Microsoft Geographical Location Values

Microsoft Geographical Location Values

Geographical Location

Value

Anguilla

300

Antarctica

301

Aruba

302

Ascension Island

303

Ashmore and Cartier Islands

304

Australia

12

Bahamas

22

Baker Island

305

Bangladesh

23

Barbados

18

Belarus

29

Belgium

21

Belize

24

Benin

28

Bermuda

20

Bhutan

34

Bolivia

26

Bosnia and Herzegovina

25

Botswana

19

Bouvet Island

306

Brazil

32

British Indian Ocean Territory

114

Bulgaria

35

Burkina Faso

245

Burundi

38

Cambodia

40

Cameroon

49

Canada

39

Cape Verde

57

Cayman Islands

307

Central African Republic

55

Chad

41

Channel Islands

308

Chile

46

China

45

Christmas Island

309

Clipperton Island

310

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

311

Colombia

51

Comoros

50

Congo

43

Congo (DRC)

44

Cook Islands

312

Coral Sea Islands

313

Costa Rica

54

Côte d’Ivoire

119

Croatia

108

Cuba

56

Cyprus

59

Czech Republic

75

Denmark

61

Diego Garcia

314

Djibouti

62

Dominica

63

Dominican Republic

65

Ecuador

66

Egypt

67

El Salvador

72

Equatorial Guinea

69

Eritrea

71

Estonia

70

Ethiopia

73

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

315

Faroe Islands

81

Fiji Islands

78

Finland

77

France

84

French Guiana

317

French Polynesia

318

French Southern and Antarctic Lands

319

Gabon

87

Gambia

86

Georgia

88

Germany

94

Ghana

89

Gibraltar

90

Greece

98

Greenland

93

Grenada

91

Guadeloupe

321

Guam

322

Guantanamo Bay

323

Guatemala

99

Guernsey

324

Guinea

100

Guinea-Bissau

196

Guyana

101

Haiti

103

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

325

Honduras

106

Hong Kong S.A.R.

104

Howland Island

326

Hungary

109

Iceland

110

India

113

Indonesia

111

Iran

116

Iraq

121

Ireland

68

Israel

117

Italy

118

Jamaica

124

Jan Mayen

125

Japan

122

Jarvis Island

327

Jersey

328

Johnston Atoll

127

Jordan

126

Kazakhstan

137

Kenya

129

Kingman Reef

329

Kiribati

133

Korea

134

Kuwait

136

Kyrgyzstan

130

Laos

138

Latvia

140

Lebanon

139

Lesotho

146

Liberia

142

Libya

148

Liechtenstein

145

Lithuania

141

Luxembourg

147

Macau S.A.R.

151

Macedonia, former Yugoslavic Republic of

19618

Madagascar

149

Malawi

156

Malaysia

167

Maldives

165

Mali

157

Malta

163

Man, Isle of

15126

Marshall Island

199

Martinique

330

Mauritania

162

Mauritius

160

Mayotte

331

Mexico

166

Micronesia

80

Midway Islands

21242

Moldova

152

Monaco

158

Mongolia

154

Montserrat

332

Morocco

159

Mozambique

168

Myanmar

27

Namibia

254

Nauru

180

Nepal

178

Netherlands

176

Netherlands Antilles

333

New Caledonia

334

New Zealand

183

Nicaragua

182

Niger

173

Nigeria

175

Niue

335

Norfolk Island

336

North Korea

131

Northern Mariana Islands

337

Norway

177

Oman

164

Pakistan

190

Palau

195

Palestinian Authority

184

Palmyra Atoll

338

Panama

192

Papua New Guinea

194

Paraguay

185

Peru

187

Philippines

201

Pitcairn Islands

339

Poland

191

Portugal

193

Puerto Rico

202

Qatar

197

Reunion

198

Romania

200

Rota Island

340

Russia

203

Rwanda

204

Saipan

341

Samoa

259

San Marino

214

São Tomé and Príncipe

233

Saudi Arabia

205

Senegal

210

Serbia and Montenegro

269

Seychelles

208

Sierra Leone

213

Singapore

215

Slovakia

143

Slovenia

212

Solomon Islands

30

Somalia

216

South Africa

209

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

342

Spain

217

Sri Lanka

42

St. Helena

343

St. Kitts and Nevis

207

St. Lucia

218

St. Pierre and Miquelon

206

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

248

Sudan

219

Suriname

181

Svalbard

220

Swaziland

260

Sweden

221

Switzerland

223

Syria

222

Taiwan

237

Tajikistan

228

Tanzania

239

Thailand

227

Tinian Island

346

Togo

232

Tokelau

347

Tonga

231

Trinidad and Tobago

225

Tristan da Cunha

348

Tunisia

234

Turkey

235

Turkmenistan

238

Turks and Caicos Islands

349

Tuvalu

236

U.S. Minor Outlying Islands

350

Uganda

240

Ukraine

241

United Arab Emirates

224

United Kingdom

242

United States

244

Uruguay

246

Uzbekistan

247

Vanuatu

174

Vatican City

253

Venezuela

249

Vietnam

251

Virgin Islands

252

Virgin Islands

351

Wake Island

258

Wallis and Futuna

352

Yemen

261

Zambia

263

Zimbabwe

264

Source: Microsoft Geographical Location Values

Property Forecast 2012 by Makaan.com

 

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Introduction

The year 2011 can best be described as a lackluster year for Indian real estate sector. There were several headwinds that prevented the sector from delivering to its full potential. High property prices and rising home loan interest rates kept the home buyers away from the property market. Property transactions in major Indian cities were down by 20-40% for the year.

As we move into 2012 there are several un-answered questions. Where does the property market go from here? What is the current psyche of home buyers? Is it still a seller’s market or buyers will dominate the market movement? Is affordable housing still the top priority, when the common man goes home shopping? Which is the hottest destination for investing in real estate in 2012? To get an insight into these and many more issues, Makaan.com, the fastest growing online property website, conducted a survey among its users.

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The survey ran on the website between 27th November to 15th Dec 2011, witnessed a voluminous participation of 4430 home buyers from across the country including cities of Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh & more. Most of the survey takers were male, in the age group of 26 – 45 years. The next few pages highlight the major findings of the survey.

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Property Forecast 2012 asked home buyers to give an advice that would bring a positive impact on Indian realty sector in 2012, nationally, 30% people wish for an increase in income tax exemption limit, on repayment of interest on home loan, from current 1.5 lac p.a to 3 lac p.a. Next advice from the home buyers is to resolve the constant conflict of Super area Vs Carpet area. 27% of home buyers want the developers to charge on the Carpet area rather than Super area. They believe this will bring more transparency, as Carpet area is measurable as against the latter which in most cases is ambiguous.

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16% feel uncomfortable with the pre-launches and advise for an absolute ban on it. Another 12% home buyers believe that developers should start charging only after the project completion. This will put a positive pressure on the developers on timely completion of their projects. 8% feel that government should subsidize home loans by 200 points (or 2%) of the market rate. 7% feel that to attract more genuine home buyers there should be a 3 year lock in period for home buyers.

Makaan.com’s Take: Suggestions given by the home buyers are really credible and can bring life back in the otherwise lackluster real estate market. The advice to increase home loan exemption limit is the need of the hour, the current limit of 1.5 lac has become insufficient (when seen in light of the jump in property prices over the last 5-8 years). The limit has not kept pace with the price rise and hence should be revised upwards. The second advice of Carpet area has been a topic of debate among the real estate industry body and we believe there will be some progress on this aspect over the course of the year 2012.

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As far as purchasing a home is concerned; arranging funds becomes the most critical aspect. Usually home buyers rely on home loan for making a property investment. In the recent past RBI has increased the benchmark REPO rate 13 times in the past 18 months. Home buyers seem to believe that RBI is at the end of the interest rate increase cycle, majority 41% expect the home loan rates to fall in 2012.

On contrary, 30% of the home buyers feel the home loan rates will continue to climb up. The remaining 29% feel that home loans would remain stable in the coming year.

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Makaan.com’s Take: Our view matches with that of the home buyers. We expect RBI to maintain the rate at the current level till Feb-March 2012 and announce rate softening post that. Banks may respond to RBI moves with a lag of 1-2 months, so home buyers can expect the home loan rates to move southwards only after April 2012.

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The meltdown of 2008 and early 2009 saw the property prices correct by 25-30% in major Indian cities. Post meltdown period saw a very smart recovery in 2010 with property prices reaching their pre meltdown levels. Most Indian cities saw prices reaching their new high. The sudden drop followed by an equally sharp rise, left many home buyers wondering regarding the genuineness of these moves.

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When asked to give property price forecast for 2012, an overwhelming 34% are expecting property price correction up to 10% while another 24% are more optimistic and are expecting a correction of more than 10%. This is in line with the popular sentiment in the real estate market. On the other hand, 9% believe property prices will increase up to 10% and another 10% believe prices will increase more than 10% in the coming year. The remaining 23% are predicting for stability in property prices.

Makaan.com’s Take: We do not expect a meaningful correction in the property prices in 2012 although there are early sign of some token correction (read under 10%) in some Indian cities. The property prices will remain range bound till the first half of 2012 with a slight negative bias. We are expecting a demand revival during the July-Sept’12 period which will lead to hardening of property prices in second half of 2012.

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2012 is going to be a year that will be dominated by end users. Home buyers seem confident for making a property purchase in 2012 with some help, in the form of a price correction & softening of home loan. We asked home buyers on the main reason for buying a house in 2012.

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A whopping 70% of the national home buyers want to buy a house for self consumption. It is interesting to know that 20% are looking at buying a house for long term investment (time horizon more than 3 years) and another 10% are looking at investing for short term (time horizon 1-3 years).

Makaan.com’s Take: The trend of “end use” consumption is extremely healthy for the property market. End consumer lead markets typically exhibit moderate but sustainable growth when compared with markets that are driven by speculators & short term investors.

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We asked the home buyers to choose amongst Apartment, Builder floor, Bungalow / Villa, Service / Studio Apartment and Residence Plot as their favourite property investment. Apartments topped the chart with 66% people opting for it. Residential plots & Bungalow / Villa occupied second & third spot with 14% & 11% votes. Builder floor with 8% and Studio Apartment with 1% came next.

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Makaan.com’s Take: The preference for an apartment is typically a urban phenomenon and reflects the sentiments of home buyers living in tier 1 & 2 cities in India. This could be because of the security and community living benefits that only an apartment can offer. Outside of tier 1 & 2 cities, India is predominantly a low density environment where the preference will differ from the above.

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Owning a house is a priority for most Indians today. We asked home buyers on their choice of city for making a real estate purchase in 2012. The results show that metro cities continue to attract majority of buyers with 78% of the respondents wanting to buy a house in the 5 major cities of India namely Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore & Hyderabad.

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Amongst all cities Mumbai is considered to be the most sought after location for real estate investment over next year with 34% of home buyers wanting to own a house in the city. The city remains a favorite destination for many Indians, due to its diverse work force, employment opportunity, cosmopolitan culture and glamour. Delhi follows Mumbai with 18% buyers willing to buy a property here. Delhi >has witnessed healthy growth in infrastructural development with a new international airport and spread of metro services to the NCR region. This will attract higher adoption in the coming years. Among the other major cities Pune (10%), Bangalore (9%) & Hyderabad (7%) are the key real estate investment destinations of 2012. Beyond the top five cities, home buyers have shown a preference for Chennai (6%), Ahmedabad (4%) and Kolkata (3%).

Makaan.com’s Take: The preference shown is indicative of the population and the underlining real estate market in the above cities. We believe that the unsold inventory of read to move in houses in these cities will provide good opportunity for home buyers in 2012.

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About MakaanIQ

MakaanIQ is an initiative by real estate website Makaan.com, to provide information, intelligence and tools to help property seekers and real estate industry players take an informed property investment decision. MakaanIQ offers a host of services for the benefit of the home buyers including latest news on the Indian real estate sector and analysis of the property trends across major Indian cities. The website allows home buyers to search for property for buying, renting or PG. Home buyers can calculate their equated monthly installment (EMI) or check their affordability by using some simple tools. The website has been integrated with Makaan.com Property Index (MPI), a popular tool that offers up-to-date information related to the movement in residential property prices. For details check www.MakaanIQ.com.

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Disclaimer: This report is based on the data gathered from home buyers during their participation in an online survey on Makaan.com and is assumed to be accurate and complete. Makaan.com accepts no responsibility if the data is not found to be accurate or complete. Property seekers are advised to verify these findings before taking any decision. Makaan.com (People Interactive (I) Pvt. Ltd.), gives no warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability and completeness of any information and does not accept any liability on the information which may or may not be subject to change from time to time due to market condition.

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Source:

India Property News – Buy Rent Property – India Real Estate – MakaanIQ.com

 

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VAASTU SHASTRA – BATHROOM (TOILET)

VAASTU SHASTRA – BATHROOM (TOILET)

The Toilets and Bathrooms today, are an integral part of the House unlike in the olden days when there was no water supply through pipes and no drainage and sewage pipeline system, and people were forced to use open spaces as Toilets for daily ablutions. However today with the easy availability of water through taps and underground sewage pipeline system, toilets and bathrooms have become a part of the house, with the W.C., wash basin and bath shower/bath tub , all combined in one room, commonly known as the Bathroom. Here are some of the Vaastu Guidelines to be considered, while designing a Bathroom, also known as a Toilet.

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LOCATION OF A BATHROOM:

· Toilets should to be in the North-West or West of the house/building.

· If it is an attached toilet, it should preferably be to the North-West side of the room.

· If the West and North-West corners are not available, the next best option is the South-East of the building or room.

· Avoid constructing a toilet in the center of the building and in the North-East corner of the building.

· The toilet should be one or two feet higher than the ground level.

FLOORING OF A BATHROOM:

· The Bathroom floor level should be one or two feet higher than the ground level.

· Marble or granite tiles should not be used for flooring in the Bathroom.

· Use anti-skid flooring only.

LOCATION OF WASH BASIN, W.C., BATH TUB/SHOWER, AND OTHER FIXTURES:

· The Wash Basin, Bathtubs and shower area should be placed on the North-East, North, or East sides of the room.

· The Commode or WC should be in the West, the South or the North-West side of the west in the Bathroom.

· The commode should be oriented such that person sitting on the WC, faces either towards the North or the South and not in the E-W direction.

· When lying in a bathtub, the head position should be in the South.

· Mirrors in the Bathroom may be on the North and East walls.

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POSITIONS OF DOORS AND WINDOWS IN A BATHROOM:

· In the Bathroom, if possible, there should be a small window in the East or West and a bigger window in the North after providing for privacy.

· The door of the Bathroom should be in the East or the North direction as far as possible.

VAASTU COLORS FOR A BATHROOM:

· The colour of the walls of the Bathroom can be according to one’s choice but it is preferable to have light shades. Avoid red and black color.

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VAASTU EVALUATION EXERCISE FOR THE BATHROOM (TOILET):
This exercise is just a guideline to help you decide, where to position the Bathroom in your house plan. In case you already have a house, then this exercise will help you to evaluate the location of your existing Bathroom as per Vastu Shastra principles. Accordingly, you can decide if you want to make some corrections and changes to your house.

· Note the score for the following question and enter it in the score sheet.

· Total the points.

· The points indicate how favorable your House is, according to Vaastu.

· The interpretation of the record of points is given at the end of the SCORE SHEET

POSITION OF THE BATHROOM (TOILET):


DIRECTION

POINTS
NORTH-WEST 10
WEST 9
SOUTH 8
NORTH 7
EAST 6
SOUTH-EAST 5
SOUTH-WEST 4
NORTH-EAST 3
   

This post is about the Vastu guidelines for the design of a Bathroom. The Bathroom is accessed from the Bedroom. Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of this space here:

· VAASTU SHASTRA | BEDROOMS

SUGGESTED READING:
Vaastu Shastra is a rational science based on facts, observations and governed by a set of principles. To understand the logic and Scientific reasoning of these Vaastu principles, go to: Vastu Guidelines | Bathrooms
For an Architect’s ideas on the Design of a Bathroom, go to:

· DESIGN OF A BATHROOM | TYPES

· DESIGN OF A BATHROOM | FIXTURES

· DESIGN OF A BATHROOM | PLANNING

Source; VAASTU SHASTRA | BATHROOM (TOILET)

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