India home loan
Friday, January 16, 2009
HFCs set to slash rates on sub- Rs 20 lakh loans
New Year brings good news for new home loan borrowers. New home loan borrowers, with a loan size of less than Rs 20 lakh, will probably get cheaper loans from institutional lenders from January 1, 2009. The second-tier specialized housing finance companies (HFCs) following the footsteps of the leaders too, are introducing special home loan schemes for the sub-Rs 20 lakh loan category. With this large section of fresh home loan takers get benefited.
Second-step HFCs, which are planning to slash rates, include Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL), GIC Housing Finance (GICHF), DHFL Vysya Housing Finance, among others. They might reduce interest rates by 1-1.5 percentage points as compared to their existing rates for loans up to Rs 20 lakh.
These lenders also have plans to reduce rates for existing borrowers, although by a lesser extent. GICHF, with a home loan portfolio of Rs 2,800 crore, has decided to reduce interest rates by 1-1.5 percentage points for fresh borrowers. Therefore for loans below Rs 20 lakh, it will be charging 10.25% per annum for 5-15 years and 10.5% per annum for over 15 years.
On the other hand DHFL, with a home loan portfolio of around Rs 5,000 crore, is yet to finalize its plan. According to information received from the sources, it might offer special rates, too, for the both sub-Rs 20 lakh and sub-Rs 5 lakh loan categories. It is a subsidiary of DHFL Vysya Housing Finance, also plans to introduce special rates for new home loan takers.
These players have taken the indication from public sector banks and the market leader Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC). Following the government’s instruction, public sector banks have introduced a concession rate of 9.25% for home loans below Rs 20 lakh and 8.5% for loans less than Rs 5 lakh. HDFC the home loan leader has announced a floating interest rate of 10.25% for loans up to Rs 20 lakh...