Home Loan Transfer to SBI, HDFC, Axis Bank, PNB, Others

Home Loan Balance Transfer, India

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  • Home loan takeover options at 8.50%
  • Save interest. Reduce 48 EMI's
  • Top-up loans at 8.50% - 8.75%; use for paying down other expensive loans or personal use
  • Available on ready / under – construction property
  • Avail flexi saver home credit facility from Citibank, SBI, IDBI Bank, Axis Bank, DBS Bank and pay interest on net difference on your loan outstanding and bank balance
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What is the interest saving in EMI by transfer of home loan to another bank?

The exact reduction in EMI varies based upon
  • Existing rate of interest being charged by your bank
  • Outstanding principal amount
  • Your current EMI
  • Rate of interest currently available from new bank

What are the benefits of transferring house loan to a new bank?

  • Reduction in interest rate from high rate to as low as 8.50% per annum
  • Reduction in monthly EMI by upto 5% depending upon the rate difference, balance tenure and EMI
  • Option to avail top up loan at same rate as home loan rate (8.50% to 9%) subject eligibility conditions and loan to value

What are the home loan balance transfer charges?

Various costs and fees associated with transferring a loan vary from case to case and from state to state. Main charges and fees that you just factor in the calculation of savings are:
  • Foreclosure charges payable to existing bank in case of fixed rate home loans. No charges are payable in case of floating rate home loans
  • Processing fees and administrative fees of new bank. These may range from a flat fee of say, Rs. 10,000 to upto 1% of the loan amount. However, banks offer discounts on fees from time to time and you must check the offers available in the market with MyLoanCare
  • Stamp duty (0.2% to 0.5%) on mortgage payable in some places including Mumbai, Pune, Maharashtra, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Bangalore, Karnataka, Hyderabad, Telangana and Rajasthan among others. No such stamp duty is payable in places in Delhi, Gurgaon, Haryana, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • Incidental charges such as SRO registration payable in Mumbai, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra

What is the process for home loan takeover?

Follow the below simple steps to transfer your loan:
  • Check your current rate and calculate interest savings
  • Calculate the estimated cost on account of various fees and charges as given above
  • Shortlist new bank that you wish to transfer your loan to; decide if you want top up loan or not
  • Obtain list of property documents deposited with your existing bank (in case this is not available with you already) and foreclosure letter from existing bank
  • Apply for loan with new bank with photocopy of property documents as per list of property documents with existing bank
  • Obtain sanction letter and execute new loan agreement
  • Take disbursement from new bank by way of cheque/ demand draft in favour existing bank and deposit the same with existing bank
  • Obtain property documents from old bank and deposit with new bank

What are the precautions to be taken when transferring home loan?

  • Check interest rate track record of the new lender
You must check that the lower interest rate being advertised by the new lender is real and not a shot term gimmick. Please ask your loan advisor for the benchmark rate track record of the new lender.
  • Satisfy yourself about service quality of the new lender
Check that the service quality offered by the new bank you are choosing is up to your expectations. Lower rate should not come at the cost of inferior service.
  • Check the benchmark rate
There are two commonly used benchmark rates for home loans – base rate and prime lending rate. Base rate benchmarked loans are known to be more transparent and hence preferable over prime lending rate benchmarked loans.
  • Is the spread variable or fixed
Interest rate on floating rate loans consists of two parts – benchmark rate and spread above it. While the benchmark rate is expected to change over time, the spread is supposed to remain constant except in case of a default. However, some banks offer floating rate loan with both the benchmark and the spread being variable. In case of many such loans, borrowers see their loan interest rates rise sharply after a few months. So, avoid loans with variable spreads and instead opt for floating rate loans that vary interest rate only with change in the benchmark rate.
  • Estimate transaction cost
Check the cost that you will incur for effecting the change. These include processing fees, stamp duty (in some states like Maharashtra) and documentation charges.
  • Issue notice to existing bank
Some banks insist on a prior notice before you can prepay your home loan. Check your loan agreement carefully and ensure that due notice is given to or waived by your existing bank.

Are there any additional precautions when availing home loan balance transfer on under construction property?

In case the property whose loan you are transferring is still under construction by the builder, some additional points must be taken care of:
  • Check loan eligibility as per new bank
Cost of property consists of multiple heads such as basic price, preferred location charge (PLC), external development charges, internal development charges, security deposit, electrification charges, power back-up charges, service tax, fire fighting charges etc. Norms for inclusion of each cost head differ across lenders. In case your chosen new bank does not include some of the heads in the cost of property which were included by the old bank, the loan eligibility may come down and you may need to increase your own contribution.
  • Select the right time to do the loan transfer
The process of loan transfer may take 10-15 days from the date of application and your existing bank may typically take another 10-20 days to handover property documents to the new bank. You will not be able to avail further loan disbursements during this period. Hence, it is important you time the transfer of your loan at a time when you don’t expect any fresh demand from the builder for the next month or so.
  • Get fresh Permission to Mortgage and Tri-partite agreement
our builder will need to issue a fresh permission to mortgage (PTM) to the new bank and enter into a new permission to mortgage. This typically takes no more than 2-5 days but borrowers must check with the builder.
In summary, balance transfer is beneficial to borrowers as it helps reduce cost of borrowing significantly. Home buyers and home loan borrowers must exercise caution in the process of balance transfer so that the process is smooth.

Documents List for Home Loan Transfer

Additional Documents for Loan Takeover / Transfer
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Loan statement (loan track) and list of property documents (LOD) in possession of existing lender
Last 12 months' statement of bank account from which loan EMI is paid
Application Form and KYC
Salaried Self Employed
Application Form with photo and signed by Primary Borrower and Co-borrower(s)
Identity Proof of Primary Borrower and Co-borrower(s)
Residential Address proof of Primary Borrower and Co-borrower(s)
Age Proof of Primary Borrower and Co-borrower(s)
Office address – ownership/ lease / rent agreement/ utility bill
Income Proof
Salaried Self Employed
Last 3 years’ Form 16, last 6 months salary slip, last 6 months’ bank account statement showing salary credit
Last 3 years ITR (self and business), profit and loss account, balance sheets certified/audited by a CA. Last 12 months bank account statement (self and business)
Certificate and Proof of Business Existence
Business Profile
Home Loan Balance Transfer News - Feb 2017
27th Feb 17 Private Equity Firm True North plans to buy major stake in Home First Finance Company for Rs. 600 crore
Private equity firm, True North is likely to buy a major stake in a mortgage firm Home First Finance Company (HFFC) for Rs. 600 crore. True North is expected to invest half of the amount in the company and remaining funds will be paid to the existing shareholders of the company. HFFC primarily deals in providing affordable home loans to low and middle income customers who are first time home buyers.
25th Feb 17 SEBI eases norms for Debt Mutual Funds to invest in Indian Housing Finance Companies
Securities Exchange Board of India has eased the norms for Debt Mutual Funds for investing in Indian HFCs. Debt Mutual Funds can now invest up to 15 percent of their total net assets in housing finance companies as compared to 10 percent earlier. The norms have been relaxed with a view to attract more funds for affordable housing activities. As a result, shares of housing finance companies rose by 4 percent on 23rd February, 2017.
21st Feb 17 Kissandhan loan facilities extended to Asia’s largest grain mandi in Narela
Kissandhan Agri Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, NBFC regulated by RBI has announced the launch of its loan products to the farmers of largest grain mandi of India in Narela, Delhi. The NBFC is currently offering loans in Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand and plans to expand to the states of West Bengal and Bihar. The company has disbursed cumulative loans of Rs. 772 crore to farmers across India, since its inception in April, 2014.
18th Feb 17 ESAF Microfinance to launch small finance bank operations
ESAF Microfinance and Investment Pvt. Ltd plans to launch its small finance bank on 11th March, 2017 in Kerala by running a pilot at five branches. The bank intends to initiate its banking operations from 18th March, 2017 and expects to open 70 branches over the next three months. The bank has a target to garner 20 percent of its loan portfolio from MSME borrowers with the rest 10 and 70 percent from home loan and microfinance respectively.
17th Feb 17 Affordable housing segment to get better returns in FY18
Government has recently introduced a series of reform to encourage affordable housing segment in India. Several measures such as granting infrastructure status to real estate and launch of new regulatory act for realty sector are likely to benefit the real estate developers and investors operating in the affordable housing segment.
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