5 important Factors every NRI should know before investing in real estate in India

NRI Investment in real estate in India

Many times people migrate to other countries for job opportunities and settle there for a longer period. However, when they come back they feel like making some investment to make their future secure or some people who still live outside the country and are willing to invest in the real estate. However, if they are Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and they need to know few things before taking a decision of investing in real estate. They need to understand the financial aspect. These are the five important factors, which they should be considered before investing in real estate in India.

In which type of properties they are allowed to invest –

NRIs cannot buy agricultural, plantation property and a farmhouse. However, if these types of properties are inherited or gifted to a non-resident, then only they can own it. An NRI can own commercial, residential,and industrial properties in India. Whenever they decide to buy they need to have a proof of being an NRI i.e. an affidavit; they will also need an Indian Passport or a PAN number.

Ways to pay for the property  –

There is good news for NRIs that the rules of the Reserve Bank of India are easy to understand. When you decide to make an investment in India, you do not require any prior permission from the authorities to buy real estate. Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) holds all the rights for all these properties.

You have to be prepared to file IT returns in India –

If an NRI buys a property in India, s/he will have to pay the property tax in India. This has to be done with a stamp duty and registration fees also need to be paid for the property. If you earn money in India, it will be counted in Income tax. So, be ready to hire someone to file the IT returns in India and for all the legal paperwork.                  

Tax benefits

For Non Resident the income that is earned or received in India is only taxable in India. However, you do not have to pay income tax in India on the money, which is earned outside India. They can claim Rs. 1 lakh deduction under the section 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961.

Take care of EMI and Forex –

The Reserve Bank of India have allowed the NRIs to get the loans which are up to 80% of the value of the property. They will have to pay the loans in INR only. If you decide to pay in equated monthly installments (EMI) by using your personal earnings from abroad, make sure that you take care of the changes taking place in foreign exchange. The rates always move up and down, so adverse fluctuations can become a burden.

The Indian government has made things easier for NRI Investment in real estate encouraging the NRIs to connect back to their homeland.


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