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5 Best Banks to Apply For Home Loans in 2023

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Apr 28, 2023

Buying a residential property is indeed a dream come true, but most of us require home financing or home loans to be able to complete the purchase. Since this is a major financial decision, it is important to apply for a home loan with a reputed bank or NBFC. Here are the top 5 banks of India for a home loan.

Top Banks for home loans in 2023

  1. State Bank of India (SBI) - With well over 28000 branches, SBI has the most extensive network across the country. It is a public sector bank which is also a Fortune 500 company. The bank offers easy online applications with interest rates between 8.5% and 11.30% and a processing fee of 0.35% and 0.5%. The bank also offers several different types of home loans specifically designed to meet the needs of the customers.
  2. HDFC Bank - HDFC is a scheduled commercial bank with over 7500 branches across India. It is one of the largest private banks in India and offers easy application without excessive documentation. With interest rates starting from 8.5% and a processing fee of 0.5% or INR 3000 (whichever is higher), the bank offers home loans with the flexibility of tenor and repayment. The bank is set to merge with Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), an NBFC specialising in home finance.
  3. ICICI Bank - ICICI Bank is among the 4 top banks in the country and has an extensive network of over 5200 branches. The bank offers a variety of flexible home loans with interest rates starting from 9.25% and a processing fee of INR 3000 + GST. ICICI also offers different types of home and land loans depending on customer needs and offers tenors of up to 30 years. Online application and approval facilities are also available.
  4. Kotak Mahindra Bank - Kotak Mahindra ranks third among the private banks in the country (by market capitalisation). With over 1750 branches in the country, it offers an exclusive range of home loans and financial services. Kotak Mahindra Bank offers home loans with interests starting from 8.85% and a 0.5% processing fee. In addition, the bank has a wonderful customer support team that can help you through the application process.
  5. Bank of Baroda - Bank of Baroda is another very popular public sector bank with a strong presence in Maharashtra and Gujarat. With early 9680 branches, it offers a number of home loans and home improvement products with interest rates starting from 8.5% and a processing fee between 0.25% and 0.50%. The bank also offers flexible repayment schedules on some of its loan products.

Tips for availing the best home loan

  • Buying a residential property involves a lot of financial planning. You may want to work on improving your CIBIL score long before you start your home loan process. This optimises your chances for approval.
  • Once you start searching for the best bank for home loans in India, you will come across various applications, websites, and links that promise zero interest, zero documentation etc. Do not trust products too good to be true; these are usually scams or data farms. Always pick a public bank or an established private bank for your home loan.
  • Home loans in 2023 are a bit more expensive than in previous years because of the current RBI lending rates. Research the current economic scenario and consult a financial advisor to understand if fixed or floating loan rates work best for you.
  • Do not apply with several different lenders. Instead, make pre-application queries and compare products. Once you apply, the lender seeks your credit report from CIBIL. Multiple queries show intent to take multiple loans and reduce your credit score.
  • Home loans are long-term debts, often running into 10-15 years. This makes it important to plan your long-term finances. Growth of income, increased responsibilities, and even eventualities like loss of employment are all factors to consider. In addition, you must consider taking a loan or term insurance with regular payouts to cover the risks involved.
  • Do not be enticed by small gifts or incentives when opting for a home loan. Always consider the long-term impact on your monthly expenditure and finances before picking a product.
  • While we have listed the top five banks, you must consider your relationship with other reputed and trusted lenders. If you have previously held accounts or made investments in banks like Axis Bank, Federal Bank, or others, you may be eligible for benefits such as lower home loan processing fees or even lower interest rates. These offers should be considered on their merits.

Home loans are long-term debts and are also a major financial commitment. Therefore, it is important to use the bank’s EMI calculator to check the monthly repayment outflow and pick terms that are comfortable. You may also want to know about tax deductions and IT relief available on home loan repayment.

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