Puneville: Redefining luxurious living with a dash of modern lifestyle

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Pharande Vaarivana Pune

With the Pune real estate market now counting among the most vibrant and attractive property investment destinations in the country, the focus is now squarely on which regions and real estate typologies are in highest demand by end users and investors. West Pune has emerged as a clear winner. One of the major global industrial hubs, West Pune is a dynamic economic generator drawing power from its massive cluster of mechanical, automotive and information technology clusters.

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Integrated townships have become the most preferred residential real estate configuration in Pune, and Punawale in West Pune is now home to what is by far the most luxurious as well as future-ready townships of its kind. Puneville, the masterpiece of luxurious township living by Pharande Spaces, has completely redefined the West Pune real estate landscape. Conceived and executed in partnership with globally acclaimed architects Aedas, this ultra-luxurious project is the culmination of Pharande Spaces’ constant quest towards perfection in township development.

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Puneville has been created to be the penultimate statement in luxurious township living,” says Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces. “We have spared no effort, expense or stretch of imagination to make it the most desirable residential address in Pune, and we have succeeded. The response from end users and investors has been unprecedented. By design and intent, Puneville is a unique creation that has no peers. Here in West Pune, we have given the city its ultimate real estate destination.”

Puneville consists of 16 towers, each with 23 storeys of uniquely crafted living spaces. In keeping with its elite ethos, its 2, 3 and 4BHK apartments are equipped with highest quality fittings, fixtures and marble flooring, sourced from leading manufacturers in Europe and Asia. The outdoor perfectly complements the interiors with every conceivable luxury feature, including Olympic-sized swimming pools for every cluster of buildings, landscaped gardens, tennis courts and a jogging track.

Puneville also features a completely unique sky walkway that circumnavigates the residential towers, effectively connecting all the towers to a central green area and children play zones.

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Is Pune ready for such a luxurious, futuristic township?

“Absolutely,” says Anil Pharande. “Luxury living in Pune is driven primarily by its burgeoning Information Technology sector – and in terms of what buyers from this segment expect from their luxury homes, the stakes are extremely high. At the same time, integrated townships have emerged as the most desirable residential real estate offering, since they offer self-contained and self-sustained infrastructure as well as all the ingredients of a modern, convenient lifestyle. Puneville is the perfect marriage of residential luxury in a full-fledged township environment in West Pune, which is now the city’s most sought-after real estate investment precinct.”

Mar 28 2015 : The Times of India (Pune)

GST Implications On Real Estate

– Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces

The Goods and Services Tax (GST), is a kind of a comprehensive indirect tax on sale, manufacture and consumption of different kinds of goods and services throughout India, with all other Central and State taxes intended to be subsumed under it. If this happens, it has far-reaching implications, including on real estate.

Taxation and real estate industry

If we take a look at the real estate industry in India today, we find that there have been major tax changes in the last few years. However, these taxes are not uniform all over the country – different practices and regulations are followed in different states in India. It was the 46th Amendment to the Constitution that brought massive changes towards taxation in the real estate sector. Later in the following years, special powers were given to the State Government for implementing Value-Added Tax (VAT) on some specific kinds of transactions.

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For land, property and other kinds of work contracts, different kinds of taxes are levied by the State Government and the Central Government. The transactions are mainly categorized in three parts – value of services, value of goods and materials and value of land. VAT is applied by the State Government on the goods portion, while value of services is taxed by the Central Government. However, other than stamp duty, there is no clear tax on the transactions regarding value of land. This situation leads to confusion and can result in dual taxation. Compliance and implementation of such taxes also get difficult.

The real estate industry has justifiably been feeling jittery with such confusing tax implantations and calculations. For one real estate transaction, multiple taxes need to be paid and this has a negative effect on the industry. The industry’s demand to bring GST on board is primarily to get a clear and transparent taxation rule for the real estate sector in India.

Expected GST effects on the real estate industry in India

The implementation of GST can prove to be a significant step in reforming indirect taxation in India. Chances of double taxation would be diminished, as some of the Central and State Government taxes will be amalgamated into one tax. This will ease the process of taxation considerably, making its enforcement and administration easier and simpler.

Talking about the real estate industry in this context, there are many things which have to be known and understood. In the current situation, a builder or a real estate developer incurs various kinds of expenses during the construction phase of a project. Different kinds of taxes are involved with these expenses, such as VAT/CST, customs duties, service tax, excise duty and so on. Majority of these taxes are expenses that are included in the system. This is because they are not creditable to the developer or to the end-customer. These non-creditable expenses lead to tax inefficiency, which is not desirable.

One positive impact that might result from GST is doing away of restrictions on credit utilization. This will definitely help in strengthening the credit chain in the entire system. If property developers and builders can properly manage this aspect, they will see some profit.

It is expected that the proposed GST structure will have a progressive and streamlined approach. The tax compliance rules should not have any serious impact on real estate builders and developers. In present conditions, builders running projects in different states have to comply with State-specific VAT laws, as well as other kinds of service taxes. Bringing in GST will therefore not bring any additional compliance burden on real estate builders in the country.

Issues regarding GST which affect real estate builders

There are a few clarifications that might be sought for GST taxation by real estate developers. For instance, the definition of a real estate developer varies from one state to another in India. The composition scheme varies according to State, in which the VAT rates come between 1-5%. In some States, there are differences between the terms real estate contractors and real estate developers. It has to be understood what will the GST implications are if the terms have different meanings.

There might be some confusion regarding GST implementations on residential property, as well. In the present scenario, there is no service tax applicable on renting immovable property, particularly for residential purposes. But service tax and VAT is implemented on the construction work. The question that arises is if the proposed GST will offer differential tax for residential properties.

As of now, it does not look like completed residential projects will be affected by GST, as buyers into completed projects have already paid statutory charges such as stamp duty and registration charges on the transaction. The segments to watch on the GST front are under-construction flats and rental flats, which are expected to come under the ambit of GST. GST will apply to the materials that a developer procures for building a residential project, so there is a direct correlation to the overall cost of construction.

Much depends on what rate of GST will finally be confirmed. If it is more than the existing cumulative taxes currently in force, it means that the overall cost to consumers of buying an under-construction flat will increase along with the added cost of stamp duty and registration. At the same time, developers have to keep an eye on costing, as price competitiveness is very important in the current real estate market scenario.

About The Author:

Pharande Vaarivana PuneAnil 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.

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.

Pharande Vaarivana PuneObviously, 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 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.

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PMC’s Proposal To Extend Duration Of Lease Period Faces Opposition

(TOI, Nov 7, 2010)
PUNE: The civic body’s proposal to extend the duration of the lease period of civic properties is mired in controversy with civic activists alleging that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has not prepared a draft for the changes proposed in the policy.
Six years after it became the first civic body in the state to have a land lease policy, the PMC now wants to extend the duration of the lease period from the current 30 years to 99 years. The policy was ratified by the Bombay high court.
The PMC has invited objections and suggestions from citizens to the proposed changes. The suggestions and objections should be sent to the land and property department of the civic body within a fortnight from November 3.
“The PMC has not prepared any draft to seek suggestions and objections on the proposed change. On what basis should citizens register their suggestions and objections?” civic activist Vijay Kumbhar asked. Kumbhar and other activists have approached the municipal commissioner on this matter.
Deputy commissioner (land acquisition) Sudhakar Telang, however, said that the suggestions and objections were sought only to extend the duration of the lease period. “If citizens want to go through the existing policy it is available with the PMC. Suggestions and objections have been invited only on the issue of duration,” said Telang.
At present, the civic land lease policy bans the PMC from selling its properties, but allows it to lease the property for 30 years. The PMC has leased out many of its properties, including open spaces.
Activists allege that most properties have been leased out to organisations and people with connections to corporators and politicians. In 2003, Kumbhar had approached the high court which had ordered that civic properties be leased only through a tendering system.
The civic body owns about 3,500 properties reserved for hospitals, community halls, libraries, schools and other amenities. Many properties have been leased out for various purposes, but there is no system in place to check whether the properties are being used for the purposes they have been leased out for. The PMC has not recovered rent from hundreds of properties for several years.

Maharashtra State clears 2.5 FSI Bonanza, Sets Stage For Affordable Housing

(TNN, Oct 15, 2010)
Nearly 1.5 lakh new low-cost houses will be built in Maharashtra with the state government finally clearing a floor space index (FSI) of 2.5 to any land owner who offers his property for affordable housing.
Of the total FSI available, .75 FSI will be used to set up houses for the economically weaker sections (EWS) and another .75 FSI will be used to house people from lower and middle income groups. The remaining FSI of 1 will be for the owner/developer to exploit and make profits.
“The houses for EWS will be allotted by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), while the LIG and MIG houses will be sold by the builders. Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar and Cidco areas have been excluded from this scheme, but this is aimed to create a huge housing stock in other satellite townships and also smaller municipalities,” said an urban development department official.
“In most satellite towns of Mumbai, the FSI is 1. Even in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nagpur, which are developing rapidly, the FSI is not 2.5. “Under the scheme, we will generate enough houses for LIG and MIG too, which are in huge demand,” said the official.
The government will now wait and check the response of the builders. Housing expert Chandrashekhar Prabhu said, “In Mumbai, the FSI has been increased, but no one has been paying attention to the infrastructure. In case, the government is increasing FSI for other places, it should ensure that infrastructure keeps up with construction boom. Also if the schemes are implemented by unscrupulous developers, then people in economically weaker sections, lower and middle income groups may not get houses at all. Instead, flats will be amalgamated and sold to the rich as is happening in Mumbai.”
Sunil Mantri, president of MCHI, “It is a very positive step by the government. This is going to help in creation of stock of affordable housing. This decision is very important because Mhada has almost exhausted its land stock and they have a social commitment to create large number of affordable housing. I feel many developers will come forward under this scheme for development under the public private partnership model.”
Meanwhile, the government has made it mandatory to have 25% flats for EWS and LIG in all layouts. “This was one of the conditions when the state sought aid under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Pune Real Estate On A High Trajectory

(TOI, Oct 13, 2010)
PUNE: Prices of the city’s residential property are witnessing a rise, if market observations of leading realty research firms are an indication. Rentals of commercial space are also witnessing an upward movement, though the market cannot yet be called a heated one, the firms have said.
Rates in different parts of the city have recorded anything between 15 to 25 per cent rise in the past one year or so, rising customer interest being one of the factors, the observers added.
“As far residential properties are concerned, the sector is moving again for the last six months or so. Previously, we had thought the returning demand will fizzle out by April, but that has not been the case. The impression one gets is that Pune’s home buyers are once again convinced of the long-term potential of their investments,” Mohammed Aslam, Pune head for real estate advisory Jones Lang LaSalle India told TOI.
“I won’t say that the market is back with all guns blazing, but matters have improved considerably. Residential sales and retail lease figures for the month of July 2010 look astonishingly different than from this time last year, Aslam of JLL said.
For mid-income homes, the hottest-selling locations are now in western Pune, he observes. Buyers have the widest choice there because of the large number of projects popping up all over Hinjewadi, Wakad, Pimple Nilakh, Pimple Saudagar, Aundh and Balewadi. Secondly, this influx of projects is serving to keep prices affordable. In western Pune, average residential property rates start at around Rs. 3,200 per sq.ft. and hover around Rs 4,000 per sq.ft. The most popular price tags for homes in these areas are between Rs. 30 to 40 lakh.
Manish Aggarwal, executive director, investment services, Cushman & Wakefield India (C&W), said, “With India’s economic environment showing signs of stability and buoyant growth, coupled with improvement in affordability and access to finance, housing demand in the country is expected to witness a revival in the near future.”
According to the C&W report, Pune is expected to witness the highest demand in residential sector after National Capital Region (NCR) and Mumbai. Pune is estimated to witness a demand of 2,70,000 housing units by 2014, the report says. “The growth in demand for residential units in Pune can be attributed to rapidly growing city population (both migratory & local), coupled with improvement in economic environment with stimulate growth of both IT and manufacturing sectors in this city,” the report adds.
Real estate advisor Ravi Verma, a former official of the National Association of Realtors, said, “The residential market is moving briskly and both high-end and economy segments within the residential sector are doing well. There is however a warning here, that the prices are rising slowly but definitely.”
Offices segment, on the other hand, has yet to pick up speed, as there is a sizeable overhang of stock created or planned prior to the economic slowdown of 2008-09. Verma said the information technology sector which drove most of the deals in the early part of the decade is still slow in absorption of space and so are the retail and commercial spaces.
Aggarwal said, “The overall demand for commercial office space is subdued in comparison to the supply which is estimated to be approximately 400 million sq.ft during 2010 to 2014, implying caution and the need for quality supply at the right prices.” According to him, the demand for retail space across the country is estimated to be 55 million sq.ft; of which the top seven cities will witness approximately 53 per cent.
The total mall supply expected between the period under review is approximately 93 million sq.ft. NCR, followed by Pune, is likely to witness the highest demand-supply gap over the next five years, with supply overshooting demand.

PMC Appoints Retired Judge to Arbitrate Pending Pune Property Cases

(TOI, October 11, 2010)
PUNE: The standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday appointed retired high court judge R N Bapat as special arbitrator to hear its pending property and water tax court cases and settle disputes.
“The civic administration proposed the name of retired high court judge R N Bapat as the special arbitrator,” said standing committee chairman Arvind Shinde.
Shinde added that there are nearly 210 unsettled property tax cases which have caused revenue loss of Rs 51 crore. “There are also many pending water tax cases, with dues worth Rs 210 crore. Appointment of an arbitrator is aimed at saving time by settling matters outside the court. The arbitrator will mediate between the disputing parties,” said Shinde.
According to the standing committee decision, Bapat will be given a contract of eleven months with a monthly payment of Rs 22,000 to hear prolonged court cases and to settle property tax disputes. He will also get an additional amount for hearing cases of water tax.
In 2006 Bapat was given the task of settling 65 property tax disputes resulting in a recovery of Rs 2 crore for the PMC.

PCMC To Issue Show Cause Notice To Contractor

PUNE: The contractor responsible for cutting down trees and shrubs on the Pune-Mumbai highway near Alfa Laval in Kasarwadi will be served a show cause notice by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Monday.
“Shrubs and small trees planted by the garden department to beautify the Pune-Mumbai highway have been cut without permission,” said Suresh Salunke, chief of the PCMC’s garden department. “The show cause notice will be issued to the contractor after PCMC offices open on Monday.”
According to Salunke, “The contractor has removed a 30 m-long road divider between the service road and the concrete lanes of the Pune-Mumbai highway, near Alfa Laval. It was removed to create a new exit point for vehicles on the concrete lanes to access the service road since the construction of a flyover at Nashik Phata is in progress. The contractor should have taken the permission of the garden department and the tree authority before cutting down the trees and plants. He was told to take permission regarding this but he still went ahead and cut them down.
“Action will be taken against the contractor under provisions of the Maharashtra Urban Areas Tree Act 1975,” said Salunke. “A fine of Rs 5,000 can be imposed on the violator and a case can also be lodged against him.”
Nandkumar Saturdekar, former member of the PCMC’s Tree Authority stressed the need for maintaining the green cover of the township. “The trees and greenery in the industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad needs to be protected to withstand the effects of rapid urbanisation like pollution.”

Pune Slum Rehab Projects May Get 2.5 FSI Soon

PUNE: Like the slum rehabilitation projects in Mumbai, the project in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad may also get 2.5 FSI (floor space index), chief minister Ashok Chavan said here on Friday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Rajiv Gandhi housing complex at Kashiwadi, Chavan stressed that with the additional FSI, people should get small houses at affordable prices. At the function, Chavan handed over the ownership papers of the tenements to the people whose houses had been destroyed in a major fire in March 2005 in the Kashiwadi slum area in Bhavani Peth. Chavan appreciated the initiative taken by state minister for home Ramesh Bagwe for completing the housing complex despite several administrative and other social hurdles.
“I had received representations from various leaders saying that just as the government has sanctioned 2.5 FSI for slum rehabilitation schemes in Mumbai, the same should be made applicable for Pune city. The government will soon issue orders to this effect for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. With this additional FSI, I don’t expect to see tall buildings. The buildings should have maximum number of small houses which should be available at affordable rates to the common people,” Chavan said.
He observed that buying houses in the city has become highly unaffordable and this is the reason why there is proliferation of slums. The government, he said, is taking up an elaborate programme for rehabilitation of slums. In rural areas too, people below poverty line would be able to get houses at very low prices. The government, he said, will be building ten lakh low-cost houses in rural areas.
Explaining the significance of the launch of the Unique Identification Number from Maharashtra, Chavan said the state will soon revamp the welfare schemes for the poor so that they get maximum benefits without any hassles.
Others who spoke on the occasion included state minister for marketing and co-operation Harhavardhan Patil, Congress secretary Pravin Rashtrapal, and Avinash Bagwe. Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi made a surprise appearance at the programme.