For long, homebuyers planning to zero in on a specific piece of property have taken pains to dig into its past, in a bid to gauge how auspicious it will be for them. But, going by some recent real estate deals inked in the city, the tide is turning. The apartment’s ‘past’, no matter how gruesome, is being superseded by its present price.
Real estate agents reveal that increasingly, the buyer has no qualms about the home’s possibly blood-soaked past, as long as the apartment suits his budget. A case in point is the Oshiwara apartment that was witness to actor Anuj Tikku’s father Arun Tikku’s sordid murder last year. His son recently sold off the property, that too at not a penny short of the present market rates.
Anuj sold his Samarth Aangan flat in Oshiwara for a whopping Rs 3.26 crore recently. His father was murdered in the same flat in April last year. Anuj’s friend Vijay Palande and two others were arrested for plotting the murder. Investigations revealed that their motive for the crime was, in fact, the possession of the flat.
Tikku’s flat is located in an upscale society in Oshiwara, and is replete with all kinds of modern facilities. The flat admeasures 1,500 square feet and has been sold for Rs 3.26 crore. The market rate in the area is Rs 23,000 per square ft, which means that the flat has been sold for nothing less than its market price. Confirming that the deal had been inked, Tikku said, “I sold the flat because that was the final hurdle between me and my past. The flat was sold to a director at Covidien Healthcare, who is getting married and starting a new life in this flat.” Anuj, meanwhile, has left for a holiday in Goa.
What bad vibes?
Realtor Prakash Rohera of Kkaram Realtors, who operates in the western suburbs, said, “Gone are those days when people used to make sure that no untoward incident had taken place in the home they were about to buy. These days, we are told categorically by potential homebuyers that what matters to them is money, and nothing else.
The lower the price, the more ready they are to buy flats, immaterial of the past associated with it.” He added, “People know that there has been a cemetery where their building stands, and still, they don’t hesitate from buying flats in those societies. After Parveen Babi’s death, people said no one would opt for her flat, but even that was sold.”