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  • Top-Up Home Loan

    Top up home loans can be used for anything from buying furniture to construction, extending, or renovating your residential property. It is available for existing home loan borrowers without the requirement of any security or guarantee. Interest rates are lower and you can also claim tax benefits on your top up home loan. Interest rates of leading banks range from 7.45% to 11.15% p.a. The repayment tenures can be the same as that of the home loan. The maximum amount can depend on the balance outstanding amount of the home loan or a specific amount set by the bank. Processing fees can be up to 1% of the loan amount.

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    Home Loan Top Up Interest Rates Offers Jul 2020

    Banks Interest Rate
    HDFC 8.30% to 9.15% p.a.
    SBI 7.90% to 10.10% p.a.
    ICICI 7.45% to 8.55% p.a.
    Axis 7.55% to 8.55% p.a.
    Tata Capital 8.50% p.a. onwards
    Citi Bank 7.34% p.a. onwards
    PNB Housing Loan 8.50% to 8.85% p.a.
    Union Bank of India 7.10% to 7.50% p.a.
    Bajaj Finserv 8.10% to 11.15% p.a.

    Compare: Home Loan Interest Rates for All Banks

    What is Top-Up Loan?

    A top-up home loan are loans that are offered by banks to existing home loan borrowers. While some banks have conditions stating that the top-up loan should be used only for home-related purposes, there are banks that don’t have such restrictions.

    What are the Benefits of Top Up Loan?

    Top-up home loans have a number of benefits such as:

    • Lower interest rates compared to personal loans or home loans
    • Can be used for a variety of requirements from construction expenses to renovation and extension
    • Depending on the bank, it can also be used for personal or business purposes
    • Tax benefits can be availed if used strictly for home construction or renovation
    • Quicker loan process and faster loan disbursals

    What are the Tax Benefits on Top Up Home Loan?

    Tax benefits on top-up home loans can be claimed if the loan has been used only for the purpose of construction, renovation, extension, or repair of a residential property. The maximum tax deduction available is up to Rs.30,000 if the top-up loan has been used for a self-occupied home. If the loan has been used for a let-out property there is no limit on the deduction. However, both of these come under the overall total tax deduction of Rs.2 lakh per year that is available on the interest component of home loans.

    If the top-up loan has been used for purchasing or constructing a new property, the principal and interest component of the top-up loan will be eligible for tax deduction which is subject to the limit prescribed under Section 80C and 24 (b). However, if the top-up home loan is used for the renovation, alteration, or repair of residential property, the deduction can only be claimed for the interest component of the loan and not the principal component.

    It is important to preserve the receipts and documents of all the work done on the residential property with the top-up loan in order to claim the tax benefits.

    What is the Eligibility Criteria for Home Loan Top Up?

    The eligibility criteria for the home top-up loan will be the same as the criteria for the home loan of the bank that you are applying for or from which you have already availed a home loan. This can vary from bank to bank. However, some of the important points to keep in mind are the following:

    • There should not be more than one EMI bounce in the previous year
    • If there was an EMI bounce, it should be cleared before the next EMI is due
    • Six months of clear repayment of the existing home loan is required
    • For top-up loans combined with balance transfer home loans from other banks, one year’s clear repayment history is important

    The general criteria, which is the same as for home loans, is as follows (which can vary from bank to bank):

    • Age:  21 to 65 years
    • Nationality: Resident Indian or Non-Resident Indian
    • Profession: Salaried or self-employed individuals

    How to Apply for a Top Up Loan?

    There are many ways to apply for a top-up home loan, depending on the bank you are applying from. However, the common ways you can apply for a top-up loan are the following:

    • Visit the branch of the bank you have availed your home loan from and apply directly
    • Visit the website of the bank and apply online, leaving your contact details, after which the bank will get in touch with you

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