Friday, 13 July 2018

How to repay Home Loan faster?


Owning a house of your own gives you one of the best feelings, but paying a hefty EMI on a monthly basis does put a strain on one’s finances. When a major portion of the salary goes in repayment of the loan, one is not left with enough money to spend on luxuries. Besides, the longer the tenure of the home loan, the more costly it becomes to own a house. With the high interest rate that one has to pay on home loan, it is always a smart decision to get rid of the loan as fast as possible. That is why repaying the home loan faster becomes a top priority for many people. Here are some simple ways that will help you pay your debt faster and save money in the long run.
  1. Avoid luxuries
You need to motivate yourself to build a corpus that you will use to repay your home loan early. Begin by having a close look at your monthly expenses. Identify where you can cut corners. Avoid spending on luxury items for a few years. You may avoid vacationing on a foreign location and save a lot of money. Let the peace of mind that you will achieve on becoming debt free motivate you to reduce your monthly expenses as far as possible.
  1. Increase the EMI amount as the salary increases
When you take a home loan, the EMI amount is usually fixed at 40%-50% of the monthly salary. Over the years, as your salary increases, the percentage of the salary that goes towards payment of the loan goes down. To repay the home loan faster, you should increase the EMI amount as and when your salary increases. If you maintain the ratio of salary that goes towards EMI you would be able to reduce the loan tenure whenever you get a hike in your salary. For example with a monthly salary of Rs 50,000 your EMI on a DHFL home loan would be fixed at 20,000. If your salary increases to 75,000 you must raise your EMI to 30,000. Maintaining this discipline will help you pay the loan faster.
  1. Pay the principal early
In the initial years of the loan repayment, a major portion of the EMI goes towards payment of interest. The rate at which the principal amount goes down is very less. If you plan to pay a slightly higher EMI, the additional amount goes towards the payment of principal amount. This helps in reducing your loan tenure.
  1. Make partial payments
Whenever you receive a lumsum amount, make it a habit to make a partial payment of the principal amount. You may receive a festival bonus or yearly performance bonus from your company, your fixed deposits may mature or you may get a gift from relatives. Use every such opportunity to divert funds to your loan account. Whenever you make a partial payment, you get the option of either reducing the EMI or the tenure of the loan. Make sure you reduce the tenure and not the EMI. Banks accept an amount as low as Rs 10,000 as partial prepayment of loan. But some banks do have a cap on the number of prepayments that you can make in a year. Check with you bank for details.
  1. Switch to a different lender
Since your home loan is a long term liability, the difference of even a small percentage in rate of interest can help you save a lot of money. If your current lender is charging a higher rate, you may shift to a different home loan provider. You need to consider the processing fee and other charges involved in the transfer to find out whether the shift is really worth it.
The long tenure of the home loan puts a strain on one’s finances. And if you have taken a loan with bad CIBIL score, your rate of interest would be too high. Paying your home loan fast is a smart way of getting in control of your financial life. You may have to make a few compromises, but you will surely save a lot of money in the long run.

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