Market Rate VS Circle Rate

It is often the case that people who are financially knowledgeable prefer to invest in real estate rather than in equities, possibly because the former is much easier to comprehend. That said, real estate too has its own technical ambiguities and jargons. For example, you must have heard your real estate broker talking about the increase in circle rate? You might know that it will negatively impact your budget, but it is important to understand the differences between the market rate and circle rate for you to take an informed decision.

What Is a Circle Rate?

Circle rate is the minimum price at which the sale or allocation of a plot, built-up house, apartment or a commercial property can take place. This rate/price is decided by local development authorities or the state government. There can be different circle rates for different localities within the same city. The purpose of setting the circle rates is to put a check on speculation of property prices as the real estate market is opaque and often does not offer a correct price index.

As the circle rates are not reviewed regularly to keep them in line with the market rates it is seen that the circle rates are invariably lower than the actual market rates. Hence, the circle rate is just an indication of the market condition and is not the actual price of the property.

What is a Market Rate?

Market rate is the price that a buyer pays for a property and is the real value of such an asset for a transaction between a buyer and a seller. Market rates are decided based on the seller’s expectation of price and the buyer’s propensity to pay. It is a price range arrived at by demand and supply looking at actual transaction rates in a place. A location with low supply but high demand will certainly ask for higher rates when compared to other areas.

Circle rates and market rates have limited impact on each other. The circle rate is always lower than the market rate but a noticeably higher variance between them shows a lag and is the prime reason for black money transactions in the Indian real estate domain.

Why is it Important to Know?

Usually, when a property is sold, the stamp duty and registration charges are paid by the buyer. It has been often contested that a higher circle rate leads to a fall in the rate of transactions. As the gulf between the circle rate and the market rate reduces more and more authentic buyers with legitimate money start entering the market. Although in such a scenario the transaction velocity decreases, a lesser amount of black money gets parked into real estate assets.

Reviewing the circle rates every 3 months or once in six months will keep the market rate and circle rate more in line with each other. At the same time, the state government will also make higher tax collection from real estate dealings as stamp duty is paid on a circle rate which is in line with the market rates.

Leave your comment