Good news for home buyers - GST on homes to be as low as 1% - Home Loan Stories – Kotak Bank

A home of your own is an expensive dream. And yet, we do not stop from dreaming about it and accomplishing it some day. With uncountable deals on home loans and availability of interest rates to choose from, the speed of home-buying today has quickened.

Now, there’s another reason for home-buyers to rejoice - The Goods & Services Tax (GST) Council has reduced the GST rates for under-construction flats to 5% and affordable housing to 1%, with effect from 1st April, 2019. It also increased the carpet area of flats under affordable housing. Currently, GST on all housing projects is 12% and affordable housing projects are taxed at 8%. This GST rate-cut has made home-buying affordable and opened the door of possibilities for home-buyers to fulfil their long-cherished dream.

After the announcement being made on 24th February, 2019, there might be a boost in the sale of residential properties as the lower tax burden on home-buyers will push up demand in the segment which will let developers stay committed to build more affordable homes. The GST Council’s decision will prove to be a benefit for new buyers & also for those buyers who are currently on construction-linked payment schemes. With affordable housing now being defined within Rs 45 lakh budget, more properties qualify for the sweet spot category. The GST cut, coupled with this critical change in definition, will induce more sales in homes falling in this budget range.

Before discussing the impact of the GST on home loan costs, it is crucial to interpret the elements dependent on GST. The most important aspect of taking a home loan is the interest rate on the money which will not change, as service tax or GST doesn’t play a role on it. Likewise, as stamp duty is not subsumed under the GST, stamp duty charged in connection with the documentation of the home loan will not change with the GST.

There’s nothing that will stop a home-buyer to convert the thought of buying a house into action with the GST rate-cut to as low as 1%. Each one is eligible to make the most of this opportunity on purchase of home and move to a new abode of their own.

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