Are you an NRI buying property in India? Find Useful tips on property investments in India in this article.
As an NRI, you may be living abroad but may plan to return to India in your golden years. To this end, you may decide to buy a property in India. The good news is that you can buy residential and commercial properties in India and also qualify for home loans. This article explains all about NRI property investments, including how NRIs can buy property in India.
The Foreign Exchange Management (Acquisition and Transfer of Immovable Property in India) Regulations, 2018, states that an NRI can buy property in India. As an NRI, you can buy various kinds of commercial and residential properties, except for those involved with agricultural activities like farmhouses, agricultural land, and plantations (1). The Indian Government has not put any restrictions on the number of properties you can purchase in India. However, you must hold The capital amount to purchase the property in an NRI account, including sums received through inward remittances.
As an NRI, you will need to submit a few mandatory documents. These include a copy of your Indian passport and visa, work permit of the country of residence, latest income tax returns and payslip for the last six months. You must also submit the necessary property specific documents such as the title deed, NOC from society, and so on.
To give someone Power of Attorney means to provide them with authority on your behalf to carry out the property deal in India while you are based abroad. You must ensure you get the Power of Authority (PoA) document notarised so that there are no hassles in the property purchasing process. PoA is especially necessary if you are funding your property purchase through a Home Loan since most lenders insist on it. You must assign the PoA a Resident Indian citizen.
If you are an NRI, you will ideally need to maintain NRE and NRO accounts in India(2). The NRE account (Non-Resident External) enables you to transfer foreign income in India. The interest income you earn on it is tax-free. The NRO Account (Non-Resident Ordinary) is one through which you can manage your Indian income sources. You may transfer foreign currencies in this account too to finance your property purchase plans in India.
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As mentioned earlier, you can buy a property in India by taking out a home loan from an Indian bank. The bank sanctions the loan in Indian currency, and you must repay it in INR as well. The lender credits the loan amount directly into the account of the seller or property developer and not into your bank account. You can easily repay the loan EMIs through either an NRO or an NRE account or even through FNCR deposits.
Upon buying the property, you need to pay the necessary property taxes in India, along with stamp duties and registration fees. If you choose to rent out your property, you need to pay taxes on the rental income received from it while filing your tax returns in India. If you later decide to sell your property, you must pay taxes on it as well. However, you will be eligible for tax benefits on your property investments under various sections of the Income Tax Act, 1961. For instance, if you buy the property through a loan, you can avail of income deductions of INR 150,000 and INR 200,000 per annum on the principal loan amount and the interest repayment component. (3).
Buying property always proves to be an excellent investment decision, especially in the long run. It is not just a place where you can live but an asset that secures your loved ones’ financial future. If you intend to buy the property through a loan, ensure that you check the eligibility criteria and follow the due process stated by your lender.
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