Home Buying Agreement Home Buying Agreement

Home Buying Agreement

Estimates  Expenditure: usually a lawyer or a broker appointed by you will charge you anything between INR 5,000 to 15,000 for preparing the home buying agreement. However you can negotiate on the amount with the lawyer and broker. In most cases both the parties (the buyer and the seller) contribute equally to the expenses incurred [...]

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Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card

The Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme was introduced in response to persistent demands for ‘dual citizenship’ from the Indian Diaspora in North America and other developed countries. According to this scheme, any Person of Indian Origin (PIO) can apply for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).
Benefits to an OCI:
Registration as an OCI does NOT mean ‘dual citizenship.

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Mutual Funds Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds

Mutual funds are a collection of stocks, bonds, commodities that are actively managed by a fund/money manager. The goal of a mutual fund is to invest in a broad category of equities (based on the fund objective) to minimize risk and maximize reward. Mutual funds carry lesser risk than individual stocks.

Before you begin:

Get into mutual fund investing only if you have a longer time horizon (>5 years)
Pay close attention to the expenses. Ask for the

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Tax Residency Status Tax Residency Status

Tax Residency Status

  Indian citizens or people of Indian origin residing outside of India, temporarily or permanently, can hold different statuses that reflect their ties to the home country. These are especially important for taxation and immigration related needs, since the regulations and requirements differ based on the status they hold. Non-Resident Indians (NRI)  In general and [...]

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