In recent years, non-resident Indians (NRIs) have played a very important role in transforming the Indian real estate market.
NRI investments in real estate offer the advantage of repatriation of the capital invested and even the rental proceeds under the circumstances prescribed by RBI.
An NRI (Non-Resident Indian) is a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and can own both residential as well as commercial properties in India and there is no restriction on the number of properties that can be bought.
However, they cannot purchase/own any agricultural land, farm house and plantation property unless it is gifted or inherited. In case the property (irrespective of its nature) is acquired when you were a resident of India, you can sell or build on the property without the approval of the Reserve Bank of India. However, if you wish to sell it, you must be a resident citizen of India.
The monetary transaction must be in Indian rupees (INR) and through normal banking channels using an NRI account. Indian financial institutions give rupee loans and so the same needs to be repaid in rupees only.
The NRI investor can raise finances from financial institutions to purchase an apartment.
Lenders can fund an NRI purchase provided the candidate is eligible and the property papers are clean. According to RBI norms, a maximum of 80% of the value of property can be funded by a financial institution. Rest has to come from the NRI's personal resources.
Education qualification and profession play a role in deciding your loan eligibility. Like, only graduate NRIs can avail home loans in India.
NRIs can use is to get funding overseas where interest rates are lower and is a good idea especially if you are still overseas and have income accruing there.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable agreements governing their use, which may change from time to time.