Home Loan Rates at Lowest: Perfect Time to Buy Your Dream Home
With home loan interest rates fallen below 8% for the first time in the last 15 years, the house of your dreams gets closer to you than ever before. Last time the interest rate went below 8% was in the year 2003-2004.
Why year 2020-2021 is the best time to buy your home?
Living in the COVID-19 pandemic era has created a lot of tensions for working professionals as they are struggling to retain their jobs and manage monthly expenses. Many NRIs had to return to their native in India owing to the global financial crisis and job losses. However, amidst all the gloom, there is a ray of hope for those who are dreaming about buying their own home in India. This year the home loan interest rates have touched a historical low as a result of RBI’s revised monetary policies to boost economic growth in India. State Bank of India, one of the largest banks in the country now offers interest rates as low as 6.9% which is a record drop as compared to the previous years. A lower interest rate will not only reduce the interest paid on the loan but also the monthly EMI burden. Most of the banks are now offering 80-90% of the loan amount, so you don’t have to pay a huge amount of money upfront.
Let us have a look at the current home loan interest rates for some of the popular banks in India.
Home Loan Interest rates by Leading Banks:
State Bank of India:
SBI offers interest rates starting at 6.9% for home loan of up to Rs 30 lakhs and a rate of 7.9% for loan amount between Rs 30 lakhs to Rs 75 lakhs.
Canara Bank offers an interest rate starting at 6.9 for home loan amount of up to Rs 75 lakhs.
HDFC Bank has a starting interest rate of 6.95% for loan amount up to Rs. 75 Lakhs.
Federal Bank offers home loans at interest rate starting at 7.9% for amount below Rs. 75 lakhs.
Punjab National Bank:
PNB home loans are offered now starting at an interest rate of 7.1% for loan amount below Rs. 75 Lakhs.
Additional Benefits with RBI’s Repo rate cut
Besides the interest rate reduction, another favourable factor for prospective homebuyers is the repo rate reduction announced by RBI during the nationwide lockdown. With repo rate cut by 40 basis points (100bps=1 percent), the repo rate now stands at an all-time low of 4% and the reverse rate is at 3.35%.
Considering all these aspects, home ownership is becoming more and more affordable for the common man. Having a permanent home is not just a dream come true but it is also a way of securing your family’s future. Real estate is a perfect investment option in these uncertain times as it promises you good returns. Even if you are not planning to stay in the home, you can earn money through rental income.
New borrowers (if eligible) can also apply for subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme. It is a credit linked subsidy scheme where middle income group - I (MIG -I) with income between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 12 lakh can avail interest subsidy of 4% whereas middle income group - II (MIG -II) with income between Rs 12 lakh and 18 lakh can get interest subsidy of 3% under the scheme.