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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ICICI Bank unveils first guarantee-backed home loan product

ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, has announced the launch of the country’s first ‘mortgage guarantee’ backed home loans for first time borrowers in the affordable housing segment.

‘ICICI Bank Extraa Home Loans’ will allow a borrower to increase the loan amount by up to 20 per cent of the original loan amount and also the option to extend the repayment period up to 67 years of age.

This extension of loan amount and tenure will come at a premium upfront fee of 1-2 per cent of the entire loan amount, including the incremental component.

“The fee will depend on the age of the borrower, extension in tenure, the nature of her income — whether she is salaried or self-employed — and the loan-to-value ratio,” said Rajiv Sabharwal, Executive Director, ICICI Bank.

The facility will be suitable to largely middle-aged, salaried and self-employed individuals with seasonal income seeking home loans of a maximum amount of Rs. 75 lakh.

Such loans will be available in four cities, Greater Mumbai, NCR, Bengaluru and Surat, at present.

ICICI Bank has launched this initiative in association with India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC), which will guarantee the incremental risk on the default, Sabharwal said adding that such products are popular in the US and Canada.

IMGC is a joint venture between National Housing Bank, an RBI subsidiary which regulates housing finance companies in India; NYSE-listed Genworth Financial; International Finance Corporation; and Asian Development Bank.

Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank said, “We foresee that a young population and rapid urbanisation will lead to the emergence of enormous demand for affordable housing in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. This initiative will catalyse the growth of the Indian mortgage market by giving consumers improved affordability without any incremental risks for lenders.”

The bank’s average ticket size of home loans is about Rs. 35-37 lakh with an average tenure of 12-13 years at the time of origination and 8 years, including the loan pre-payment.

ICICI Bank’s housing loan portfolio is growing at 25-27 per cent and constitutes about 55 per cent of the total retail book.

Source : Thehindubusinessline


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