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Coronavirus declared Force Majeure; builder & buyer concerns juxtaposed

The real estate developers had a sigh of relief when the Government of India heeded to their demands for declaring Coronavirus hit construction under Force Majeure. The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured the sector to issue an advisory to States and Union Territories and their regulatory authorities to extend the registration and completion date Suo-Moto by six months for all registered projects expiring on or after March 25, 2020 without individual applications.

Headlines Home Buyers Protest
Hawelia imposes high CAM during lockdown at Valenova Park; residents protest

The buyers of Valenova Park have questioned that at a time when the District Administration of Gautam Buddh Nagar has warned the maintenance of Eros Sampoornam to stop hiking maintenance charges during the lockdown  or else face arrest, how come Hawelia is hell-bent to charge maintenance without giving them any facilities, other than water and limited electricity with diktat to use it economically.

Headlines Hawelia Valenova Park, Hawelia Valencia Homes, Hawelia Group, Nikhil Hawelia, Ask Hawelia, Save From Hawelia, Greater Noida West Property, Noida Extension Property, Builder Fruad in Noida Extension
How to dodge poor consumer feedback? Ask Hawelia

It is pertinent to note here that there has been nothing posted on Hawelia Facebook page that could be defined as “Defamatory” by the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It seems builder does not believe in the IPC and wants to continue his fiefdom with HPC (Hawelia Penal Code). As per the law of the land, any comment/feedback/grievance could only be termed as defamation if it can’t be substantiated with the fact. Truth stands as biggest defence against the defamation. The chain mail between the builder and the home buyers of Hawelia Valenova Park could establish the fact that the buyers are not happy with the builder and the builder failed to even come forward to address the concerns.  

Finance Amit Modi, ABA Corp, County Group, Cherry County, Cleo County, County 107, Indian Real Estate Foreclosure, Property Foreclosure, Housing Loan Defaults, Coronavirus Impact on Property, Covid19 Affecting Real Estate
Escalation fears misplaced, input materials might be cheaper: Amit Modi, Director, ABA Corp

Lockdown is not a new reality for the developers across India, and more particularly in the Delhi NCR region. The NGT construction ban, often for months together, has hampered the execution cycle of the business. However, the comprehensive lockdown due to Coronavirus could multiply the woes of the business with supply chain hurdles leading to cost escalation, labour migration and the job losses in the market leading to standstill sales and even foreclosures. However, Amit Modi, Director of ABA Corp who is also a known face of CREDAI in this part of world thinks otherwise. In an exclusive video conferencing with Ravi Sinha, he feels some of the input costs might come down to clear the material inventory in a competitive market.  

Headlines Let's Talk Real With Track2Realty, Diary of a Real Estate Journalist, Real Estate Journalism, Real Estate Media, Media after Coronavirus, Property News
Media must question its purpose in coronavirus hit real estate

For the media business also, the time has come to close this purpose gap — the distance between an organization’s stated aims and its lived behaviour. The longstanding view that the sole purpose of the media is to be the medium of information dissemination and thus maximize shareholder (read advertisers) value would quickly give way to a more balanced way of thinking. There is cut throat and hardly any differentiation in the content and message of an end number of media outlets today. Fortunately, that is our biggest strength with Track2Realty, whether it is in creating differentiation or minimising the purpose gap.

Headlines Diary of a Real Estate Journalist, Honest Journalist, Most Hated Journalist, Ravi Sinha, Real Estate PR, Media and Property Market
Grow up beyond #BoycottRaviSinha PR Folks

But wait! I suppose the recent Ravi Sinha Uncensored has only added fuel to the fire that you all had in you for a number of years now. I do understand that a journalist like Ravi Sinha bruises your ego and inferiority complex of not being treated with respect. I suppose you are being sandwiched at both the ends – on the one hand a nasty journalist like me showing you the mirror and at the same time you get bulldozed by the unreasonable client demands. Isn’t it?

Headlines Coronavirus, Corona, Covid19, Corona Impact on Real Estate, Property Market After Corona, Housing Sale After Corona, Office Absorption After Corona
COVID-19 to reduce housing sales by 25-35%, office absorption to fall 13-30%

The affordable housing segment, which gained significant traction over the last few years, may also take a hit by COVID-19. The outbreak will significantly affect affordable housing’s target audience. With limited income and unemployment fears, buyers of affordable housing may defer purchase decisions, leading to an estimated 1-2% rise in unsold stock within this segment in 2020.

Headlines Ravi Sinha- Diary of a Real Estate Journalist, Home Buyers' Activism, Home Buyers' Fight with Builders, Builder Buyer Conflict, Housing Delays, Housing Defaults, India Real Estate News, Indian Realty News, Real Estate News India, Indian Property market News, Investment in Property
Corona is not publicity tourism Mr Builder

It is in this backdrop that in a typical “Ravi Sinha Uncensored” tone I told a PR girl who called me for one such Press Release by one of the largest developers of Mumbai, “Listen! As a matter of principle I am not carrying any story on food distribution to construction workers. But wait! Please give my feedback to your client, “He or any other builder is not doing any charity; not worth beating its own trumpet. This is a national calamity and you are morally bound to do so. Such Press Releases only make you look really petty. You can weave this info into some other story once the dust settles and everything is normal. But glorifying humanitarian gesture at this point of time is at best Corona Tourism for Publicity which is highly deplorable.” 

Company News Hawelia Group, Hawelia Valenova Park, Hawelia Valencia Homes, Arihant Arden, Coronavirus and Real Estate, Real Estate and Covid19, Coronavirus Impact on Property, Hawelia Humanity
Hawelia fails with supply of essentials in Corona lockdown

It is pertinent to note here that the builder has serious tussle with many of the home buyers at both his projects. Many a times the home buyers have been overtly refused the services with point blank justification that the Hawelia Facility Management is not obliged to entertain those who are unsatisfied buyers. However, in today’s pandemic it is not just unprofessional & unethical but also inhuman to not facilitate supply of day-to-day commodities when the builder’s commercial shops are not operational. Interestingly, Hawelia’s CSR initiative is called as Hawelia Humanity.

Headlines Coronavirus, Covid19, Corona Impact on Real Estate, Property Slump with Corona, Corona Force Majeure
Will Corona lead to Force Majeure in real estate?

The habitual project delaying and absurd justifications of the builders in calling everything as Force Majeure has got another alibi – Corona. It has sparked a fresh debate within the built environment of the Indian real estate as to whether the Corona pandemic could be treated as Force Majeure in the sector. 

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