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  • What is CREDAI?
    The Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI) is an association formed by developers and builders in India for self-regulating the business of real estate development. CREDAI has more than 8500 member developers and builders through 112 member associations with representation in all the major cities and states of the country. CREDAI has its office at #703, Ansal Bhawan, Street 16, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
  • What are the functions carried out by CREDAI?
    CREDIA prescribes certain norms and standards to be followed by all its members. As a majority of builders and developers are members of CREDAI, the norms prescribed by CREDAI go a long way in bringing uniformity in the practices and policies adopted by builders and developers throughout India. For example, builders and developers who are members of CREDAI are not allowed to impose exorbitant penalties for late payments made by buyers. CREDAI carries out several other functions such as mediating disputes between end buyers and builders/developers. CREDIO is also responsible for representing its members before government authorities on policy matters affecting the real estate business.
  • Can corporate bodies use residential properties as office space?
    It is illegal to put residential properties to commercial use. However service-based industries are allowed to operate from residential areas, on the condition that they will vacate the property if any complaint is received from other residential owners.
  • Before purchasing property owned by a company, what aspects should be considered?"
    Before purchasing property from a company, it is necessary to verify with the Registrar of Companies that the property is not mortgaged or is not being used as a security against a loan, otherwise it is not considered a freehold property.
  • What is the difference between carpet area, built-up and super built-up area?"
    Before purchasing property from a company, it is necessary to verify with the Registrar of Companies that the property is not mortgaged or is not being used as a security against a loan, otherwise it is not considered a freehold property.The area of an apartment or building, not inclusive of the area of the walls is known as carpet area. This is the area that is actually used and in which a carpet can be laid. When the area of the walls including the balcony is calculated along with the carpet area, it is known as built-up area. The built-up area along with the area under common spaces like lobby, lifts, stairs, garden and swimming pool is called super built-up area.
  • Why do Co-operative Housing Societies collect a Sinking Fund?
    Co-operative Housing Societies have a statutory obligation to collect a Sinking Fund. This is done so that in case the building needs to be repaired or reconstructed in the future, the society has sufficient funds to carry out the work. The amount to be contributed is decided by the General Body of the society; it should be at least ¼ percent per annum of the cost of each apartment, excluding the cost of the land. This fund may be used after a resolution is passed at the General Body meeting with the prior permission of the Registering Authority. This could be to carry out reconstruction, repairs, structural additions or alterations to the building as the architect thinks is required and certifies.
  • What is the meaning of a property's market value?
    The price that a property can command in the open market is known as its market value.
  • Are there any benefits in converting a leasehold property to a freehold one?
    There are several benefits: if you convert the property to a freehold property, you become a full-fledged owner by getting the sale deed and having it registered. A freehold property has better marketability and can be sold, mortgaged or kept for standing security, which cannot be done with leasehold property.
  • Are there any income tax considerations while transferring newly acquired property?
    If the transfer takes place within three years of purchase, the income tax exemption under Section 54F of the Income Tax Act does not hold good.
  • What is meant by valuation of property?
    The valuation process evaluates the market value of the property. Demand and supply forces operating in the market, as well as other factors like type of property, quality of construction, its location, the local infrastructure available, maintenance, are all taken into consideration before the market value is decided.
  • What does the term 'Leasehold Property' mean?
    When a piece of property is given or 'leased' to an individual (known as the 'Lessee') for a stipulated period of time, by the owner of the property (known as the 'Lessor'), the property is referred to as Leasehold Property. A certain amount is fixed by the Lessor to be paid as lease premium and annual lease. The land ownership rights remain with the Lessor. Transfer of property requires prior permission.
  • What does the term 'Freehold Property' mean?
    When ownership rights for a piece of property are given to the purchaser for a price, that property is referred to as Freehold Property. Unlike in the case of leasehold property, no annual lease charges need to be paid and the freehold property can be registered and / or transferred in part(s).
  • What constitutes conclusion of sale of a property?
    An agreement of sale, coupled with actual possession of the property would be considered as a conclusion of the sale. Usually, the entire amount is paid at the time of handing over possession.
  • How is its stamp duty decided?
    Stamp duty is based on the market value or the agreement value of the property, whichever is greater.
  • How does property valuation help?
    Typically, if a real estate agent is asked to judge the value of a piece of property, he would do so based on information of recent sales or purchases of similar properties in that area. Though this may give a fair idea of the property's market value, an official property valuation would carry more weight. E.g. if you need to use this piece of property as a security against a loan, the bank's loan approval process would be faster and smoother if the property is certified by an official valuer. Many banks now insist on valuation certificates before issuing loans using properties as security. The value thus certified may also have chances of getting a higher amount of loan sanctioned. Another benefit of official valuation is that it is a useful negotiating tool when selling the property. Such certification also becomes essential in situations where the correct value of the property has a legal bearing—such as, a will statement, insurance papers, business balance sheets etc.
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