NRI Investment in Real Estate

nri investment in indian real estate

Over the years, there has been a surge in real estate investments by Non-resident Indians (NRIs). This has been done for investment purposes as well as for having a place back home for vacations or retirement. The enactment of various rules and acts has further made NRI investment into Indian real estate hassle-free and more secure. Here are a few points to keep in mind when investing in real estate in India.


The documents required for property investment include passport, address proof, PAN card and recent photographs – similar to resident Indians.

FEMA Rules

With the introduction of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the RBI has made it easier for NRIs and PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) to buy immovable properties in India. However, do note that they cannot invest in agricultural land, plantations or farmhouses.

Tax Rules

The NRIs are entitled to tax benefits, just like resident Indians. However, for rental income accrued on property in India, the NRIs have to pay a standard deduction of 30% in taxes. Additionally they will have to submit Form 15CA for remittance of rental income. If the property is ‘self-occupied’, then its exempted from wealth tax. If the NRIs property is also sold within two years, then profits earned from the sale are referred to as short-term capital gains and taxable at a fixed slab for NRIs. If sold after 2 years, then it’s known as long-term capital gains and taxed at 20% after indexation.

Payment Mode

An NRI is also eligible to avail of home loans up to 80% of property value, just like resident Indians. The loan value will however be deposited directly with the builder/seller. Also, all EMI repayments made by the NRI will be in Indian currency and made through an NRO/NRE account.


Since the NRI isn’t always in residence in India, he can give power of attorney (POA) to a trusted person to complete any formalities on his behalf.

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