Thursday, November 22, 2007

Everybody on the waiting list of Paranjape Schemes' Blue Ridge township at Hinjewadi in Pune, can get a flat immediately!

The urban development ministry of the Central Government of India has asked state governments to permit a higher population density for housing projects. The move is aimed at bringing down property prices by allowing the creation of more housing units on every acre of land.

In toady's Economic Times, Rajat Guha & Mayur Shekhar report that this is part of a series of initiatives that the urban development ministry has taken up for addressing the issue of affordable urban housing. For instance, the ministry has also asked state governments to allow more floor area ratio(FAR)) to the developers and relax height restrictions.

If you remember, in Paranjape Schemes' advertorial, published on the day of launch (October 27, '07), Shrikant Paranjpe had talked about FSI. He has said the government allows point 5 FSI for on agricultural zone land and 1 FSI on residential lands.

True, Shrikant Paranjape hasn't said whether Blue Ridge is in the residential or agriculture zone. But whatever it is, if the state government permits higher population density, allows more FSI and relax height restrictions, for sure, Blue Ridge can have more floors means more flats. Add 8 more floors and make it 33 stories. There are 4 flats per floor (two flats of 3 and 2 bhk each in tower 2), so you get 32 more flats in one tower. There are 12 towers in the phase one. It means, roughly, everybody who is on the waiting list can get his flat immediately!

Of course, i know that the proposal is in a very preliminary stage and it will take ages to finalize but i can not stop dreaming! Particularly, when on the other side of the road at Balewadi, in a project of only 3 nine story buildings 'Kool Homes', salesman says booking rate is 3,700 Rs. per sq. ft.!

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Please, share your experience of online property listing service like

Finding any property for rent or worse sale, is a virtual time-consuming and risky nightmare for any one. A fairly recent, fast and reliable alternative is going through a credible online property listing service like, finds out Shonali Misra.

Shonali has written an article "Clicking on the perfect property" on Deccan Herald.

Recently, Anupam Mittal's 'People Group' has launched real estate portal ''. Which is getting close to 3 lac unique property seekers per month. But nearly 46 percent of registered users are real estate agents!

sold-sign-739635, originally uploaded by jogludee.

Of course, real estate agents or brokers and real estate developers or builders can't afford to ignore any online property listing service. Obviously, they are going to be there in big numbers.

I am interesting in knowing your experience of using these services. For example, i am very much curious to know how do you find virtual tours on my old friend's website SurajPropfair! Please, share your experience in the comments. Your views, reviews and tips will be useful to all. And more people can take the advantage of these excellent on line services.