‘The developer fulfilled all his promises’
Ibought a 2BHK flat in Avlon Garden as part of a festive offer last year. The developer gave me a 29-inch LCD television set as free gift. It’s market price was somewhere around R30,000 at that time. I consider the gift as a bonus but it was not the sole reason why I bought the flat. In fact, last year, when I started looking for a house in the R30 lakh range, I zeroed in on this particular project because it looked affordable. I felt lucky because when I decided to buy, the company was running a scheme to distribute free LCD television sets with each buy.
Had the developer not offered anything, I would have still gone for it because the apartment cost was within my budget. I paid around R24 lakh. Now the price has appreciated to R27 lakh. So it has turned out to be a lucky buy. This year, I have got possession and moved into the flat. When I was buying the apartment I was a little apprehensive about getting the free LCD television set because the developer was not willing to make it a part of the builder-buyer agreement. One of the representatives wrote on one side of the bill about this offer. But I am happy that, at least, the developer fulfilled what was promised.
The prices have been escalating as soon as occupancy is increasing in this group housing society. There are 400 proposed flats in nine towers in Avlon Garden out of which, six towers are almost ready to move in and 70 families are already residing here. Before buying this flat, I was on a rented accommodation in Gurgaon where I work as a senior manager with Max Life Insurance. Now, since I have shifted to Bhiwadi, I have to commute almost 100km a day from Bhiwadi to Gurgaon. I was advised by a lot of people to stay in Gurgaon in a rented house as commuting 100km a day was taxing.
But those who live on rent also face problems. We have to get the rent agreement renewed every 11 months. Sometimes, we have to bear with the landlord’s unreasonable terms and conditions. Considering all that, I prefer to have my own house even if I have to commute a long distance daily.
—As told to Jeevan Prakash Sharma