For many, investing in real estate is considered to be a lucrative investment option. A Non-Resident Indian or NRI too consider this option to be a lucrative one and invest in various properties of India. An NRI can invest in any property, both commercial as well as residential. Besides, there is no restriction on the number of properties an NRI can invest in. One can invest in an agricultural land, a farmhouse or even plantations. However, the ownership of the agricultural land should be inherited.
Here are some things you should know about NRI investment in real estate:
No RBI Approval Required
One of the greatest aspects an NRI should know about property investment back home is that there is no approval required from Reserve Bank of India or RBI. In order ease the process of NRI investment, RBI has taken down the norms for the same. An NRI can directly invest in Indian real estate without any hassle. All thanks to the automatic route for NRI investment in India. Besides, this handling has gained immense popularity overseas, thus making India a great and lucrative investment destination. An NRI can own a property back in India by way of:
• Gift from a person who is a resident of India
• Inheritance from the person resident outside India who has acquired such a property in agreement with the foreign exchange law in force.
An NRI can Buy, Sell and Rent Properties
Apart from buying, an NRI can even sell or even rent an apartment. However, it is important to know that the rent proceeds should be credited to Non-Residential Ordinary Rupee (NRO) or Non-Resident Rupee (NRE) account only. Furthermore, all the rents received in these accounts can be freely and easily repatriated. In case, you do not have an NRE or NRO account; then the proceeds should be done directly abroad. However, for the same, an NRI should have an appropriate certificate from a chartered accountant that certifies al the taxes have been paid on time.
Tax and Registration
Now that you have decided to make NRI property investment ensure you know the charges incurred by an investor. It majorly includes stamp duty, property tax, and registration fees. In order to ensure all the paperwork is carried out smoothly, it is vital to hire an accountant. The expert will take care of all the paperwork and property tax.
These are some of the aspects every NRI planning to invest back in India should know. You can go through the NRI corner for more details.