NRI Corner


Nani’s Buildcon Private Limited is only five years old. In this short period, it has completed nine housing projects, accommodating over 150 happy families, and three projects are in various stages of completion, making it one of the fastest growing construction companies in Nagpur. Also in this short period, Nani’s Buildcon has established itself as a home builder people trust and want to deal with.

Nani’s Buildcon was founded in the year 2006 by Mr Yashwant A Khodke, a first-generation entrepreneur and the company’s Managing Director. A qualified engineer, Mr Khodke has behind him 20 years’ experience in the field of civil engineering, most of it gained in the Middle East and North America. It was his long stint with international companies which revealed to him the two secrets of business success: Professionalism and transparency. Needless to say, Nani’s Buildcon has structured its operations on the principles of professionalism and transparency and it is these principles which have been responsible for its envious growth in such a short span of time.

Can NRIs and Overseas Corporate Bodies (OCB) Invest in India?

NRIs and OCBs can make investments in India in consonance with Indian law, RBI rules and regulations as well as other regulations set forth by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).
NRIs and OCBs can make up to 100% equity investment in real estate sector and the nation’s civil aviation sector. Further, all investments, except for the real estate investments, are fully repatriable. For real estate investments, the lock-in period on original investment is 3 years.

Can NRIs obtain loans for buying a house/flat for residential purpose from financial institutions providing housing finance?

Reserve Bank has granted general permission to certain financial institutions deals in housing finance to grant housing loans to non-resident Indians for acquisition of houses/flats for self-occupation subject to certain conditions.

What are the formalities required to be completed by foreign citizen of Indian Origin for purchasing residential immovable property in India under the general permission?

They are required to file a declaration in form IPI 7 with the Central Office of Reserve Bank at Mumbai within a period of 90 days from the date of purchase of immovable property or final payment of purchase consideration along with a certified copy of the document evidencing the transactions and bank certificate regarding the consideration paid.

Can such property be sold without the permission of Reserve Bank?

Yes, Reserve Bank has granted general permission for sale of such property. However whether the property is purchased by another foreign citizen of Indian Origin, funds towards the purchase consideration should either be remitted to India or paid out of balance in NRE/FCNR accounts.

Can foreign citizen of Indian Origin acquire or dispose of residential property by way of gift?

Yes. Reserve Bank has granted general permission to foreign citizen of Indian Origin to acquire or dispose of properties up to two houses by way of gift from or to a relative who may be an Indian Citizen or a person of Indian origin whether resident in India or not, subject to compliance with applicable tax laws.

Can foreign citizen of Indian Origin acquire commercial properties in India?

Yes. Under the general permission granted by Reserve Bank properties other ‘than’ agricultural land/farm house/plantation property can be acquired by foreign citizen of Indian Origin provided the purchase consideration is met either out of inward remittance in foreign exchange through normal banking channels or out of funds from the purchaser’s NRE/FCNR accounts maintained with banks in India and a declaration is submitted to the Central Office of Reserve Bank in Form IPI 7 within a period of 90 days from the date of purchase of the property/final payment of purchase consideration.

While purchasing real estate most developers demand a Power of Attorney in their favor, is there a way to avoid it?

One can choose not to grant the Power of Attorney (POA) to the developers. However this will mandate the mailing of all documents to your foreign residence and associated time delays.

What are the criteria regarding avail of home loans for NRIs in India?

According to Reserve Bank guidelines for NRIs the loan amount shall not exceed 85% of the cost of the dwelling unit. Own contribution, which is the cost of dwelling unit financed less than the loan amount, can be met from direct remittances from abroad only through normal banking channels, your Non-Resident (External) [NR (E)] Account and /or Non-Resident (Ordinary) [NR (O)] account and /or Non-Resident Special Rupee account [NRSR] in India.

Repayment of the loan, comprising the principal and interest including all the charges are to be remitted from abroad only through normal banking channels, your Non-Resident (External) [NR (E)] Account and /or Non-Resident (Ordinary) [NR (O)] account and /or Non-Resident Special Rupee account [NRSR] in India.

How much loan can one get?

You can get a Home Loan of up to 85% of the Total Consideration Value.

Can an NRI give a Power of Attorney to a person in India for completion of loan formalities on their behalf?

Yes. We very well understand that as an NRI you have a different set of needs with respect to your real estate management and investment requirements and we also understand that it needs special set of services to cater to your requirements. The good news from India is that government has allowed 100% repatriation for NRIs. Reserve Bank has granted general permission to certain financial institutions providing housing finance e.g. HDFC,LIC Housing Finance Ltd. etc. to grant housing loans to non-resident Indian nationals for acquisition of houses/flats for self-occupation subject to certain conditions.