Money & Banking

LIC Housing Finance to launch fixed rate loans next month

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on December 09, 2011 Published on December 09, 2011

Mr V. K. Sharma

LIC Housing Finance Ltd will roll out a completely fixed interest rate home loan product next month, according to Mr V. K. Sharma, the company's Director and Chief Executive.

“The product is ready. There is a possibility of interest rates going down. We plan to fix interest rate after the Reserve Bank of India's policy review on December 16,” Mr Sharma told newspersons after inaugurating a three-day property show here on Friday.

The product would be first of its kind in the home-loan market as all existing products are combination products with varying periods of fixed and floating rates.

“We strongly feel that there are customers who prefer fixed rate products,” Mr Sharma said. The proposed Rs 500-crore real estate venture capital fund would be launched in January with an initial fund size of Rs 200 crore.

“We have already tied-up for this amount and don't prefer to wait much longer for remaining amount. The first tranche will be launched next month,” he said.

On the market scenario, the official said demand for residential units in Tier-II and Tier-III cities was robust.

“In major cities there has been some stress, mostly driven by commercial property segment,” he added.

To coincide with the property show, a new product — New Freedom — was launched with a floating rate of interest at 10.40 per cent.


Published on December 09, 2011
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