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  • Importance of Having a Home Loan Insurance Policy in India

    How will our loved ones cope financially and emotionally after we are gone? This question haunts almost every one of us. We always ponder about the well being of our loved ones in case of any eventuality. For this very reason, we make sure we have sorted our finances and protect them even before the eventuality strikes. Buying a home is a dream come true for many. It is not just an investment but an emotional milestone. Having an existing home loan is a huge responsibility. If you are someone who has a huge home loan and are worried who will repay it after you are gone, it is time you read about home loan insurance policies in India.

    What is Home Loan Insurance?

    Also known as “Mortgage Loan Insurance” or “Home Loan Protection Plan”, a home loan insurance policy takes care of your home loan debt in case of eventualities like death, critical illness, or permanent disability.

    How is it different from a home insurance?

    Unlike home loan insurance, a home insurance plan only protects you against risks to your property that are caused by an earthquake, fire, theft, storm, etc. It does not help your dependents pay the total outstanding home loan amount in your absence.

    Features of Home Loan Insurance

    • Most of the home loan insurance plans are single premium plans. However, there are few insurers who allow you to make annual payments. In most of the cases, the premium for your home loan protection plan is included in your home loan and is paid in your home loan instalments.
    • In the event of the death of the insured, a lump sum amount equivalent to the outstanding home loan is paid to the nominee and the policy will be terminated.
    • Most home loan insurance plans do not have maturity benefit as the sole purpose of the plan is to cover the outstanding loan amount in case of any eventuality.
    • The Sum Assured keeps reducing every year as the outstanding home loan reduces.
    • The Death Benefit is usually tax-free.
    • The term of the home loan protection plan is equivalent to your home loan tenure.
    • Insurers prefer the entry age of the applicant to be at least 18 years and the maximum entry age is 50.
    • Loan facility is usually not allowed.

    Importance of home loan insurance

    • When a borrower passes away and the dependents are unable to pay off the home loan, the lender has the right to foreclose the property and sell it away to collect the debt. However, the lender incurs massive foreclosure charges to do so. If the borrower has an active home loan insurance, it helps the lender avoid bad debts.
    • In case of any eventuality, a home loan insurance protects one's family and dependents from debt. The insurer will pay the outstanding home loan amount and your loved ones will be safe.
    • When you buy a home loan protection plan, you will be allowed to choose add-on covers that protect you from permanent disability, critical illnesses, and job loss. This will protect you from when the eventuality strikes. If you have these add-ons, the outstanding loan amount will be paid not only in case of death of the policyholder but also during a disability or critical illness of the borrower.
    • You can avail tax benefits under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act for the death benefit you get under the home loan insurance plan.

    Final Words

    It is not mandatory to have a home loan insurance plan. You can choose not to have one. So, if your lender processes your home loan and asks you to pick up a loan protection plan, you have the right to tell no. However, before you make a decision, consider the advantages of having a comprehensive home loan insurance plan. 

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    Home Loan Reviews

    • DHFL Home Loan
      "Not satifactory service"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      I got home loan with DHFL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION . I am not happy with the services even the customer service response is not so good . The loan amount which they gave was good but they charge very high rate of interest . Overall it is fine experience .
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Should be transparent and prompt"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      I have housing loan from LIC, the interest is high. My property located in lucknow but I am staying in mumbai hence for the balance transfer its very difficult they need lots of loan documents. Without proper notification they increased the interest but for the reduction they have lots of procedure and I need to pay Rs.1000.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      LIC HOUSING FINANCE has also offered me a home loan. The process was quick and I got the loan on time. The rate of interest is and there were processing charges as well both are very nominal compare to others in the market . The tenure period is 10 year and it is sufficient .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , vadodara
      Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
    • review Home Loan
      "Average service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have SHAMRAO BANK i have took home loan from this bank . Their service is better, Overall the whole loan process was easy and hassle free. Only the rate of interest were high with this bank. The processing fee is nominal with this bank . And the loan amount is not satisfactory .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "GOOD"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC LIMITED is the bank where i have taken the housing loan the loan amount they have offered was good and satisfactory added on that the documentation process was simple and pretty simple documents. I got the loan within one day, the rate of interest was nominal.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019
    • DHFL Home Loan
      "Very good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had taken a Home Loan from DHFL LTD a long time back and the loan is still running. The loan amount has been sufficient but the interest rate with them has been quite high, where they had not reduced the interest rate as well. The processing fee and charges which they had made has also been high when compared with the other banks.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Interest rate should be reduced"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My housing loan process was simple with HDFC Ltd, they took only 3 working days to verify and sanction the amount, they didn't ask any guarantor for my loan, but I feel the interest is bit higher, I took the amount of Rs. 5 lakhs for the duration of five years.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Home Loan
      "GOOD"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have applied or the housing loan with the ICICI BANK the documentation process was simple and easy to get the loan they have given the 95% of value as a loan amount. The duration for repaying the loan is for 20 years and using from last 2 years. The rate of interest was 8.6% which was nominal.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , pune
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I took my housing loan with LIC HOUSING FINANCE previously, They gave me sufficient loan amount based on the requirement, but i felt they have charged me high rate of interest and even they have charged me processing fee high, so i have done balance transfer to other bank.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • Bajaj Finserv Home Loan
      "Average service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I did balance transfer from one bank to Bajaj finserv for housing loan, the loan amount was sufficient, but rate of interest i felt was less compare to other bank loan, the rate of interest they have charged me up to 8.85% which was nominal, everything is good but i did not like one thing ,like after doing balance transfer i came to know that it is mandatory to pay insurance for premium it use to get lock after paying insurance, i can not do in future balance transfer .
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • Indiabulls Home Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold my housing loan with Indiabulls for an while. They have given me loan on time without any delay, their service was good. The process in getting loan was simple, i got loan on time. Their rate of interest was nominal, still this loan is running.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Very good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Last 4month back I took one home loan from HDFC Limited , but I am not satisfied with their rate of interest since it is little high , and loan amount is 30L I am satisfied with loan amount and and EMI amount is 25K and tenure is 25years , but their customer service is not much good ,and response not at a time.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Best service"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I hold my housing loan with HDFC LIMITED for an while, their service is good, but not sure about the rate of interest like every 2-3 months they are increasing my limit up to 0.05% i need to check with the customer care regarding this, the loan amount was sufficient, they have not charged me processing fee.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • IIFL Home Loan
      "NOT SATISFIED"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      I have previously used the housing loan with the INDIA INFOLINE HOUSING FINANCE LTD and transferred to another bank because the rate of interest was higher. They have offered the pre approved so taken. There are hidden charges applicable also it is floating rate of interest with this bank which was 32% which am not happy.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "GOOD"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The documentation process was easy and simple with the HDFC LIMITED and housing loan was taken before few days. The rate of interest was lesser so transfered the loan with this bank. The duration is for 30 years to repay the loan. There is a pre closure option with this loan.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Very good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am satisfied with loan amount of 8L with the rate of interest is 8.65% , EMI amount is 6769 rupees and tenure is 20years. It was taken last two years back from HDFC LIMITED and their overall service is good but I would like close this loan after 3 to 4 months.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Home Loan
      "balance transfer"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      i like your offer...t is the first time experience with the Bankbazaar.com and i have a good experience with this channel. I prefer using it through the mobile application as the application is simple and user friendly to access. The customer service is good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
    • Axis Bank Home Loan
      "Process is good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My home loan is with Axis Bank and the process to get the loan is good. The disbursement happened on time and the customer support and response is good. The documentation was also a smooth process. The rate of interest and processing charges is normal.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
    • IDBI Home Loan
      "Average service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I took housing loan with IDBI bank for an while, the loan amount which they have given me was good, it was sufficient based on my requirement, the rate of interest and their processing fee which they have charged me was nominal, AS it is government bank their service is not that up to the mark, but the interest rate was less so i applied.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Interest rate should be reduced"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      LIC housing is good but interest is the concern, I took the amount Rs. 20 lakhs for 20 years. They quoted 10.8% its a floating one, they didn't revise the interest as per the RBI guideline. But they do have balance transfer, part payment and other options.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
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