Wednesday, July 1, 2009

SBI improves its home loan offer

Offers to fix rates in second, third year of loan:

State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, today said that it had improved upon its home loan scheme and would offer home loans starting at 8 per cent in the first year before rising 100-150 basis points in the second and third years. Earlier, SBI had only fixed interest rates during the first year of the tenure of the loan.

In addition, the bank has offered to levy interest on a reducing balance basis and has waived the processing fee for home loans taken up to September.

SBI, which became the largest home loan originator in 2008-09, said it had floated two schemes — Easy Home Loan and Advantage Home Loan.

Under Easy Home Loan, for those borrowing under Rs 30 lakh, the rate has been fixed at 8 per cent during the first year and would be increased 100 basis points to ,9 per cent and fixed at that level during the second and third years.

From the fourth year onwards, the customer could choose between the floating rate option, for which the rate is 200 basis points below the State Bank Advance Rate (SBAR), and fixed rate which is 100 basis points below SBAR, with a five-year reset. At present, SBAR is at 11.75 per cent.

For a 20-year loan, the Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) during the first year would be Rs 836 per lakh and would rise to Rs 898 per lakh over the next two years.
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