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  • Pre-Approved Home Loan

    Owning a home is one of the most crucial decisions that you have to make in your lifetime. However, unless you have unlimited funds at your disposal, there is no other option but to take a home loan, to fund your dream. Housing finance companies as well as Banks, offer pre-approved home loans much before the borrower finalizes a property. Banks evaluate the borrower’s finance and also the property documents while sanctioning home loans and this can take up a lot of time. With pre-approved home loans, the approval process is faster and easier.

    Overview:

    If you look at all the things that can go wrong when you are looking to buy a home for yourself, you will be terrified. Imagine losing the property of your choice if your loan is delayed or if your loan application gets rejected. You can avoid all this stress if you are eligible for a pre-approved home loan.

    Pre-approved loans are attractive since it comes with unique features such as lower interest rates, very little documentation and quick processing, usually within 48 hours. A pre-approved loan is actually an in-principle sanction offered to you by a bank/financing institution on the basis of your credit score and financial stability. The factors that determine loan repaying capacity based on which the bank judges the borrower’s EMI, include: the individual’s income status, payback history, current EMI outflow and the net-worth. The bank then approves a particular amount that you can avail as home loan, within a fixed time period, which is usually 6 months.

    Most banks offer pre-approved home loans facility to both its existing customers as well as new customers. After verifying the financials, the bank evaluates the pre-approval application and sanctions a loan which is valid for a definite period. The customer can avail the loan during this period, but only after submitting the relevant property documents required for due diligence check and verification.

    You should take a pre-approved loan only if you have finalized the property of your choice. A pre-approved loan makes the process of availing loan and making the purchase, quick and hassle-free. Another added advantage is that your credibility to the builder increases and hence you can negotiate the prices since you also have readily accessible funds to make the purchase, as compared to someone who will have to raise it.

    Features of Pre-Approved Home Loan:

    • Pre-approval of home loan need not necessarily mean guaranteed sanction. A pre-approved loan is not an assured loan since it depends on the successful verification of all relevant documents. Banks are under no obligation to approve the loan request and make the final call on whether or not to disburse the approved amount.
    • Costs involved: Pre-approved loans are low interest rate loans but it also has certain fees and charges. Most banks charge a processing fee for pre-approval of loan. Such costs are not refundable whether you ultimately avail the loan or not. Generally, floating interest rates are applicable on such loans and if you wish to avail a loan at fixed rate of interest, a pre-approved loan isn’t for you.
    • Loans are valid for a specific time frame - if you do apply for it within that period, the pre-approval ceases to exist and you will have to apply later on when the offer is available, and the fee involved will be levied again.
    • Affects credit: Credit gets blocked to the extent of the amount that you want pre-approval for. If you need to take a personal loan or an education loan during the period when the pre-approved home loan is valid, your payback capacity will be calculated based on the pre-approved loan.
    • Availability of discounts: Discounts on interest rate are offered by most banks, on a pre-approved loan.
    • Quicker loan processing: Since the bank already has the important details about your finances, the time taken to process the loan is usually lesser.
    • Negotiating with your seller: Having a pre-approved home loan enables you to successfully negotiate with your seller. The builder will be aware that your finances are in order and that you are a genuine buyer since pre-approved loans are available for a particular time period only.

    Eligibility for Pre-Approved Home Loan:

    If you are wondering whether you are eligible for a pre-approved home loan, look no further. The answer lies in your credit track record. Your eligibility to avail a pre-approved loan is judged by the Banks on the basis of the various accounts you may hold with them. If for example, you have a salary account with a bank, then the bank has access to your transactions such as the amount of salary drawn, liquidity in your account, if you have any loans, late payments and this also helps them understand your cash outflow.

    Credit cards that you own also give an insight into your finances. Thus, a savings account and/or a credit card with a bank offers the information required to calculate the amount of loan you could be eligible for. If a customer has an impeccable track record of paying loan EMIs on time and if he/she has an impressive credit score from CIBIL, one of India’s leading credit rating agencies, then the bank considers the customer eligible for the loan that it can offer based on these records.

    The process of arriving at the exact amount to be offered as pre-approved loan would depend mainly on factors such as:

    • Income and savings capacity of the customer
    • Transactions made through the Bank account ( e.g.: cheque bounces would be viewed negatively)
    • Consistency in deposits such as salary deposits and other cheques.
    • Some banks pre-approve home loans to its existing customers even if they have not taken a prior loan, based on certain factors such as the cash inflow and transactions in their salary accounts or the repayment records, if they are credit card holders.

    Interest Rates applicable for Pre-Approved Home Loans:

    The main highlight of a pre-approved home loan is that the interest rates will be comparatively lesser than the rate of interest offered to other customers who avail a regular home loan scheme. However, it is important to confirm the nature of the interest applicable, i.e., whether it is a fixed interest or a floating interest.

    Banks often consider the interest rate prevailing at the time the customer applies for the home loan, while calculating the borrower’s repayment capacity. Any change in the interest rate during the tenure of the pre-approval will affect the final loan amount. Thus, the amount that is disbursed to the customer eventually, may be different from the sanctioned loan amount due to the adverse impact of interest rate changes. The sanction letter mentions the interest rate applicable for the home loan, and this would be based on prevailing home loan interest rates. Like the pre-approval, the special rate of interest will also be valid only for a specific period, starting from the date of issue of the sanction letter.

    Interest rate would also change depending upon the nature of the interest, as chosen by the borrower, i.e., fixed or floating. Kotak Mahindra Bank offers a special interest rate during the period of validity of the sanction, which is one month. The interest rate may change later on, depending on whether you choose fixed or floating home loan rate. This applies for other banks like ICICI Bank, HDFC and SBI.

    HDFC Ltd, is one of the oldest private banks in the country and offers a home loan amount of 80% of the Sale Agreement Value rather than the Registration Value with significantly smaller EMIs. Axis Bank promises the lowest processing fees and quickest home loan disbursal. For a pre-approved loan from ICICI bank, the floating interest rate is 9.85% and fixed interest rate is 10%. This is however subject to change.

    Pre-approved home loans are a boon for many who wish to promptly plan and execute their real estate investments, but such sanctions depend on several factors and is beneficial only if there is a marked difference in interest rates and charges that would help to save costs incurred while acquiring your property.

    FAQs about Pre-Approved Home Loan:

    1. What are the benefits of a pre-approved home loan offer?

      Pre-approved loans have many advantages such as discounts on real estate prices, lesser interest rates compared to regular home loans, quick processing, limited documentation, etc.

    2. How can I evaluate whether the pre-approved loan amount is right for me?

      Loans are pre-approved by Banks on the basis of your credit history and previous loan repayments, if any. Hence, the amount approved need not be as per your actual requirement but based on your capacity to repay the loan. It is important to calculate the actual cost of purchase of a property to decide on the loan amount that you require and not based on the costs of the amount being offered to you.

    3. What are the documents required?

      Depending on whether the applicant is self-employed professional, salaried individual or an entrepreneur, the documents that need to be submitted varies. Generally, the necessary documents include proof of identity, residence proof, bank statement of the past six months', latest salary slip or Form 16, certificate and proof of business existence, income-tax returns of the past three years' (in case of self-employed/business) as well as profit/loss statements, balance sheets and so on.

    4. What is the validity period?

      There is no particular period within which the applicant is required to avail the offer. However, the pre-approval is open only for a maximum period of six months and if the applicant does not apply within this period, it becomes null and void. The validity period might vary from bank to bank. For example, State Bank of India specifies that the borrower has to identify the property he/she wishes to purchase within 60 days. Kotak Bank states that the validity of their home loan sanction ranges from 1-3 months.

    5. Once I get the sanction letter, when will the loan amount be disbursed?

      In order to avail of the loan, the borrower must finalize a property before the expiry date specified in the sanction letter. The property documents are to be submitted to the bank and if the documents are in order, the loan will be disbursed.

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    Pre-Approved Home Loans Reviews

    • ICICI Bank Home Loan
      "Excellent Loan"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken home loan from ICICI Bank, my loan was sanction on time and its going to be disbursed soon. The amount of the loan is 18 lakh . the bank informed me that for construction plan I have to pay for 3 lakh. The interest rate is 8.65% but the bank will be reducing the rate by 1.5% from next month.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020
    • IndusInd Bank
      IndusInd Bank Home Loan
      "Not good loan"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have taken INDUSIND home loan because my friend suggested it to me.The tenure of the loan is for 17 years with an interest rate of 11.5%. For submission of documents i have to run up and down apart from that it was fine.But it would have been good if the procedure is little short and not to deduct any installment from account without clearing the check first.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Best housing loan "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Before 4 years ago, purchased my home loan from LIC Housing finance. Due to the low interest rates, i have selected LIC Housing. Taken the loan amount of Rs. 14 lakhs and i am paying the EMI amount of Rs. 12940 per month. Total duration of the loan is 15 years.
      Was this review helpful? 11
      , tirupur
      Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020
    • Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Home Loan
      "Average Service"
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      I have taken home loan directly through Tamilnad Mercantile Bank.The rate of interest and the processing fee was high .This loan was sanctioned on time and i have uploaded the documents through online . The service was average according to my concern.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , surat
      Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020
    • Syndicate Bank Home Loan
      "Easy loan approval"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken home loan directly through SYNDICATE BANK. The rate of interest and the processing fee was nominal.This loan was processed on faster basis without any hassles.They gave a clear picture about the loan process .There was proper notification from bank end and i am satisfied with the service .
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020
    • ICICI Bank Home Loan
      "Disappointed with ICICI"
      0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
      I hand applied for the Home construction loan @ Rabakavi Branch, Karnataka. We provided all the legal & Income documents. Loan got approved but they dragged it for 4 Months for the final steps and did not disburse finally saying legal issues which are absurd.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , rabkavi banhatti
      Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020
    • review Home Loan
      "Supporting finance"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Long back ago, i have taken the home loan from GIC Housing finance. Its because of the immediate process, i have selected this bank. Interest rates were normal because it was 8.35%. I bought the loan amount of Rs. 2.5 lakhs and the documentation process was hassle free. I have chosen a duration of 10 years to close this loan. I have already close the loan 5 years before and they have given me a NOC letter also.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020
    • SBI Home Loan
      "Easy loan approval"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have taken home loan directly through SBI .The rate of interest was nominal and this loan is still active .Everything was good to me when availed this loan .The loan process was clearly shared by the agent .I am really satisfied with the service . Without any hassles got this loan.
      Was this review helpful? 16
      , indore
      Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020
    • Indiabulls Home Loan
      "Need to improve customer service "
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      At an Initial I took home loan from DHFL on sudden from their end transferred the process to INDIA BULLS without any intimation. But one issue was faced that my documents not submitted to INDIA BULLS hence I have submitted again. The amount sufficient was fine. EMI need to pay of 36K. The rate of interest is started with 8.35% gradually increased hence on last months was 8.90%. Their service is not good coordination with me.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , thane
      Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020
    • review Home Loan
      "Home loan closer conditions"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      Hi All, If any of the builder suggest to go for this bank don't ever go for it... For every 6 months they increase the ROI even RBI is decreasing... Pre closer is a hell for me ...bi have provided a cheque after 15 days they started processing the request to close... From my pocket I paid 30000 rs extra for closing...
      Was this review helpful? 8
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
    • Indiabulls Home Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I took home loan from INDIA BULLS, some people suggested to take a loan from this bank so chosen it. They have sanctioned the loan amount of 15L with tenure period of 15 years. Rate of interest is nominal. EMI need to pay of 17K. The processing fee is applicable. Since I am going to buy a plot so taken this loan offer.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Very good home loan and need to improve the interest rate"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My home loan was taken from LIC Housing because their processing time and charges are less but interest rate is little bit high when i compared to other Government banks. They have taken 1 week to sanctioned the loan. Documentation process is as usual like other banks. They have provided me a interest rate of 8.45%.
      Was this review helpful? 10
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020
    • Union Bank of India Home Loan
      "Average Service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have taken home loan directly through Union Bank Of India .The rate of interest and the processing fee was nominal and submitted documents through the agent ,This loan is still active and i have taken this loan for home construction. There are more hidden charges which was informed later this was the only issue. I have been informed that will receive Rs.7000 to 8000 due to good credit score but it was not happened.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Mar 09, 2020
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC people guided to take Pradhan Mantri scheme for the home loan. The amount was sanctioned of 25L and subsidiary amount of 2.67L. The tenure period of 20 years. An interest rate was fine of 8.5%. Pre closure is applicable with nominal charge. The process was good hence they have sanctioned the loan within 20 days. EMI need to pay of 22413 rupees.
      Was this review helpful? 31
      , kanchipuram
      Reviewed on Mar 09, 2020
    • LIC Housing Home Loan
      "Need to decrease the interest rate"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      From LIC, they offered a home loan and the loan amount was Rs. 27,00,000. The rate of interest was high 9.15% with the duration period of 20 years and i am paying EMI of Rs.24,000 and they given this loan very faster . LIC have a good customer service.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , lucknow
      Reviewed on Mar 09, 2020
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Comfortable process "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I got home loan offer from HDFC Limited on one year back. I applied via online, the amount was sufficient with tenure period of 15 years. The rate of interest is moderate. I took this loan to buy an apartment. EMI need to pay of 36K. Pre closure is applicable but there is locking period of 6 months. Their service is good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , alleppey
      Reviewed on Mar 07, 2020
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Best Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have taken home loan directly through Hdfc Ltd.The rate of interest and the processing fee was nominal.This loan was processed on faster basis without any hassles.The agent gave a clear picture about the loan process .There was proper notification from bank end and i am satisfied with the service .
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Mar 06, 2020
    • review Home Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I took home loan from MAGMA HOUSING FINANCE on 6 months back , the loan duration of 20 years for the amount of 18L. The amount was sanctioned by one month. To buy the flat taken this loan. EMI need to pay of 15,600 rupees. There is pre closure is applicable. The customer service is good.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , vadodara
      Reviewed on Mar 06, 2020
    • review Home Loan
      "Average Loan Service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I bought my home loan from Fullerton but an interest rates are high. In the call centre, there is no proper response for any kind of inquiry and if I sent a mail only they will send the reply after 48 hours. They have sanctioned the loan amount of Rs. 10L and they have not provided the loan as per their committed time.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Mar 06, 2020
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Good Loan Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      In HDFC, they were forcing me to taking a home insurance when i availed my home loan. Its just because of my landlord person since he was having their existing loan with HDFC hence have continued the same. They have offered me an interest rate of 9.25% and i need to pay the EMI amount of Rs. 10000 for the loan amount of Rs. 10 lakhs.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , rajkot
      Reviewed on Mar 05, 2020
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