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The A-Z of Housing Loan Top-Ups

By IIFL Home Loans | Published On Jun 02 2023 7:21 AM 1 min read 197 views 1034 Likes
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Owning a home is a significant milestone, and it often brings with it new financial needs and aspirations. Apart from being an affordable way to finance the home of your dreams, getting a home loan comes with a host of financial benefits. One such home loan feature that might be of use to you in the future is a home loan top-up.

A home loan top-up is an easy way to give yourself a bit of extra cash without going through the hassle of applying for a new loan. It is a great way to quickly cover new costs without taking out a new loan. Whether you're planning to renovate, expand, or fulfil personal goals, a housing loan top-up can provide the financial boost you need while leveraging the equity in your property.

Read on to learn how.

What is a Home Loan Top-Up?

Say you have already borrowed a home loan. A top-up loan on a home loan is a feature that lets you borrow an amount over the amount you have already borrowed for your home loan. So, suppose that some time down the line from borrowing a home loan, you need some extra finances. Through a home loan top-up, you can gather those finances without applying for a whole new loan.

Features of Top-Up Home Loan

  • Purpose

Home loan top-ups can be taken to meet any additional financial needs, like home renovation, repairs, furnishing, medical expenses, education expenses, debt consolidation etc.

  • Loan Amount

The loan amount for a home loan top-up may either be a percentage of the original home loan amount or a part of the market value of the property that the original home loan doesn't cover.

  • Repayment

Home loan top-ups come with a separate repayment schedule and tenure. The repayment can be done through EMIs (Equated Monthly Installments) or as per the agreed terms with the lender.

  • Consolidation of Debt

If you have other high-interest debts such as personal loans or credit card dues, a home loan top-up can be utilized to consolidate these debts into a single loan with a potentially lower interest rate. This can help simplify your financial obligations and reduce overall interest costs.

Advantages of a Top-up Loan

  • Freedom of Usage

The funds you obtain through a home loan top-up may be used for various personal or business-related purposes. These include home improvements, renovations, purchasing additional property, debt consolidation etc.

  • Lower Interest Rates

Home loan top-ups often come with lower interest rates compared to personal loans or other forms of unsecured borrowing. Since the loan is secured against your property, lenders may offer more favourable interest rates, thus boosting your savings.

  • Extended Repayment Tenure

Home loan top-ups generally offer an extended repayment tenure, allowing you to spread the repayment over a longer period. This can help in managing your monthly cash flow better and making the repayment more affordable.

  • Time-saving Process

Obtaining a home loan top-up is often quicker because you are an existing customer of the lending institution. The documentation and verification process may be simplified, saving time and effort.

  • Tax Benefits

Depending on the purpose of the loan, you may be eligible for tax benefits on the interest paid for the home loan top-up. For example, if the funds are used for home improvement, you may be able to claim tax deductions under certain sections of the Income Tax Act.

The Takeaway

Along with empowering you to own your dream home, a home loan also opens doors for easier future access to finance. A home loan top-up can be a valuable financial solution for homeowners looking to meet their diverse funding needs. Irrespective of your requirements, a top-up loan provides the flexibility and convenience of accessing additional funds against an existing home loan.

Here at IIFL Home Loans, we understand how much owning a home means to you. This is why, we are offering quick and easy home loans to help you realise your dreams. Our affordable interest rates and flexible repayment routines make IIFL Home Loans a great financing choice for you.

Apply online now to avail of finances for your home and fulfil your dream of becoming a homeowner!

FAQs

  1. 1. What is a top-up loan?

A home loan top-up is an additional loan that can be availed by existing home loan borrowers. It allows homeowners to borrow additional funds over and above their existing home loan amount.

  1. 2. How is interest rate usually calculated?

There are a few different ways that interest rates can be calculated. Interest rates are often calculated based on the principle amount, the length of time the money will be loaned or invested for, and the current market conditions.

  1. 3. What is a home loan top-up calculator?

A home loan top-up calculator is a convenient online tool that enables you to calculate your top-up loan EMIs, eligibility, interest rates, and loan tenure. It is user-friendly and thus simple to use. Simply input the desired loan amount, select the tenure (duration of the loan in years or months), and the calculator will automatically compute the applicable interest rates and provide an estimate of your EMIs.

  1. 4. Is home loan top-up eligible for tax exemption?

If the amount of the top-up loan is used for specific purposes like purchasing a new property or renovating the existing property, it may be eligible for tax exemption under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act.

  1. 5. How fast does a home loan top-up get approved?

The processing of a home loan top-up may take up to 7-14 days on average but the time may differ based on your lender and procedural nittigrities.

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