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    Top up Loan

    Let’s say that five years ago you had availed a home loan worth Rs. 50 lacs and the term of the loan was set at 15 years. Time has passed and the loan’s current outstanding amount is 35 lacs. It is now time for you to undertake major home renovations but do not have the required funds for the renovation. Your best option at the moment is a personal loan, or is it?

    Top-up loans are great options for individuals who have already taken a Personal Loan but require additional funds for any reason whatsoever. There are several benefits of taking a top-up loan, starting with a low rate of interest in comparison with personal loans. Tax benefits are also offered to customers who avail top-up loans.

    The Working of Top-up Loans

    The financial institution or bank that sanctions the top-up loan to a customer allows the customer to borrow a particular amount in excess of the home loan amount initially availed by the customer. However, there are a few conditions that apply. They are as follow:

  • The customer must have taken a home loan from the bank it approaches for a top-up loan.

  • Top-up loans can only be acquired after six to twelve months or after a predetermined number of years of pleasing repayment record so far as the home loan is concerned. Some banks may also have extra conditions with regards to the possession or completion of the house prior to sanctioning a top-up loan.

  • The permissible amount on a top-up loan is 70% to 75% of the property’s current market value minus the amount outstanding on your home loan. Hence, if the property value is Rs. 60 lacs and Rs. 30 lacs is the amount outstanding on your home loan, the top-up loan amount that can be availed is 15 lacs to 18 lacs.

  • Some banks have a condition where in the outstanding home loan amount and the amount availed through the top-up loan cannot exceed the initial home loan amount availed. In this case, the maximum amount that can be borrowed through a top-up loan is Rs. 5 lacs if the outstanding loan amount is Rs. 35 lacs and the original sanction amount is Rs. 40 lacs.

  • The initial home loan’s outstanding tenure is usually the tenor of the top-up loan. For instance, if there are seven years remaining on the home loan, the top-up loan’s tenor cannot be more than seven years.

  • The banks usually seek no extra security.

  • The terms and conditions of top-up loans are different with different financial institutions. However, the interest rates associated with top-up loans is usually 1% to 2% more than the rate of interest rate applicable to the home loan. Despite this, the interest rates applicable to top-up loans are significantly lower than those charged by personal loans. Also, banks don’t generally monitor the manner in which the customer uses a top-up loan, so customers are free to use the funds for vehicle purchases, child education, to repay personal loans, vacation, home renovation, etc.

    Top up Loans Reviews

    • ICICI Bank Personal Loan
      "Good overall"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My personal loan is with ICICI Bank and it was a good experience. The process is good and the loan was provided to me on time and as needed. The rate of interest and the processing charges is nominal and there are no hassles in the after loan services.
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      , jorhat
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent experience"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The experience is good overall at Bankbazaar as they contacted me on time and informed me the details. The process was easy as I was able to get my details on time. The website is also good and it is informative and useful as well. From next time will apply for loan through this channel.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , jorhat
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "ROI is high"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC Bank has offered me a personal loan with a zero processing fee. The rate of interest is on the higher side. It is of 16%. After the document collected the loan got approved. But the disbursement took very long, I got the loan after almost 25 days.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , jorhat
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      There are no hassles with Bankbazaar, as I received a response on time and there are no issues to get connected with the bank. The portal is also good and it is easy to understand and use and apply for the loan. There are follow up calls as well in the process.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Experience is good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken my personal loan with HDFC Bank. The customer services and response is good and I got the loan with ease and on time. They are also normal on the rate of interest and processing charges. In all no hassles in the documentation process.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Fast process"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The experience with Bankbazaar is good and there are no hassles in the process. The customer services and response is very fast. They been on time to contact me and they are helpful too. The website is also good and it is easy to understand and place a request.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , haridwar
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Need to improve overall"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      After me applying for a personal loan with HDFC Bank. The documents was collected on time. After which the process for the loan took three weeks which is almost like 25 days to get the funds. I have not received the loan letter yet. I have not got any confirmation about the EMI due date and also what is the interest rate and processing fees.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , haridwar
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Personal Loan
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a personal loan with ICICI Bank. The customer services are good and the process was on time. I did not face any delay and the documents was collected on time. I received the loan within a week. The rate of interest and the processing charges is normal.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Supportive services"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      There were no delay with Bankbazaar.com, and the customer services and the response is good. They were on time to contact me and inform me the details. The website is also satisfactory and it is easy to understand and it is informative as well. Mr. Vijay was very supportive in the whole process.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good. Can do better"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      HDFC Bank has also offered me a personal loan. The process was quick and I got the loan on time. The rate of interest is of 18% and there were processing charges as well. The loan amount is not as expected. I asked for 5.5 lakh and I received 2.5 Lakh.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent experience"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Bankbazaar has been really good overall. The website is satisfactory as I can check the bank offers. The services was on time to contact me and inform me the details. There were follow up calls as well in the process. In all a hassles free experience.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kochi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good overall"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had my personal loan with HDFC Bank. The process to get the loan is good. The documentation is normal too. I needed a loan of five lakhs but I received only two lakhs for the rate of interest of 10%. There was a processing fee as well. The customer support is fine.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kochi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Services are satisfactory"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      There were no hassles at Bankbazaar.com as the contacted me on time and informed me the details. The customer services and response is good and there are no issues. The website is also fine and it is easy to use and understand and place a request.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Personal Loan
      "Experience is good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a personal loan with Indusind Bank. The process to get the loan is fine. The rate of interest is around 11.5% with a zero processing fee. The loan was provide on time and the documentation was collected on time too. I received the loan amount as expected.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good. Can be more quick"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      After I applied at Bankbazaar I received a call and the process started off for the loan. I got the details of the banks and their offers. The website is also easy to use and it is informative as well. It would be better if the process is more sooner.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good. Can be more sooner"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have taken my personal loan with HDFC Bank. The process to get the loan was delayed, I got it after one and half week. The documentation was collected late. The rate of interest of 11.25% and there was a processing fee too. The loan amount was as expected.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Awesome one stop shop "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Various option available in Bank Bazaar, rather going to direct financier. here we can analyze the real information in website without going anywhere. I am using the site for past 2 months, the portal is good to post the request. The customer support team gave me the proper information.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Tata capital Personal Loan
      "Satisfactory Experience"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am satisfied with Tata Capital documentation part and they have fulfilled the commitment on my personal loan. The interest rate is quite nominal they gave me the same thing which provided by other banks. Even the door step documentation process is good.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Axis Bank Personal Loan
      "Reduce the charges"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I took my personal loan in Axis Bank before 4.5 years back and its been completed before 5 to 6 months have taken top-up loan. The customer service is very good. The charges are more compared to other banks. The loan duration is 5 years. Monthly installment is 5600 rupees through net banking.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The customer service and response was better. I have been using the bank bazaar website for past 2 years, It was helpful to take credit card,loans and to check the credit score. Am comfortable with the mobile app. Most I like the responsibility is very good and process was simple.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
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