Listen up, borrowers! Avoid these home-loan mistakes

Listen up, borrowers! Avoid these home-loan mistakes

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Let’s get a few things out of the way first. No matter the amount of emotional packaging done while marketing the loan, it is after all what it is- credit/borrowed money. Hence, it is something that you will have to pay back at pre-agreed terms and there won’t be an emotional packaging on the EMIs for sure. So, let us be practical and opt for the one that fits our bill the best.

Listed below are a few mistakes you must be
wary of when opting for a home loan-

Opting for the maximum loan

Yes, it is true that banks can finance a
large part of your loan but is that necessary? Here’s an example you must
consider. Assuming that you are borrowing Rs 25 Lakh from a bank at an interest
rate of 8.5% for a loan tenure of 20 years, your EMI comes out to be ~Rs
21,670. Now, if you are paying this EMI for 20 years, you are effectively
paying ~Rs 52 Lakh in all. The principal amount being Rs 25 Lakh, the rest of
it is interest; which is actually higher than the amount you set out to borrow
in the first place.

The point we are trying to make here is
that you might want to look at maximizing the down-payment (if possible) and
minimizing the loan amount in order to reduce the interest you pay.

Seeking negative amortization

As the aspirations of young professionals
keep soaring, these types of loans are targeted at them. The concept is to keep
the EMI lower while recovering the interest part of the loan in the initial few
years while creating a myth of lower repayments. But as time progresses the
repayment amounts keep increasing and that might or might not be in tandem with
your income growth. The same can happen with a floating rate of interest where
the interest rate goes up but the EMI hasn’t increased accordingly.

Ask for the amortization schedule when
opting for the loan and figure if this component is a part of it.

Assuming a growing income

So, you have been consistent with the 18%
increment for the past 8 years and you take up a loan assuming the same growth
of salary/income. However, that is not a given, is it? Many unforeseen
situations might lead the income to go below what you had planned for. Add to
this, the schemes run by the banks in order to attract consumers to lower
interest rates. It might just result in you loaning out an amount much higher
than your repayment capacity.

Assume the worst when you are creating your
loan schedule- lowest salary and lower growth. This way, if the increments go
as per plan, you might be able to repay the loan faster.

Considering top-up loans

Another marketing strategy that targets
house owners to offer them top-up loans in order to spend on the house aesthetics.
A borrower thinks that an additional 3 Lakh to an already sanctioned 30 Lakh
loan won’t make so much of a difference but that’s a fallacy. These are much
like credit card bills and very high-cost debts.

Instead, do up your home slowly with time
and spend as much as you can afford.

There is enough and more information
available today at your fingertips that can help you make informed decisions.
So, let us be prudent and not repeat the mistakes that perhaps your predecessor
borrowers made. Let us invest in a manner that does not make us regret the
decision in the future.

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