11 January, 2024
Unlock the doors to real estate success
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In today's edition:

  • In the news: Ayodhya’s surge, Home demand, Swift’s English
  • My thoughts on: Maximising your home loan approval
  • Q&A: Rooftop heat insulation

Handpicked stories from my weekly digest

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

  • Record sale: DLF's new luxury housing project, DLF Privana South in Gurugram, achieved remarkable success, selling over 1,000 units worth ₹7,200 crore within just three days of pre-launch. This achievement reflects the strong demand for luxury real estate in India. The project, spread across 25 acres in Gurugram, offers 1,113 luxury residences, emphasising its strategic location and high-end design. Read more
  • Where the deity resides: Ayodhya's real estate market has seen a surge in property inquiries and investment, surpassing popular destinations like Goa and Himachal Pradesh. This increase is attributed to the Ram Temple's construction, boosting local tourism and property rates. The temple's grand inauguration has further elevated Ayodhya's appeal as a prime location for real estate investment in India. Read more
  • Need for homes: India is projected to need an additional 6.4 crore homes by 2036, addressing a housing shortage and meeting the demands of a growing population, as reported by CREDAI-Liases Foras. This demand is expected to primarily arise in Tier II and III regions, with residential projects comprising a significant portion of the real estate sector. The sector's growth is seen as vital for India's economic development and is expected to continue its robust trend in the coming years. Read more
  • Next-gen Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 7, introduced at CES 2024 by the Wi-Fi Alliance, marks a significant advancement in wireless technology. It offers enhanced connectivity and networking capabilities. Wi-Fi 7 builds upon previous standards like Wi-Fi 6/6E, offering improved speed, lower latency, and greater reliability. It supports multiple frequency bands simultaneously for higher data transfer rates, making it ideal for demanding applications like 4K streaming, gaming, and AR/VR. Read more
  • William ‘Swift’speare?: Incorporating Taylor Swift's work into English Literature courses can offer a new dimension to literary studies. Her songwriting, with its intricate narratives and vivid imagery, presents a unique opportunity for literary analysis. By examining Swift's lyrics, students can explore contemporary themes and storytelling techniques, making the study of literature more relatable and dynamic. This approach reflects a broader trend in academia to embrace diverse cultural expressions within literary education. Read more

‘Loan’ly journey


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Owning a home is a goal that often requires significant effort, involving sacrifices to attain a place to call your own. Securing a home loan is a major milestone on this journey, and it comes with the responsibility of managing this financial commitment wisely. Whether you're a first-time buyer or an experienced investor, getting the most out of your home loan is crucial. Here, I explore strategies to maximise your home loan's benefits.

The Rs

  • Research, Research & Research: Research lenders thoroughly before delving into the home loan market. Interest rates, loan tenure, processing fees, and hidden charges differ among financial institutions. Avoid settling for the initial offer; instead, explore various options to identify terms aligning with your financial goals.
  • The right type: Like homes themselves, home loans also come in various types, including fixed-rate and floating-rate options. Analyse your risk tolerance and financial strategy to choose the most suitable loan type. Fixed-rate loans provide stability in interest payments, while floating-rate loans may offer lower initial interest rates.
  • Realistic budgeting: Establish a realistic budget for your home purchase. While lenders may approve a larger amount, align your borrowing with what you can comfortably repay. Consider factors like monthly income, existing financial commitments, and potential future expenses for sustainable homeownership without straining your finances.


Evaluate your financial health to understand your capacity and credit score. A higher credit score often results in more favourable loan terms. Improve your creditworthiness by clearing existing debts and paying bills on time before applying for a home loan.

  • Strategising of a down: While higher down payments may reduce your overall interest burden, it's crucial to strike a balance. Evaluate your financial situation and determine an optimal down payment amount. Keep in mind that utilizing excess funds for the down payment might impact your liquidity.

PM’s providence

Explore and leverage the government schemes you might be eligible for. For instance, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana provides financial assistance to eligible income groups. If your annual income is below ₹18 lakh, the PMAY can help make homeownership more affordable for you.

Post-loan planning

  • Debt Review System: Regularly review your home loan to explore opportunities for refinancing or negotiating better terms with your existing lender. Financial markets and interest rates fluctuate, and what might be favourable today may not be tomorrow. Staying informed about market trends empowers you to make strategic decisions throughout the loan tenure.
  • Invest in pre-payment: Channel windfalls, such as bonuses or tax refunds, into prepaying your home loan. Reducing the principal amount not only shortens the loan tenure but also results in significant interest savings over time. But do check with your lender first regarding any prepayment penalties before making additional payments.

Involve the pros

Buying a home is overwhelming. Financing it, more so. Seek advice from financial experts or mortgage consultants. Their insights can help you navigate the complex landscape of home loans, ensuring you make informed decisions aligned with your financial objectives. Connect with your friends and family who have taken this step before or perhaps even talk to your builder who would be able to refer you to their contacts. Listen to everyone, but ultimately do only what feels right for you.

The home loan you take won’t be just a financial product but a stepping stone towards realising your homeownership dreams. By adopting a strategic and informed approach, you can maximize the benefits of your home loan, making it a valuable asset in your journey to create a home that truly reflects your aspirations.


I live in Chennai. What kind of paint should I use for my rooftop that’ll provide the best heat insulation?
- Jagan

Hi Jagan,

In hot regions of India, where temperatures soar and cooling demands are high, selecting the right rooftop paint is crucial for both heat reflection and durability. Reflective or cool roof paints are ideal, as they contain special pigments designed to reflect sunlight and reduce surface temperature. This can significantly cut down on cooling costs and mitigate urban heat islands. Elastomeric and silicone coatings are also excellent choices, offering both high reflectivity and robust waterproofing capabilities. Elastomeric paint forms a thick, rubber-like protective layer, while silicone coatings excel in withstanding harsh sunlight and weather conditions.

Alternatively, acrylic paints provide a cost-effective solution with decent reflectivity, though they may not offer the same level of waterproofing as silicone or elastomeric paints. When choosing a rooftop coating in India, it's important to consider factors like the roof material, local climate conditions, and the Solar Reflective Index (SRI) value of the paint, ideally seeking advice from local experts to find the most suitable product.

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