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So you want to buy some land and build your own farm house?

So you want to buy some land and build your own farm house?

 

At some point during our lives, we all toy with the idea of buying some land and building our own small farmhouse. As urban educated Indians in well-paid jobs, we tend to feel that after we’ve paid our mortgages that this would be a nice way to invest some money and also build something that we could use in our retirement. Ever since I’ve started TripVillas.com a lot of people Read the rest “So you want to buy some land and build your own farm house?”

Buying land versus buying in a gated community

Buying land versus buying in a gated community


A question we keep getting asked by prospective second home buyers is whether we would recommend buying land or buying a home in a gated community. I’ve personally thought extensively about this question and while I would like to give a single answer, my recommendation would depend on the personal circumstances and desires. First, let me summarize what I feel are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of investment:-
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Tips to buying an old home and renovating it

Tips to buying an old home and renovating it

Though considered time consuming, renovating an old house gives the buyer scope to experiment and redesign according to his needs and style. Having said that, if constructing a house from scratch on your own could a pain, buying an old house and renovating it could be equally excruciating. However many home-seekers are now choosing to buy an old house and renovate it themselves.

Experts advice that if one is looking Read the rest “Tips to buying an old home and renovating it”

Himalayan Ski Village’s Current Status – Whose Fault was it Anyway?

In our last article we had taken a look at the stalled Himalayan Ski Village project that was planned to be built in Manali in Himachal Pradesh. In this article we will take a look at all the reasons and issues behind the opposition to stop its construction and also try to find out whether these issues were actually justified as claimed.

The project soon after its approval was vehemently Read the rest “Himalayan Ski Village’s Current Status – Whose Fault was it Anyway?”

Himalayan Ski Village – a Tourism Project gone Sour? Part 1

Himalayan Ski VillageTheir website is not functional, call up their office and no one picks the phone, a different office is now running from their office in Delhi and the promoters are either not reachable or they decline to comment. That’s the story of the $350-million (Rs 5,000-crore) Himalayan Ski Village project pioneered by Alfred Ford, the great grandson of the legendary Henry Ford in Manali in India’s Himachal Pradesh. 

In the Read the rest “Himalayan Ski Village – a Tourism Project gone Sour? Part 1”

Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh

Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh

Although you can now buy your holiday home in places like Kullu, Kasauli and Shimla where developers have come up with some projects, on a broader scale there is a lot of confusion on whether a non-Himachali (non-resident of Himachal Pradesh) can actually buy a plot of land or a house in the state to build his dream holiday home. So whether you are buying a plot of land or Read the rest “Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh”

Meadows – Ansal Buildwell’s Apartment and Villa Project in Kullu, Himachal

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Who wouldn’t want to own a holiday home in the lap of nature? And when the option is in Kullu-Manali in Himachal I think everyone would love to buy a property here. However with several restrictions to buying property in Himachal Pradesh, people wanting to buy in this Himalayan State are usually discouraged. But not anymore! With the launch of their first group housing project here by Delhi-based Ansal Read the rest “Meadows – Ansal Buildwell’s Apartment and Villa Project in Kullu, Himachal”

Windsor Suites – 1BHK Suites Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. in Shimla

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After the success of the first phase of constructions of Campton Estate comprising 1 and 2 BHK apartments, Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. last year announced the launch of Windsor Suites comprising 1BHK fully furnished suites in the heart of North India’s envious holiday Home location, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The first phase of the development has already been completed and the units are now being handed over to Read the rest “Windsor Suites – 1BHK Suites Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. in Shimla”

Prithvi Infra Developers’ New York Residency near Shimla

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Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of India, in the state of Himachal Pradesh has always been on the radar of prospective holiday home buyers. However due to rampant constructions in Shimla, the area today is very congested and problems galore including availability of drinking water during the summers, etc. Developers thus are now looking at areas in the vicinity of Shimla which are greener and offer more breathing spaces Read the rest “Prithvi Infra Developers’ New York Residency near Shimla”

Guide to buying a holiday home in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

DLF SamavanaThe two bottlenecks – Pinjore and Kalka – on the route from Chandigarh to Kasauli done away with the Himalayan Expressway, I was expecting some good developments in this otherwise cantonment hill station. It takes just a little over an hour to reach Kasauli from Chandigarh, which should be fairly a good reason for holiday home buyers and reputed developers to set base here. But to say the least, I Read the rest “Guide to buying a holiday home in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh”

Row house, apartment, farm house or a beach house – what’s your pick for a holiday home?

Row house, apartment, farm house or a beach house – what’s your pick for a holiday home?

Holiday home optionsRising disposable income and the desire to get away from the frenetic pace of city life is opening up new windows of growth for the holiday home segment. India’s many tourist destinations have seen a mix of young people looking for vacation homes in places where one can either have an occasional vacation with friends and family or to start a holiday home rental business or even to spend one’s Read the rest “Row house, apartment, farm house or a beach house – what’s your pick for a holiday home?”

Various exemptions offered to homestays in India

Various exemptions offered to homestays in India

The Tourism Ministry, Government of India, in its “Guidelines for Approval and Registration of ‘Incredible India Bed And Breakfast’ Establishments” state that “The rate of taxes for property, electricity and water to be paid for classified B&B Establishments will be those prescribed by the appropriate authorities.” 

Several homestay owners ask from time to time whether there is any homestay tax that is charged to run a homestay in India. However Read the rest “Various exemptions offered to homestays in India”

Guidelines for approval and registration of ‘Incredible India bed and breakfast’ establishments

Guidelines for approval and registration of ‘Incredible India bed and breakfast’ establishments

Hotels and other supplementary accommodation are an integral part of a tourist’s visit to a place and the services offered by them can make his/her visit memorable. With the aim of providing comfortable Home Stay Facilities of Standardized World Class Services to the tourists, and to supplement the availability of accommodation in the Metros and tourist destinations, Ministry of Tourism will classify fully operational rooms of Home Stay Facilities as Read the rest “Guidelines for approval and registration of ‘Incredible India bed and breakfast’ establishments”

The Highlands – luxury holiday home option to invest in Himachal Pradesh in India

The scenic beauty of the Himachal Pradesh has always been the main reason for holiday home buyers seeking to buy their second home in the state. The panoramic locations, a simple, easy-going populace and social security add to the charm of the state. However owing to several restrictions in buying land in the state the second home/ holiday home market had not taken off till a couple of years, with Read the rest “The Highlands – luxury holiday home option to invest in Himachal Pradesh in India”

‘Perennial demand for holiday homes in India’

The demand for holiday homes in India is as wired into the country’s overall economic performance as every other segment of residential real estate. This was observed by Om Ahuja, CEO – Residential Services, Jones Lang LaSalle India in his latest article titled ‘Holiday Homes In India – Perennial Demand’ published today in the company’s blog.

“That said, it is also remarkably enduring; this has a lot to Read the rest “‘Perennial demand for holiday homes in India’”

The Pros and Cons of investing in a Holiday Home

The Pros and Cons of investing in a Holiday Home

So you’ve probably seen an advertisement for a vacation home or have visited a friends farm or beach home and are seriously thinking of buying one for yourself. What are the important things to keep in mind? 

At the very beginning, the question you should be asking yourself – Should YOU buy a holiday home? – let us go into some of the pros and cons of vacation home ownership.Read the rest “The Pros and Cons of investing in a Holiday Home”

Himachal Homestays – register today and earn a steady income!

Himachal Pradesh, the Indian state at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas is perhaps one of many Indian states which have given a major boost to the Homestay concept. The state government has been giving several exemptions in the procedural registration of such units, including change of land use fee, luxury tax, sales tax and commercial charges on electricity, etc.

The adoption of a liberal attitude of the authorities of Read the rest “Himachal Homestays – register today and earn a steady income!”

Controversial Apartment Act of Himachal likely to be scrapped: Report

Himachal apartmentsA recent media report has said that the controversial Apartment and Property Regulations Act of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, and enacted by the previous Congress regime to open the state’s doors to private builders and realtors, is all set to be scrapped in the next Assembly session that begins on December 19 at Dharamshala.

The report published in today’s issue of the Indian Express newspaper said that the Read the rest “Controversial Apartment Act of Himachal likely to be scrapped: Report”

Himachal tourism to register more homestays

To give a boost to rural tourism, the tourism department of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh will register two homestays under the homestay scheme in each of the 12 villages listed in the “Har Gaon Ki Kahani” scheme. The department feels that this move would help ensure better facilities for tourists visiting the villages that have been covered under the scheme.

In addition, the tourism department will now include … Read the rest “Himachal tourism to register more homestays”

Own a perfect Himachal holiday home in the lap of nature

Located in the picturesque Kullu Valley, a major tourist destination, Kaisville Country Homes is a latest offering from Manchanda & Manchanda Builders Pvt. Ltd, a well-established name in the field of construction for more than 25 years. An ISO 9001-2008 the company has successfully executed and handed over above 4000 apartments in various projects with different architecture, specifications and magnitude.

Kaisville Country Homes is spread over 4 acre of land Read the rest “Own a perfect Himachal holiday home in the lap of nature”