With major banks and housing finance companies (HFCs) raising mortgage rates, it is tough times for a large number of home loan customers with floating rates. On Tuesday, State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank, raised both its deposit and lending rates, taking its effective home loan rate to 10.25%. A back of the envelope calculation shows that home loan rates have increased by about 25% over the last few years, that is from about 8% to above 10% now.
On Tuesday, in addition to raising its base rate by 75 basis points to 9.25%, SBI also raised its fixed deposit rates by as much as 225 basis points (100 basis points=1%), all of which were in maturities of up to six months. The bank also raised its prime lending rate (PLR) by 75 bps to 14% now. All these hikes are effective Thursday.
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