What is meant by market value of a property? How is stamp duty fixed?
Market value of property is the price at which there is a willing buyer and a seller agreeing to the transfer the property at an arm’s length transaction. Stamp duty is levied on the ready reckoner rate or the agreement price, whichever is higher.
Does it make sense to buy a home now?
That depends on one’s actual objectives and level of need. If one is a first-time home buyer, attempting to time the market makes little sense. Any correction will be a brief phenomenon, and prices inevitably rise again. This is a risky game that only investors should play.
What are the different ways of investing in commercial property?
There are three ways to invest in commercial real estate – directly buy office space from a developer, buy shares of a commercial developer from the stock market, or invest in a real estate fund focused on commercial real estate. As the quantum of investment is usually huge, the prospective buyer needs to take more informed decisions.