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  • Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

    I'm planning to take home loan for Rs.25L. When I tried to do some research I noticed that people are giving preference to home loan from SBI against any other i.e. ICICI, HDFC, while all three are offering same interest rates. Only difference I found was processing fee is almost half for SBI. Is it the only reason people go for SBI or anything else is there?

    I will appreciate quick help
  • #2

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    Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

    I think this processing fee is not the only factor why people prefer SBI. SBI is one of the biggest nationalized banks which offers large number of financial products. People have been familiar with this bank since many years so they have trust in SBI. When it comes to such huge borrowings like Home Loan people prefer to go to more reliable source.

    Peoplw also have a notion most of the times private banks are found more aggressive in terms of meeting their targets which is not the case in case of SBI.

    In terms of recovery or delays in payments private banks have strict policies & ways of recovery. SBI is not very hard on these fronts.

    Even though people say SBI delays payments or takes time in processing it is the trust which keeps customers happy. It is safest bank.

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    • #3

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      Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

      Originally posted by deepOne View Post
      I'm planning to take home loan for Rs.25L. When I tried to do some research I noticed that people are giving preference to home loan from SBI against any other i.e. ICICI, HDFC, while all three are offering same interest rates. Only difference I found was processing fee is almost half for SBI. Is it the only reason people go for SBI or anything else is there?

      I will appreciate quick help
      Processing fee is a minor factor...since it is a few thousand rupees one time difference. What makes a big difference is the hidden cost which is not easily noticeable. for example in a floating interest rate option a bank like SBI will reduce rates for existing buyers and that too promptly (upon reduction of reference rate), whereas a bank like ICICI will firstly not reduce so easily...2ndly, even if it does reduce, the extent of reduction will be lower. On the contrary, in a scenario of increasing interest rates, ICICI will be the first one to increase.

      For your own sake, please do not go by the PRESENT rate of interest being offered being the same by various banks...once you are trapped by ICICI, you will have no control on what they do to your pocket subsequently...remember a housing loan is a relationship of long term like 15 to 25 years...a difference in rate of interest will make a huge difference to your pocket.

      Another point..when you want to pay your loan early, you will see a bank like ICICI will discourage you...they will take pre payment penalty..whereas a bank like SBI will do it for nil charges (however, this factor may soon change as the National Housing Bank is likely to make it zero charge in the future).

      3rdly, in an increasing interest rate scenario, a bank like ICICI would persuade you to increase your repayment period...apparently to give you comfort of maintaining the level of EMI...not really apprising you how much EXTRA interest they will make out of you by doing so...

      Bottom line is that one way or the other they will make more money out of you than what you think...whereas a public sector bank like SBI would be much fairer to you.

      I took loans in the past from ICICI as well as SBI...and the above is based on real life experience....after seeing how ICICI fleeces its customers...I took a vow never to go back to ICICI and never trust their words or slogans like "Hum Hain Naa" or "Khyal Aapka"...what a bull crap.

      Learn from others' mistakes...rather than commit one yourself. Decide what you want.

      best of luck!!!
      Do unto others as if you were the others.

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        Does SBI give home loan to contractual govt employees
    • #4

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      Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

      Originally posted by VedKapoor View Post
      Processing fee is a minor factor...since it is a few thousand rupees one time difference. What makes a big difference is the hidden cost which is not easily noticeable. for example in a floating interest rate option a bank like SBI will reduce rates for existing buyers and that too promptly (upon reduction of reference rate), whereas a bank like ICICI will firstly not reduce so easily...2ndly, even if it does reduce, the extent of reduction will be lower. On the contrary, in a scenario of increasing interest rates, ICICI will be the first one to increase.

      For your own sake, please do not go by the PRESENT rate of interest being offered being the same by various banks...once you are trapped by ICICI, you will have no control on what they do to your pocket subsequently...remember a housing loan is a relationship of long term like 15 to 25 years...a difference in rate of interest will make a huge difference to your pocket.

      Another point..when you want to pay your loan early, you will see a bank like ICICI will discourage you...they will take pre payment penalty..whereas a bank like SBI will do it for nil charges (however, this factor may soon change as the National Housing Bank is likely to make it zero charge in the future).

      3rdly, in an increasing interest rate scenario, a bank like ICICI would persuade you to increase your repayment period...apparently to give you comfort of maintaining the level of EMI...not really apprising you how much EXTRA interest they will make out of you by doing so...

      Bottom line is that one way or the other they will make more money out of you than what you think...whereas a public sector bank like SBI would be much fairer to you.

      I took loans in the past from ICICI as well as SBI...and the above is based on real life experience....after seeing how ICICI fleeces its customers...I took a vow never to go back to ICICI and never trust their words or slogans like "Hum Hain Naa" or "Khyal Aapka"...what a bull crap.

      Learn from others' mistakes...rather than commit one yourself. Decide what you want.

      best of luck!!!
      Great explanation.

      Thread starter : Just look at the existing discussions, most of the points are discussed in details, all the pros and cons of Government banks, Private Banks and Housing Finance companies had been discussed. Just browse the old threads.

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      • #5

        #5

        Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

        Thanks a lot for reply. It was really helpful.
        Just one question does SBI has home loan agents?
        I haven't seen any so far.

        Originally posted by VedKapoor View Post
        Processing fee is a minor factor...since it is a few thousand rupees one time difference. What makes a big difference is the hidden cost which is not easily noticeable. for example in a floating interest rate option a bank like SBI will reduce rates for existing buyers and that too promptly (upon reduction of reference rate), whereas a bank like ICICI will firstly not reduce so easily...2ndly, even if it does reduce, the extent of reduction will be lower. On the contrary, in a scenario of increasing interest rates, ICICI will be the first one to increase.

        For your own sake, please do not go by the PRESENT rate of interest being offered being the same by various banks...once you are trapped by ICICI, you will have no control on what they do to your pocket subsequently...remember a housing loan is a relationship of long term like 15 to 25 years...a difference in rate of interest will make a huge difference to your pocket.

        Another point..when you want to pay your loan early, you will see a bank like ICICI will discourage you...they will take pre payment penalty..whereas a bank like SBI will do it for nil charges (however, this factor may soon change as the National Housing Bank is likely to make it zero charge in the future).

        3rdly, in an increasing interest rate scenario, a bank like ICICI would persuade you to increase your repayment period...apparently to give you comfort of maintaining the level of EMI...not really apprising you how much EXTRA interest they will make out of you by doing so...

        Bottom line is that one way or the other they will make more money out of you than what you think...whereas a public sector bank like SBI would be much fairer to you.

        I took loans in the past from ICICI as well as SBI...and the above is based on real life experience....after seeing how ICICI fleeces its customers...I took a vow never to go back to ICICI and never trust their words or slogans like "Hum Hain Naa" or "Khyal Aapka"...what a bull crap.

        Learn from others' mistakes...rather than commit one yourself. Decide what you want.

        best of luck!!!

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        • #6

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          Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

          I really like SBI a lot. I think their deep pockets allow them to offer really good rates. I am still locked onto a 9% rate based on their teaser rates they came up with a year back. Their service is really bad. Very disorganised. They also ask for a lot of documentation on the property - but by doing this due diligence, they are also protecting your own money. So its good for you. HDFC and ICICI only want your money - they will overlook a lot of deficiency in documentation to let the loan transaction go through.

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          • #7

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            Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

            Originally posted by deepOne View Post
            Thanks a lot for reply. It was really helpful.
            Just one question does SBI has home loan agents?
            I haven't seen any so far.
            To the best of my knowledge, SBI do not have agents. Approach them directly. Be aware that these days paper work /formalities with a bank, esp. a Govt bank may take longer than what a private bank or their agents may take...but this is one time pain...and the whole life gain. Take this initial effort/pain in your stride and rest assured for the rest of the tenure of loan wherein you get a fair deal.
            Do unto others as if you were the others.

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            • #8

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              Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

              Guys,
              Nice discussions and theoretically I may agree that loans from any PSU bank and not necessarily SBI will be beneficial in longer run. Still I will not have courage to go for the same. They can make you go crazy with the babu attitude. They lack finesse and who has time to be consistently after them.
              I have my personal accounts in PSU banks including SBI. I hardly interact with them as they make a favor to me every time I visit them for anything. I simply have to visit them 7 times to get my net banking activated. every time they will either make a mistake or ask for some silly details or the concerned clerk on leave (never ending excuses). and the joke is they have still not activated transaction rights, I can simply see the account info. I have no more patience to go to them again.
              And this happens to a client who has 5 family accounts with them with substantial savings in each.
              I do not know in the end which one will be better.
              Regards,
              "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

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              • #9

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                Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

                Besides the reasons already mentioned in this thread, people prefer SBI, other PSU banks and LIC/GIC over ICICI/HDFC etc. for the following reasons also:

                1. On one hand private banks like ICICI/HDFC/Axis will ask for income proof, salary slips, Form-16 etc. from the applicant and will not disburse the loan unless these documents are up to their satisfaction. On the other hand one can pay a certain percentage of loan value to PSU bank manager as BRIBE and loan is sanctioned and disbursed very quickly without any income proof. Many businessman who don't like to pay income tax honestly therefore prefer PSU banks.

                2. Many people who have no intention of paying back their loans on time or paying back at all prefer PSU banks. A foreclosure if it happens at a PSU bank will take minimum 5-6 years after default. Private banks are more efficient in pressing the issue once the default takes place. So most small builders in Delhi take loans from PSU banks for buying plots on which they plan to construct floors.

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                • #10

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                  Re : Why People Prefer SBI Home Loan

                  I do not agree with the highlighted part, they are very strict with disbursal and do a thorough checkup.

                  Originally posted by stinaikar View Post
                  I really like SBI a lot. I think their deep pockets allow them to offer really good rates. I am still locked onto a 9% rate based on their teaser rates they came up with a year back. Their service is really bad. Very disorganised. They also ask for a lot of documentation on the property - but by doing this due diligence, they are also protecting your own money. So its good for you. HDFC and ICICI only want your money - they will overlook a lot of deficiency in documentation to let the loan transaction go through.
                  "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

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