Home Loans: Where Fixed is Not Fixed and Floating is Not Floating  ( 06 Aug 2015)

Of late personal loans have become an inevitable resort to fund a number of our growing demands/needs/wants. Howsoever much experts may trash personal loans for the obvious reason that they are expensive but more often than not these are useful in specific circumstances (financial emergencies or contingency requirements like medical, marriage, family function, education, vacations, travel, home purchase, improvements, etc) and if smartly used can enhance a household’s asset base and wealth. The overruling fact however remains that more often than not many of us consider personal loans as the best option for meeting our contingencies without even going through the terms and conditions of the loan document. It is thus important before opting for a personal loan, one must be aware of the method of calculation of the interest rate. Personal loans usually come with a flat rate, a reducing balance or advance EMI (normally used for consumer durable loans).and it is necessary to compare other options (interest rates) available. In the case of a flat rate, one is charged a simple interest rate ( eg for a personal loan f Rs 2 lacs @15% one will have to pay a yearly amount of Rs.30,000). In the case of reducing balance the EMI and the interest rate computation are equated in EMI’s over the spread of the loan period and the interest is charged on the balance outstanding. As far as advance EMI is concerned the lender (bank or NBFC) usually takes 2/3 EMIs in advance thereby reducing the principal amount, but interest is charged on the entire amount instead of the reduced amount. Hence it is important to do a cost benefit analysis in terms of weighing the various options available and hence a better judgment. Banks and non banking financial companies provide personal loans and there are a number of eligibility factors that determine whether or not an individual can get personal loan from either a bank or a NBFC. The factors amongst other include, financial background, credit history, company where the individual is employed, any other loan that the individual may have availed. The most important criterion is obviously the financial background as it helps in determining both the eligibility and the quantam of the loan that can be given to the individual. This helps the bank analyse whether the individual can repay the loan or not. (The minimum income level criterion is different for different banks). A good credit history (if any) helps the bank ascertain the track record in terms of payments of EMI or credit card bills. A good credit history maximizes the chance of the individual getting the personal loan. The eligibility at many a times depends on the company where the individual is working (the banks have a classification of companies eg. A Class, B Class etc). If an individual works for an A class company the chances that he can avail the personal loan at a lower rate is higher than that of an individual working for a B class company. Further if an individual is already availing a different loan at that point in time, the eligibility of personal loan decreases as the income at hand is lower ( due to the payment of EMI of the previous loan) At times an individual can opt or a loan against property ( ie a loan disbursed by the bank against the mortgage of the property ). Loan Against Property Personal Loan The individual takes the loan by mortgaging the house property An individual can take a personal loan for personal use without any security or guarantor One of the cheapest retail loans after home loans; usually about 12%-16% Higher interest rates compared to LAP; usually issued at interest rates in the range of 16%-21% Since the rate of interest is lower, frequently LAP Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) turn out cheaper Since rate of interest is high, Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) for personal loans are high Maximum loan eligibility is determined primarily by the value of the property and income Maximum loan eligibility is determined primarily by an individual’s income Maximum loan tenure for LAP is up to 15 years (180 months) Maximum loan tenure for personal loan is up to 5 years (60 months) Secured loan Unsecured loan



A Home Loan with A Purpose  ( 06 Aug 2015)

Either you intend to build your dream home, or you intend to renovate it, more often than not it is the financial aspect that calls for a closer scrutiny. The market is flooded with different kinds of schemes, each one seeming to be more attractive than the others and it is herein that a prospective -



What are the stages involved in taking a loan?  ( 15 Oct 2015)

1. Application - Submit a completely filled in application with all the necessary documents. 2. Sanction - You get an approval for a specific loan amount based on your requirement, repayment capability and the value of the property. 3. Disbursement – Transfer of loan amount. 4. Disbursement – Disbursement will be made as per stage of construction.



What documents do I need to submit while applying for a home loan?  ( 15 Oct 2015)

The bank usually demands the following documents from a home loan applicant: · Identity proof · Proof of residence · Statement of income (salary slips of up to last six months attested by employers) · Photocopies of Income tax returns or Form 16



What security will the bank need to offer me a home loan?  ( 15 Oct 2015)

Most lending institutions agree to a mortgage of the property for which the loan is taken. In case such a mortgage of the property cannot be provided, the institutions agree to accept other security such as fixed deposits, shares or savings certificates. In many cases one or two guarantors may be necessary. In case the flat or house being bought is mortgaged, the title deed must be clear and approved by the bank. When a property under construction is bought with the home loan, the bank may require an additional security for the period of construction.



Does taking a Home Loan come with tax benefits?  ( 15 Oct 2015)

Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, the minimum tax deduction allowed on the repayment of principal amount is INR 1,50,000. This is, however, allowed only on the house or flat whose construction has been completed. The tax benefit that you can claim on interest on home loan (in case of a self-occupied property) has a maximum limit of INR 2,00,000 under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act. If the property is not self-occupied, there is no maximum limit defined and the entire interest amount can be taken as tax deduction under Section 24. The amount paid towards registration fee and stamp duty can be completely allowed as tax deduction even if a Home Loan has not been taken (as per Section 80 C).



Are home loans only for house or flat buyers?  ( 15 Oct 2015)

Most home loan seekers who intend to buy property such as a house or flat are first-time seekers. Indian banks and financial institutions also extend home loans to first-time seekers for the purpose of extension, renovation, and repairs of houses and flats. Different commercial banks and such financial institutions, however, have a different set of regulations or criteria for repeat loan seekers.



How do I find out my home's value?  ( 15 Oct 2015)

When you first apply for a loan, use a home value estimator or ask a banker for other methods as to your home's value. If you want to try to be more specific, you can use a home value estimator or ask a banker for other methods of trying to determine this amount. The bank will determine the value during your application process.