as an assurance of his current one.Such properties are generally sold directly or through a select group of brokers in a narrow time window,so the investor hardly gets any time for due diligence.
The biggest risk is that most of the permissions or approvals are not in place at this early stage,nor is there any guarantee that the project will be able to get all the necessary approvals.
No bank loan option:
Banks take on customers only after conducting due diligence of the project in question.This is not possible at the soft launch stage due to the lack of official approvals and documentation.So customers have no option but to drum up the required cash themselves.
The possibility of the possession date getting pushed back is higher in such projects.This is because nobody can predict how long it will take the developer to get all the approvals from the various departments involved even before construction can commence.
You may find that the proposed building plan has changed or that some promised amenities are missing,but there is no legal recourse available because there is no proof.
Who can benefit from such deals
Despite all these risks,the lure of the discount is so high that investors willingly take a chance.According to Naushad Panjwani,executive director of Knight Frank India,soft launches are ideal for speculators looking to make a quick buck.As the construction begins,the investor makes a decent appreciation in the property value.Most of the time,buyers just wait for all the approvals to fall into place and the construction to begin to offload their stakes, he adds.
Once a developer comes out with an official launch,the rates go up dramatically,at par or on a premium to the ongoing market rate.So a person who invests at the soft launch stage can make a profit by selling his stake either to a new investor or the developer himself.His risk is only the upfront money paid to the builder.However,you would not want to try this stunt with unknown developers,or when you are buying a house to live in.
Tips to safeguard yourself
Before investing,check things like the clearance of the land title,the building FSI and project commencement dates.Take the help of a legal expert at the outset.Verify the reputation of the developer,especially in sluggish markets.If you must speculate,go with big developers because they have a reputation to safeguard.Pay the upfront money via cheque or demand draft as these are legal proof of payment.The agreement you sign must specify the penalty clause if the project is delayed.
Bangalore residential realty prices rise by 4% in the last 3 months
According to our research Bangalore prices have increased by an average of 4% in the last 3-4 months (May-August 2012) compared to the 4.5% rise witnessed in the period of December 2011 To April 2012.
These results are based on a compilation of pricing for 61 residential projects across Bangalore. We observe that 51% of the projects did not witness any appreciation which proves that developers are holding onto prices and have still not resorted to price cuts. 38% of the projects surveyed recorded a price rise of up to 10%. Which areas, which projects & how much have prices increased?
Other projects which witnessed price appreciation were Vaishnavi Nakshatra in Yeshwantpur by the Vaishnavi Group (+23%), Pride Springfields in Uttarahalli by the Pride Group (+17%), Anugraha in Lingarajapuram by the Bearys Group (+11%)
Nitesh to launch Palo Alto located in Sarjapur-Marathalli Ring Road
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