Owning a home is a dream come true for many individuals. It is the culmination of much efforts and time. Getting across the gauntlet that is securing the appropriate financial measures is only the beginning in what is often a long and arduous process before you finally get to own your home for good.
Owning a property is so much more than simply taking possession of your dream house
There are a huge number of legal hassles and tedious documentation to get through before you can undoubtedly own your property. You need to have a clear title and other relevant documents of ownership that affirm your ownership of the property.
In the final stages of the paperwork, you need to pay stamp duty and relevant registration charges before you are handed over your documents. With these final hurdles cleared, you are now free to enjoy your home to the fullest extent possible.
Stamp duty is one of those insidious charges that tend to sneak up on you and not make itself known until the last minute. Stamp duty is a kind of compulsory fee payable to the state government. There is a time period within which stamp duty must be paid in full before you can take ownership of your home. The actual rate differs from state to state but usually varies between 5 to 7% of the registration value and not market value (also called transaction value). Until this fee is paid in full, the house will not be transferred to your name and you will be, in all effect, an illegal occupant in the property in the eyes of the government. The stamp duty serves as the charge to maintain your name as the owner of your property in the official records of the government. It also ensures that all government sources and documents reflect you as the proper owner of the property.
After stamp duty has been paid, you need to register your property within four months. This requires payment of an additional registration fee over and above the stamp duty that you have already paid. Registration fee is the charge required to actually register the property in your name and make any transfers from the previous owner (if any). Although these charges vary from state to state, the registration fee is typically 1% of the market value, usually subject to a pre-set maximum. The registration process is typically a painless one that involves you providing documents of personal identification such as copies of photo ID, various other verification documents, and the proof of payment of stamp duty.
While these charges can add up to a huge number, there are some ways to save a bit of money here. Many states offer a lower rate of stamp duty if the property is registered in the name of a female. Also, you can claim a tax deduction on the amount you pay on stamp duty and registration fee. You can also save tax by agreeing to a purchase price that is close to the base price published by the government.