What Is A Personal Loan
01 Nov 2019
A personal loan does not require the borrower to provide collateral and so it is an unsecured loan. The purpose or intention of a personal loan is to fund immediate financial contingencies. It could be for business capital, marriage, medical expenses or even foreign trips, though the end use of the capital really depends on the borrower, as long as it is for a legitimate financial need.
Eligibility for a personal loan?
Since these loans are unsecured- at what rate of interest you will get the loan and how much, whether or not you will get the loan-depend on the credit quality of the borrower. If you have good creditworthiness, you are likely to get the loan at an attractive rate of interest. If you have been a long time customer with the bank, with sound track record of financial discipline, you may also get a pre-approved personal loan sanction.
Bank of Baroda lists the following types of employees/self-employed individuals who are eligible for personal loans.
- Employees of Central / State Govt. / Autonomous Bodies/ Public / Joint Sector Undertakings, Public Limited Co. / MNCs & Educational Institutions – with minimum continuous service for 1 year
- Employees of Proprietorship, Partnership firms, Private Limited companies, Trust - with minimum continuous service for 1 year
- Insurance Agents- doing business for minimum last -2- years
- Self Employed Professionals (Doctor, Engineer, Architect, Interior Designers, Tech. and Management Consultants, Practicing Company secretaries etc) -- with minimum 1 year stable business.
- Self Employed Business persons - with minimum 1 year stable business.
Some of the benefits of a personal loan are
Urgent financial requirement
If there is an immediate need for money, personal loans are the best option. They are considered better than credit cards or loans from family members or unorganized lenders, since the rate of interest is reasonable and the lender is a credible organization. Credit cards come with strict credit limits, which is not the case with personal loans. Funds taken from the bank as personal loan also resolve the issue of certain vendors not accepting payment through credit cards.
Breathing time for repayment
Also, the credit card bills need to be paid off by the due date which generally falls in the next month whereas you get some breather in repaying a personal loan EMI over a period of time, generally ranging from 3-4 years.
Flexibility of use
Funds from a personal loan are flexible in the way you use them. They can be used for several purposes- home renovation, travel, wedding and medical expenses or for any other purpose as per one’s personal obligations..
The loan amount you can borrow under a personal loan is also significant. For example, with Bank of Baroda offer personal loan amounts based on the eligibility of applicants
Personal loans may also be private loans since these loans are often used to meet cash requirements or personal contingencies and thus kept private to a great extent.
Flexible repayment structure
These loans are generally of the nature of short to medium term loans and come with a flexible repayment structure.
Easy to get
For example, Bank of Baroda is popular for personal loans that are quick to get, fast processing, minimal documentation required and offered at attractive rate of interests. Most salaried persons, self-employed and professionals can apply for these personal loans.
What is a home loan Top-up-edited
It's a new year and a new normal in the lives of most people. Yet buying a home of one's own continues to be one of the biggest aspirations. However, with skyrocketing prices of real estate, property purchase remains out of the reach of many individuals. For this very reason, homebuyers are now increasingly opting for Home Loans to fund their dream house purchase. Banks and several lenders these days offer housing finance at competitive rates of interest, subject to several terms and conditions.
Add to that a top-up on your existing Home Loan product. Many banks, like Bank of Baroda, have Top-Up Loan in their range of loan products. As the name suggests, existing Home Loan customers who may need extra funds can opt for a top-up on their running Home Loans. Their eligibility for the same is ascertained by the lender based on your relation with the bank , their repayment history and credit score, among other things. The money from such a loan can be used for various purposes, be it for a wedding, fund your child's education, or renovate/repair your home.
At Bank of Baroda, if you switch your existing Home Loan from another bank via a balance transfer, you can get a Home Loan Top-Up. The minimum is Rs. 1 lakh and a maximum of Rs 2 crore. A processing charge of 0.25% of the loan amount is applicable on a Home Loan Top-Up from Bank of Baroda (minimum Rs 5,000 upfront and maximum Rs 12,500 plus GST).
Are you wondering why you should you take a top-up loan? We try answering that question here. Keep reading to find out more.
Eligibility Criteria for Home Loan Top Up
An existing Bank of Baroda Home Loan customer (including NRIs, PIOs, staff and ex-staff members), who may have availed of a Home Loan under public scheme or staff housing loans, is eligible for a Top-Up Loan on a Home Loan. The applicant must be at least 21 years of age (and a co-applicant should be at least 18 years old, wherever applicable). For a resident Indian applicant, the borrower's age plus the Top-Up Loan tenure should not exceed 70 years, as per laid down norms mentioned under the Bank of Baroda Home Loan Product (the same should not exceed 65 years for in case of NRIs, PIOs or OCIs).
New customers who opt for a Balance Transfer Loan (called a Home Loan Takeover scheme at Bank of Baroda) are also eligible for a Top-Up Home Loan.
Benefits of a Top-Up Home Loan
Minimal documentation, swifter loan approval and disbursal
If you're an existing Home Loan customer, getting a Top-Up on your Home Loan is easier. There is minimal documentation involves since the lender already has most of the required paperwork with you. Plus, knowing your repayment history and credit score patterns makes it more convenient for the banks to go through your Top-Up Home Loan application. This makes a speedy and hassle-free loan disbursal possible. Approach your branch for a quick top up loan.
Attractive interest rates
If you opt for a Top-Up Home Loan, you can get funds at fairly lower interest rates than those available in case of any other personal loan option.
Available for longer tenures
Depending on the period left in your existing Home Loan, you can opt for a Top-Up Loan for a relatively long tenure compared to other loan options.
Can put funds to use for a wide range of purposes
You can use the funds from a Top-Up Loan in any manner you deem fit. The money can be used to finance another home purchase, renovation and extension of an existing house, and even fund medical emergencies, a wedding, or your children's education. No restrictions are placed on how you wish to utilise this option unless you plan to use for speculation or illegal use.
Lower processing fee as compared to personal loans
The processing fee levied by banks in case of Top-Up Home Loans is generally lower than that applicable in case of personal loans.
While one can argue the pros and cons of a Top-Up Home Loan, it does serve as a good source of emergency funds. Moreover, the fact that you can avail of the option on your existing Home Loan makes the process less cumbersome. So if you're moving into that new house right away and need some more funds to settle into your place, this may be an option you'd want to take a look at.
Bank of Baroda customers who wish to apply for a Home Loan Top-Up can visit https//www.bankofbaroda.in/apply-for-baroda-top-up-loan-resident-nris-pios.htm?33 and fill out the form to begin the process.
What is an EMI?
A loan is always taken for a specific purpose, be it a housing loan, an automobile loan, an education loan or a personal loan. Whenever a loan is taken it has to be returned to the lender. These repayments are done in a specific format where the amount is deducted from the borrower’s account on a particular day of every month. The amount so deducted is also pre-decided and depends on various factors. This standardised deduction in financial terms is called as Equated Monthly Instalment or EMI.
The value of the EMI depends on four main factors. These are the amount borrowed, the rate of interest to be charged on the amount borrowed and tenure for which the loan is borrowed and the type of loan fixed or floating. If the loan is a floating one then there is one more component that affects the EMI which is called ‘Rest’.
All other parameters being equal higher the principal amount borrowed higher will be the EMI. Similarly, a higher interest rate would mean higher EMI, all other things being constant. If the amount borrowed and the interest rate is constant then a higher tenure would mean lower EMI and a lower tenure would mean higher EMI.
In the case of both the fixed and floating interest rate loan, in the first EMI outgo, the interest rate component is the highest and the principal is the smallest. By the time the borrower reaches the last EMI, the interest component is the smallest and the principal is the maximum.
In case of a fixed interest loan, the EMI remains the same throughout the period of the loan. While in the case of a floating interest rate loan, the borrower has the option of reducing the EMI amount periodically as per change in the interest rate or allowing the EMI to be constant and the period to reduce.
The borrower has the option of part prepaying his loan. Whenever this happens the option available to him is to either ask the lender to reduce his EMI amount from the date of repayment or to let the EMI amount remain the same but reduce the period of the loan.
In the case of a housing loan, the interest and principal that is being paid through EMI, is summed up at the end of the financial year to calculate its impact on tax benefits that the borrower can avail of.
In case a borrower defaults on any EMI the lender will impose a penalty on the non-payment or late payment that was missed/delayed..
In the case of regular - non-payment of EMIs, lenders will be taking more severe action to recover their money and the CIBIL score of the borrower is adversely effected, resulting in adverse effect on credibility of borrower for future loans.
The good part about EMI is that the borrower knows exactly the amount that will be going out from his bank account and on which date it will be deducted. The lender also benefits knowing the cash flow that will be coming into his account every month.