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SBI, HDFC lower home loan rates
Aug 27, 2014
Lenders are going all-out to woo retail borrowers ahead of the festival season as corporate loan growth continues to remain sluggish and liquidity improves. The State Bank of India and HDFC have brought down home loan rates while others like Punjab National Bank have cut retail lending rates and waived processing charges
Builders seek lower rates, reforms
May 22, 2014
PUNE: The change of power at the Centre and some immediate policy moves can reinvigorate the moribund real estate sector, the developers and builders in the city have said.
Don’t fine floating loan prepayments, says RBI
May 08, 2014
MUMBAI: Providing relief to borrowers, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday directed banks not to levy any penalty on individual borrowers for prepaying floating loans.
CREDAI demands reduction in interest rates
Apr 09, 2014
HYDERABAD: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), the apex body for private real estate developers in India, seeks a pro-growth stance on the policy rates. It also demands a reduction in interest rates to put growth and demand on the fast track, and develop the housing sector in the economy which has been completely ignored by the successive governments.
SBI extends special home loan scheme for women
Apr 08, 2014
DELHI: State Bank of India today extended the last date for special home loan scheme offering concessional rate to women borrowers.
Banks score on rates, HFCs on amount
Apr 08, 2014
MUMBAI: Bringing 20% of a property cost to the table may not always be easy for a home loan borrower. Then, there is an additional cost of stamp duty and house registration, which can easily be around Rs 3 lakh for a house costing Rs 50 lakh in Mumbai.
SBI extends special home loan scheme indefinitely
Apr 03, 2014
MUMBAI: Nation's largest lender State Bank of India, which is also the largest home loan player, on Wednesday extended the date of special home loan rates for new and women borrowers beyond March 31 for an indefinite period.
Where to focus when building your dream home?
Feb 08, 2014
DELHI: Karan, a money-conscious individual, had managed to accumulate enough funds while working as a software engineer in Delhi and decided to invest them in his dream home. He was aware of the process related to purchasing a land and hiring a contractor. However, little did he know that constructing a home requires following a practical and scrutinized construction plan. The things did not go as per the plan and Karan had to settle down with an inferior and below par home.
Realtors left wringing hands with home loans set to cost more
Jan 29, 2014
DELHI: Hit by slowdown in sales coupled with few new launches, the real estate sector says it is disappointed by the Reserve Bank of India’s move to hike the repo rate.
Hike in key interest rate to hit property market: CREDAI
Jan 29, 2014
DELHI: The Reserve Bank's hiking the key policy rate today will hit property sales, particularly in the residential segment, real estate developers said while expressing disappointment at the move.
Bank, auto, realty stocks surge as RBI maintains status quo
Dec 21, 2013
MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India surprised the Street by maintaining status quo on interest rates at its mid-quarter review of monetary policy.
SBI slashes home loan rates by up to 0.4 per cent
Dec 20, 2013
DELHI: Two biggest housing financiers SBIBSE 0.60 % and HDFCBSE 0.71 % on Thursday cut home loan rates by up to 0.4 per cent for new borrowers, a day after the Reserve Bank kept its key policy rates on hold.
RBI hikes rate, but your EMIs unlikely to go up
Oct 30, 2013
MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan on 29th October stepped up the inflation control drive by raising a key policy rate but the increase is unlikely to impact interest rates for home, car and consumer loans.
Simplify financial life: Calculate your home loan installments using MS Excel
Oct 24, 2013
DELHI: For many people, owning a house is one of the most significant financial goals. With property prices rising faster than our savings or incomes, a home loan is the best way to fulfill that need.
Save money: Tips before you take a home loan
Oct 24, 2013
DELHI: Home loans can be very beneficial for property buyers, as they not only help you buy your dream home, but also help you save on taxes. But you must remember to choose the right home loan if you do not want to face the hassles in the process. Here are a few quick tips that you could keep in mind while applying for a home loan. These tips could help ease the complicated procedure a little bit and at the same time help you save some money.
LIC HFL reduces home loan rates by 0.25%
Oct 23, 2013
MUMBAI: Housing finance company LIC Housing Finance (LIC HFL) today said it has reduced home loan rates by 0.25% with effect from October 15.
Office space absorption fell by 14% in Jul-Sept in top seven cities
Oct 09, 2013
DELHI: Leasing of office spaces in India's top seven cities fell by 14 per cent to around 6 million sq ft during July-September compared with the previous quarter with corporates still being cautious about expansion amid subdued economic outlook, property consultant CBRE said.
Buying your first house? Here's a checklist of 9 sales pitches that you should be wary of
Oct 07, 2013
DELHI: Newly-weds Dipankar and Ashima Gupta have made up their minds to buy their own house. The first trigger came last year, when two of their close friends bought property. Then their landlord sounded the warning that he would raise the rent again. What sealed the decision was the salary hike that Dipankar got this year. "We might as well pay an EMI instead of giving rent to the landlord every month," says Ashima.
Here's how you can tackle a ballooning EMI
Oct 04, 2013
MUMBAI: After the unexpected policy rate hike on September 20 by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), many banks are contemplating an increase in their lending rates. If they decide to hike their base rates, home loan borrowers may have to deal with a ballooning EMI once again within a short span of time.
CCI to study financial sector for possible unfair practices
Sep 29, 2013
DELHI: To keep a tab on possible unfair practices, the Competition Commission of India has begun a study of functional aspects of the country's growing financial sector, including banking and insurance segments.
Impact of inflation on home loan
Sep 27, 2013
BANGALORE: Over the past few years, home loan interest rates have steadily crept upwards. Everyone blamed it on inflation. In past few months, the rates have steadied after minor downwards rate revisions by the central bank. What happens during inflation?
Salaried real estate investors in mess as loan cost pinches
Sep 22, 2013
MUMBAI: The deepening economic slowdown, rising cost of living and low wage revisions, coupled with higher interest rares, are forcing salaried professionals who had earlier invested in properties to put them up for sale, say industry experts.
Builders at private lenders’ mercy as demand falls, forced to pay interest rates as high as 42%
Sep 21, 2013
NEW DELHI | BANGALORE: The stress among real estate developers is now showing clearly. Private money lenders are back in demand with small and mid-sized real estate developers picking up short-term money at interest rates as high as 42% a year to avoid the prospect of reducing property prices.
Disappointed by RBI? Take steps to reduce home loan burden
Sep 21, 2013
MUMBAI: Home loan borrowers are disappointed after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hiked the repo rates by 25 basis points (100 bps = 1%) on 20th September. However, financial planners feel it is too early to predict whether banks will increase interest rates on home loans again, as many major banks, including State Bank of India, have raised rates only recently. “This is probably the first time that measures like these (reduction in the MSF rate, with simultaneous increase in repo rates) have b
RBI and Finance Minister mull cheaper home loans
Sep 20, 2013
DELHI: With little headroom to cut interest rates, the finance ministry and the RBI are considering a plan to give cheaper funds to banks to lend to the housing sectors as the festive season approaches. “The finance ministry is evaluating a scheme launched by the Bank of England wherein it provides funding to banks and building societies at lower rates,” a ministry official said.

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