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NRIs- Ray Of Hope For Realtors
Monday, March 16, 2009

Realtors in Mohali district have seen a ray of hope among NRIs to keep their business going during the global slowdown. While the local buyers are hesitating from buying houses coming up in large number in the district, it is the interest of NRIs from Canada, US, England and middle-east countries that has given a new lease of life to real estate sector. With thousands of NRIs inquiring about the availability of houses, flats and villas, real estate sector has all of a sudden got fresh lease of life that otherwise was witnessing a low business for the last four-five months. A visit to Zirakpur and surrounding areas revealed that number of inquiries from NRIs for housing properties in Mohali have gone beyond 3,000 during last few months.

Such is the response that one of the real estate development Royal Estate has already decided to come up with a NRI tower in Zirakpur due to rising demand for houses from NRIs. Krishan Goyal, managing director, Royal Estate Zirakpur, said during last two months he had received over 500 inquiries from NRIs and had already sold 4-5 flats to them. ??We have now decided to come up with NRI tower at Royal Estate as demand is great,?? he added. Satish Jindal, managing director, Maya Garden Zirakpur, too is smiling with the expectation of good business ahead as after receiving over 600 inquiries for houses during last two months, he has sold 6-7 flats to them. Response from NRIs is amazing and it shows that good days for real estate sector are lying ahead, he added.

Many of the builders attribute the sudden interest among NRIs for houses in Zirakpur and surrounding areas to the fact that from June onwards international flights are scheduled to take off from upcoming international airport. Interestingly, while Indians residing abroad are showing great interest in buying property in Mohali district, domestic buyers are not coming forward to buy while inquiries in hundreds are being received. Realtors are expecting market to improve on local front also. Subash Chand, partner, Swastic Vihar Zirakpur, said that while there was good response from the NRIs, local buyers are waiting for the property prices to be slashed further. They expect good business from April 1 onwards, as service tax would be completely withdrawn and interest rates are expected to be lowered further. Vijay Arora, president, Peermuchalla Builders Association, said that around 100 inquiries are coming on a single day while sales are not picking up. All expectations are resting on new financial year. With NRIs buying property it seems that market would improve further he added.



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