RBI increases repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25%

RBI hiked repo rate, the rate at which the central bank lends short term money to commercial banks, by 25 basis points (0.25 per cent) to 6.50 percent. This is expected to lead to higher interest rates on housing, auto and other personal loans. This is first time in nearly five years that RBI has hone for a back to back hike, having increased repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25 percent in its last policy meet in june. Last time RBI had increased the repo rate consecutively in 2013. Trade tensions, crude oil prices, poor economic activity, rising retail inflation have been considered as the primary factors behind the hike in repo rate.

I think that hike in repo rate will impact the real estate sector as the revised rate would result in costlier EMIs for the home loan.

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NBCC likely to take up deserted projects of Amrapali and Jaypee

After a long wait, a conceivable solution might await the frustrated homebuyers who bought property in Amrapali projects and Jaypee Infratech in Noida.

The projects can possibly be taken over by the State-run NBCC, which will ensure the completion of the projects, after which it will hand them to the genuine owners. However, NBCC has demanded for full control of the funds through an escrow account.

As per the reports, the company’s charge would stay with the current promoters, or with the IRP (Insolvency Resolution Professional) in some cases.

After the homebuyers approached the government seeking solution, the high-level committee has met three times to restore the problems. The homebuyers want a government agency to handle the incomplete projects.

After the completion of the projects, a call can be taken on dividing the leftover money lying with the escrow account.

NBCC will ensure the completion of the projects by engaging third party construction companies to which it will act as a PMC (Project Management Consultant).

Amrapali has effectively made a representation to the Supreme Court, saying they need the assistance of NBCC to finish the venture, and they might want to hand it over to NBCC, or some other comparative government body, to complete the rest of the work. According to the affidavit submitted with the Supreme Court, Amrapali group will build up an aggregate of 40,987 units, which require Rs 5,112 crore for completion.

For NBCC, which is as of now executing ventures worth Rs 80,000 cr all over India, assuming control over the unfinished ventures may not be a colossal task as assessments suggest that the aggregate cost of finishing both the projects — Jaypee and Amrapalli — may not exceed Rs 15,000 crore. While NBCC may not gain much by taking up these unfinished projects, it might thusly open up more doors for the organization.

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