Festive Season: Tips On Freebies And Offers On Property

– Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

In Maharashtra, Diwali is definitely the time of choice for property buyers to invest in their dream home. In fact, property buyers look forward to this festival to sign the papers on their homes because this city cherishes this traditional time of investing in the future.

freeObviously, builders also respond to the vastly improved market sentiments and do all they can to sustain them. During the Diwali period, property buyers will be presented with a slew of offers which developers introduce to induce sales. The Diwali period this year will see a lot of such activity, because property developers are eager to create sufficient interest in their projects. The residential property market has seen slackness over the preceding months, and Diwali is the time that developers have been looking forward to as much as property buyers.

The question here is – do such ‘freebies’ constitute real value for property buyers? The answer to this does not depend solely on what is being offered. It is a normal market phenomenon for incentives to be offered during the festive season, but property buyers should consider the actual value of the property.

They should be cautious about extravagant freebies and take a close look at the factors that add or reduce value in the case of real estate. If the project is by a developer known for sub-standard construction, or if it is located in a ‘blind spot’ of the local real estate market, no amount of freebies can compensate. The property itself will not represent a good investment, and the buyer will not benefit in the long run.

Another aspect to watch out for is freebies being offered for properties in over-priced projects. At a time when property buyers seek the best options for their money, getting a free car along with an overpriced flat does not make sense. If the flats in this project do not represent good value for money, freebies will not improve the situation. If a buyer wants to buy a flat in Pune such a project, it is best to negotiate for a better price than to accept freebies – or ask for them in addition to a discount.

Home buyers should especially beware of freebies being offered by investors who have put their money into properties in locations that are known to be ‘overheated’ (in other words, where rates have been artificially inflated by excessive investor activity). In such cases, freebies are meant to act as psychological encouragements to make an unwise property purchase.

There are certain incentives that buyers can definitely take seriously. These are not in the form of cars or vacations, but represent actual savings to them. Such incentives include:

  • Reduced down-payments to book flats, with balance payable on possession, resulting in an extension of the period between booking and full payment. Normally, buyers would have to pay the balance as the building progresses
  • Waiver on stamp duty, VAT and registration charges
  • Free or significantly reduced clubhouse memberships
  • Free parking, furnishing, interior decoration and smart home features (which would otherwise be charged for)
  • Waiver on premium for floor-rise

About The Author:

Anil PharandeAnil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area, offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. The luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings. Woodsville in Moshi is another highly successful PCMC-based township by Pharande Spaces which is now in its 3rd phase.

Gudi Padwa: The Festival of Renewal and Property Investment

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

India is a country of myriad traditions and festivals that are not only times of celebration but in many cases also major investment decisions. As a result, many market segments are also aligned to these periods. The Gudi Padwa festive season is among the periods of intense real estate market activity, because this period is traditionally seen as one of renewal and forward planning.

Gudi Padwa is a celebration of the coming of spring, during which nature once again delivers its gift of abundance after the largely barren winter months. In fact, this period is celebrated by almost every culture in the world in some form or the other. But probably nowhere with as much joy and fervour as in India, which is a country with very strong agrarian roots. It is no accident that Gudi Padwa coincides with many festivals all over India, from Baisakhi in Punjab, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Vishu in Kerala.

The cross-linkage of Gudi Padwa with real estate purchase is by no means a latter-day phenomenon – this trend has been in evidence since historical times. India is a country where certain times of the year as seen as very auspicious for any activity related to investment and wealth creation. A self-owned home is the biggest and most important investment for most Indian families, and the Gudi Padwa festive period invariably sees significantly increased property purchase activity.

This year, Gudi Padwa coincides with many other favourable market dynamics. Very much in keeping with the spirit of spring which Gudi Padwa celebrates, India has emerged from a prolonged period of political uncertainty and economic doldrums. A strong and resolute government has taken charge, and the Indian economy is visibly reviving. Across the country, Indians have put job insecurity and indecisiveness about their future goals behind them. However, the property market has not yet picked up concurrent pace, resulting in a very favourable scenario for home seekers this Gudi Padwa.

Depending on how the property market is behaving, developers roll out various offers and incentives to encourage buyers during the Gudi Padwa season. This year, such offers are going to be plentiful, but a more important dynamic we will see is that many developers who had refrained from lowering their rates may do so selectively this year under the guise of festival discounts. Without a doubt, the tradition-fuelled upswing in buyer sentiments must be harnessed during Gudi Padwa.

More than ever, home seekers intent on making their purchase this Gudi Padwa need to be guided by the right fundamentals. It is important to understand that when it comes to freebies and offers, the real estate market is no different from any other kind of market – an attractive offer only makes sense if it is attached to the right product. Considering the magnitude of investment one makes into a home – and also the purpose of this investment – it is very important to ensure that one is buying what one really wants and needs.

One of the best ways to maintain a clear focus while buying a home in a festive season is to make a list of the merits and demerits of every option one has short-listed first. Given the specific nature of home purchase, sufficient weightage must be given to location, the reputation of the developer, the facilities and amenities available, and of course overall value for money. If all these check out positively and are backed by an attractive offer or discount, one is on the way to making a good choice.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran.

The Value Proposition Of Large Vs. Small Flats In Pune

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande

Over the last couple of years, I have been observing with concern the decreasing size of flats on the Pune real estate market. Of course, it is the demand for smaller flats that is driving this kind of supply.

With housing prices in the Pune Municipal Corporation rising relentlessly, the ‘biggest’ opportunity that developers perceive is in smaller flats that get sold in the shortest possible time. This kind of supply is aimed at first-time home buyers who either have limited budgets or low financial confidence.

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Smaller Flats – Pricing Trap

Though these are supposed to be ‘affordable homes’, the pricing of these units is actually on the higher side. They sell because the prices are still lower than those of larger flats, but the buyers are actually paying an excessive unit cost.

The reason for this disparity is that the ‘pigeon holes’ housing model itself has some inherent flaws built into it. To begin with, the share of common area that needs to allocated in a project that consists of only of small-sized homes means that the project loses in terms of overall efficiency and sale-able area. This results in lower revenue potential, so developers bump up their prices to compensate.

Secondly, the cost of construction depends on the quantity of raw materials being used. When a developer is building a project which comprises exclusively of small units, his development costs actually go up because every unit needs to be provided with separate fittings, appliances and finishes.

As a result, he will increase his prices to make up for the loss in profitability.

Home buyers should be aware that the converse is equally true. In a project with larger units, developers save on costs because of more efficient common space utilization and lower consumption of fittings, appliances and finishes for individual units.

Better Common Amenities

This is why a 1 BHK is often only 30-35% less expensive than a 2 BHK. The bottom line is that by opting for larger flats, property buyers are getting more value for their money.

Also, projects comprising of larger flats tend to have better common amenities, which the developer can maximize the overall livability and therefore attractiveness of the project rather than needing to focus on making as many units as possible within the available space.

The obvious question that follows is – where can middle class home buyers from Pune find larger flats that fall within their budgets? The answer is – in the developing (rather than expensive over-developed) parts of the city.

For example, West Pune is a corridor where hundreds of property buyers are still able to find true value for their money.

Property rates in many of the the areas of PCMC are lower than the inner localitions of the Pune Municipal Corporation, which means that buyers can get the benefits of larger flats with better amenities there.

With the vastly improved road connectivity, the newer areas of West Pune close to Hinjewadi and the MIDC are now becoming the destinations most favoured by home buyers working in these employment catchments.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a mixed bag of products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran. Puneville in West Pune’s Punawale is the latest integrated township project by Pharande Spaces

 

Pradhikaran: Pune Real Estate’s Hottest Growth Corridor

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Sector 14 in Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township properties like Woodsville

Anil Pharande

The Pune residential real estate boom, initially kick-started by the IT/ITeS industry, has brought about a lot of unregulated development. While property prices in Pune rose unrealistically, the city’s traditional ease of living and pleasant climate, which were previously its USPs, suffered.

Hills and trees have been razed to accommodate the rapidly expanding concrete jungle that all but defines central Pune today. The town planning commission found itself impotent in the face of the development mania, which soon transcended all reasonable, sustainable boundaries.

Real Estate Issues In Pune

In Pune, infrastructure challenges have been increasing because of the ever-increasing population. This has also put escalating pressure on available land, resulting in the forced extension of the city limits.

The pattern of development has been decidedly mercenary and unplanned, with the only criteria being accessibility to existing and upcoming IT hubs. While the rise of Hinjewadi created increasing demand for homes in its immediate vicinity, places like Aundh soon witnessed a slew of projects by property developers. Similarly, property prices in Baner and Wakad rose so steeply that they finally corrected.

Focus On Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)

As things stand now, central Pune no longer has an iota of its previous quality and ambience in residential property offerings. It is therefore not surprising that homebuyers are beginning to focus on the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area has, in fact, emerged as the last outpost Pune’s previous residential property comfort levels.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation first came into the limelight as an industrial area. However, it also has an advantage that central Pune does not – planned development. The growth of the real estate sector in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is closely regulated by the PCNTDA, which works together with the PCMC to ensure planned and realistic growth.

Central Pune continues to suffer from pollution, depleting greenery, traffic jams, water and power scarcity, lack of proper infrastructure and unrealistic residential property rates. Meanwhile, Pradhikaran (the location that defines the PCNTDA) has been benefiting from sensible real estate development.

If one studies the demographic development of Pune real estate growth, it is evident that Pradhikaran is precisely where the city’s growth is headed in the North/North-Western direction. This is extremely significant in terms of long-term residential property investment.

The Rise Of Pradhikaran

In years gone by, the PCNTDA began to acquire land in the PCMC area so that planned development could take place in the future. This planning included the allocation of specific areas for industrial activity, residential property development, public parks, unobstructed spaces, shopping centres, office buildings, roads and utilities.

Water supply to all sectors was ensured by the construction of several mammoth water tanks, each with capacities of several million litres, before development was permitted in each sector. Once this was done, the PCNTDA made the developed land parcels available to property developers.

The PCMC master plan also provides for generous road widths, the likes of which are impossible elsewhere in Pune. This goes a long way in preserving one of Pradhikaran’s natural splendour and hygiene.

Because of these factors, and also because of the growth in the PCMC industrial belt, the last two years have witnessed a huge increase in demand for residential property in the Pradhikaran area.

The fact that a number of large international companies are operating in nearby Chakan has, in fact, been a primary criterion for the area’s development profile. These companies regularly deliver thousands of jobs at all levels, which has had a telling effect on Pradhikaran’s general economic status. Specifically, there has been a huge surge in demand for residential property there.

Pradhikaran’s expansion, which has been inspired by the Chandigarh model of controlled development, began with a few hundred acres. Today, the area speaks for about 7000 acres. Pradhikaran is continually seeing infrastructural enhancements on all fronts – including roads, water and electricity supply and digital connectivity.

Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township projects that offer all the hallmarks of ambient, sustainable living. Apart from the high lifestyle quotient, the investment potential of these townships benefits from a magic mix of real estate market drivers.

The presence of Tata Motors, Talawade, Hinjewadi, Chakan and the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt add to the value of these townships, while the Mumbai-Pune highway and Expressway make it advantageously accessible to the financial capital of Mumbai.

No wonder that Pradhikaran is now being seen as both, the best option for first home buyers, and as the new residential property investment hotspot in Pune’s real estate market.

About The Author

Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

PCMC Growth Story: To Absorb 20 More Villages

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is all set to merge 20 more villages into its city limits, thereby giving these rural areas the benefit of its globally acclaimed infrastructure-based model of planned urbanization. The list of villages to be included is as follows:

  1. Dehu
  2. Vitthalnagar
  3. Mhalunge
  4. Nighoje
  5. Moyi
  6. Kuruli
  7. Nanekarwadi
  8. Kharabwadi
  9. Chakan
  10. Kadachiwadi
  11. Chimbali
  12. Kelgaon
  13. Alandi
  14. Khalumbe
  15. Gahunje
  16. Hinjewadi
  17. Manh
  18. Marunji
  19. Nere, and
  20. Jambhe

Of these, Chakan is the most important area from the perspective of industrial growth. Hinjewadi is among the most gripping chapter in the annals of India’s Information Technology sector, while Alandi and Dehu are major pilgrimage destinations. We are once again witnessing the process of urbanization that has made the PCMC a global showcase model of holistic development.

The geographical expansion of city limits has historically been proven as the only viable means of rational urbanization. Without the benefit of expanding city borders, a city tends to densify and eventually stagnate. A city’s ability to grow geographically directly affects its economic diversity and health.

In fact, the Indian real estate story shows us that the only cities that retain and increase their economic viability are the ones that have the ability to expand. By the same coin, cities which do not or cannot grow eventually stagnate in terms of infrastructure, property market potential and their overall ‘liveability’ quotient.

Why Indian Cities Over-Densify And Decay

Some of the most serious problems that stagnated cities face are over-crowding, pollution, unrealistic rises in property prices, gradual reduction in employment opportunities and generalized urban decay. In India, this phenomenon is not always the result of lack of peripheral rural areas to urbanize.

Relative to its available land resources, India has remarkably few modern cities – and these cities offer the maximum number of employment. As a natural consequence, people from the rural areas steadily migrate to urban areas to earn a better livelihood.

While many Indian cities do have the ability to expand their borders, lack of forward-looking city planning leads to rapid densification within the urbanized areas. At the same time, the peripheral areas that could relieve the strain on these urbanized pockets suffer from complete neglect, leading to a huge disparity in economic profiles. When these cities finally expand their borders, they do so as a means of 11th hour damage control – and with a remarkable lack of vision.

As a result, we see areas that nobody had ever heard of suddenly being profiled as ‘upcoming locations’. Developers rush to these areas, attracted by the lower land prices, and lose no time in putting up ‘affordable housing’ projects before any kind of supporting infrastructure has been put in place. This phenomenon has been seen in various parts of the country, including in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi NCR.

Planned Urbanization – The Inclusive Approach

Over the years, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has been attracting more and more people from the nearby areas. The PCMC model of urban development is based on planned social and civic infrastructure and the scientific allocation of residential, commercial and industrial areas. This fabric needs to maintained by geographic expansion, and this is precisely the process we are now witnessing.

Including more villages into the municipal limits brings prosperity, real estate development and infrastructure to these areas. The PCMC has consistently employed the method of expanding the spread of its real estate map as the most viable means to prevent core congestion.

Anil Pharande is Vice President – CREDAI (Pune Metro) and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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The Investment Potential Of Pune’s Growth Areas

The 2012 Government Ready Reckoner for Pune shows a property rates increase of between 20-25% in some of the rural areas, primarily those that are being developed rapidly. Is this surprising? After all, would one not expect rates to go up more in urban rather than rural areas? Not necessarily.

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In the first place, it is the developing areas of Pune that are the investment hotspots, not the established ones. This is because these areas, though priced lower than the central city locations, are seeing addition of infrastructure and rapidly improving connectivity.

This means that property investors focusing on Pune can pick up properties at lower rates and watch their value grow as these areas become better connected to the city’s economic hubs. This phenomenon is already being witnessed in areas like Wakad, Punewale, Moshi and Ravet, all of which benefit from proximity to the Hinjewadi Infotech Park, the Expressway and the PCMC manufacturing belt. The demand for housing in these areas is high and increasing with every passing month.

It must be remembered that the price of housing is determined by the demand for it. In any given area, housing prices grow in tandem with the growth in local population. The basic logic is simple – as more people are added to a local economy, the more housing is required – and the greater the demand for housing, the higher will be the property prices. Pune property investors are obviously interested in cashing in on this trend.

The fact that Ready Reckoner rates are rising should also point the way for aspiring home owners. This is the right time to buy a home in one of the rapidly growing development areas of Pune. Investment in the right kind of home in the right kind of location can provide them a comfortable lifestyle now and financial security for themselves and their families in the long run.

Here are some quick guidelines for the selection process:

  • Ensure that the project is being constructed by a reputed builder with a good track record for timely completion
  • Ensure that the location has appreciation potential – ask a local broker by how much prices there have grown over the last three years and how much they are expected to grow in the next three years
  • Do not go by price alone but look at what is scheduled to happen in the location in the near and distant future
  • Invest in a township property. Township properties generally show better resale value than standalone projects because they have better infrastructure, security, construction quality, facilities and ambience

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Pune Real Estate: The Price Of Rapid Urbanization

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By the most recent reckoning, India’s population currently hovers around the 1.15 billion mark. It is estimated that by 2030, this figure will have grown to around 1.53 billion. India’s urban areas are just about ready to burst at the seams, on the heels of an accelerating population explosion.

The population growth in India’s rural areas in the present decade is around 18%, and over 30% in the urban areas. This pattern of urbanisation is seen as encouraging, since it seems to indicate that India will attain the global urbanization standard average in the course of the next decade.

However, it is also true that this upsurge in our cities’ population is putting available civic structures like public transport, water supply, drainage, sewerage and obviously the supply of housing under severe pressure.

This raises the question – how are India’s real estate developers addressing the problem of insufficient infrastructure in and around their projects in the main cities? The fact is, they can’t do much.

In cities like Pune, property buyers have no choice but to turn a blind eye to the absence of sufficient infrastructure. They are aware of the fact that they will face numerous inconveniences, but what can they do?

Many opt to buy into projects that boast of compensatory measures to overcome the infrastructure deficit. These would include independent water supply if a reliable municipal pipeline doesn’t exist, electricity backup to make up for unreliable power supply and sump pits if the area does not have adequate sewage.

However, such projects in Pune City are few and far between, and homes in them come at extremely high prices. Also, no matter in how many ways Pune developers compensate for lack of civic infrastructure, they cannot add more than a token patch of landscaped lawn by ways of natural ambience.

The high property rates are a real problem. Many of those who buy flats in Pune have saved all their lives for buying their Pune dream home. They have made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen; having finally managed to save enough, they buy their homes and immediately regret it.

The maintenance costs for their flats are far too high for them to bear – a lot of them can’t afford petrol for their cars anymore. They travel to and from work by bus.

We have all looked at the parking lots of highly-priced residential projects and seen dusty cars with handmade posters on the rear windows saying things like ‘Homemade Detergent Soap Available at Flat 12A’ and ‘Tuition For Stds. V to IX – Contact Mr. XYZ at Flat 26C.

It simply makes no sense to invest everything in a home and then live in financial stress afterward. The solution obviously lies in finding a home where the same investment buys you more.

The choice is between paying a certain amount on a small, under-equipped flat in the crowded central city or on a spacious home in a location blessed with natural beauty and and sound infrastructure.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which planned its residential areas decades ago, offers such options. The integrated residential projects in Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran close to the upcoming International Convention Centre offer the kind of homes that Puneites have always dreamed of, but never been able to own.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation also has an extremely vibrant economy, offering more and more job opportunities across all business sectors with every passing year.

Finally, because of the regulated nature of the PCMC real estate market and the high emphasis on civic facilities and amenities, there is no question of an eventual infrastructure deadlock. The real estate prices are way below those see in Pune, too. For that reason, these are the kind of homes that will be sources of joy for several generations.

Anil Pharande is Chaiman – Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Thergaon Is The New Star On The Pune Real Estate Map

Anil Pharande

Thergaon in the Pimpri Chinchwad area is the latest rising star in Pune real estate. Now that most of the urban areas within the city have reached saturation point, it is the suburbia and outlying localities that are receiving increasing attention. Thergaon is amongst the most favored destinations for property buyers from Pimpri Chinchwad as well as from central Pune.

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Location Advantages

The fact that Thergaon is now known as both the Aundh Annexe and Chinchwad Annexe is significant. Both Aundh and Chinchwad are highly developed in both the residential and commercial sense. In fact, the Pimpri Chinchwad area has a very large industrial presence in its own right. Wakad and the Hinjewadi Software Technology Park lie at approximately the same convenient distance from Thergaon along the Pune-Mumbai Highway, bestowing their various benefits as well.

The general location of suburban Aundh is favored for many reasons. All of these reasons are of great importance in the Pune property market context. Being relatively unsaturated and congestion-free, localities like Wakad, Baner, Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Nilakh and Thergaon still offer relatively clean environment, spacious living conditions and affordable land rates while retaining the advantages of modern, developed Aundh.

This is a ‘have-your-cake-and–eat-it-too’ situation that is not available often on the Pune property market. Moreover, town planning authorities have taken it upon themselves to avoid the more obvious mistakes committed in the over-development of Aundh – the pace of development in the above-mentioned areas is carefully controlled. Only residential and commercial projects that fit well into the overall master plan are encouraged. From both an investment and home-buying angle, localities like Thergaon make eminent economic and aesthetic real estate sense.

Great Connectivity

Pimpri Chinchwad features some of the nation’s most prominent industrial entities, and is home to the redoubtable Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation belt. As such, it provides innumerable opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and counts among the most prosperous and progressive areas in the country.  Similarly, Aundh has proliferated in leaps and bounds over the past few years.

The Hinjewadi Software Technology Park is a byword of Pune’s IT Revolution, having attracted major corporations active in this vast and progressive field. Thergaon is readily accessible from these areas and at the same time remains peaceful, free of development excesses and very affordable. Since these advantages came to light, some significant additions have been made to the landscape at Thergaon.

The Aditya Birla Hospital is a major coup for the future of Thergaon’s standing on the property market. The establishment of this deluxe medical facility there had been proposed in response to the quiet environment and convenient accessibility to Pune’s more centralized parts. As a medical establishment, it rivals the most prominent and respected in Pune and has attracted a lot of attention. In addition, it provides a significant amount of employment and commercial advantages to the immediate area.

It is also no accident that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to launch its ambitious Sunny Water Sports Centre in Thergaon. The basic functions of this establishment, designed along international guidelines, is to train and discipline youngsters with potential in the refined water sports of canoeing, kayaking and rowing, under highly qualified training instructors and in a carefully monitored environment. The organizing committee for this undertaking found the Pawna River that flows along Thergaon to be the ideal venue.

Apart from a professional training establishment, the SWSC will also serves as a deluxe recreational facility for water sports enthusiasts interested in speedboats, water scooters and so on.

On the industrial front, the well-known Padamjee Paper Mills have contributed in no uncertain way to Thergaon’s overall economy. This sizable organization provides for the blue collar sector what Hinjewadi does for the white collars – adequate employment, steady commercial status and additional interest in the area as a suitable residential abode.

In short, things are definitely looking up at Thergaon. Numerous notable builders are taking an active interest in establishing projects there, and the future of this charming little locality is as bright as that of Wakad, Pimple Nilakh and other outlying areas of Pune.

Anil-PharandeAnil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Buying Investment Property In Hot Markets

Investing in real estate is a time-honoured method of achieving financial success. Throughout the ages, investment property has helped a lot of people make a great deal of money – sometimes quickly, sometimes over the long term. Those who invest for the short term are generally known as property speculators, and they play a dangerous game. Long term property investment is for forward thinkers who have an investment horizon of at least five years.

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The objective of a long-term property investor is to buy a property at a low price and sell it at a higher price. To be successful at this, one needs to know what is going to happen in a certain location over the next few years. You will need to invest in a growing location, not an established one. This is especially true if  you are a middle-class person living off a middle-class income. There are two reasons for this.

First of all, properties in established locations cost a lot of money. At the same time, their long-term investment value is lower. The reason for this lies in the nature of the real estate market. The costly (or ‘prime’) areas gained their value over a certain period of time, but what goes up will eventually go down. Real estate gains value because of new infrastructure projects, shopping centres, public transport facilities, etc.

If you look at central locations of Pune such as Bund Garden Road, KoregaonPark, Kothrud, Deccan Gymkhana and Laxmi Road, you will see that nothing more can happen there. These areas are saturated. In many of them, residents are facing a lot of problems because of overcrowding, lack of parking, open spaces, playgrounds for their kids, pollution and traffic clogging. Even with the best of intentions, the city planning authorities cannot do anything to make life better for them – there is simply no space left.

Though the property rates in these areas of Pune are high, they cannot rise further because the future has nothing to offer there. Long-term property investment in Pune means buying real estate in an area while it is on the rise – not when it is in saturation or decline mode. Buying investment property means buying it where people are going, not where they have already been for generations.

A hot property market is one where there are upcoming changes in the infrastructure, and where homebuyers are headed. Infrastructure can include things like major highway construction and shopping and entertainment facilities. Look for areas that have a lot of employment options, because people always want to live close to where they work.

Also keep your eyes open for areas where large corporations are relocating or already exist and have room to expand. When this happens, the real estate market in that area will boom due to demand for housing and small businesses. Business is one of the most reliable drivers for real estate prices.

In terms of the Pune property market, Pimpri Chinchwad has all the above ingredients of a hot property investment destination. This is the reason why more and more Pune developers are now concentrating on projects in this boom area. If you want to know more about this thriving property investment location, you are welcome to contact us to learn more about the various lucrative residential property investment options in Pradhikaran and other areas of Pimpri-Chinchwad  available.

Tips On Buying A Home In Pune

Every Indian dreams of having their very own home, and most people work all their lives to save up enough money to purchase it. In fact, this is the primary driver of the Pune property market, since this city holds to the traditional concept of homeownership as a gauges of security and success. And, of course, a new home is the best gift you can give yourself and your family.

Because of the recent economic crisis, a lot of Pune property buyers have begun thinking twice about purchasing a new home. The major reasons are increased interest rates and the rather unfriendly Pune property rates. While a number of banks are offering to help out families in Pune who want to buy their own home, there are still clouds of doubt that hover above the decision makers.

It is true that buying a home is a huge investment, and that you need to maintain it for a lifetime. For a middle class homebuyer in Pune, buying a residence is literally putting all the chips on the table. Here are some tips that are worth considering before you proceed with buying a property in Pune:

  • Location

Location is perhaps the most important factor to consider, because it will say a lot about your purchase. Do not forget that its location dictates the price of your new home in Pune. For example, a 3 BHK flat in the middle of nowhere will cost you a lot less than a 1 BHK in the middle of the city’s commercial district. Some areas are called prime because of their central location. They are close to the places that we need access to, such as schools, healthcare facilities and shopping centres. These places cost a lot more because they offer all of these.

However, the new concept of township properties has created an entirely new paradigm. The new townships in Pune allows property buyers to avail of all these facilities even if the location is not in the centre of the main city. Some of the best townships in Pune are coming up in the Pimpri Chinchwad area – for instance, Woodsville in Moshi and Celestial City in Ravet, both being developed by Pharande Spaces. These are integrated townships that offer every convenience of modern living in Pune’s flourishing sister city.

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  • Price

The cost of your flat in Pune is obviously one of the most important considerations. As already stated, certain properties in Pune cost more simply because they are centrally located within the city. It is significant to note that despite the higher pricing, the homebuyer has to put up with traffic congestion, air pollution, lack of greenery and inadequate parking facilities.

Those who are looking for a reasonably priced flat in Pune will only find it in the further locations. Many of these new areas do still have some greenery and less traffic congestion and pollution. However, in time these areas will also succumb to the hammer of indiscriminate development which has been the hallmark of the Pune real estate market.

Again, Pimpri-Chinchwad township properties offer the perfect alternative. The real estate development in the PCMC area is strictly controlled. This means that infrastructure keeps pace with property development at all times. In other words, these Pune township properties will never be strangled by over-development and traffic snarls. They are the perfect alternative for Pune property buyers who are looking for a clean, green environment to live in – not only for the current generation, but for all generations to come.

  • Security

Security is a major concern in a fast-developing city like Pune. Your choice of location for your new home also reflects on the safety of your family as well as your property. Security is definitely a very important consideration when you purchase a new home. It makes more sense to buy a property in a township project which offers round-the-clock security than in a urban city centre with a high crime rate.

  • Appreciation

While central location is a big driver for property prices, central locations are also the most volatile in terms of price fluctuations. This is because the property market in city centres is more often than not driven by investors rather than genuine end users. On the other hand, there are no other price drivers in a congested, overdeveloped city. Very little can be done to enhance the infrastructure and therefore the lifestyle quotient of property owners.

Though prices stagnate in the city centre for these reasons, property valuations for township properties in developing areas such as Pimpri Chinchwad increase because of the better infrastructure, more wholesome environment and the steady – yet controlled – addition of value-adding projects such as office complexes, malls, schools and hospitals.

While buying a flat in Pune, it makes a whole lot of sense to consider the purchase from all angles. In short, keep in mind what kind of standard of living you wish to enjoy in your lifetime and also pass on to your children.

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar