2017 was a tumultuous year for the Indian real estate industry, with the central government implementing far-reaching reforms in the name of transparency and accountability. While these reforms caused a temporary dip in growth, they will ultimately introduce stability into industry dynamics and solidify real estate’s place as India’s preferred investment.
For example, under the modified Benami Act, income tax authorities have launched a crackdown on benami properties and identified hundreds such transactions, including deposits in bank accounts, plots of land, and flats purchased under a false name. Even more significantly, the government passed the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Bill, which is designed to regulate the real estate sector, with a focus on helping and protecting home buyers. Through a series of penalties for noncompliance, RERA ensures the timely delivery of projects, which have a tendency of getting delayed, sometimes indefinitely. These changes in the regulatory framework will undoubtedly push the market towards a more sustainable growth without affecting the concerns of the major retail stakeholders.
However, such uncertain market conditions, on top of daily fluctuations, mean that finding the perfect investment in real estate requires an expert understanding of the market and its changing dynamics. While such expertise is rare for an everyday investor, one innovative company allows for discerning investors to participate in real estate’s most lucrative opportunities without doing all the legwork themselves. That company is SmartOwner, India’s largest real estate marketplace.
SmartOwner combines the institutional dealmaking of a P.E. firm with flexible ticket sizes and an effortless investment process, a one-two punch that allows investors to purchase real estate in a fluid and seamless manner. The company is in a position to rapidly deploy large sums of capital, ensuring that the deals they offer are institutional-grade. This is topped up by their unparalleled domain expertise when it comes to doing legal, financial, and project-specific due diligence to determine what is and isn’t a good investment from a technical analyst’s viewpoint. SmartOwner boasts an expert in-house team with expertise in legal, civil, architecture and construction specific matters, all of which are vital to understand when choosing the perfect real estate investment. Once vetted, each deal is then passed along to the discerning investor.
Today, SmartOwner believes that this is the perfect time to invest, as the market has become less risky due to these new regulations, but the market hasn’t fully priced in this risk yet, offering investors the prospect of high returns with relatively low risk.