09 DECEMBER, 2021

A home loan can span across many years. In such a long time, interest rates often fluctuate, getting lower or higher than what you were offered. Therefore, there could be chances that the new borrowers are paying much lower interest rates than you, despite all the other factors remaining the same. Thankfully, you can transfer your housing loan. Lenders allow you to opt for home loan refinance where you can easily transfer your loan from one lender to another for lower interest rates or better services.

A home loan refinance can help you save a significant amount of money. However, it is not true in all cases. Depending on your tenure and the cost of the transfer, you could end up paying more than you save. To ensure that the option of refinancing is profitable for you, you must calculate your savings beforehand. Kotak Bank's home loan balance transfer calculator can help you do so. Read on

What is Kotak Bank's Home Loan Balance Transfer Calculator?

The home loan balance transfer calculator is an online tool that helps you check your benefits and savings from home loan refinance. It is available on Kotak Mahindra Bank’s website and can be used free of cost multiple times.

To use this calculator, you would need the following details:

New interest rate - The interest rate at which the new lender is offering you a loan

Loan requirement - The loan amount you need

Present EMI - The EMI amount you are currently paying

Tenure - The remaining tenure of the loan.

Once you input the values for these variables, the calculator would instantly display the results and help you determine if the home loan refinance will lower your cash outflows. It would also display the total savings you will make by switching the loan.

Things to Keep in Mind While Transferring Your Loan

Home loan balance transfer can help you save money. However, you must check the following things, before making the switch:

  • Remaining tenure - Your EMI contains the highest interest component in the initial years of the repayment. Therefore, it is most beneficial to switch your loan at the beginning of the tenure. Transferring your loan at the end of tenure does not help you save much.
  • Cost of transfer - There are many costs associated with housing loan refinance. The lender considers your loan as a fresh application and can levy on you processing fee, transfer cost, administrative charges etc. Before you plan to switch, ensure to consider these charges and do a cost-benefit analysis to check your savings with a home loan balance transfer calculator.
  • Difference in rates - You must check the difference in the interest rates. You must opt for a loan refinance only when the interest rate difference is at least above 50 bps.

With Kotak’s home loan balance transfer calculator, you can check the amount you would save by transferring the loan. If the savings are substantial, you can go ahead with the home loan refinance. However, if the savings are less than the transfer cost, you must stick to the existing lender.

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