How to apply for a Home Loan

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll take in your life. It is usually a good idea to take a home loan for a section of the payment. In the beginning, the process may look bothersome, as it involves many criteria and stages, but it is a safe and easy way to own a home.

To begin with, you’ll need to give a formal application for the home loan to your bank. The application form will requires certain basic information about you such as your income, employment, educational details, details about the property, estimated costs and current means of financing the property. Though the requirements may vary slightly from bank to bank, all banks will require supporting documents to validate your information.

Home Loan Application

The following is a list of documents you should keep handy while applying for a loan:

  • Income proof
  • Age proof
  • Identity proof
  • Address proof
  • Employment details
  • Proof of educational qualifications
  • Details about the property if finalised
  • Bank statements

In addition to this, you will need to pay a ‘processing fee’ to the bank for the home loan application. The fee varies from bank to bank and is non-refundable. It is charged as a small percentage of the total loan amount. The fees is used by the bank to start and maintain the home loan process including completing various formalities during the entire period.

Once you have submitted the required documents and paid up the processing fee, the banks will begin evaluating and processing your application for the loan, based on your requirements.

How to apply for home loan?

Now that you are well aware of the types of loans and EMI options and have decided on the one that’s best suited for you, let us take a look at the procedure to apply for a loan. It is fairly simple and quick:

Step 1: Submission of loan application form with relevant documents.

Step 2: Verification of the respective property and its supporting documents. This step takes 5 to 7 working days.

Step 3: Around the 7th day, the loan is sanctioned, if all criteria are met and documents are in place.

Step 4: Original property documents to be submitted, followed by which the loan agreement is signed.

Step 5: The loan cheque is disbursed in 10 to 15 working days.

The important documents to be submitted for approving the home loan are:

•Identity proof

•Residential proof

•Properly filled loan application form


•Sale agreement

•Last 6 months bank statement

•For business applicants documents describing the type of business, and IT returns.

•For salaried applicants last 3 month’s salary slips and From 16A.

Costs incurred while applying:

For a Home Loan, the basic registration charges, transfer charges and stamp duty costs are added to the cost of the home.

Some other charges include:

•Processing charge or booking fee – paid to the lender when you apply for the loan. It could be fixed or a percentage of the loan amount.

•Pre-payment penalty – if the loan is repaid before the agreed duration, some lenders may charge a penalty, up to 2% of the amount pre-paid.

•Miscellaneous costs – there could be a documentation or legal fee, also known as “application fee”.