A Home Buyers Checklist

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Buying a home is one of the most important decisions that involves detailed planning and implementation. Once you have decided to buy a home, here are a few steps to simplify your journey towards owning your dream home.

 

In-depth Research

A Home Buyers Checklist 1
Harshil Mehta, JMD and CEO, DHFL

Check for the current Housing trends and various regulations
and factors affecting the Housing industry. Scan through real estate listings online and in newspapers for the property prices of the various locations in the city of your choice. Make a note of particular houses you are interested and check their value, demand in the market and change in price. Connect and consult with relevant sources to collate the right information to make an informed decision.

Budget Identification

It is important to understand the affordability level and home loan approval status to identify your budget to buy your dream home. Lenders generally recommend that people look for homes that cost no more than three to five times their annual household income if the home buyers plan to make a 20% down payment and have a moderate amount of other debt. One can use his/her funds from fixed deposits, investments and other asset sale to make this down-payment.

Listing out Investment Goals

Before applying any loan, list out your investment goals and check how much money you can keep aside for your home loan EMI. Your investment goals can be retirement savings, child’s education, Life Insurance plans, Medical Insurance premiums, etc. Servicing your investment goals is important, but ensure that you don’t miss out your EMIs due to an emergency.

Lending Institution

After identifying your budget, collect information on the rate of interest offered by different HFCs. There are multiple factors that you need to consider before choosing a home loan provider – interest rates, fixed or floating, processing fee, part-payment charges, waivers on foreclosure fees, conversion fees, top-up loan facility etc. Another important element is the service standards. Always compare across lenders and conduct thorough research before choosing the right Home Loan.

Credit Bureau Score

Financial Institutions consider Credit Bureau scores to assess the credit-worthiness of the candidate applying for a home loan. The score determines the financial discipline and the loan servicing capability of the applicant. Timely payment of credit cards, on time payment of other EMIs and a stable source of income contributes majorly to a healthy score. Financial Institutions prefer customers with a good credit score as it reflects stronger credit worthiness. This gives a clear picture about the applicant’s credit history, past payment behavior and makes way for attractive interest rates for the borrower. Improving one’s loan eligibility will also have positive impacts on one’s personal financial planning and help move towards better financial security in life.

Pre-approved home loan

One must avail a prequalified Credit status through a loan sanction letter stating that the borrower will be able to avail a loan up to a certain amount subject to meeting certain terms and conditions. This status helps the borrower get clarity in terms of eligibility and finances and holds a validity from 1 to 6 months. The status not only provides a prospective seller an impression that the buyer is a serious customer but also enables quick loan disbursal.

Government Reform/ Schemes

Based on your income group, you can avail the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), a ‘Housing for All’ initiative by the Government to ensure a Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme on home loans for properties in the market space.

Tenure of Loan Repayment

People are often confused about what is better – increase in EMI or the increase in tenure?  Owing to inflation and interest rates, longer tenure is helpful for home borrowers as it eases the burden of EMIs. Most HFCs also advise increasing the tenure rather than increasing the EMI. Home borrowers also prefer to increase the tenure than the EMI as their budget is fixed and any instability in expenses will have wider consequences on their lifestyle. The loan tenure should not exceed your retirement age as you will need more money for health and old age related expenses.

Use advanced technology

Nowadays, most HFCs are equipped with advanced technologies to serve all types of customers according to their needs. Due to Government’s digital push, HFCs have geared up towards processing credit decisions in a fast, transparent and cost effective manner. They have extended its reach beyond the physical branch setup and embedded speed in its loan processing systems. It is definitely a win-win situation for both the lender and the end customer.

About the author: IE&M Team

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