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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Magicbricks - Property channel of Times Now launched !

Magicbricks - Property channel of Times Now launched !

Union Minister For Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu launches
India’s First Real Estate and Property Business TV channel - Magicbricks NOW
§  ‘Magicbricks NOW will provide an unbiased, trustworthy and authoritative perspective on the property business and will help its viewers ‘Be Un-Confused’ about this important sector’

New Delhi 28 Oct 2015: The growing Indian Real Estate and Infrastructure sector received a significant addition when Honourable Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary AffairsMr M Venkaiah Naidu, introduced India’s first Real Estate and Property Business TV Channel, Magicbricks NOW, today.

Unveiling the channel name, Mr Naidu told mediapersons, “I am delighted to be here today on this auspicious  day. Times NOW from the Times Network is the most credible, premium news channel in the country, and when I came to know that this network is launching a news channel to create a platform for the real estate and housing sector, I felt really happy. Because it is going to partner with me in our plans to provide housing for everyone by 2032.
“So I am very happy that a dedicated channel called Magicbricks NOW is launching for the sector. My congratulations. I hope Magicbricks NOW will do the required magic for the sector; and bricks are always required to construct houses, and housing is the most important aspect of anybody’s life, Mr Naidu said, adding  “I suggest that news and views should not be combined for the channel and that should be the noble beauty of the new channel.”

M K Anand, MD & CEO – Times Network, said, “We are delighted to offer India its first 24x7 real estate and property business television channel, Magicbricks NOW,  and are extremely happy that it has been launched at the hands of the Honourable Mr Naidu today.  Magicbricks NOW has been launched to guide the consumer through the complex and seemingly intimidating world of real-estate transactions.  While real estate is of paramount importance in the life of every Indian, equally, the space is full of complexities, jargon and confusion.  Magicbricks NOW will provide unbiased, trustworthy and the most authoritative perspectives on the property business to help the consumer ‘Be un-confused’,” Anand said.

“We are confident Magicbricks NOW will enjoy wide reach – not only because it is a genre pioneer that covers the extremely important property business, but also because it will leverage the proven strengths of our network distribution and marketing,” Anand said, adding, “It is befitting that India’s first real estate and property business TV channel has been launched by the Nation’s biggest media conglomerate, The Times Group, which has always had a deep and abiding emotional connect with middle class Indians, Magicbricks NOW will cement this relationship further.”

Magicbricks NOW has strategically partnered with Magicbricks.Com, India's No 1 Property portal for property buyers and sellers. Apart from them - Lotus Greens Developers Private Ltd and Mantri Developers Pvt.Ltd, leading developers of the country on board as key sponsors. Their association with us from Day One is testimony to their belief in our vision for Magicbricks NOW.

Faye D’Souza Editor – Magicbricks NOW, said, “Magicbricks NOW is here with a singular focus – on the end consumer. Magicbricks NOW will offer a rich array of programs that range from News bulletins to property hotlines, debates, leadership insights and more. These will not just keep the end consumer informed, but will serve as a common meeting ground for knowledge-driven individual buyers, sellers and businesses looking seriously at the world of property and real estate.”

Marquee channel programming includes The Property GuideThe Home Buyer’s GuideProperty Hotline, The Interiors Show, The Vastu show, Real Estate Tycoons and, of course, The News, every hour on the hour.

Speaking about the association with Times Network to create the new channel, Sudhir Pai,, said, “Magicbricks is delighted to be a part of this initiative with the Times Network. Our endeavor has always been to make our brand ubiquitous across media so as to provide consumers with rich and in-depth information when it comes to matters of property. With this association we leverage the visual appeal of television to communicate our rich data and analytics in an easy-to-consume manner for the consumer. With this launch, we strengthen the offering and make ourselves available at every touch point to consumers."

Target audience: The 24/7 channel will target NCCS A and B viewers in the 25-37 and 38-50 years age groups. In viewer profile terms, it will target both, consumers who are looking to buy, sell or rent real estate, and businesses and service providers like brokers, builders, interior decorators, paint companies and others.

Distribution: Magicbricks NOW will be distributed extensively across DTH and Cable, and is already present on all platforms that carry the channels of Times Network.

Marquee programs
Magicbricks NOW programming will provide unbiased, trustworthy and the most authoritative perspectives on the property business to help the consumer ‘be un-confused’.
Magicbricks NOW will air shows across the spectrum and will cover important aspects of infrastructure, real estate, legal, tax, finance and anything else that impacts a consumer’s buying decision.
It will also include a bouquet of feature shows on interiors, Vastu, home improvement, holiday homes, leisure and more. The platform will help viewers understand the sector better and where they have to park their money.

Show Name
The News
News bulletin covering real estate and related subjects
Property Hotline
A studio based daily call-in show which will answer questions sent in by viewers on investing in property and other related aspects
Property Guide
A daily show that reviews investment ideas, debates policy developments,  and discusses the big developments in the space
The Vastu Show
A show dedicated on importance of Vastu and its application
The Home Buyer’s Guide
A studio based show wherein the anchor runs through the launches and details of projects across the country
Real Estate Tycoons
The show will profile biggest Real Estate builders in the country which would include the management, the projects, the markets it focuses on etc.

with thanks : Press Release : Times Now : Magicbricks

Quake Concerns : Hindustan Times : B S Vohra

with thanks : Hindustan Times

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Times Group to launch real estate TV channel Property Now on 28th October, 2015


Times Group will launch its real estate TV channel, Property Now, on 28th October, 2015. This major initiative will be announced in the presence of  Shri M Venkaiah Naidu,  Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, India.

The Press Conference will be addressed by Shri MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network as well Shri Arnab Goswami, President, News and Editor-in-Chief, Times NOW and ET NOW.

Times Group to launch real estate TV channel Property Now !

MUMBAI: Times Network, the broadcast arm of India's largest media house Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. has announced launch of India's first 24X7 property news channel, 'Property Now'.
The announcement was made by M K Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network at the inaugural session of FICCI's The Big 5 Construct India 2015 held in Mumbai today. "The Real Estate & Construction industry is a key contributor to the Indian economy today. Poised for an unprecedented growth boosted by the Government's Smart city and housing-for-all projects, the sector commands investments from over 60 per cent of Indian Household Savings," said M K Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network, while announcing the launch of Property Now.
"We felt the industry needs a cohesive and powerful platform, where all the stakeholders can exchange their views, communicate with each other, influence the policymakers for the up gradation of the sector and better the life of the common man."
The new channel will be a destination for content and information on the property market, offering viewers unbiased information that makes the home-buying process simpler and more efficient.
The channel will be a combination of news, debates, advice and analysis on real estate and allied aspects focusing not only on the buying decision but also on interior s and home improvement. President-News Times Network, Arnab Goswami will guide the new channel and lead the editorial team.
Distributed pan-India, the channel is targeted towards 1mn+ markets initially. In phases, it will reach the target markets currently being served by ET Now.
Property Now is expected to grow further because the subject is of interest to a larger set of audience as it will cater to investors, property buyers, builders and infrastructure industry et al.

with thanks : Economic Times : LINK

Saturday, October 10, 2015

How to secure your stay in a rented house?

How to secure your stay in a rented house?
When you are hunting for a rental house accomodation in Bangalore, it is no doubt a very challenging and tedious task to get hold of the perfect rental property. It gets even more complex and complicated when it comes to the aspect of securing your stay in a rented house. As a renter you have to make sure that you include every possible way to secure your stay in the rented property. But how do you achieve it?

Pre-inspection of the documents
You must know that there are several documents and papers that you need to attach with your rental application. Before you start searching for the flat or apartment house for rent you must arrange for the relevant documents and submit them with the application whenever needed. This process no doubt improves the chances of securing your stay and also assures that you are completely liable to attend the pre-inspection of the rental property.

Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
You must understand the importance of legal aspects of being a tenant even before you start hunting for a house for rent in Bangalore. When you are a tenant you have certain rights that you can exercise and responsibilities as well to perform. The tenancy agreement is provided with all the details and information and you must know about them before you sign the lease paper. Some of the basic lists include:
·   The amount of the deposit and the monthly rental
·   The names of the landlord and the tenant and their respective addresses
·         When the rent will be reviewed?
If you are aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, you can secure your stay in the rented house.

Tips to enjoy a hassle free tenancy
·   If there is no written tenancy agreement, it is suggested not to enter into it.
·   Check for the unfair terms and clauses in the tenancy agreement. It is better to get it reviewed from a lawyer.
·  It is suggested that you should not sign the long term tenancy agreement unless you are sure that you are going to stay for so long.
·   You must always ask for a payment slip once you make the payment of your rental on a monthly basis. This averts any kind of confusion and complicity.
·   It is your duty to pay the rentals on time every time.
·   Don’t misuse the property and treat as your own and look after it.
·  You must respect the neighbors and not make noise unnecessarily, don’t obstruct the common areas and throw rubbish on the wrong place.

If you can follow the above mentioned rules and regulations, it is for sure that you are going to enjoy your stay in the rental property as secure it as well. Don’t force yourself to get into troubles and make your stay in the rental property unsafe and insecure.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Mahindra Lifespaces – Transforming urban landscapes by creating sustainable communities

We live in a world that is currently grappling with rising population, global climate change, growing social inequity and multiple challenges in the context of sustainable infrastructure creation.  Like most major emerging economies, India too is faced with multiple development-related challenges, as it experiences population and economic growth, and accelerating urbanization therein.
According to estimates, around 600 million people are expected to make urban India their home by 2031.   As our cities and towns grow, there is a pressing need to carefully plan for India’s urbanization journey; to ensure that it embraces in equal measure the people/communities who are the key intended beneficiaries of this development journey, the environment, and the economic objectives that accompany long-term sustainable growth.  At Mahindra Lifespaces, we believe that if developed responsibly and responsively, cities (and individual buildings) have the potential to be places where high living standards can be delinked from unsustainable levels of consumption of all three types of resources - environmental, financial and human.  India’s impending urbanization thus presents both opportunities and challenges, each of which must be evaluated to get things right and achieve new, sustainable standards of urban development.  We believe the answer lies in Sustainable Urbanisation encompassing business responsibility, environmental stewardship and community outreach. 
Mahindra Lifespaces is constantly exploring ways in which we can integrate Sustainability into process, product and service innovation.  All our ongoing and forthcoming projects across 8 Indian cities are IGBC (India Green Building Council) Green Homes Certified.  Furthermore, Mahindra World City Chennai (India’s first integrated business city to have been developed in PPP) is India’s first IGBC Gold Certified integrated business city.
This year, we have chosen to focus on capacity building, collaborations, institutionalizing best practices and knowledge sharing.
1.       Mahindra Lifespaces has collaborated with WRI to pilot test two global GHG accounting tools.
2.       We are active participants in the Climate Positive Development Programme (C40), under which Mahindra World City Jaipur (our second integrated business city project in India) has been declared the world’s largest project to receive C40 Climate Positive Stage 2 Certification.
3.       In association with Tech Mahindra, we are developing a comprehensive ‘SMART City Management’ framework to make MWC Jaipur a living lab for a Smart City.
4.       As a signatory of India Business & Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) declaration, MWC Chennai has undergone a comprehensive biodiversity assessment and has developed strategies for better biodiversity management.
5.       We participated in the plenary ‘India Energy Efficiency in Buildings Laboratory’ organized under the aegis of WBCSD.
6.       We have identified 150 of our biggest suppliers, and will be mentoring and motivating them towards becoming responsible partners in our sustainability journey.
7.       We have launched the Green Army Initiative – An outreach program that identifies children as primary change agents of the future and aims to educate them on sustainable living habits and choices whilst encouraging them to spread the word amongst friends and family.  We launched the campaign with a target of creating catalysts through one million caring citizens across the nation.  During the past year, we have conducted pilot projects in 13 schools across Mumbai, a figure we hope to better in the upcoming second edition of the campaign this year.
8.       We have provided feedback to the Gold Standard Cities Programme – A results based finance framework, it enable cities to develop, audit and verify urban programmes in order to unlock the finance needed by cities around the globe for low carbon development.
People are integral to the Sustainability journey; in other words, the success of sustainability efforts and initiatives are commensurate with their scale and reach.  Recognising the fact that quality housing is a large, unmet need for a wide cross-section of people in India, we have forayed into the Affordable Housing segment with the launch of our brand ‘Happinest’ in Mumbai (Boisar) and Chennai (Avadi).  With a large chunk of prospective Affordable Housing customers working in the informal sector and thus unable to produce documentation for securing formal home finance, we have focused on creating an ecosystem for access to finance by partnering with NBFCs that survey their financial capability and accordingly approve home loans.  Happinest has witnessed an overwhelming response from customers across different social spectrums ranging from teachers, bank employees, government employees, industrial workers, street vendors and contractual employees.
Mahindra Lifespaces has formulated a biodiversity management plan to enhance biodiversity and nurture the local ecosystem at Happinest Boisar.  A detailed biodiversity assessment study was recently undertaken to create an inventory of the flora and fauna, identify endangered and threatened species if any, and study the vegetation profile within a 2 km radius of the project site. 
Sustainability being deeply ingrained in our day to day business decisions and operations, we have, basis inputs from an enhanced stakeholder base (comprising both internal and external stakeholders), defined a Sustainability Roadmap for 2020, which identifies aggressive targets towards all three bottom-lines and helps align efforts with the needs of the ecosystem at large.  As we expand our construction footprint, we are constantly evaluating methods to reduce our environment footprint; at the same time, we are improving our project timelines via the use of innovative construction best practices.  We aim to maximize the quality of life of our customers while optimizing the consumption of every unit of resource – through reduction, reuse and recycling.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

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Tips for Single Guys on Renting in a New City

Did you ever have to shift to a new city because of your job or study? We all have gone through that process once and it is not that easy. If you are looking to shift to a new city in the future and are worried about the prospect of finding a new place to live, the tips that are provided in this article will help you to get an idea of how you can easily settle down.
Shifting to a new city is not always easy. There are a lot of hardships that you will have to face before you get settled down. After living so many years in the same place, you get quite accustomed to the environment and the daily life that is associated with the place. You get to know every street, every corner and every friendly place as you go from one point of the place to another. The saddest feeling about leaving the current place is that you are leaving behind some of the best friends, loved ones or even family. This makes leaving an old place a very difficult process; but after that going to a new city and finding the right place to stay is the most daunting task for any person who does not have any friends or family.
The most worrisome thing that comes into picture while shifting to a new place is about renting a new house/apartment. Finding the perfect house is nearly impossible for anyone in their first search; sometimes it takes a month to get that house/apartment that suits you the best along with the price. What adds to the woes of searching is when you are a single guy on a house-hunting mission, alone in a city about which you have little idea. There are a lot of things that may come in to your mind like do you have the freedom to make your own restructuring of the place or will you have the place to park your vehicle.
Here are some of the tips that every single guy should keep in mind while looking for a new place to settle down in a new city:
Tips for Renting
  • Make a list of the potential places. Just searching for a place randomly will cost you a lot of time and effort. Make a checklist of the potential houses/apartments that you have found out in the classified pages. You can also hire a property dealer who will provide you a list of the houses according to your location and budget. Though, they may ask for some kind of commission or fee.
  • Research about the location. The most important thing that you should keep in mind while renting a house/apartment is about its location. Do a proper research about the place, if it is located in a good community and has easy accessibility to the local transportation (in case you do not have your own vehicle). The best way to do this is to explore the area by going around the neighbourhood on foot.
  • Know your priorities. As a single guy in a new city, there may be some definite priorities for you and since you are going to stay in the place, these priorities will be someway associated with it. Are you looking for a place that has a room that is perfect for you to create a man cave; be it a complete home theatre or a simple well-lit room to cover it with your artistic touch? Just check out with all those options.
  • Thoroughly check the apartment/house. Just do not go by the pictures that are being posted on the classifieds or that is being sent by the landlord. Get a good look at every nook and corner of the place. If there is something missing or anything that needs to be fixed, get it to the attention of the landlord. It is best to check out the house/apartment in the day time when there is enough natural light to have a good look
  • Get to know if there are any hidden costs. Sometimes you may realise that after renting a house there are a lot of hidden costs that the landlord did not mention; like parking cost and other daily utilities and amenities. Thus, to save yourself from the shock later, ask the landlord about all the hidden costs that are not included in the rent amount.
  • Negotiate if it is possible. Negotiations are a good way to get a great deal if you are planning to stay for long duration. If you are going to stay for a year or two it is harmless to negotiate the rent and if any other extra costs like parking fees or utility cost can be waived.
  • Document everything on paper. Do not forget to make an agreement documents with the landlord. Put every deal you made or every promise made by you or the landlord on paper. Remember, renting is a contractual agreement and it needs to be treated as one. If in future any legal developments take place the document might come in handy.

With the above tips you can now worry less about hunting for that perfect house/apartment when you move to a new city.
Mohit Sharma