Are teaser loans back? SBI requests the central bank to allow sub-base rate loans
AdvertisementThe controversial 'teaser loans' is again in limelight! SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya on Thursday requested RBI to re-introduce the ‘teaser’ loans to meet the demand and set the
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He said: "I think we need the market to clear. With growing unsold stock, we need to see the ways to do it. Some of it might be by making loans easier, but we also don't want to create a situation where prices stay high at the level which means demand can't pick up."
It would be a "great help" if realty developers sitting on unsold stock bring down prices, he said, adding that once the prices stabilise, more people will be keen to buy houses.
Bhattacharya reminded Rajan about the re-introduction of the teaser loan product, where it used to lend below the base rate or the minimum rate of lending, saying the product was able to revive demand in the days after the 2008 crisis.
"In 2008 when the economy started faltering, one of the things that made demand goes up was the 8% housing loan that
"Only thing is that for the first two years the customer is allowed to pay at a lower rate. What did happen was that demand really kicked in," she said.
There was an intense fight between the RBI and the bank over this product and the then SBI Chairman O P Bhatt had gone to the extent of saying that the regulator did not understand the product.
"Once there is a sense that prices have stabilised, more people will be willing to buy. I don't know what the level is and if it is across the country. It is not clear that in some parts of the country, there is excess stock.
"I think we need the market to clear (the excess stock) and with growing unsold stock, we need to see the ways to do it. Some of it might be by making loans easier," he said.
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