Jun 13, 2013 05:05 PM IST | Source:

Find out: Six steps to check before going for a home loan informs about the six important things to be kept in mind while going for a home loan.

Nitin Vyakaranam

Buying a home is an important personal finance decision for every individual. Before applying for a home loan and paying your processing fee, make sure you analyze the following aspects:

Also read: Does it make sense to opt for a joint home loan?

Know your maximum loan eligibility

The loan amount depends on income and track record for repaying loans and credit card dues. Home loan lenders generally provide 80 percent of the value of the property as the loan amount, subject to your income.

While assessing the income criteria, they do not consider some of your payslip heads for calculating your net monthly income. They only consider the income heads which can be used to repay your loan.

For example, your leave travel allowance (LTA) and medical allowances are deducted from the monthly net salary you receive. You are expected to spend the amount received under these heads for the specific activities they are being provided for.

This is one of the reasons why we generally see a difference in the eligibility amount quoted in the website and actual amount realized once the application is processed.

Check your CIBIL Score

The home loan eligibility depends on credit worthiness of the individual. Credit Information Bureau India Limited (CIBIL) provides a credit score on a scale of 300 to 900 based on your previous credit card usage, bank accounts, cheque bounces, existing loans, uninsured existing loans, loan repayments, how many times you have applied for loan or a credit card.

Individuals with a CIBIL score greater than 700 are more likely to get a home loan. All the home loan lenders approach CIBIL for this score whenever you apply for a credit card or any sort of loan.

Paying the processing fee to know the maximum limit at more than 3 or 4 banks is one of the common mistakes committed by many people. The more times you apply for loan, CIBIL considers it as being credit hungry so the chances of getting a loan are minimized.

CIBIL rating, net salary excluding some variable heads and existing loans and EMIs being paid towards existing loans are the vital components which decide the repayment capacity of the applicant.

Type of Interest Rate

The type of interest rate you choose has an impact on the monthly EMI’s you pay. It is important that you know the difference between fixed rate home loan and floating rate home loan.

If you opt for fixed rate home loan, the EMI’s don’t vary over the loan tenure. It is beneficial when the interest rates are expected to rise in the near future. In case of floating rate, home loan interest rate is determined based on the prevailing base rates plus a floating rate.

The EMIs vary based on the movement of base rates. It is beneficial when interest rates are expected to fall in near future.


Different banks offer different interest rates on home loans. Negotiate with them to get the best possible rate.

Loan Tenure:

The EMI is calculated on the basis of amount of home loan, home loan interest rate and loan tenure. The monthly EMI is inversely proportional to loan tenure i.e. the longer the tenure lower the EMI and shorter the tenure, the higher the EMI.

Similarly, the total interest paid is directly proportional to the loan tenure. Higher the tenure, higher the total interest paid and vice versa. Know the impact of your EMI payments on your finances before deciding on the loan tenure.

Calculate the available surplus under different scenarios and assess the available monthly surplus for each scenario.

Read the documents carefully before you sign

Don`t let the bunch of home loan documents bog you down and make you just sign on the dotted lines. Check the documents to ensure that the terms are same as what you negotiated and agreed upon.

Read the documents carefully and know the different charges applicable. Importantly, know the processing fee, late payment fee and any charges that are applicable for pre paying the loan. is an integrated online personal finance company.

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