Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s

Home Loan

Can a NRI (Non-Resident Indian) avail of a housing loan?

Yes, NRIs can avail a NRI housing loan to buy a property in India. However, the loan disbursement process, as well as the terms & conditions for a loan taken by a NRI are different than regular home loans granted to Indian residents.

I intend to co-own the property with my brother, sister, father, mother. Will I be eligible for a loan?

You would not be eligible for a loan as most home loan lenders allow only immediate relatives to co-own a property meaning that a parent-son combination and a husband-wife combination are only allowed.

I’m a single woman. Can I get a loan?

Yes, a single woman can get a loan. Many lenders also have special schemes for women offering them a discount up to 0.25%.

How instantly can I take a home loan?

Most lenders consider any property bought during the last 3 -6 months as a regular home loan application. You would be eligible for the same rates and income tax benefits as any other home loan. However, if you delay and the property purchase becomes more than 6 months old it will be treated as Loan against Property. The rates for the same are higher and there would be no tax benefits.

Do professionals have special eligibility norms?

Most home loan lenders offer special privileges to self-employed professionals. Every Housing Finance Institution (HFI) has its own conditions regarding the type of professionals they would cater to. The HFI also decides on the qualifications required for such professionals to qualify for the relaxed norms for loan eligibility calculations.

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Are any conditions required to be fulfilled if repatriation of sale proceeds is desired?

Applications for repatriation of sale proceeds are considered provided the sale takes place after three years from the date of final purchase deed or from the date of payment of final installment of consideration amount, whichever is later.

Can such property be sold without the permission of Reserve Bank?

Reserve Bank has granted general permission for sale of such property. However, where the property is purchased by another foreign citizen of Indian origin, funds towards the purchase consideration should either be remitted to India or paid out of balances in NRE/FCNR accounts.

Can sale proceeds of such property if and when sold be remitted out of India?

In respect of residential properties purchased on or after 26th May 1993, Reserve Bank considers applications for repatriation of sale proceeds up to the consideration amount remitted in foreign exchange for the acquisition of the property for two such properties. The balance amount of sale proceeds if any or sale proceeds in respect of properties purchased prior to 26th May 1993 will have to be credited to the ordinary non-resident rupee account of the owner of the property. How should the purchase consideration for the residential immovable property should be paid by foreign citizens of Indian origin under the general permission? The purchase consideration should be met either out of inward remittances in foreign exchange through normal banking channels or out of funds from NRE/FCNR accounts maintained with banks in India. What are the formalities required by foreign citizens of Indian origin to purchase residential immovable property in India under the general permission? They are required to file a declaration in form IPI 7 with the Central Office of Reserve Bank at Mumbai within a period of 90 days from the date of purchase of immovable property or final payment of purchase consideration along with a certified copy of the document evidencing the transaction and bank certificate regarding the consideration paid.

Tax Benefits

What are the benefits of taking a home loan for Section 88 of the Income Tax Act?

You get a 20% rebate on repayment of principal during a financial year. Once again, over the years, the principal repayment eligible for rebate has been enhanced from Rs 10,000 to the current limit of Rs 20,000. Stamp duty, registration fee or other such expenses paid for the purpose of transfer of such house property to the assessee is also considered under this amount.

What are the benefits of taking a home loan for Section 24 of the Income Tax Act?

Interest paid on capital borrowed for the acquisition, construction, repair, renewal or reconstruction of the property is entitled to a deduction. That means you are allowed to deduct an amount equivalent to the total interest payable on the housing loan from your taxable income within the same financial year. This is now a substantial amount. It started off with the Income Tax Department offering Rs 15,000 as the maximum amount eligible for deduction in the case of self-occupied property. This later got doubled to Rs 30,000. It did not stop there. After getting enhanced to Rs 75,000, it was then taken to a limit of Rs 1 lakh. Presently, the limit stands elevated to Rs 1.5 lakh. So, should you borrow money to acquire, construct, repair, renew or reconstruct property on or after April 1, 1999, you get a deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh. The criteria being: the property has to be acquired or constructed by March 31, 2003 and be self-occupied.

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