Don’t rush your home loan decision unless you factor in these important things

Buying a home requires a big fund arrangement. A home loan helps you to get your dream home in the present considering your future earning and repayment capacity. Borrowers usually avail a home loan facility for a long term which can go up to 30 years of tenure.

 

That being said, the current low rates will not remain the same forever and homebuyers must consider other critical factors too that may impact their home loan decision in the long-term. Let’s check out the 10 most critical things that you should keep in mind while availing a home loan in the current situation.

1. Presence of regular income

Home loans require a long-term repayment commitment. When you apply for a home loan, the lender assesses your repayment capacity, but they don’t consider your future financial plans. So, check your income regularity, current, and future earning capacity, availability of multiple options for income generation, etc., and assess whether you’ll be able to comfortably achieve your financial goals after availing the home loan or not.

2. Availability of margin money

Lenders usually finance up to 90 per cent of a property’s value and the rest needs to borne out-of-pocket which can be loosely termed as the “down payment”. In addition to that, there are many other expenses, like registration and stamp duty charges, interior decoration, etc. that need to be taken care of without financing support.

All these combined make up the margin money requirement, which may vary depending on the borrower’s credit score, age, property cost, loan amount, loan tenure, etc. So, don’t look only at the low-interest rates. Before you apply for a home loan, make sure you have sufficient margin money in hand that will not hamper your other critical financial commitments.

3. Good credit score to get the best possible rates

Banks usually charge higher interest on a home loan if your credit score is below average (i.e. below 750). They levy a higher risk premium to borrowers whose credit score is low as per their criteria. So, before you apply for a home loan, make sure that your credit score is high and take steps so that it doesn’t fall in the future.

4. Availability of a co-applicant to enhance borrowing ambit

A low interest rate may look attractive, but are you eligible to get a loan at that interest rate? If your loan amount is expected to be higher than your borrowing capacity, you should ideally look to include a co-applicant. Having a co-applicant can enhance your borrowing capacity. If your credit score is not up to the mark, the co-applicant can help improve the chances of getting the loan and bring down the applicable interest rate too.

5. Keep the home budget under control

Don’t exceed your budget when planning to buy a home on loan. An over-budget home can increase your home loan requirement and EMI obligation, thus reduce your future borrowing capacity. A larger loan amount may also increase the applicable interest rate.

6. Existing debt condition

If you have already taken several loans, you should ideally try to close the smaller loans before taking a home loan. Existing EMI obligations can reduce your repayment capacity to that extent, and thus you may not be able to get a big loan. And even if you get the home loan, your combined debt obligations could strain your finances. The rule of thumb is that all your EMIs shouldn’t be more than 40 per cent of your monthly income.