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As an NRI buying a new home for your family in India or renovating your family’s home can feel like fulfilling a life goal. Learn more about home loans for NRIs and how they work at India’s popular banks.
To start, here are some Indian banks that offer NRI-specific home loans. This list is not exhaustive and in no particular order:
- Axis Bank
- ICICI Bank
- State Bank of India
- HDFC Bank
- Bank of Baroda
- Federal Bank
- Bank of India
And to see how each of the banks compares to each other, here is a handy table comparing each bank’s home loans for NRIs:
|Provider||Eligibility||Interest Rate (p.a.)||EMI||Fees||Loan amount||Loan tenure|
|Axis Bank||Must be an NRI, PIO or OCI and must meet income requirements Must be over 24 years old||6.75-12%||Interest and principal calculated monthly Axis Bank EMI calculator||Up to 1% of the loan amount with a cap at ₹10,000||₹3 -₹75+ lakhs||1-25 years|
|ICICI||Minimum work experience of 1 year for salaried employees Income requirement needs to be met||Starts from 6.70%||Interest and principal calculated monthly||0.50% of the loan amount||₹30-₹50 lakhs||Up to 30 years|
|State Bank of India||Applicant age between 18-60 years old||Starts from 6.70%||Interest and principal calculated monthly SBI EMI Calculator||0.40% of the loan amount with a minimum of ₹10,000 and a max of ₹30,000||₹30-₹75+ lakhs||Up to 30 years|
|HDFC Bank||Must be 21-65 years old Must meet income requirements||Starts from 6.70%||Flexible EMI available HDFC NRI EMI Calculator||Upto 1.25% of the loan amount||More than ₹75+ lakhs||Up to 30 years|
|Bank of Baroda||Must be 21-70 years old||Starts from 6.75%||Interest and principal calculated monthly Bank of Baroda EMI Calculator||0.50% of loan amount||Up to ₹10 crores||Up to 30 years|
|Federal Bank||Maximum age at end of tenure is 55 years old Resident Indian co-applicant required for PIO/OCIs||Starts from 7.65%||Easy EMI available Federal Bank EMI Calculator||0.50% of the loan amount with a minimum of 10,000 and a max. of .45,000||Up to 1500 lakhs||Up to 20 years|
|Bank of India||Available to salaried, self-employed and professionals||Starts from 6.85%||Can be customized EMI depending on repayment ability||0.25 % of loan amount with a minimum of ₹1,500 and a max. of ₹20,000||Up to ₹500 lakhs||Up to 30 years|
|PNB||Maximum age at end of tenure is 70 years old Working abroad for at least 1 year||Starts from 6.75%||Interest and principal calculated monthly PNB Bank EMI Calculator||0.50% of the loan amount||More than ₹75+ lakhs||Up to 30 years|
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Choosing the right home loan can help you secure a loan faster, save money, and provide ease when managing your loan. Here are a few factors to consider when trying to find an NRI home loan that works for you:
In most cases, your loan amount is relative to the cost of the property you are looking to purchase, or construction costs for the renovations. It is taken as a percentage of the cost and can range from 70-90% depending on the amount. You will have to provide the estimated costs and supporting documents when submitting your loan application.
Most banks offer an EMI option to allow borrowers to make equal payments across the tenure of the loan. It is recommended to try out different scenarios for the loan amount, interest rates, and tenure on the EMI calculators available on the bank websites.
First, ensure the loan you are going for is specifically for Non-Resident Indians so that your income and supporting documents can qualify.
Next, make sure you meet the income requirements in order to apply for a loan. Additionally, check which scenarios require a joint Indian Resident co-applicant. Keep in mind that a spouse with earned income can help to make your application stronger if you apply for it jointly.
The first thing to look at is your interest rate on the loan. A lower interest rate is better, but make sure you look at the full picture.
Banks have additional charges and fees that can add up, even if they are offering a low-interest rate. Also, chat with your bank representative on different ways to lower your interest rate without fees or tenure increasing, such as adding a co-applicant.
Consider if you can get a flexible repayment plan or if there are fees for early repayment. Flexibility can provide you ease and help weather the ups and downs of life. But if you prefer having a flat amount you know from the start for the tenure of the loan, then that stability can feel good too.
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Home insurance can be an additional factor to consider. Many Indian banks offer optional home insurance coverage with an NRI home loan.
Axis Bank’s NRI home loans are tailored to your needs and provide a smooth process to easily apply for a loan online. But there is a monthly income requirement for applicants, based on where you are located, and a minimum work experience is required.¹
ICICI provides an NRI home loan that can be for a new home, home improvement, or a land loan. Each has differing tenures and is available to salaried NRIs or self-employed NRIs, as long as the work experience and income requirements are met.²
SBI offers home loans to NRIs for purchasing a home or investment property. SBI can have some of the lowest fees out there and they also offer a discounted interest rate for women applicants.³
HDFC is a popular bank for NRIs and offers a home loan for renovating or purchasing a self or family occupied home. There are flexible repayment options and automated EMI payments available, but there are fees for early repayment.⁴
Bank of Baroda offers an array of home loans for NRIs to choose from and has a benefit of a free credit card for a year if you take a loan of ₹2 lakhs or more. Bank of Baroda also does not require a co-applicant and you can apply online.⁵
Federal Bank offers an NRI home loan that can be for constructing a new home, purchasing land, or beautifying an existing home. Federal Bank loans can cover up to 85% of the cost and an easy EMI can make payments easier.⁶
Bank of India offers its home loan services to NRIs for renovating or constructing a home. With a weak online presence, it is best to go to a Bank of India branch to make sure you meet the requirements for a home loan.⁷
PNB offers home loans for renovating or new construction of a home. The application process may require applying in person and include your education qualifications, but PNB bank does offer home loan extensions to an existing PNB home loan.⁸
Sources used for this article:
All sources checked as of 4 April 2022
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