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RBI Announces Steps To Boost Credit Flow To Real Estate Industry

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As per a notification issued by the RBI, new housing loans will attract a risk weight of 35 percent where LTV is less than 80 percent and risk weight of 50 percent where LTV is more than 80 percent but less than 90 percent.

In a bid to increase the flow of credit to the real estate sector, the Reserve Bank on Friday rationalized the risk weightage to LTV (loan to value) ratio for all new housing loans sanctioned up to March 31, 2022.

As per a notification issued by the RBI, new housing loans will attract a risk weight of 35 percent where LTV is less than 80 percent and risk weight of 50 percent where LTV is more than 80 percent but less than 90 percent.

This measure, according to the RBI, is expected to give a fillip to bank lending to the real estate sector which is critical for economic recovery, given its role in employment generation and the interlinkages with other industries.

“As a countercyclical measure, it has been decided to rationalise the risk weights, irrespective of the amount. The risk weights for all new housing loans to be sanctioned on or after the date of this circular and up to March 31, 2022,” the notification said.

The requirement of a standard asset provision of 0.25 percent will continue to apply on all such loans, the notification added.

Commenting on the RBI’s move, Square Yards CEO Tanuj Shori said, “The linking of risk weightage only to LTV ratio vis-a-vis the earlier practice of risk weightage with both pricing and LTV augurs well for the sector particularly for high-end properties which have been facing severe downward demand pressures.”

Anarock Chairman Anuj Puri said the LTV ratio is calculated by dividing the amount borrowed by the value of the property in percentage terms.

For instance, if one purchases a home valued at Rs 80 lakh and for this makes a down payment of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 70 lakh will need to be borrowed.

“The risk weightage assigned to LTV will free up banks” capital for additional lending. It will also help them to bring down the lending rates because they will have spare capital to lend,” Puri said.

Since banks will have additional capital to lend, availing home loans at attractive interest rates will be possible, he added.

(This story has been published from a wire feed without modifications to the text. Only the heading has been changed) 

Source: PTI

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