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Housing prices rise by up to 9.6% in 18 major cities, Bhubaneswar up by 2.4%

Housing prices have risen in 18 major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, by up to 9.6 per cent during the October-December period 2012 compared with the previous quarter, according to National Housing Bank (NHB).Mumbai and Delhi witnessed the maximum increase in housing prices at 9.6 per cent each. Of the 20 cities tracked by NHB ‘RESIDEX’, prices have dropped in only two cities — Faridabad and Indore. “In the majority of cities prices are witnessing an upward trend,” NHB said in a statement. “The movement...

Understanding Home Loan Prepayment

When one increases the tenure of their home loan, the amount of money that goes into payment of interest also increases. This interest payment you make to the bank is your burden that one shall strive to reduce it as much as possible. When one is prepaying the home loan it means he is paying extra principal component of home loan. Prepayment does not reduce your EMI but it will allow you to close your home loan much earlier. By paying early you are actually...

New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport starts operations from March 14

The swanky new domestic terminal at the Bhubaneswar airport formally started operations with the landing of an Air India flight from New Delhi on March 14, 2013.“All domestic operations at the Biju Patnaik international airport have been shifted to the new terminal from today. The new terminal will exclusively cater to domestic air services,” said Sharad Kumar, director - Airports Authority of India (AAI) - Bhubaneswar.The existing terminal at the airport will soon be upgraded for international operations, he said.The state-of-the-art terminal inaugurated on March...

Home loan tax exemption limit hiked from 1.5 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday (Feb 28) raised tax deduction limit by Rs 1 lakh for the first time home buyers to promote the housing sector. “A person taking a loan for his first home from a bank or a housing finance corporation up to Rs 25 lakh during the period April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 will be entitled to an additional deduction of interest of up to Rs 1 lakh,” he announced while presenting Budget 2013-14 in Parliament.

NRIs  can  take  home  loans  but  conditions  apply

Anyone who comes under the definition of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) can avail a home loan in India. FEMA defines an NRI as someone who resides outside India for “employment, carrying on business or vocation in circumstances as would indicate an intention to stay outside India for an indefinite period”. It also says that an individual will also be considered NRI if his stay in India is less than 182 days during the preceding financial year.