market research agencies in mumbai
23 Mar 2023

India’s housing Finance Market


The housing finance sector in India is witnessing an upward trajectory due to government initiatives for affordable housing (interest subsidies under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana), the nuclearization of families, and the demand for housing in non-metro cities. Increasing urbanization and low mortgage rates are the two main elements driving market expansion, particularly among the younger generation.

During the period 2022-27, the Indian housing finance industry is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of ~21%. Although banks have traditionally been the major contributors; Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) are steadily improving their market share thanks to flexible lending products and competitive interest rates.

In the following sections, we try to understand how HFCs stack up against a bank from the eye of the customerA home loan being a significant long-term financial commitment, the rate of interest is the biggest decision-making trigger when a customer has to choose between different banks and HFCs. Apart from the interest rate, our research indicates that flexible loan terms and processing ease & speed are most critical. HFCs usually score better on processing time since their eligibility criteria are not as stringent as that of a bank

Customers tend to prefer HFCs over a bank as they provide.

  • Flexibility with regard to providing higher loan quantum - In comparison to banks, HFCs are more suitable for many consumers seeking a larger loan amount. When calculating the market value of a property, banks typically exclude stamp duty and registration fees. HFCs, on the other hand, are more flexible in including these in the overall cost of the property
  • Less stringent while assessing creditworthiness - Banks have stringent regulations when it comes to approving a home loan. This is also true for credit scores. Banks only provide housing loans to people with perfect credit scores, whereas HFCs are more flexible and will consider applications with low credit scores