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        Get NRI Inclined Well Upon Indian Real Estate

        Consider to Indian Real Estate market an opportunistic option to invest in by NRI, PIO and OCI. Though the market of realty needs is none other a growth of pocket’s size, it comes ensuring one rely on it when to bear in mind getting your property an investment plan more than a dwelling one. Today, buying a property definitely brings itself as one of the greatest Indian dreams. So it does not mean which part of the world you reside in. The real estate of India’s growth prospect draw in investors from every parts of the world, so NRI’s are looking to taking advantage of Buying Property in India.

        Though NRIs have always been opportunistic in terms of investment avenues and returns, the Government commonly produces new schemes to draw more and more investments from abroad. Yes, the real estate appears as one of the sectors which constantly grab the attention of non-residents.

        Also the Reserve Bank of India has permitted to all non-residents who own Indian passports as well as people of Indian origin to put their money in the real estate sector. The number of NRIs endowing in real estate is boosting fast as the value of the rupee is decreasing and real estate offers better returns.

        The RBI along with the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) has become easygoing in terms of rules and regulations for non-residents who are looking for an investment in the Indian Real Estate Market. They are not only simplifying the rules but also offering the benefit of repatriation of the capital involved.

        To begin with, we need to comprehend the definition of non-resident Indian. Since property purchases are ruled by FEMA, we need to pass by the definition of NRI as stated in FEMA. According to FEMA, an NRI is a citizen of India who is resident outside India.

        Non Resident Indian (NRI) is a citizen of India, who stays abroad for employment/carrying on business or vocation outside India or stays abroad under circumstances indicating an intention for an uncertain duration of stay abroad is a non-resident. Non-resident foreign citizens of Indian Origin are treated at par with Non Resident Indian (NRIs).

        Person of Indian Origin (PIO) (not being a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or China or Iran or Nepal or Bhutan), who

        a)    At any time, held Indian passport, or

        b)    Who or either of whose father or whose grandfather was a citizen of India by virtue of the Constitution of India or the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955).

        1)    Any person of full age and capacity:

        2)    Who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after, the beginning of the constitution, or

        3)    Who is a citizen of another country, but was entitled to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the constitution, or

        4)    Who is a citizen of another country, but belongs to a territory that became part of India after the 15th Day of August, 1947.

        5)    Who is a child of such a citizen, or

        6)    A person, who is minor child of a person mentioned in clause (a)

        Provided that no person, who is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India.

        Documents Needed To Buy Property

        • Pan card (Permanent account number)
        • OCI/PIO card (In case of OCI/PIO)
        • Passport (In case of NRI)
        • Passport size photographs
        • Address proof

        Who Can Buy Immovable Property in India?

        Under the general permission given by RBI, the following categories could freely buy immovable property in India:

        a)    Non-Resident Indian (NRI)-that is a citizen of India residing outside India

        b)    Person of Indian Origin (PIO)-that is an individual (not being a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or China or Iran or Nepal or Bhutan), who

        i. At any time, held Indian passport or

        ii. Who or either of whose father or whose grandfather was a citizen of India by virtue of the Constitution of India or the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955).

        The general permission, however, covers only purchase of residential and commercial property and not for purchase of agricultural land/plantation property/farm house in India. OCI could buy immovable property in India apart from agricultural land/plantation property/farmhouse.

        The Exchange Control Regulations

        Dissimilar to the initial times, the restrictions relevant to investment by NRIs in Indian properties have been lessened. An NRI could easily purchase a property with the funds received from regular banking. Also an NRI can hold a Foreign Currency Non-Resident FCNR account, Non-Residential External (NRE) account or a Non Resident Ordinary (NRO) account to prepare a property purchase. An NRE account is necessary for the pay outs and an NRO account is vital for the depositing and the transferring of money.


        An NRI or PIO could repatriate the proceeds from the sale of immovable property in India on the following conditions:

        • The property was bought by the NRI/PIO in accordance with the provisions of FEMA in force at the time of the purchase
        • The amount repatriated should not go beyond the amount paid for the property if the property was acquired in foreign exchange sent through normal banking channels or out of funds held in an FCNR (B) account

        In the following circumstances, the NRI/PIO may repatriate a maximum of USD one million per financial year:

        • Out of the balances held in the NRO account if the property was purchased out of rupee sources
        • If the property was acquired by way of gift, the sale proceeds must be credited to an NRO account, and then may be repatriated
        • If the property was taken over from a person resident in India, it may be repatriated on production of documentary evidence verifying inheritance, an undertaking by the NRI/PIO, and a certificate by a Chartered Accountant in the formats prescribed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes

        If an NRI has a property in India and desires to sell it away, he/she could sell it to another NRI or any person residing in India who is free from any legal issues. On the other hand, the purchase or sale of a farm house or other agricultural land is not permitted, but gifting of an agricultural land or a farm house or plantation land is allowable to a resident of India. The same follows with an NRI or a PIO.

        In case if an NRI wishes to lend out a property, he/she could rent the immovable property. On the other hand, the rental income or the profit which gets itself made as returns from the property will be eligible to repartition for payment of taxes and payment of a certificate produced by a chartered accountant.

        It is suggested that an NRI should give the power of attorney to an Indian resident who is trustworthy. In case, the NRI is not present in India for the legal formalities, the trusted person could complete all the formalities.

        Setting free Immovable Property

        The RBI has granted general permission to NRI’s and foreign citizens of Indian origin, to give permission their residential properties obtained for their bona fide residential purpose but which on account of their residence abroad, are not necessary for their instant residential purpose.

        On the other hand, there are restrictions concerning the repatriation of the rental income earned from such letting out of the property. The rental income is on a non-repatriation basis. As a result, funds (Rental Income) must be credited to the NRO Account/Resident Accounts in India.

        Can an NRI Give Power Of Attorney For Property Purchase Transactions?

        Really, experts recommend that you give a PoA to a person resident in India so that he or she may complete formalities such as registration, possession, execution of agreement of sale etc. A PoA could be given to execute all contracts, deeds, lease, sell and all matters relating to manage the property.

        On the other hand, it comes better to give a specific power of attorney to any person at any given time, controlled only to a single action such as only purchase. The power of attorney should be done on a stamp paper or as maintained by the requirement of the country where the PoA is performed. You must then get the PoA attested by any allowed official of the Indian Embassy/Consulate/Trade commissioner in that country.

        Over and over, when NRIs purchase properties, developers insist a PoA in their favour. You may decide not to offer this PoA but it would lead to delays since all documents would have to be forwarded to your foreign address.