Does a Co-Applicant's Income Improve Your Chances of Getting a Higher Home Loan Amount?

10 Feb 2021

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Does a Co-Applicant's Income Improve Your Chances of Getting a Higher Home Loan Amount?

A Home Loan is considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people. That is why it would help to maximise your potential loan amount. The best to go about is to opt for a joint Home Loan. Let's find out what is a joint Home Loan and how you can improve your chances of getting a higher Home Loan amount.

What is a Joint Home Loan, and What is a Co-Applicant in Home Loans?

A joint Home Loan is one that you can take along with another applicant or a co-applicant. A co-applicant is simply an additional applicant who is just as involved in the underwriting and approval process of the same Home Loan. When you take a loan with a co-applicant, it is deemed as a joint Home Loan.

A co-applicant may be named as the secondary applicant on the joint Home Loan but may share the same loan repayment responsibilities and benefits that go with a Home Loan. Co-applicant may or may not be joint owner of the property. However a joint owner has necessary to be a co applicant even if he / she is not having any income (e.g. In case of house wife). If joint owner is not having any income, then eligible loan amount would be calculated solely on the basis of income of main applicant.

Having a co-applicant on your Home Loan can also increase your chances of getting the loan approved. Furthermore, it also helps you procure a higher loan amount to buy the house of your dreams. However co-applicant must be your close relative.

Benefits of Having a Co-Applicant in Home Loan

Having explained what is a joint Home Loan and the definition of a co-applicant, let's take a look at a few benefits of having a co-applicant on your Home Loan.

The bank considers the income of both applicants

When you apply for a Home Loan, the bank considers various factors that can affect your eligibility. This includes your income, outgoing expenses, credit scores, and so on. While you may be eligible for the loan, you may not get a higher loan amount as the sole applicant. But when you apply for a Home Loan jointly with another applicant, the bank also considers their income. A higher income typically results in a higher loan eligibility amount, enabling you to buy a better property without compromising.

A joint Home Loan reduces your loan burden by half

Another advantage of taking on a joint Home Loan is that your loan burden is reduced considerably. You and your co-applicant can devise a strategy that distributes the loan repayment equally. This way, if either of you is faced with unpredictable circumstances leading to a loss of income, the other can ensure that EMIs are paid on time. Doing this ensures you never default on your EMI payment.

Conclusion: Now that you know what a co-applicant is in a Home Loan, you should consider applying with one. A co-applicant reduces your loan burden and shares financial responsibility.

So are you looking for a Home Loan? Apply now with Bank of Baroda

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Different Types of Loans for Your Home

Different Types of Loans for Your Home
With property rates rising with each passing year, it is almost impossible to buy one from your savings. Thankfully, you do not need to worry about exhausting all your savings to become a property owner. You can get the necessary funds with the help of a Home Loan. You can also get a loan for construction or land purchase. Each type of loan is designed to help fulfil a specific objective. You can choose the type of Home Loan that best serves your needs. Let us take a look at the different kinds of Home Loans provided by banks in India.
A Standard Home Loan
The Standard or Basic Home Loan is the most common type of House Loan. You can take this type of loan to purchase residential property, which could be brand new, under-construction, or even a pre-owned.
A Home Construction Loan
If you do not want to buy an existing property but instead build a house on a piece of land you own, you can also opt for a Home Construction Loan. In this type of loan, the bank disburses the loan amount in instalments based on how the construction progresses. You have to provide an estimate of the amount of money you need at every stage of construction.
Land or Plot Loan
Just as you can buy an already existing property with a Standard Home Loan, so can you buy a piece of land. This type of Home Loan is known as the Land or Plot Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must ensure that the property documents like ownership, a title deed, etc., are clear as the bank is not responsible for checking the same. Further you are also required to construct residential house within 3 years. More on that below!
Home Improvement and Extension Loan
If you want to remodel your existing property, you need to apply for a Home Improvement Loan. You can apply for this loan if you wish to paint your home, fix a leaky ceiling and hanging wires, or give your property a face-lift. A Home Extension Loan enables you to enlarge your home's size by adding rooms, extending floors, etc.
Top-Up Home Loan
The Top-Up Home Loan is one where you can get more finance on your existing Home Loan for any purpose. For instance, you may want to construct a property while still repaying your Home Loan or remodel your house while still repaying your Standard Home Loan or you need fund for marriage of your daugher. To be eligible for a Top-Up Home loan, you should ensure that you've repaid all your EMIs on time.
Pre-Approved Home Loan
Bank of Baroda offers a special type of Home Loan known as the pre-approved Home Loan, wherein you can apply for the loan first and then start looking for a property based on the loan amount you are eligible for. The bank determines your eligibility based on your income and repayment capacity. This type of loan allows you to choose a property that suits your eligibility.
Banks in India (in partnership with the government) offer home loans at subsidised interest rates. Members of economically weaker sections, light, and medium-income groups are eligible for such a loan. This loan is known as the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana or PMAY loan, wherein qualified applicants can become owners of 'pucca' houses in urban and rural India. Family should not have any other residential house other than proposed to be purchased/constructed.
Balance Transfer Home Loan
Do you have an existing Home Loan with a bank or NBFC? Are you paying a high-interest rate on that loan? Now you can transfer your Home Loan to Bank of Baroda under a special type of House Loan – The Balance Transfer Home Loan. Transferring the loan to a bank offering a lower interest rate can reduce your Home Loan's actual cost.
How to Apply For Home Loan Online?
You can apply for different types of home loans online. Bank of Baroda offers standard home loans, top-up, balance transfers, pre-approved or PMAY loans. You need to visit the website to begin the online application process. Fill an online form and provide your personal and income details and the loan amount you need. The bank assesses your eligibility and informs you of the maximum loan amount you can get, as well as the interest rate you will be charged. The online process reduces the need to visit the bank frequently, with documents in tow - ????.
So what are you waiting for? Visit Bank of Baroda to choose the type of Home Loan that suits your needs. Begin the process of becoming a homeowner today!

Education Loan Tax Benefit

All You Need to Know About Education Loan Tax Benefits under Section 80E of the Income Tax Act
Investing in a sound education has always been considered a worthy investment. A good degree can set you on the path of financial independence. But the costs associated with achieving a higher education degree cannot be ignored. As the cost of education continues to sky-rocket, students have little choice but to take out an education loan. Thankfully, the government offers some respite on education loans in the form of education loan tax benefits. Here’s all you need to know. 
Section 80E of the Income Tax Act of 1961
Students intending to take a loan for higher studies, also known as an education loan, can avail tax deductions under Section 80E of the Income Tax Act of 1961. This section of the IT Act specifically caters to education loans. Students may avail education loan tax exemptions for pursuing higher education in India or abroad.
Students who’ve opted to go abroad for higher education often incur higher expenses as compared to those pursuing higher degrees in India. Apart from paying high tuition fees, they also have to incur costs such as boarding or dormitory charges, travel costs, purchasing study materials and equipment (engineering boards, laptops, etc.) Keeping all these expenses in mind, the government introduced Section 80E of the IT Act. Under this section, students can avail some relief in repaying the interest component of their education loan. 
What is covered under Section 80E?
Under Section 80E of the IT Act, students can avail income tax benefit on education loan, when they become taxpayers. The tax benefit is extended on the interest portion of their education loan under Section 80E. The 80E specific deduction does not apply to the principal loan amount. While calculating the annual taxable income, students can deduct the entire amount paid as interest, while repaying the loan, i.e. the interest amount paid against the education loan is not taxed. You can avail deductions on the entire interest component of the loan.
Terms and conditions under Section 80E
To avail education loan deduction in income tax under Section 80E, you need to consider the below terms and conditions:

You can avail tax deductions on education loans taken on behalf of your children (biological and adopted) or your spouse. 

Under 80E, you may also avail the deduction if you are the legal guardian of the student.

You can avail 80E deductions only if you’ve applied for the loan from a recognised financial institution like a bank or an NBFC, or a charitable institution. 

You may not avail 80E deductions if an employer or a relative sanctioned the loan. 

80E deductions are applicable only for individuals availing the loan and not Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs). Companies or firms can also not avail 80E deductions. 

Final word: Today, most students have to rely on education loans to get into a good school. Keeping this in mind, the government also offers student loan tax deductions of ₹150,000 on the principal loan amount under Section 80C of the IT Act.

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