Guidelines for investing in land
In a growth sector with new market drivers coming in, investing in a plot of sufficient dimensions and the right kind of authorised usage criteria for the area can become attractive to developers from the residential, retail, office and hospitality sectors. As an area attains more market drivers and begins to saturate, plots increase in value manifold and can be sold in a seller’s, not a buyer’s market. Also, land is cheap in most cases and represents a very good capital investment.
However, investing in land is not as simple as it may appear. To begin with, there might be (and usually are) any number of legal requirements to meet and procedures to follow before a piece of land becomes marketable.
Most buyers are aware of the difference between the Agricultural and Non-Agricultural (NA) categories — one cannot put in a development of any magnitude on agricultural land. However, even if the land is clearly NA, one still needs clearance from the local authorities to build on it.
Further, one should not purchase land without any idea of whether it is included in some other developmental
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