23 August, 2023
Unlock the doors to real estate success
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In today's edition:

  • In the news: Evergrande, luxury housing, and robotaxis
  • My thoughts on: Farm houses
  • Q&A: Staging

Handpicked stories from my weekly digest

Here are the 5 stories that you need to be aware of from this past week:

  • Evergrande's Crash?: The collapse of China Evergrande, the world's most indebted property developer, has highlighted the country's real estate crisis. Experts warn that the fallout from Evergrande's bankruptcy could have a ripple effect across the global economy, leaving many people in deep financial straits. Read more
  • Luxury Housing Soars: Luxury housing sales in India are picking up, and prices are rising to new heights. This is due to a number of factors, including rising incomes and a limited supply of luxury homes. Some people are wondering if this is the beginning of a new bubble. Read more
  • Gurgaon's Real Estate Booms: Gurgaon's real estate market is booming, thanks to an unprecedented surge in demand. This is being driven by a number of factors, including the growth of the IT sector, the rising popularity of Gurgaon as a residential destination, and the limited supply of land. However, some people are feeling onion-ious about the rising prices, which are making it difficult for them to afford a home in the city. Read more
  • India's Onion Duty: India has imposed a 40% duty on onion exports in an effort to curb rising prices. Some people are crying foul, saying that the duty will only make onions more expensive for consumers. Read more
  • Robotaxis Roll Out: Robotaxis are now a reality in San Francisco as they have received approval to operate 24x7. But will people trust these self-driving cars enough to ride in them? Some people are still hesitant, but others are eager to experience the future of transportation. Read more

Betting on barns


Image credits: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

In recent times, the allure of farmhouse investments has captured the attention of urban investors and homebuyers alike. This trend is a reflection of the desire to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life and find solace in the tranquility that farmhouses can offer. Delving into the world of farmhouse ownership, whether for financial gain or as a personal haven, calls for careful consideration of key factors that could influence your decision.

The Appeal of Farmhouses

Farmhouses, nestled within idyllic farms or landscaped gardens in rural settings, have a unique charm. With open green spaces becoming scarce in urban areas, city dwellers are increasingly drawn to investing in distant territories. These properties often transform into vacation retreats, secondary residences, or even lucrative rental options, fulfilling the desire for rustic seclusion. Farmsteads seamlessly blend traditional and modern designs, making them not just dwellings but also promising real estate investments. The potential to leverage portions of the land for liquidity adds a layer of flexibility, allowing for effective asset management and capitalizing on opportune moments for returns.

Key Considerations

Before venturing into farmhouse ownership, a comprehensive assessment of critical factors is paramount. The following sections outline pivotal aspects that, when addressed thoughtfully, can solidify your farmhouse investment as a wise endeavor.

  • Navigating Regulations: For urban residents without agricultural backgrounds, understanding your state's land purchase regulations is essential. Acquiring a farmhouse may require specific approvals, making it crucial to proactively engage with the legalities. In some cases, transforming agricultural land to non-agricultural status could streamline the process.
  • Title Deed Assurance: The significance of a clear title deed cannot be overstated. Unambiguous ownership hinges on deed clarity. Ensuring the absence of encumbrances and verifying proprietors' identities is vital. Seek legal counsel when necessary.
  • Financial Clarity: When purchasing a resale property, a Release Certificate from the bank and an Encumbrance Certificate become important. These documents confirm loan settlements and rule out legal liabilities. Essential endorsements, tax receipts, and other paperwork should be secured to prevent future complications.
  • Renovation Evaluation: Thoroughly assess the farmhouse's alignment with your needs. Consider aspects like space, ventilation, parking, and caretaker quarters, as future renovations might be necessary.
  • Terrain and Regulations: Evaluate the property's geographical placement concerning forests and encroached areas. Purchasing property within certain delineations could lead to construction challenges.
  • Infrastructure Check: Investigate property easements, encompassing aspects like access rights, pipelines, and shared perimeters. Resolving these matters early can prevent future conflicts.
  • Property Inspection: A detailed property inspection involves gauging its age, maintenance costs, water availability, and overall resilience.
  • Future Development Vision: Assess the property's potential for growth by factoring in prospective infrastructure projects. This insight influences acquisition decisions.
  • Safeguarding through Insurance: Given the substantial investment, comprehensive insurance coverage is imperative to protect against unforeseen contingencies.

Considering the Downsides

Despite their appeal, farmhouse investments also come with challenges that require attention.

  • Security Concerns: Maintaining security personnel adds to costs.
  • Commute Quandaries: Limited public transport may necessitate reliance on personal vehicles.
  • Amenity Proximity: Detachment from essential amenities due to geographical remoteness can pose convenience challenges.
  • Higher Cost of Living: From maintenance to services, the cost of farmhouse living is notably higher.
  • Ongoing Maintenance: Regular upkeep demands effort, especially if outsourcing is expensive.
  • Social Isolation: Remote living can limit social interactions due to distant neighbors.

Farmhouse investments offer serenity and profit potential, but they also carry costs and challenges. By weighing these aspects carefully, potential buyers can make informed decisions that align with their goals and circumstances.


I'm planning to sell my house. What are some effective strategies for staging a home?
- Sonali

Hi Sonali,

Home staging is a pivotal aspect of the selling process. It's about creating an inviting atmosphere that resonates with potential buyers. You can achieve this by decluttering, neutralizing colors and strategic furniture arrangement. The goal is to showcase the home's potential, allowing buyers to envision their life there.

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