I am a 26-year-old man, working in an MNC in Chennai. Last year I decided to buy a home for myself. Buying a home was my biggest dream and thanks to the lofty home loan policies that banks and HFCs are offering these days. I managed to buy a 2 BHK. Well, I succeeded in managing to bag loan from one of the government banks and got it at a reasonable interest rate.
Now, I am a satisfied person and secured that few years down the line, I will own my house. But one thing that always boggled my mind was if I wish to prepay my loan then what is the nitty-gritty associated with it. Since I work in private sector, I don’t have much time to run around the bank to fulfill the formalities and the paperwork.
Then, one of my friends suggested to go through LoanYantra, an online loan management company. Well, my association with LoanYantra proved to be a successful one and they gave great tips which definitely cleared the air that surrounded the idea of home loan prepayment. For many to avoid the hassle of running behind the banks, here I am sharing my knowledge of Home Loan Prepayment.
What is Home Loan Prepayment?
Home Loan Prepayment is paying an additional amount to the outstanding principal of the loan amount while you are in the Home Loan tenure. This additional amount is over and above the regular EMIs. This helps in reducing the principal outstanding which in return helps in reducing your EMIs and/or your home loan tenure.
It might sound easy but there is a slight catch. Banks typically levy a prepayment charge of about 2 – 3% of the outstanding loan amount. This amount is charged if you are repaying above a certain amount or you are switching your bank. Although most of the banks don’t charge extra. Thus, it’s advisable that you enquire while you apply for your home loan about the prepayment charges as well.
What You Should Know About Home Loan Prepayment
Home Loan Prepayment can be a bit tricky as some lenders include extra fees. In case of home loan, banks borrow funds based on the commitment for long period, these funds have to be re-assigned through credit channels for which bank has to pay additional cost. Thus, banks discourage the process of prepayment by leving an extra charge on the outstanding loan amount.
To Prepay the Home Loan, it is advisable for the concerned person to attend. If not possible,the authorized person needs to carry a letter which says that the respective person is authorized by the lender to repay the loan.
Note : RBI and the NHB have abolished penalty on home loan prepayment (home loans with flexible interest rate). So banks usually do not levy extra fess. But conditions apply.
Home Loan Prepayment Vs Tenure and EMI.
Home Loan Prepayment reduces the outstanding principal amount. So, this inturn reduces your EMI or tenure. It is always wise to calculate and choose.
Loanyantra’s Tip : It is better to reduce the tenure and keep the EMI constant. When you have an increment in the salary, you can increase the EMI which will reduce the tenure even further.
Do’s ad Don’t’s of Home Loan Prepayment:
- Carry your ID proof (Aadhar is the most preferred one).
- Carry your chequebook in case you need extra.
- Also remember to mention your name, account number, home loan account number behind the cheque when you issue.
- Collect all your previous cheques if you wish to change your EMI.
- A proof of source of funds for your Home Loan Prepayment.
- Make sure that you update your CIBIL database after home loan prepayment as it helps in reducing the outstanding balance and also helps in improving your credit score.
Home Loan Prepayment charges of some of the popular banks and HFCs
|Banks and HFCs associated with Loan Yantra||Home Loan Prepayment Charges|
|IDBI||Not more than one prepayment in a month|
|DHFL||3% + Service Tax|
|Axis||Floating Rate Loan: Nil
Fixed Rate Loan: 2% of outstanding principal/amount prepaid
Words of Wisdom –
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