Archive for the 'Real Estate' Category

Real Estate Regulator…..

First the warning: this is an attempted humor column, please do not take this seriously…… Once upon a time there was a real estate regulator ….and well he did not have much to do. Before becoming the head regulator he was Executive Director of a very big builder – and he was handling compliance and […]

So you want to buy a house?

Now that people have postponed their foreign trips, they all want to buy a house…. Let us see if you can afford a house: – can you afford to pay at least 40% of the cost of the house as a down payment? – can you afford to pay the EMI on just ONE salary […]

Risk: Goes on leave once in a while…

In 2003 a young MBA joined a big bank…..and when he joined there was a big cabin which was kept vacant. When he asked he was told ‘Mr. Risk’ sits there, he has gone on leave. The whole of 2003 that cabin remained unoccupied. So our hero did not see Mr. Risk for the whole […]

Using Home Equity as Retirement Plan

With real estate in a boom over the past few years, one thought that crosses peoples mind is to use ‘Home Equity’ as a Retirement Plan. Good idea? Feels so. At least at this juncture, however like all assets it has its ups and downs. Let us look at what I mean. What is Home […]

Payoff Mortgage or Invest….continued

Let us take a real life case and see what is to be done when you have a lump-sum amount. Should you repay the loan amount or should you Invest that money? The sad part is YOU need to take a decision TODAY and you will be judged (you may be the judge) after 5, […]

Rational reasons for real estate prices to be high…..

If you believe that all bubbles are created by RATIONAL reasons and causes taken to IRRATIONAL HEIGHTS, welcome to the post. Is Mumbai real estate terribly high and unaffordable? Yes. Let us come to some RATIONAL reasons why people buy: 1. If we do not buy NOW we will never be able to buy in […]

Real estate could be next to crack…but

Gold is under tremendous pressure internationally, so India may also see Rs. 25000 (just speculating, actually no clue) but Swaminathan A Aiyar says so in Economic Times. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/columnists/swaminathan-s-a-aiyar/gold-to-be-a-lousy-investment-in-the-next-decade/articleshow/19537567.cms I am not commenting on the price of gold at all. I do not think that to be a good investor you need to be playing the […]