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 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 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.