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How to Get an India Home Loan While Living in the U.S.
Many Indian visa holders in the U.S. wonder if it is possible to buy a home in India even if they are in the U.S. The good news is, being in the U.S. doesn’t mean you can’t buy a house in India or even get a U.S. loan to help out!
Below we explore the benefits of taking out a U.S. India home loan to buy your dream home in India!
Why Buy a House in India if You Live in the U.S.?
There are many reasons you should consider buying a house in India, even if you live in the U.S.
Firstly, buying a property is an investment. Depending on the property market, buying a house and having its value increase over time can prove to be a great investment in the long run. If you are fortunate enough, the rent you charge tenants can help cover the cost of buying the property while you are not living in it.
You can also consider buying a house for your parents or other family members to live in while you are in the U.S. Many Indian visa holders in the U.S. have family members they have to care for financially while they work in the U.S. If you buy a house for these family members to live in, you won’t just be paying your money into someone else’s rent but investing it into an asset for yourself in the future.
Finally, you should also consider where you are going to live if or when you return home to India. Having the security of knowing you have a house that you’ve paid off while you were working in the U.S. can be a great security once you return home to your family.
Are there U.S. Loans to Buy a Home in India?
Once you’ve decided to buy a home in India, you should consider how you will finance it. The great news is you can get an India home loan even while you are in the U.S.
An India home loan is essentially a personal loan you use specifically to cover your down payment for your new home in India.
A personal loan is usually an unsecured loan which you take out from private lenders like Stilt. This means you don’t need to give collateral (like an asset) as security for the money you borrow.
The terms and rates for personal loans vary from lender to lender. Generally, you can expect:
- Loan amounts between $1,000 and $100,000
- Repayment terms between 6 months and 7 years
- Interest rates between 5% and 20% (although this will depend on your credit record and if you are signing with a cosigner).
Getting a personal loan as a visa holder or immigrant in the U.S. can have its obstacles. Not many lenders are willing to give loans to people who aren’t U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The good news is there are lenders like Stilt whose focus is to provide loans to immigrants and visa holders.
How to Take an India Home Loan in the U.S. with Stilt
Applying for an India home loan with Stilt is quick and easy!
You can apply online, which makes the application process simple and speedy. Once you’ve applied, Stilt will send you an update on your application within 24 hours. If they need more info, they’ll schedule a quick verification call with you.
Your information and documents will need to be verified, but as soon as they’ve ticked all the boxes they’ll send you a promissory note to sign. Once you’ve signed, the money will be transferred to your account. It only takes about 2 to 3 days to reflect in your account, so you’ll have your money in next to no time!
You can qualify for an India home loan with Stilt if you:
- Are physically present in the U.S.
- You have a U.S. bank account in your own name
- You have a U.S. phone number
- You must have a valid visa or another legal status in the U.S.
- You must have an address in the U.S. in one of the eligible states.
3 Benefits of Taking a Personal Loan in the U.S.
If you are buying a home in India, you might be wondering why should you take out a loan in the U.S. to help pay for it? Let’s take a look at the advantages of taking out an India home loan in the U.S.
1. Simpler Borrowing Process
On paper, the borrowing process looks the same for Indian and U.S. lenders. In reality, however, it is quite far apart. When reading online reviews, it is quite evident that the process to apply for a loan at an Indian bank is overly complicated.
With most Indian lenders, you need to make several visits to the local bank branch. This is because many banks in India don’t have an online application process. Not only does this add days or even weeks to the approval process (which means it takes longer to get the money) but obviously this would be impossible if you are in the U.S.
Indian banks also require a lot more documentation than U.S. banks. You can take a look at the full scope of documents Indian banks require here. The point is, the more paperwork, the more complications, and the more delay!
2. Better Interest Rates
The interest rates available at most Indian banks for personal loans start at 11.49%. There is no guarantee that you will be able to get this minimum and chances are your rate will be even higher. On average, a personal loan in India will have an interest rate of at least 30%.
3. No Hidden Charges
There is nothing worse than being charged for unexpected hidden costs when you’re already paying a bunch of fees on a loan. Indian lenders are famous for charging additional hidden fees such as non-refundable application fees and processing fees of up to 2% of your loan!
If you’re not careful about the additional fees and costs you are charged on your loan, you can end up paying back double – even triple – your loan amount by the time your loan is finally paid back.
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If you are considering buying a home in India, you should definitely consider taking out an India home loan in the U.S. Not only will you save a lot of time and effort on hassle, but you’ll also be saving money by not paying a bunch of extra costs.
As a visa holder, you’ll still be able to get a great deal with Stilt even though you aren’t a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. So, don’t miss the opportunity to buy your dream home in India. Take out an India home loan with Stilt today!