Real(i)ty check

Real(i)ty check
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First Published: Mon, Feb 02 2009. 01 21 AM IST

Updated: Thu, Feb 05 2009. 03 32 PM IST
It is important to be familiar with the language and conventions of real estate. While buying property, always find out what definition of area is being used.
Why is it important? Typically, the area that you pay for is higher than the area you actually get. For instance, you may pay for a 2,000 sq. ft flat, but your usable area might only be 1,500 sq. ft. There will be a reduction in the area. In this example, it’s 25%, but it could even be more in actual cases.
The square footage you have lost is your share of the communal facilities such as walls, lifts, corridors, etc. But you will have to pay for the entire area.
Always find out what carpet area—the area over which you can actually spread a carpet if you wanted to do it— you will get. This, effectively, is the area you will have for your end use.
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First Published: Mon, Feb 02 2009. 01 21 AM IST