7bigha GroupTM bring along substantial experience of consulting NRI customers on property Management, Lease, Purchase in India. We help you with a reliable, transparent and hassle free transaction and ensure that your money is safe and is in right hands.

Some Frequently Asked Questions Related To NRI Real Estate Services.

  • Am I an NRI?
    Under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act of 1973, Non-Resident Indians are:

  1. Indian citizens who stay abroad for employment or carrying on business or vocation outside India or for any other purpose in circumstances indicating an indefinite period of stay abroad; OR
  2. Government servants who are posted abroad on duty with the Indian missions and similar other agencies set up abroad by the Government of India where the officials draw their salaries out of Government resources; OR
  3. Government servants deputed abroad on assignments with foreign Governments or regional/international agencies like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Health Organisation (WHO), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) OR
  4. Officials of the State Government and Public Sector Undertakings deputed abroad on temporary assignments or posted to their branches or offices abroad.
  • Who is a foreign citizen of Indian Origin?

A foreign citizen is deemed to be of Indian Origin if : i) he held an Indian Passport at any time or ii) he or his father or paternal grand father was a citizen of India by virtue of the Constitution of India or the Citizenship Act, 1955. However this does not apply to citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka or Nepal

  • What is the difference between carpet area, built-up and super built-up area?

The area of an apartment or building, not inclusive of the area of the walls is known as carpet area. This is the area that is actually used and in which a carpet can be laid. When the area of the walls including the balcony is calculated along with the carpet area, it is known as built-up area. The built-up area along with the area under common spaces like lobby, lifts, stairs, garden and swimming pool is called super built-up area.

  •  What should a buyer keep in mind while purchasing a residential flat?

Some of the factors to consider while purchasing a flat are:

  1. Locality i.e. transport, schools, hospitals, market, business district, entertainment centres, hotels, restaurants, pollution levels
  2. Quoted area of the flat i.e. Carpet, Built Up Area and super Built Up Area
  3. Car parking space
  4. Quality of construction
  5. Reputation of the builder or seller
  6. Sufficient water and electric supply, other utilities
  7. Cost components : price, stamp duty, registration charges, transfer fees, monthly outgoings and society charges, costs of utilities
  8. Potential for resale or renting out of the property
  9. Any other distinguishing features or advantages of the property
  • Checklist for buying a residential property?

  1. Market Trends about prevalent rates of property in the vicinity and last known transactions
  2. Ask for photocopies of the all deeds of title related to the property to be purchased. Examine the deeds to establish the ownership of the property by seller, preferably through an advocate. Ascertain the survey number, village and registration district of the property as these details are required for registration of the sale. Previous encumbrances and loans, if any on the property must be cleared before completion of purchase of the property. The title of the Vendor to the property must be clear and marketable.
  3. Check for approved layout plan and approved building plan with number of floors
  4. Clearance from Municipality, Electricity, Water, Pollution, Lift authorities
  5. Check the building bye-laws in that area to verify any issue with setback, side setback, height, etc
  6. Confirm transfer fees, stamp duty and registration charges to be paid on purchase of the property as well as outgoings to be paid for the property i.e. property tax, water and electricity charges, society charges, maintenance charges
  • Do NRI's require permission of Reserve Bank to acquire immovable property in India?

No. NRI's do not require any permission to acquire any immovable property in India other than agricultural / plantation property or a farm house. Refer to the table below for a comprehensive list of transactions possible. 
 

 

NRI
PIO
Resident
Note
Buy Property From
Yes
Yes
Yes
For NRI
Sell Property To
Yes
Yes
Yes
Receive Gift From
Yes
Yes
Yes
Give Gift To
Yes
Yes
Yes
Agricultural Property
 
 
 
Purchase Property From
No
No
No
Sell Property To
No
No
Yes
Receive Gift From
No
No
No
Give Gift To
No
No
Yes
Buy Property From
Yes
Yes
Yes
For PIO
Sell Property To
No
No
Yes
Receive Gift From
Yes
Yes
Yes
Give Gift To
Yes
Yes
Yes
Agricultural Property
 
 
 
Purchase Property From
No
No
No
Sell Property To
No
No
Yes
Receive Gift From
No
No
No
Give Gift To
No
No
Yes

 

  • In what manner the purchase consideration for the immovable property should be paid under the general permission?

The purchase consideration should be met either out of inward remittances in foreign exchange through normal banking channels or out of funds from any non resident accounts maintained with banks in India. 

  • Is there any restriction on the number of residential properties that may be purchased by an NRI? 

There are no restrictions on the number of residential properties that may be bought by an NRI. However, repatriation is allowed only in respect of two such properties. 

  • What are the guidelines for acquisition of agricultural land / plantation property / farmhouse by NRIs and foreign citizens of Indian origin? 

All requests for acquisition of agricultural land / plantation property / farm house by any person resident outside India may be made to The Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, Exchange Control Department, Foreign Investment Division (III), Mumbai 400 001. 

  • Can NRI's/PIO's rent out the properties (residential/commercial) if not required for immediate use? 

Yes. NRI/PIOs can freely rent out their immovable property, whether purchase through application of forex or otherwise, without seeking any permission from the RBI. The rental income being a current account transaction is repatriable outside India, only if proper tax is paid or provided for. 

Does RBI have any guidelines for loans to NRI's/PIO's?
Yes. There are guidelines issued by the by the Reserve Bank of India for grant of Housing Loans to NRIs. The guidelines are:

  1. The loan amount shall not exceed 85% of the cost of the dwelling unit.
  2. Own contribution, which is the cost of dwelling unit financed less the loan amount, can be met from direct remittances from abroad only through normal banking channels, your Non-Resident (External) [NR (E)] Account and /or Non-Resident (Ordinary) [NR (O)] account and /or Non-Resident Special Rupee account [NRSR] in India.
  3. Repayment of the loan, comprising of the principal and interest including all the charges are to be remitted from abroad only through normal banking channels, your Non-Resident (External) [NR (E)] Account and /or Non-Resident (Ordinary) [NR (O)] account and /or Non-Resident Special Rupee account [NRSR] in India
Can authorised dealer grant loans to NRIs for acquisition of a flat/house for residential purposes?
Authorised dealers have been granted permission to grant loans to NRI's for acquisition of house/flat for self-occupation on their return to India subject to certain conditions Repayment of the loan should be made within a period not exceeding 15 years out of inward remittance through banking channels or out of funds held in the investors' NRE/FCNR/NRO accounts.

Can authorized dealer grant housing loan to NRI's where he is a principal borrower with his resident close relative as a co-applicant / guarantor or where the land is owned jointly by such NRI borrower with his resident close relative?
Yes. Such housing loans availed in rupees can also be repaid by the close relatives in India of the borrower.

What are the documents I have to submit along with the application?
The following documents are normally to be submitted along with the application:
  1. Photocopy of the labour contract and English translation duly countersigned by your employer
  2. Latest salary certificate (in English) specifying the following:
    • Name (as it appears in the passport)
    • Date of joining
    • Passport Number
    • Designation
    • Perquisites and salary
  3. Photocopy of labour card/identity card
  4. Photocopy of valid resident visa stamped on the passport
  5. Photocopy of monthly statement of local bank account for the last 4 months
  6. Property related documents

Can an NRI take loan against the security of immovable property in India? Are there any restrictions on the use of loan amount?
An NRI can borrow against the security of immovable property from Authorised Dealer subject to following conditions:

  1. The loan should be used for meeting the personal requirements or for borrower's own business purposes; and
  2. Loan should not be used for prohibited activities, namely;
    • Business of chit fund, or
    • Nidhi Company, or
    • Agriculture or plantation activities or in real estate business, or construction of farm houses, or
    • Trading in Transferable Development Rights (TDRs),
  3. The loan amount cannot be remitted outside India,
  4. Repayment of loan shall be made from out of remittances from abroad or by debit to NRE/FCNR/NRO account or out of the sale proceeds of shares or securities or immovable property against which such loan was granted.