Interest Rate Subsidy on Housing Loans

Interest Rate Subsidy on Home Loans – Know More

The year 2016 ended with the honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much awaited speech. The speech gave hopes to the poor, women and senior citizens. The housing policy schemes by the P.M., made easy for the poor to have a home of their own. The new policy of home loan interest rates subsidy to the needed, raised hopes in availing a home with the help of home loan. That too for really lower interest rates.

So, here are more details about Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)  

  1. This scheme is valid in urban India (towns, cities, metros) for urban poor of income below 6,00,000/ year and age between 21 years to 58 years.
  2. Women play vital role in this scheme. A family comprising of husband, wife and unmarried children. Beneficiary should not own a pucca house either in their name or in the name of any member of their family in any part of India to receive central assistance under the Mission Meeting income criteria defined under the scheme
  3. Credit Linked Subsidy is available for housing loans availed for new construction and addition of rooms, kitchen, toilet etc., to existing dwelling as incremental housing.  The carpet area* of house should be constructed or enhanced under this scheme should be upto 30 sq.meters for EWS(Economically Weaker Section) category and upto 60 square meters for LIG(Lower Income Group) category.
  4. For identification as EWS/LIG beneficiary under the scheme, an individual loan applicant should submit self-attested certificate/affidavit as proof of income.

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Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme(CLSS).

Any citizen of India can enroll for CLSS under the following conditions. The beneficiary, at his/her discretion, can build a house of larger area but interest subvention would be limited to first Rs. 6 lakh only.

This new policy of Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) is applicable for the Lower Income Group (LIG) of household income less than Rs.3,00,000 and the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) of household income less than Rs.6,00,000, not only for limited square feet.

So, now let us go into details of how the CLSS scheme works.

Any eligible applicant who choose a carpet area within  60 sq.m(645 sqft) of a flat/house then the applicant gets an home loan interest rate upto INR 12,00,000/- availed from the bank.

And if any eligible applicant is applying for 2 bhk of 975 sqft super built up area which has 644sq.ft of carpet area* (the real area you can use, source – 99acers.com), then the flat costs Rs. 40,00,000. Now, the applicant can enjoy interest rate subsidy on housing loan for Rs. 12,00,000.

The possible ROI as per Honorable PM speech is 5.5%. The non subsidized interest rate follows the existing market interest rate, which is currently 8.5%.

Example for CLSS Indetail. 

If any qualified applicant having gross salary of Rs.50,000/- per month and age is 30 years, the person is eligible for 37.88 lakh for maximum tenure of 28 years tenure and 30 lakh for 15 years tenure(know more and calculate your eligibility  http://loanyantra.com/Home-Loan-Calculator.aspx ).

So, the applicant, out of Rs. 40,00,000 has to pay down payment of 20% of the market value, which is Rs. 8,00,000. For the rest of Rs. 32,00,000/-, the applicant can go for a home loan. Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)  Credit Linked subsidy scheme(CLSS) Rs. 12,00,000 will be subsidy interest and other Rs. 20,00,000 (Rs. 32 lakhs – Rs. 12 lakhs ) go as a non subsidy which has existing market rate of interest.

Carpet Area*: Area enclosed within the walls, the actual area to lay the carpet. This area does not include the thickness of the inner walls.

NOTE : Under the Mission, beneficiaries can take advantage under one component only.

Housing and Urban Development Corporation(HUDCO)  and National Housing Bank(NHB) have been identified as Central Nodal Agencies (CNAs) to channelize this subsidy to the lending institutions and for monitoring the progress of this component. Ministry may notify other institutions as CNA in future.

How to Enroll and Apply for Credit Linked Subsidized Scheme (CLSS).

Banks have a separate application for this kind of loan. Follow the official link to  download the application. http://www.tn.gov.in/exwel/forms/app5.pdf

If an applicant can qualify under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for Credit Linked subsidy scheme(CLSS), the applicant can apply through http://loanyantra.com partnered banks and get assured lower interest till you close the loan.

 

 

 

All You Need To Know About Property Tax

If you have been looking into the market of home loan, you might have come across the term ‘property tax’ more than once. Though property tax varies from state to state and depends on the valuation of your home, you must remember that your home loan depends on the property tax. Each home loan has the provision that in case you fail to pay off the property tax in an “event of default”, the lender could even foreclose on your property even when all your mortgage payments have been done in a punctual manner.

Why should you concern yourself with property tax?

In India, property is a source of income for many and hence, it was only but natural that tax would be levied on any property you purchase, be it a humble shop or godown, flat or a proper residential building, provided you are using it to earn money in any form. The amount of property tax that you need to pay would depend on the value of the property that is being taxed in the first place.

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What is property tax?

Why is the property tax being charged at all?

The fact that the local municipal authority is the force behind the property tax being levied must tell you a lot about how the money you pay goes to towards the maintenance of the basic civic services in your city. The property tax in India is only charged on the real estate building and not on the plots of land, which don’t have any establishment in its vicinity.

How is the property tax calculated? What is Annual Value?

The property tax you need to pay is decided on the basis of the annual value of the let out or self occupied property. For the self occupied properties, the annual value is taken to be zero. However, if that property is rented, the property tax is calculated accordingly.

What are the tax benefits of your home loan?

 Under Section 24, you are empowered to claim up to Rs 200000 or the actual amount of repaid interest. However, you can only make the claim when you are in possession of the house.

 Under Section 80C, you can claim the principal up to the maximum limit of Rs 150000 across all the investments made under the section 80C. However, you might be needed to show the lender’s statement showing the not only the interest and principal components but also the repayment for the year.

How can a new homeowner avoid property tax traps?

Every homeowner should go to the pains of confirming the tax rate before signing on the dotted line to save himself from the reassessment and hikes of rate of interest. The estimate of a real estate broker of the approximate tax bill might prove to be helpful but even then you might be required to pay more tax in the subsequent years. You can potentially open up an escrow account in order to set apart the funds that would be drained to provide for the taxes.

Love Break-up!!! Because of Savings!!! Read more to know more./ Are you saving to buy a new home?

Naveen and Neha are perfect match and an understanding couple. Naveen has a plan for everything in life. Neha is a cheerful and practical woman. Both of them discuss and get things done. So what made their ways apart? I should tell this.

Neha wants to visit a good restaurant and have nice food. Naveen says ‘no’.

Neha wants to get away from her daily schedule and go for a vacation. Naveen says ‘no’.

Neha’s birthday time!!, Naveen got a card for her. She is happy after all he had given her a card atleast. 

Finally, Neha asks Naveen. “We earn well. We can spend though not for a luxurious life but for a relaxing and comfortable life. But why do you always say ‘no’ for anything that makes me feel happy?”


Naveen  now opens up. He has a dream house and he wants to buy it. 

So what is he doing? Yes. Saving saving saving.

Saving, forgoing the comforts and the feel good factors too??

Yes. He wants to save not just for the down payment of the home, but for the whole value of the property. So how does he save?

Age : 26 years

Salary : Rs.40,000

Expenditure : Rs.15,000

Savings : Rs.25,000

His dream home value ; Rs. 40 lakhs.

On an average per year he saves : Rs. 3 lakhs

No. of years he should save : 14 years.

In the mean time the property’s value increases which means he has to save even he reaches his limit. Ofcourse, his salary increases and he can save more. If you observe in the example, he saves more than half of his salary. Without even fulfilling smallest of his desires. When will he explore life if not at the age of 20s and 30s.

So, Neha asks him to go for a home loan. He rejects. She tries to explain.

So, is it that you should not go for saving at all if you buy a home? No, save for the down payment and for the rest go for a home loan.

Let’s see how it works.

Age : 26 years

Salary : Rs. 40,000

Expenditure : Rs. 18,000

Savings : Rs. 22,000

His dream home value : Rs. 40 Lakhs

No.of years he saved : 2 years

Amount saved : Rs. 8 lakhs. (used for down payment) 

Home loan amount : Rs. 32 Lakhs

Salary after 2 years : Rs. 60,000

EMI Fixed : Rs. 32,000

Now, at the age of 28 years, he is enjoying in his own dream home. Since, EMI is fixed, he need not think of saving for  a home when his salary increases. He can invest in somehting else, where he gets more returns.

Is that the end? No, you can, rather have to, monitor your loan. This helps you to put an end to your home loan faster.

Experts help will always work. So, seek help to pay your home loan faster.

Ohh!! the love story above!! They didn’t breakup 🙂 Naveen understood Neha’s ideas and followed her. They lived happily ever after in their own home. 😉 

How can you have a break up if you listen to her?  😉

Second Home – A Relaxing Option?

With increasing affluence on the one hand and a growing realization that there is a need for a relaxed lifestyle at least on weekends, the concept of second homes appears to be gaining popularity. According to the National Council of Applied Economic Re­search, the number of households de­scribed as rich is expected to reach 11 million by 2013 from 3 million in 2003. Meanwhile, the number of mid­dle class aspirers is predicted to leap even more dramatically, from 46 mil­lion to 124 million. The number of HNW Is in India is growing at 20% YoY, second only to Singapore.

This growing opulence of Indians surely makes the second-home mar­ket pretty hot. According to a study conducted by Kapston.com, a Banga­lore-based E-business consulting firm, second-home sales in India in­creased by 50% from 2002 to 2007. The trend slowed a bit in 2008, most­ly due to the economic woes of the US. Then it picked up in mid-2010 to slow down slightly only in the recent time, although now it’s a normal, reg­ulated market where good stuff sells very quickly.


Motive 

Different people invest in a secondproperty with different motives. For some, second home is to have a re­laxing place away from the hustle and bustle of city life, extreme heat and the stresses of work. There are many who’d like to have a second home to spend the rest of their lives in, post-retirement. Others invest in a second home in order to earn rental income.

The primary reason for buying a second home is still lifestyle among Indians; however people have start­ed realizing the investment potential, but the investment consideration comes in a strong second place.


Be Wise 

Even if buying a second home in­volves spending a lot more money be­fore retirement, you will be wise to consider it as an investment. If, for ex­ample, you buy a second home five years before you retire, you will be able to earn money by renting out your property for the next five years, and cover a part of the mort­gage costs.


For NRIs

And it’s not only for Indian dwellers. Non-resident Indians are buying this mid-level housing as well. NRIs can easily attain housing in In­dia because they were born there— but they can also buy even if their parents or grandparents were born there.

Many NRIs choose to go back to where they came from; they have dreams of having India as a possible place to retire, where hired maid ser­vants will run their day-to-day tasks while they relax close to friends and family. The home towns where they grew up always have a certain draw on their heart strings.


A second home is not a bad idea. It can serve the purpose of a change from the routine, once in a while, and leave you refreshed and energized. It can also be a wise investment. In fact people in the higher income brackets even opt for more than one second home as part of their long term in­vestment strategy.

The Hidden Costs of Buying A Home

The Hidden Costs of Buying A Home

Everyone knows that buying your first home is an expensive ordeal—just the cost of a down payment alone can be significant for many buyers. But those aren’t the only costs that you have to consider prior to home shopping.

First-time buyers often don’t realize that they will need to pay for more than just the selling price that they negotiate with a seller. Things like interiors, hookup fees for utilities, and appliances are all extra expenses which add to the hidden costs of buying a home.

So what else do you need to budget for as a first-time buyer? Follow along as we take you through the basics.

Step One: Before You Buy

Before you start booking viewings, figuring out a budget, or even broHidden costs of buying a homewsing through furniture stores, you need to figure out what your real costs are going to be. Your down payment is not the only upfront cost that you are going to have to pay, so you need to make sure that you hold enough back to cover all of the extras, such as:

Legal fees

Though mentioned in the cost sheet by the seller. Take care that you are in the safe side wuith the legal charges.

Agent fees

If you are buying a house using a real estate agent, make sure that you have your terms discussed in detail before proceeding further. Usually it is 1% – 2% of the property cost. 

However, the agent is paid a percentage of the sale price upon the completion of the transaction.

Inspection and appraisal

The trend now in India with the sellers is, they mention the cost for the government approval in the price sheet. So be clever and conscious when you calculate the cost of the property. Please do research on the present trend and compare in your price sheet.

Mortgage with interest

So maybe you have a general idea of what you can afford for a mortgage, but did you factor in an interest rate? Will your interest rate change based on your down payment? Will your rate fluctuate, or will it be fixed?

You will need to talk to your bank about this, to see how much you qualify for and what they can offer to you. Your monthly payments can change significantly based on your interest rate, so if you get an offer that seems high, feel free to shop around for one that better suits your bank account.

Note : Feel free to visit our website (www.loanyantra.com) for constant alerts on interest rate changes and also for zero fee balance transfer.

Step Two: After You Pick a House

Don’t put away your calculator yet!  Sure, you made your budget work for the “before” costs, but don’t forget about the “during” hidden costs of buying a home, which include:

Moving expenses

Do you have enough stuff to warrant a moving truck or movers? Is your new place far away from your current one? If you need, or want, to hire movers, you’ll need to figure out the cost. Depending on your preferences, movers can get pricey.

For example, if you just rent a moving truck or trailer, your costs will be moderately low. But if you need people to help pack your things and move your items out of one house and into another, you’re going to have to cough up some extra cash.

Home Insurance

Homes come with all kinds of monthly expenses, and insurance is one of the necessary ones. Depending on the age and condition of your home, your location, your insurance history, and so on, your insurance rates will fluctuate. They’ll also vary drastically by provider.

Be sure to shop around for the best coverage and price for your personal needs.

Interiors and Utilities

We all know that interior designing and buying utilities are going to cost money; that is inevitable. Interior designers will surely cost your pocket. So depending on your financial situation, take a call. There are plenty of options around. Probably, it is time for you now to look up for offers and sale. Now-a-days, shopping online and cash on delivery options make things easier and economical as well. So think wise before you shop either online or outdoor. The idea is to save money and time too.

Property tax

Property taxes are something that every homeowner has to pay, and they vary by location. And this is one of the taxes the government is strictly probing. So to avoid paying lump-sum, plan well in advance. 

Step Three: Once You Move

So, you figured out a budget and selected a house. Since you’ve probably put a lot of your cash into the process so far, it might be difficult for you to consider parting with any more of your money, but chances are you still need a few things to turn your new house into a home.

Take a deep breath and remember:

  • There will be unexpected costs. Maybe something gets damaged in the move, or maybe you need to change the locks to your new house. Don’t beat yourself up for not thinking about every single cost involved.
  • Your first grocery trip is going to be expensive. Why? Because, chances are you need to stock up on groceries, spices, canned goods, and other staples. Don’t worry, you’ll only need to do a move-in shop once. The rest of the time you’ll just buy what you need, when you need it.
  • All of the money that you were saving isn’t gone. It’s finally gone towards what you were saving for in the first place.

Setting up House and Settling in

You won’t often hear that buying a house is easy, but you won’t hear too many regrets about doing it either. It’s a big purchase, and it’s bound to be a bit complicated, but don’t let that keep you from building equity and making a home of your own.

Spend wisely, save for a rainy day, and cover your most important costs before anything else and you’ll have a happy and financially healthy home to call your very own.

Thinking of financing your first home? Know these things!

Financing your first home

For most people, buying a home is the biggest purchase they will ever make, and the majority of first-time buyers need to obtain financing in order to do so. With such a large number on the table, it’s important to choose financing that works for you in both the short- and long-term.

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From down payments, to mortgage brokers and traditional lenders such as banks, we’ll explore what options are best for financing your first home.

Should I Use a Mortgage Broker?

A mortgage broker is someone who provides you, the borrower, with financing options from various lenders. Think of them as a sort of mortgage middleman.

You provide them with financial details about yourself, such as your job history, credit report, down payment amount, etc., and they take your information to various private lenders to see what they can offer you for an interest rate and mortgage term.

There are many potential pros to using mortgage brokers, such as:

  • Communicating between you and a lender.
  • Lower interest rates.
  • Flexibility for a typical borrowers.

As well as cons, that can include:

  • Inability to service your loan.

Mortgage brokers are able to present your information to multiple lenders, allowing for flexibility if you don’t meet the strict standards usually required by banks. Often, mortgage brokers are able to find options for those who are self-employed, who have poor credit history, or a short job history. But remember that those options may come with penalties, such as a higher interest rate or a larger down payment.

If you do choose to go with a broker, make sure that you choose someone who has a good reputation and a lot of experience.

Should I Use a Traditional Lender?

Traditional lenders, namely banks, provide mortgages to clients, allowing both parties to communicate directly. Often, first-time homebuyers with good credit, a down payment, and at least a year’s worth of job history will contact their bank first when seeking a mortgage.

Banks tend to have pre-designed mortgage options, which includes interest rates, terms, and so on.

The benefits of choosing a bank can include:

  • Reliability, trust, and security.
  • Potential savings for clients with multiple accounts.
  • Faster approval.

While some negatives are:

  • Less flexibility for buyers who are self-employed, or who have poor or little credit history.
  • More rigorous requirements.
  • Limited choices in terms of rates, length, and more.

When exploring the option of using a bank as your lender, remember that you don’t have to stick to the bank that you have other accounts with. Feel free to explore what other banks are offering. Some may offer bonuses for having checking or savings accounts with them, or based on the down payment that you will make.

If you do choose to go with a bank, be sure that it is a bank that you feel comfortable with and that you have them walk you through the terms of your mortgage so that you understand the ins and outs.

Should I Save for a Cash Sale?

Cash sales are probably the most desirable types of home purchases, since the buyer forgoes interest rates, mortgage terms, and the stress of finding a lender, but not many buyers are able to purchase a home using cash alone.

In smaller towns or less desirable areas, homes can go for reasonably low prices, which may allow you to save enough to buy one, but in areas with higher demand or in cities, home prices aren’t quite as affordable.

In order to save for a cheaper home it can take years to put away enough to make the purchase, but for even a moderately priced home it can take even longer, depending on your income and expenses.

Often, buyers who are able to purchase using cash benefited from an inheritance or something similar, but just because you have the cash to cover your house entirely doesn’t mean that you should use it all.

Before choosing to use all of your cash to secure a home, consider the following:

  • If I use all of my savings to purchase a home, will I be left cash poor?
  • What will the cost of renovations, repairs, or other fees outside of the mortgage be?
  • Am I borrowing money from someone I will need to pay back?
  • How long will it take me to save for a home, based on both my expenses and inflation?

How Should I Finance My Mortgage?

How you finance your mortgage, whether through a broker or a bank, using just enough cash to cover the down payment, or paying for your home entirely, depends on your financial situation, the property, and your goals not just for now, but down the road.

Not every lender is suitable for every buyer, and only you can decide which avenue makes you feel the most confident and comfortable. Take your time, shop around, and explore what is available to you. In educating yourself about your options, you can make the best choice for you and your finances.

Note : Our (loanyantra.com) customers can always find us as a reliable source in managing the home loan as we suggest you the best home loan option that suits your financial situation, and always alert you with the changes in interest rates. 

Visit www.loanyantra.com for details.