Budget 2017 Impact on Real Estate Sector Affordable Housing – Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who announced Union Budget 2017 on Wednesday, has granted infrastructure status to affordable housing. The experts opine that this move is a good boost to real estate/property sector.
For every individual, owning a home is like a long cherished dream come true and considers being a great achievement in one’s life. We at Khush Housing Finance help each individual in achieving this long cherished goal. “The announcement of affordable housing being given Infrastructure status is a welcome move and will act as a catalyst to meet the objectives of Housing to all by 2022. Credit off-take towards affordable segment of housing will lead to creation of supply especially for both stake holders the first home buyer and developer who will now have access to cheaper funding,” said Ravi Ahuja, Executive Director, Office Services & Investment Sales at Colliers International India.
Jaitley also announced that National Housing Bank will refinance individual loans worth Rs 20,000 crore in 2017-18. “NHB allocation will give a big push to affordable Housing Finance Companies namely AU housing, Gruh Finance, Repco,” said India Ratings Budget 2017 Impact on Real Estate Sector Affordable Housing .
On the all-important front of personal income tax, the existing tax rate for incomes between Rs. 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh has been reduced to 5%, and taxpayers in other categories will also save Rs. 12,500.
Key Highlights for Real Estate Sector in Union Budget 2017 :
Affordable Housing has been given the Infrastructure status
1 crore rural houses will be created by 2019
National Housing Bank to refinance Rs 20,000 crore loans
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to get Rs 23,000 crore
Real estate developers to get tax relief on unsold stock as liability to pay capital gains will arise only in the year a project is completed
Instead of Built up area of 30 and 60 sq. meters, the carpet area of 30 and 60 sq. meters will be applicable for affordable housing
Holding period for capital gains tax for immovable property reduced from 3 years to 2 years
Window for availing 3 year profit-linked incentives for startups increased to 7 years against 5 years earlier
Tax break of 1 year post receipt of the completion certificate, for the unsold stock
New FDI policy under consideration
No cash transaction above Rs 3 lakh will be allowed
Rs 2.41 lakh crore has been allocated to boosting infrastructure for transportation
Indra Awaas Yojana will be extended to 600 districts
Total allocation for the infrastructure sector is Rs 3,96,135 crore
Allocation for National Highways to be at Rs 64,000 crore
No cash transactions above 3 lakh
Indexation for capital gains shifted from 01-04-81 to 01-04-2001
The National Housing Bank will refinance individual housing loans of about Rs20,000 crore in 2017-18. To promote affordable homes, the government also proposed to amend the Section 80-IBA, relaxing the condition of period of completion of the project for claiming deduction from the current three years to 5 years.
“We propose to facilitate higher investment in affordable housing. Affordable housing will now be given infrastructure status, which will enable these projects to avail the associated benefits,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said. With surplus liquidity created by demonetization, he said the banks have already started reducing their lending rates, including those for housing.