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  • #31

    #31

    Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

    Originally posted by gaurang View Post
    I joined this forum a while go and its a real great one to share ideas and see what all new is happening in the real estate market ..

    Although, what shocks me is that where are people getting so much money to buy properties ?? I read newspapers etc and we hear about poverty , inflation , low paying jobs etc and in this forum people say they have booked flats ranging from 50 lacs into crores .


    Please dont get this thread wrong , I am not against peoples progress I am just very curious to know how are people investing money running into lacs and booking properties as though they are buying some television set ..


    Are there some new schemes , what am I missing ?? Would be great to know what people are doing to invest so much into properties .. If a person buys a first home that is understandable as one always needs one major fixed asset and that is your own home .. but here people seem to be booking their 2nd , 3 rd and even 4th homes and beyond . please enlighten me ...
    I was reading everyone's interesting views since I think of the very same thing sometimes, and just wanted to add a few more points on why I think people are able to build multiple houses or invest in big ticket properties -

    1. Sale of ancestral properties: I think with even Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities being gradually urbanized, some families are selling off their ancestral houses and land to builders, corporates, etc., and are then using the funds to invest in these properties. Earlier (several decades back) the sizes of houses were larger, and houses and land both were much cheaper. As a result people have started selling those and receive large funds for investments in better properties in Tier I/Tier II cities, where most urbanized population resides.

    2. As stated rightly by another individual within this discussion thread, there are higher incomes earned by families. In most cases the husband and wife both work and the household incomes for couples who are 30+ yrs (well educated/good work experience/working in MNC's) earn anywhere between 30-50L per annum. As a result they are able to afford luxurious properties and sometimes multiple properties.

    3. I think there is huge dependence on bank loans and most houses are bought on EMI's. People are cognizant of the fact that there are other benefits as well of purchasing a house on EMI's....such as the tax relief on both principal and interest repayment of a loan. Plus when joint loans are taken by couples they both share the EMI amount and both get tax relief.

    4. With hordes of people working in the IT industry, several folks (software engineers, business analysts, .....) who travel outside India for long term projects stay in US/EU for a couple of years and focus on saving the money they earn in USD/GBP/EURO. When they return to India they convert the same to INR and have good amount of savings which can be used to purchase good properties.

    5. People have become smarter with investments. With media proliferation in the last decade there are several business channels which provide advice on asset allocation, property investments, etc. Hence people with surplus funds look to invest in pre-launch, launch projects, projects under construction of builders and sell it off when they have made a good return on the investment. This principal + profit on the property is then used to re-purchase in a bigger and better project, ......I have seen some people do this very effectively.

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    • #32

      #32

      Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

      Sorry if you all find it little irrelevant. .

      But I love to add here that, it’s not only IT guys making big bucks, believe me, many more other avenues are available where you find having package from 16 to 22L and yes there are lesser known areas (Thanks god otherwise everyone one jump to those areas of expertise where rest of people are making money and saturation haven’t come so far ;-) ). you don’t know on the name of an IT job what ppl do and feel frustrated. In cut short money is everywhere if you are good in your domain and at right time and right place.

      Secondly I have seen couple making lot of money (me too one of them) but somewhere you have to cut a line so that you remember that you are still alive and human. one should schedule the rat race time, you can’t be a rat all the life and if one chooses to be then I must say you are compromising many other things so better be prepare and schedule as we are not on earth to act as money making machines.

      Now little relevant, even you are making big bucks, you are INSECURE. we all know bigger the position and pay, the more chances to be feeling insecure and stress level is natural. I don’t blame corporate, even, if I pay someone 1L +, I would try my level best to suck all his or her blood (normally) ;-)

      This is all financial management where you may find one is making more money than others but quality of life has not a great proportional factor. You must not try achieving other’s dreams and finally feel cheated that you never wanted that. It happens, setting a wrong goal and achieving the wrong targets.

      ITS NOT IMPORTANT HOW PEOPLE ARE BUYING, IMPORTANT IS HOW YOU AND ME CAN BUY AND HOW LONG AND HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH TO FEEL SATISFIED. FUNNY IS NO ONE KNOWS THAT, AND THAT’S CREATES AN ENDLESS RATE RACE.

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      • #33

        #33

        Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

        Originally posted by rohu01 View Post
        1) People with lot of black money - businessmen, politicians, bureaucrats.
        2) Hardworking couples earning 30L+
        3) NRIs
        4) People upgrading by selling old house.
        Rightly said. And the point to note is that there is no 5th category; so you either belong to these 4 categories to be able to buy/own a property; or you are relegated to asking such questions in these forums (like gaurang, no offense buddy) or post reply to these questions (like yours truely aka WhySoSerious). (-:

        On a more serious note, once you understand who is buying at these rates, i.e. the fabulous four, you also realize why these prices have no link to "affordibility", ground realities and average income levels, why most indians who anyways does not belong to the the fabulous four are amazed at this classic bubble-like situation, why this can go on for a very long time (though not forever) and most importantly why it is not a prudent idea for an average first-time buyer to enter/buy/speculate at these rates even if he/she can actually afford it (sometimes discretion is the better part of valor).

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        • #34

          #34

          Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

          Originally posted by dpkmjn2012 View Post
          Sorry if you all find it little irrelevant. .

          But I love to add here that, it’s not only IT guys making big bucks, believe me, many more other avenues are available where you find having package from 16 to 22L and yes there are lesser known areas (Thanks god otherwise everyone one jump to those areas of expertise where rest of people are making money and saturation haven’t come so far ;-) ). you don’t know on the name of an IT job what ppl do and feel frustrated. In cut short money is everywhere if you are good in your domain and at right time and right place.

          Secondly I have seen couple making lot of money (me too one of them) but somewhere you have to cut a line so that you remember that you are still alive and human. one should schedule the rat race time, you can’t be a rat all the life and if one chooses to be then I must say you are compromising many other things so better be prepare and schedule as we are not on earth to act as money making machines.

          Now little relevant, even you are making big bucks, you are INSECURE. we all know bigger the position and pay, the more chances to be feeling insecure and stress level is natural. I don’t blame corporate, even, if I pay someone 1L +, I would try my level best to suck all his or her blood (normally) ;-)

          This is all financial management where you may find one is making more money than others but quality of life has not a great proportional factor. You must not try achieving other’s dreams and finally feel cheated that you never wanted that. It happens, setting a wrong goal and achieving the wrong targets.

          ITS NOT IMPORTANT HOW PEOPLE ARE BUYING, IMPORTANT IS HOW YOU AND ME CAN BUY AND HOW LONG AND HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH TO FEEL SATISFIED. FUNNY IS NO ONE KNOWS THAT, AND THAT’S CREATES AN ENDLESS RATE RACE.
          Hi, I don't think there is a mention of 'only' IT guys earning big salaries. What is mentioned is that the several IT folks travel for 1-2 year assignments and come back with a lump sum amount and prefer to invest it in properties rather than other avenues.

          In fact in certain cases BFSI's and other sectors pay much more than IT co's, especially in the case of good Indian companies and large MNC's. Also I am sure every industry has its own set of frustrated people, since times have changed and lives have become more stressful and hectic.

          I do agree one has to set their priority straight and check what is more imp. at that point of time, and not live just to build houses and then not have the time to enjoy them. Nevertheless at the right age it is good to build a good platform for yourself and your family, so that you can have a happy life as you grow older and need that cushion.

          Different people have different situations and I think things vary on a case to case basis. What matters is whether you are happy/satisfied with where you are, what you are doing, etc.

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          • #35

            #35

            Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

            I have paid 40-60% for all the 4 and as I said with out leverage.

            Plus I have kept sufficient reserves that I can pay the balance amounts even in the worst of situations so i am not just taking a speculative bets. But all are calculated bets/decisions.

            There are hundereds and millions of people like me who are getting xtremely high salaries (much much better than me as well). Most of the NRIs prefer to put money in RE. Even my friends who work in india get 20-40 L packages with 5-7 years of experience. They can easily buy 1 if not 4 flats.

            But I wont deny the fact that prices are extremely high and exorbitant. I myself always advocate that prices should come so the gap reduces between self made people like me and the people who are born rich just by the virtue of having ancestral properties.

            Plus all I was trying to say was that there are many ways to earn big money - education/jobs/entrepreneurship. There was to be will to work hard plus with some luck and right opportunities. Everything is possible.

            I also advocate investing across asset classes. But there should always be around 60% exposure in Real Estate and rest in FD/Gold/Equity


            Originally posted by ruchika1 View Post
            amit,
            no bad intent, but everybody's both parents r not in govrnmnt jobs and all indians dont live in middle east.
            less than 0.0001% indians will fall in ur category.
            when the person created this thread and asked this question probably he had an average indian in his mind, not the lucky , privileged or extra-ordinary few. n prices of properties shud b in line with an average salaried guy not extra ordinary few. tmrw mark zuckerberg might say tht i started in middle class family but i purchased 1 billion dollar property in 3 year. these r not common or normal or average examples. when we talk of a country or real estate prices they shud reflect an average indian's (who is living n earning in india) case.
            secondly, and more importantly u can say that u had put ur money in 4 diffrnt investment but cant say that u have "bought" or "purchased" 4 properties in 4 years bec u havent paid for all the flats. i dont knw but am quite certain u might not hav paid even 25% for each of them, which means tht u might not hav paid for even 1 appartment.
            the prices in india r exorbitant to say the least !!
            Last edited December 24 2012, 02:46 PM.

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            • #36

              #36

              Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

              amit001,

              Ruchika's points is still valid that the original question was not about anyone's individual success story but a more generic one.

              The CEO of my firm owns multiple properties and I could have replied that if you will get top-notch degrees, marry accordingly and work hard and with some good luck you can become a CEO and then you can also buy multiple properties. But that reply would have been absurd, irrelevant and off-topic.

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              • #37

                #37

                Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

                Originally posted by amit001 View Post
                I come from a middle class background. Both my parents were govt servants.

                PS - if you have fire and passion to achieve anything. Nothing is impossible. Offcourse with some luck and right opportunities.
                Well done amit001 --> Congrats Buddy!!

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                • #38

                  #38

                  Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

                  Well, well looks everyone seems to think that buying multiple properties and that too ASAP say before they reach 30 yrs is a "sign of success", "have made it", " i have arrived" feeling...

                  Firstly, waqt se pehle aur kismet se jyaada - no one can get more than he/she deserves...some1 who makes atrocious amts early in life will pay heavy price as he growss in yrs in terms of health, family life etc - no cos will pay more than what they can xtract (time, life) from you by factor of 10 - so if some makes 1L than cos will try to make atleast 10L from he/she - the factor goes up as u rise in ladder..

                  Secondly, Life and world is cylical in nature - economies, mkts, businesses go up & down - nothing remains at peak all time not nothing remains in the bottom all the time..so expecting "same returns" all the time is foolish...if today gold or RE is booming tomorrow some thing else (say silver, commodities or equities) may give great returns...BTW great return > inflation, for me!!

                  Thirdly, ppl look at the upside of every investment that make but refuse to see the possible downside...RE prices for "buy" and "sell" have atleast 20% diff - sell being on lower side for retail investor.

                  Well, all those x houses ppl are buying are actually "greed" and not "need"...i hope ppl know the diff. Life is great lever...

                  Tips to survive:-
                  01. Don't over-leverage
                  02. Don't concentrate on any ONE asset calss
                  03. Not everything is calculated in-terms of %age returns
                  04. Learn to differentiate between need & greed...
                  05. Life is great lever - finally what u really deserve remains rest life re-claims!!

                  GET LIFE People - spend time with family & friends, meet elders in family, do things that make u happy paint, sing etc etc

                  No matter how successful or wealthy u are - no take aways allowed !!!

                  Regards
                  SS
                  Last edited December 24 2012, 05:32 PM.

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                  • #39

                    #39

                    Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

                    For me,

                    My source of money is my Mother in-Law.

                    My Salary - income -- May be not good for more investment.
                    These father/forefather money is really important......for investment.

                    For every person - own earned money is not too much (Except few examples)

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                    • #40

                      #40

                      Re : How do People Invest So Much in Properties?

                      Not many people understand investments...

                      I know an average guy.. graduate.. had 2 small 1 BHK apartments in Bandra in 2007 and when the building went for redevelopment he exited both at an huge price ..
                      He bought 2 houses in Mumbai in JVLR for just within a crore for capital gains and invested 1 crore (50 lakhs each for 2 houses) in the capital saving bond..

                      He had about 25 lakhs balance in his savings account which the relationship manager sold infrastructure , power theme funds and ulips.. which are today quite worthless.. or at a loss...

                      when the capital gain bonds matured he has about a crore.. do you think he will invest again in equities.. Surely not.. He has invested in properties.. 2 under construction properties .. paid the full amount.. in some SRA project.. Yeah the project has hardly progressed, but he is sure that whenever it is completed he has already doubled his investments.. He cannot say the same about his mutual fund investments...

                      Same is the case with the political class... it is easier to manage properties which are big ticket items.. rather than multiple small investments...

                      If you are accepting a bribe of 10000 Rupees you would rather receive 10 - 1000 Rupees and slip it into your wallet... rather than 10 bundles of Rs 10 note..
                      easier to manage..

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