Published date | 14 January, 2020

Indian real estate bets big on upcoming Budget and expected measures

Indian real-estate developers are closely monitoring and anticipating policy changes in the forthcoming budget for the Financial Year 2020-21 which could help boost sales and growth. Most sectors (including real estate) hope that the government will unleash a plethora of goodies for the Indian economy.

The Indian real estate sector is betting big on the upcoming 2020-21 Union Budget and expected measures/sops in order to revive the sector and obtain some much-needed relief. Experts feel that the sector is waiting for the swift execution of the AIF (Alternative Investment Funds) for reviving stalled/stressed realty projects. Most industries are hoping for several sops from the Government to revive consumption and liquidity including tax breaks. 

The real estate sector is also hoping for industry status in the new Budget. The AIF will be a major breather while developers will be hoping for a one-time re-structuring/rollover of existing project loans. They are hopeful of tax reforms and price corrections along with single window clearance and GST cuts. 

They are also hopeful of a renewed focus on co-living and rental housing sectors. With income tax, GST, capital gains tax and stamp duty already being imposed on home buyers, there may be added tax breaks for new buyers. The industry is hopeful of the Government facilitating fund-raising from other sources through the relaxation of norms. Getting ITC benefits back into GST for homes under construction will help in lowering property prices. 

Tanuj Shori, the Founder & CEO at Square Yards, has opined that for becoming a $5 trillion economy, India has to focus on accelerating consumer spends and infrastructure development. He talked of how the Government should address the issue of proper funding for affordable housing from NBFCs and banks at competitive rates of interest. Some experts have suggested measures like 50% GST (paid) reversal for real estate purchases as well. 

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