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Buying a plot in Uttarakhand – latest rules – May 2016 updates


uttarakhand mountain view


Many of you will be familiar with our past editor Dhruv Baruah. Dhruv has been following his passion post leaving HHT. He’s recently been spending some time in Uttarakhand and so I felt I should share a recent update from him on things our readers should keep in mind before buying land in Uttarakhand.

From Dhruv – 

During my property search in Uttarakhand I found that there is

Top 10 Destinations in India to Buy a Holiday Home in the Mountains

Top 10 Destinations in India to Buy a Holiday Home in the Mountains

As with any real estate, location counts more than any other single factor. The best vacation properties offer something special – view of the ocean, the mountain ranges, a dock on a lake. Mountain living can be a lot of fun. While some people opt to live in a mountain property as their primary residence, many others make them to vacation homes. If you are thinking about buying a property

Top Locations to Buy a Beach Home in India

Top Locations to Buy a Beach Home in India

Beach houses no doubt can be a nice getaway for anybody inclined to sand beneath their toes. If you go to think about it, where would be the best place for someone who has left his busy office days behind and is now looking for a second home where he can relax? I personally would want a beachfront house that’s got some space, close to a self sufficient town/ city,

Guide to Taking Permission to Build a House in India – Procedure, Documents Required and Cost

Building permission IndiaLast month I have been putting together documents required to take permission from the local authority to build a house and I can safely say that, there is more than meets the eyes. While the application form will not tell you much about the documents you would require, unless you are aware of these, it can really get frustrating and will mean that you have to make several rounds to

Dehradun as a Retirement destination – Price Trends, New Areas, Future Prospects

Dehradun plot

View of plots in a newly launched gated community near Sahastradhara Road of Dehradun


After a couple of my friends bought properties in Dehradun, they suggested that I should also take a look at the city which is about 255 kilometers from Delhi promises to be a good retirement destination. After a little persuasion, I eventually made a trip to the city last week to find out if it

Top Cities Where NRIs Should Buy Property to Settle

Top Cities Where NRIs Should Buy Property to Settle

With so many upcoming destinations it is indeed a daunting task for Non Resident Indians (NRIs) to choose a location to buy a property in India. Many things need to be taken into consideration – there is the place of your origin where you were born and your extended family must be living, which sometimes is also the first choice. Then there is the accessibility issue. Will you be able

Tax Friendly Asian Countries for Expats to Relocate or Retire

Long-term visas, relatively easier property buying laws offered by several Asian countries are luring expats to buy property and retire here in thousands.

Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand have rolled out the red carpet for foreigners wanting to settle in the region, other countries like Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka are other tax friendly countries where one can settle with ease. This is in stark contrast to countries like Singapore

Falling Rupee: Is it Good Time for NRIs to Buy Property in India?

NRI property guideWith the Indian rupee depreciating by over 20 percent since the past two years and now hovering around Rs 60 a dollar, the Indian real estate market now offers one of most lucrative investment option for non-resident Indians (NRIs).

While the depreciating rupee may not be the finest of news for local property buyers, for NRIs though, is the weakening rupee providing a good opportunity to park their spare funds

Top 4 Places for Bangaloreans to Buy a Holiday Home and Retire

Owing to Bangalore’s strategic location and easy access to some of the best holiday locations situated nearby, Bangaloreans are extremely lucky that they have several options to choose from when they are looking for a place to ultimately retire. After working for years, you are familiar with the nooks and corners of the city so even if you have to choose a different location away from Bangalore to spend your

Top 5 Asian Destinations to Retire on a Budget

A beach in Phuket

Has the idea ever crossed your mind that you could retire earlier in life by living somewhere where the dollar can buy more than you can think of.

Saving money till you reach a certain age and retiring then is just old news now! Today, you can retire at any point of your life and retiring means that you could slow down the tempo of your life and more importantly

Vizag – Introduction to its Holiday Home Property Market, Price Trends and Locations to Buy

Vizag real estateAfter the initial euphoria, the real estate market of Vizag had remained almost stagnant till the end of 2010-11 fiscal. However the market is now not only showing signs of recovery, but also sterling growth, with several new areas in the port town coming to fore with housing options catering to both the budget and the high-end buyer segments.

But the real shot in the arm and the reason why

The Comprehensive Guide to Profiting from Asian Holiday Real Estate

Our Buyer’s Guide is a resource for people interested in buying, selling, renting or letting holiday homes in the top tourist destinations across nations in Asia. Our aim is to bring together all information you need to know (as an investor) to ensure that your experience of the holiday home world is as smooth and trouble-free as possible. Here is a simple and handy Holiday Home Purchase Checklist you should

The HHT India Retirement Property Guide: A Must Read for NRIs

The current global economic conditions have once again made India an attractive destination for NRIs to invest in a property. But before investing in real estate in India you must be clear about the actual benefits, the options available, the procedure involved and pitfalls that may accompany such a financial decision.

Our comprehensive property guide for NRIs have some of the top tips, and articles on the rules and regulations

Mysore – Real Estate Trends, Property Prices & Available Properties


Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace

Before the IT companies started moving into the city, property rates in Mysore were still unattractive for developers to consider launching gated communities and concentrated more on offering individual plots at low prices. The demand for residential property in Mysore is a spillover effect of Bangalore with most IT giants setting up base here. With large scale industrial growth came an influx of tens of thousands of

Introduction to Kodaikanal’s Real Estate Market Trends

KodaikanalKodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is one of the most charming and picturesque hill resorts in the country. Located not far from Madurai town, the city nestled among the Kurinji hills, is a popular hill station, surrounded by nature’s splendor. Known to be a sleepy town a decade back, Kodaikanal over the past few years is beginning to get notable attention as an ideal holiday getaway with its pretty lake, misty

Yesh Mega City – Independent houses and Villas in Mysore

Yesh Mega City MysoreAbout 17 kilometers from Mysore city is an area which is currently witnessing a lot of real estate activity with several developers launching townships with various facilities/amenities inside their gated communities. Elivala, close to State Highway 88 commonly known as the Hunsur or Mysore-Coorg Road is the latest area near Mysore which is seeing a lot of interest from both buyers and developers alike. The reasons why Elivala has come

Zuari Garden City – Villas and Townhouses by Zuari Group in Mysore

Zuari Garden City Mysore 4Zuari Garden City promoted by the Zuari Group, a leading corporate house founded by Dr. K. K. Birla is being seen by real estate players as the first integrated residential township in Mysore. Offering three types of residences – grand villas, luxury villas and town houses – the development being built in a total area of 74 acres is scheduled to be completed in the last quarter of 2014.


Introduction to the Holiday Home Market of Yercaud in Tamil Nadu

Yercuad as a tourist destination is not new to Indian travelers. The hill station in the Shevaroys range of hills of the Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu attracts a lot of tourists each year owing to its scenic beauty and cool climes. Situated at an altitude of 1515 meters (4970 feet) above sea level, the hill station in Tamil Nadu’s Salem District is nestled amidst picturesque coffee plantations, orchards and

Why Buying a Holiday Home in Ooty can be a Wise Decision


View of the hills of Ooty

Being one of the oldest real estate agents in the picture-perfect hill station of Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Murali Dharmarajan of Sri Sai Associates has seen the transformation of Ooty from being a late starter to being one of the most-sought after holiday home buyer’s destination. He tells us how the real estate sector of the Nilgiris has today positioned itself as an evergreen

An interview with Raama Krishnan on Ooty’s Holiday Home Property Trends

K.R. Hari Raama Krishnan Krishnan K.R. Hari Raama Krishnan for the last eight years has seen Ooty’s real estate market very closely as it transformed from being one of the most visited tourist destination to being a top holiday home buyer’s destination in South India attracting buyers to own a peace of mind in the Blue Mountains. As the CEO of Harshav Real Estates, Mr Krishnan Krishnan in an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times