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Business News/ Money / Personal Finance/  Looking for a home loan? Here are 4 things you need to know about processing fees

Looking for a home loan? Here are 4 things you need to know about processing fees

Lenders impose home loan processing fees to offset the administrative expenses associated with processing your home loan application. This encompasses tasks such as verifying your income documents, conducting a credit check, and completing the loan approval procedures.

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Are you aware of home loan processing fees?

A home loan processing fee is a singular fee imposed by lenders for evaluating your home loan application. This fee primarily includes the expenses associated with verifying your income and employment information, assessing your creditworthiness, and assembling all the required documentation for your loan. The processing fees for home loans usually vary between 0.25% and 1% of the loan amount. Additionally, some lenders may have a set fee amount.

Here are some further aspects to consider regarding processing fees before applying for a home loan.

Minimum and maximum fees

Lenders in India often set both minimum and maximum limits on loan processing fees. Establishing a minimum fee helps them recover essential costs associated with processing a loan application, even for smaller loan amounts. Given that processing smaller loans can require comparable effort to larger ones, a minimum fee assists in covering these fixed expenses.

The maximum fee sets a limit on the fee charged for very large loans. As a percentage, processing fees can escalate significantly for substantial loan amounts. Implementing a maximum fee ensures that the lender cannot impose an excessively high charge.

Being aware of potential minimum and maximum fees allows borrowers to compare loan offers more effectively. They can consider the processing fee in addition to the interest rate to gain a better understanding of the overall loan cost.

Although the caps are predetermined, some lenders may be willing to negotiate the processing fee within those limits, particularly for borrowers with a strong credit score or those applying for a larger loan amount.

Factor in GST applicability

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a significant factor to take into account regarding loan processing fees in India. An 18% GST is applied on top of the processing fee. Therefore, the total processing cost you incur will consist of the lender's processing fee plus an additional 18% GST on that fee.

Incorporating GST introduces an extra cost for borrowers. Considering the GST will provide a more precise understanding of the total expenses related to the processing fee. Nonetheless, some lenders may itemise the processing fee and GST amount separately in your loan documents.

Ability to negotiate

Although processing fees are typically fixed, it's certainly worth attempting to negotiate, especially if you have favourable factors on your side. Even a minor reduction in the processing fee can result in substantial savings, particularly for larger loans. A high credit score suggests that you are a dependable borrower, increasing the likelihood of lenders considering a slight fee reduction. If you already maintain a good relationship with the lender, such as being an existing account holder, they may be more receptive to negotiation.

Having loan offers from other lenders with lower processing fees can enhance your bargaining power. You can politely reference these offers and inquire if the lender can match or come close to them.

Potential for fee waivers

Festive seasons in India are opportune periods for banks and lenders to entice customers with special loan offers. During these festive times, lenders frequently waive the processing fees entirely to encourage loan applications, leading to substantial savings for borrowers. Some lenders may provide a discount on processing fees instead of waiving them entirely. Nonetheless, this can still be a beneficial opportunity to secure a reduced processing cost.

Home loan processing fees can entail a substantial upfront expense when applying for a home loan in India. By comparing fees, exploring negotiation avenues, and searching for special offers, you can potentially reduce your processing costs when finalising your home loan.

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Published: 31 Mar 2024, 01:01 PM IST
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