Internet of Things (IoT) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) are no longer just axioms even for real estate developers as they are increasingly deploying these in addition to home automation in a bid to catch fancy of buyers.
Developers are warming up to the idea of incorporating home automation products to their offering, a late addition to the standard amenities list so far. Given the cost factor, developers had earlier refrained from deploying these products.
“Real estate today is no longer confined to a brick-and-mortar structure with developers constantly looking for ways to offer value to customers. It has evolved into creating a healthy environment for people to live, work and play, thereby improving the health and quality of life of households around the world”.
However, with huge reduction in technology and deployment costs, more developers are opting for such products. Platforms that use cloud-based algorithms and sensor technologies monitoring indoor environment and alerting residents for corrective actions are also being deployed to bring wellness intelligence into the connected home environment.
Wifi-based home automation products like video door panels, motion sensor-based light and security management products and appliance control products that remote manage ACs, TVs geysers and other appliances that are app-controlled are becoming a part of new developments.
The Reserve Bank of India made a decision to increase the limits on loans for PSL (Priority sector lending) which may assist in the first-time homebuyers get greater amounts of loans at better terms which in turn may boost the sales of Affordable Houses.
RBI revised the housing loan limit for PSL from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 35 lakh in cities with a minimum population of 10 lakh and from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh in other cities. This is on condition that the overall cost of the house does not exceed Rs 45 lakh for metropolitan cities and Rs 30 lakh for other cities.
The RBI has also raised concerns over rising minor crimes and suggests at lesser loan to value of the property.
Reduced home loan interest rates and necessary impetus by the government has helped to boost sales of the affordable housing sector. The housing sector has been supported by the government through lower GST rates, affordable housing fund, increased duration of loans CLSS of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and extended income tax benefits to apartments of maximum carpet area of 645 sq ft.
According to Khushru Jijina, MD of Piramal Finance & Piramal Housing Finance the decision would up the sales of affordable houses which will in turn help in economic growth.
The rating agency CRISIL is of the view that the decision will allow most of the housing loans given by banks to qualify for PSL which would be positive for the banks. CRISIL also added that as of April 2018, 37% of the housing loans given by the banks qualified for the PSL.