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Apart from constructing a house, a plot of land is a great investment

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March 10, 2017: Building a home from brick to brick and having the sovereign choice of the floor plan is a dream that many of us harbor but only a few accomplish.

Apart from constructing a house, a plot of land is a great investment. There are many who like to invest in land instead of a flat and argue that buying a flat is high maintenance and does not give good returns on investments when compared to a plot for sale in Chennai.

It is generally the second home buyer or investor who invests in land or a plot for sale in Chennai or any other flourishing city. Investment in both land and apartment has its own merits and demerits.

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The few important merits of investing in a plot of land are:

  1. There is a lot of freedom to design and shape a plot, which is not possible in an apartment.
  2. With space availability vanishing quickly in the city, the rate of land is expected to appreciate very quickly.
  3. Flexibility to build as per the city’s future requirement helps the cost of land and property to appreciate very fast.
  4. The land is always in demand. The value normally appreciates due to zero depreciation of land.
  5. There is little or no competition for raw land, so being the only prospective purchaser is a huge negotiating advantage.

But, there are some demerits to investing in a plot.

  1. Land generates very low income if rented sometimes. It is difficult to reoccupy a land if tenant pushes it into litigation.
  2. Banks do not provide finance for buying a land/plot.
  3. It is essential to make legal checks on ownership history.

The key to a good investment is research and complete knowledge about the investment. Some of the things to keep in mind before buying a property are:

  1. Clear land title with no outstanding loans, taxes or mortgages must also be investigated. A buyer must ensure that the land parcel is not reserved for any government projects and does not belong to the agricultural category.
  2. Investigation on infrastructural development around the area should be made. Inquire availability of proper roads and Infrastructure in the area, also amenities within the projects and other developments coming up around the property needs to be researched.
  3. Landlocked properties or oddly shaped properties should be avoided. Required building setbacks could make a narrow plot worthless.

In the recent times, the southern state of Chennai has emerged as one of the top destinations for investing in land/ plot. Chennai is more appealing than other metros of the country, as it is a rapidly expanding manufacturing hub of India.

The state houses manufacturing units of top carmakers, as well as, other industries like IT industries, Telecom, etc. All these establishments are creating a big investment opportunity in the city with high growth and shooting prices.

The ideal destinations for investment in the city include:

  1. Gandhi Salai and Oragadam: They are the hubs of activities for the IT and manufacturing sectors. While Rajiv Gandhi Salai is an attractive choice due to its proximity to the various IT Parks and IT-SEZs, plots near Oragadam are ideal for investment, as it is an automobile hub. These locations are well connected by road and rail, and the presence of various multinational companies has triggered the real estate growth.
  2. Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road is one of the future growth corridors of the city, as it connects two important arterial roads Grand Southern Trunk Road (GST) with Rajiv Gandhi Salai. Easy connectivity and presence of many educational institutions in the vicinity have positively impacted the real estate sector in this area.

The land prices in these areas range between INR 500-2,500 per sq ft. The buyers have a variety of options to choose what can fit their budget.

In a city whose demographic is changing constantly with apartments becoming the norm rather than the exception, a plot as a mode of investment is becoming highly lucrative. The severe space crunch in the city has resulted in land prices going through the roof, sending plot developers and buyers scout for land on the outskirts. It has resulted in a spurt of real estate development in these localities.

 

 

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Here’s Why Your Investment Strategy Should Not Be Based on Online Recommendations

There are some essential reasons why your investment strategy must not be based on online recommendations alone. Here’s why:

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Here's Why Your Investment Strategy Should Not Be Based on Online Recommendations
Here's Why Your Investment Strategy Should Not Be Based on Online Recommendations. Pixabay

An investment strategy is a plan of action taken by investors to guide their financial
decisions on the basis of their investment portfolios. A well-written and measurable
investment strategy is the key to success of every investor. Furthermore, with the
right professional recommendations, these strategies can offer more ways of
creating better financial security.

However, today, the human financial advisors have been replaced by online
recommendation systems, an intelligent information filtering platform that assists
investors to narrow their decision-making process. Online recommendations have
become an integral part of user experience in the investment sector.

Yet, the question still remains that even though online recommendations are
changing digital reality for investors, are they good for investment strategy? The
answer is No!

There are some essential reasons why your investment strategy must not be based
on online recommendations alone. Here’s why:

You're not talking to a real person
You’re not talking to a real person. Pixabay

#1 You Are Not Talking to A Real Person
Online recommendations systems follow a universal algorithm due to which users
are siloed into separate segments. It does not tailor your products according to your
needs.

The system only understands that you want to create a plan, but it does not consider
how would you like it to be and what factors are supposed to be taken into
consideration.

The ultimate drawback is that you are not talking to a person but being serviced by a
machine. This means the system lacks a two-way communication, thus restricting
users from making any changes.

On the contrary, in case of a financial advisor, you are talking to a living being, who
will listen to you about your needs, your goals, and present financial status. Based
on the conversation, the advisor will create a suitable plan for you, which if you do
not agree with, can be changed.

#2 Real-Time, Face-To-Face Advice Is the Best Advice

It’s always a good and secure feeling to listen to another human voice and have a
face-to-face conversation with someone, rather than having to deal with a lifeless
machine.

When you ask for online recommendations for your investments, the suggestions are
usually coming from a computerised platform, trained to deal with your queries.
However, this is not enough. It’s only natural to have trust issues with a machine
handling your money matters for you.

Furthermore, it is an undeniable fact that financial advisors have more knowledge on
investments based on their experience in the field. You can have a real conversation
with them, asking question after question till you are satisfied with the answers. You
cannot do the same with online recommendations.

You also have tax deductions to take care of, which requires the recommendations
of an expert dealing with such matters for years. Websites can never estimate the
life changes that might occur unless a user feeds new data into it. In the same way, it
cannot get around the complex calculations of tax reporting, which can greatly affect
your financial decision in the long-run.

#3 Variety of Options

When you opt for online recommendations, the investment options in the results are
limited. This means that you can only opt for what lies in front of your eyes.

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If you are choosing a term policy, you would like to be judged on more than just a
few questions that you see on your screen and reap maximum life benefits from it.
You would like to know what riders are available along with the term policy, different
types of plans and benefits of the same. You can get all these answers when you
talk to an insurance provider, rather than an online recommendation system.

Furthermore, there are certain conditions that you may have doubts about, especially
pertaining to life policies wherein a divorce or death could bring in changes to the
policy, which needs to be clarified with a real person.

Online recommendations are good to go as long as your investment deals with low-
risk goals like a short-term investment or calculating your home loan or insurance
premium. For long-term goals like investment for the education of your children or
retirement, this tool only creates high risk.

Final Takeaway:

The final word is that online recommendation systems might be standing their
ground in the world of investment, but when you are not sure which direction to move
towards, financial advisors are your saviours.

A certified financial advisor adept with knowledge of your financial situation will prove
to be more proactive in aligning your investments.

Financial advisors, unlike online recommendations, can assist you in figuring out
whether you are on track with your savings and how other investment options can
benefit you in future.