ICICI Bank launches ‘Mortgage Guarantee’ backed loans for houses

By Abha Manakatala - Wed Aug 26, 11:17 am

icicibank--621x414· First bank in India to offer this facility for retail customers
· It can enhance a home loan by up to 20% within regulatory norms
· It allows a borrower to choose an extended loan tenure up to 67 years of age

Mumbai: ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, today announced the launch of the country’s first ‘Mortgage Guarantee’ backed loans for retail customers aspiring to purchase their first homes in the affordable housing segment. Christened ‘ICICI Bank Extraa Home Loans’, it allows a borrower to enhance the loan amount by up to 20% and also provides the option to extend the repayment period up to 67 years of age. ‘ICICI Bank Extraa Home Loans’ empowers the customers with the dual advantage of improved affordability and a longer repayment period.

ICICI Bank has launched this initiative in association with India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC). IMGC is a joint venture between National Housing Bank (NHB), an RBI subsidiary which regulates Home Finance Companies in India; NYSE-listed Genworth Financial Inc., a Fortune 500 company; International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Speaking at the launch, Ms. Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank said: “ICICI Bank has pioneered and popularised many innovative solutions in the banking industry in India. The launch of the country’s first ‘Mortgage Guarantee’ backed home loan is yet another example. We foresee that a young population and rapid urbanization will lead to the emergence of enormous demand for affordable housing in Tier II and Tier III cities.

This initiative will catalyse the growth of the Indian mortgage market by giving consumers improved affordability without any incremental risks for lenders. Today’s launch marks a milestone as our housing industry will now join its global peers in offering solutions to customers aspiring to buy their first home in the affordable segment.

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