Things to know before taking a home loan


It’s simpler to say than to do to obtain a home loan. Even while it may appear like all banks are willing to lend, the process of getting a loan approved can be time-consuming. To prevent any unpleasant shocks later, it is also crucial to understand how home loans function, just as with any other financial instrument.


Finding the ideal house loan for you may be challenging given the wide range of options available.


Researching any expenses related to your loan is a smart idea, and you might want to check your credit report to see how you’re doing with the credit reporting agencies.


Here are some crucial details you need to be aware of before signing anything.


1.Factors Affecting the Eligibility Criteria: Calculating your EMI is a simple technique to determine your loan eligibility. Typically, banks cap monthly payments at 40–50% of the borrower’s gross income, which includes basic pay plus a daily allowance. Allowances and reimbursements are not taken into account for this. Additionally, if you have other debts, such a loan, your eligibility is further reduced. The amount of dependents you have can be a delicate subject with some banks. A higher dependency ratio indicates a lesser ability to repay.


Your profile, in addition to your financial standing, influences the amount of credit the bank will likely grant. People who have a consistent source of income, for example, find it easier to obtain loans than, say, a self-employed person with fluctuating revenue. Your age determines how many earning years you have left and, consequently, your ability to repay the loan over its term. Loan terms often don’t extend past retirement age unless you have a younger co-applicant. The co-applicant must be at least a specific age and cannot be a minor. To reduce ownership disputes, banks have established guidelines in this area. Additionally, because the co-income borrower’s is taken into account when determining eligibility, having a co-applicant increases your chances of being 7approved for a larger loan. Before approving the loan, the property’s value is also taken into account. Banks often cap loans at 70–80% of the property’s value.

2. Your loan type: Based on the interest rate, there are two types of house loans: fixed and variable. A fixed rate loan is one whose interest rate does not fluctuate with the market, as the name suggests. This rate is typically 1–2.5 percentage points higher than the mortgage with a floating rate. On the other hand, floating interest loans change depending on the state of the market.


The clause differs from bank to bank and is triggered either after a predetermined amount of time or a significant increase in interest rates. Thus, as the base rate fluctuates, so do the EMIs.


Despite the fact that a fixed interest rate may seem more appealing in a high interest environment, experts advise against it for a number of reasons. First, even though interest rates are high right now, they will eventually decline, making the fixed character of the interest itself a negative in a loan with a lengthy term like a mortgage.


In that instance, the borrower has to return the same amount every time even if the rates fall. Additionally, “reset clauses” that state that fixed-rate loans are subject to revision are included. Although the clause’s specifics vary from bank to bank, it often kicks in either after a predetermined period or a significant increase in interest rates. Therefore, a variable rate makes more logical unless the economy indicates that interest rates will rise dramatically soon.




3.The small print: Because a home loan agreement is a legal document, it is frequently difficult to understand. The devil, though, may well be in the details very often. You may think a ‘default’ is simply if you do not pay the EMI. However, other financial institutions define default as the occurrence of the borrower’s death, divorce (in the event of joint loans), or involvement in a civil lawsuit or criminal offence.


Additionally, some banks contain a security provision that allows the bank to request additional security in addition to the loan amount in the event that property values decline. You will be labelled as a defaulter if you don’t pay up.


Pay attention to the additional fees and penalties. You pay more than simply interest, though. There are other costs, such as processing fees, administrative fees, and service fees. There are penalties for things like loan prepayment. When contrasting the offers made by various lenders, take them into account.


4. Negotiate the rate: Whichever option you choose, do not forget that you can negotiate on the interest rate. Use your good credit history to your advantage when negotiating the loan amount and the interest rate. A high credit score provides you negotiating power because every bank wants to do business with you. Additionally, make an effort to pay off the debt at the month’s end. Banks may be more accommodating since they do not want to lose business because they have monthly targets.


5. Longer loan terms result in higher borrowing costs: the RBI has long had a hawkish monetary policy. The banks’ floating home loan rates have also increased in response to an increase in base rates. Higher EMI for the borrower as a result. Many people are unable to afford this increase and frequently ask the bank to adjust (extend) the loan term in order to reduce their monthly payment. If you are in a dire circumstance, it may provide short respite, but in the long run, you will wind up spending more.


Imagine that you had a loan of Rs. 30 lakh at a rate of 10.5% with a 20-year term. Your monthly payment will be Rs 29,951, and the total amount of interest due would be Rs 41,88,240. Long-term mortgage loans often have higher interest rates than the principal balance.


Let’s imagine that the bank raises the rate by 0.5% to 11% after two years of EMI payments. By the conclusion of the first two years, you would have paid Rs 6,20,460 while the principal would only have decreased by Rs 98,373, leaving you with an unpaid balance of Rs 29,01,627 because the interest component is very high in the early years. The remaining 18 years’ EMI comes to Rs 30,904 at 11%. But you decide to prolong the period by two years and bring the EMI back to Rs 29,950. The total interest that must now be paid on the revised loan is Rs. 42,86,373, which is Rs. 98,153 more than the initial interest due. You have also already paid interest totaling Rs. 6,20,460. As a result, you wind up spending Rs 7,18, 613 more overall (Rs 6,20,460 plus Rs 98,153).




 You can change lenders: Obtaining a loan from a bank does not obligate you to keep using that lender indefinitely. You can always transfer lenders if the need arises or if the offer from another lender is much superior. On loans with adjustable rates, the majority of institutions no longer impose prepayment penalties.




Document types that are required for a mortgage include:




These include documents proving your identification and address. You can comply with this criterion by submitting several documents, such as a current passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar card, etc.




These records aid the lender in determining your loan eligibility. If you are employed, you can send your past three months’ worth of pay stubs; if you are self-employed, you can submit your last three years’ worth of income tax returns and income computations.




These documents include the purchase and sale agreement, title deeds, etc. Based on these documents, the lender performs due diligence on the property.

While you must submit your KYC documents, credit/income documents, and home loan application to be approved, you must also present the originals of the property documents to be eligible for the home loan disbursement.



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