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Everything you need to know about Home Loan in the Philippines

Thinking about getting a Home Loan? We give you all important information to get one!

 

 

What is a Home Loan?

Types of home loans in the market

Process of getting a Home loan

2 Types of Home Loans in the Philippines

Tips

 

What is a Home Loan?

 

A home loan is a financial help provided by a Bank or a Financial Institution to help you in buying and/or modifying your property.

The basic needs of men are Food, Shelter and Clothing, among these 3 the most sought after need is to build a suitable shelter, this is where a Home Loan is considered.

In layman term, a home loan is simply borrowing money with interest for a specific period of time to buy or to renovate a house. A few years back, this definition was enough to define the meaning of home loan but today the competition between banks and their services changed the meaning of home loan completely.

Nowadays, home loans have a bigger scope and banks offer these loans even for small needs about your home. To understand this concept better, let us have a look at the different types of home loans available.

 

Types of home loans in the market

 

Home Purchase Loan

This is the basic type of home loan which is offered by every bank. Home purchase loans are meant for the people who are planning to buy a house or a condo. Most of the banks would usually offer about up toseventy or eighty percent of the appraised value of the house or condo in the form of a loan.

Home Construction Loan

Some people also consider building their own home according to their needs and specification. To reach this goal, you need first some money to buy a land, and then more money for all the construction costs (materials, manpower, architect, permits, …). For those people Home Construction Loan is the solution.

Note: If you are already the owner of a lot and want to build a property on it, this is also the kind of loan you need.

Home Improvement Loan

Do you own an ancestral house and want to renovate it but lack the fund? Then you don't have to worry as home improvement loan is the perfect solution for your problem. These are meant for persons like you only who already own a home but want to repair it.

Home Extension Loan

Home extension loans are given to those who want to build an extra space or another part of the house that needs redoing, maybe a part of the garden to be built as a new guest house or another room for a new family member.

 

Applying for a home loan can be complicated and frustrating because of all the paperwork involved, and sometimes it seems that everyone has a full understanding of what is going on, but you. The best solution before doing something is always to do a research, to be diligent about your project, and of course to look for the right loan officer that will help you understand everything there is to know about the product you wish to avail.

 

Process of getting a Home loan

Preparation

Before you begin looking for a Housing loan, first, become familiar with the different types of loans(see Types of Home Loan), rates and terminology. Read the local newspaper’s real estate section or read through this site for more information about Loans and how you can get them or hire a Financial broker that takes care of finding the right loan for you. Make a list of any questions you might have about the information you find. Prepare a monthly budget and determine what terms of payment you can comfortably afford. This will become your benchmark

Make a list of any questions you might have about the information you find or read on the details below. Prepare a monthly budget by calculating using our Income Calculator and determine what terms of payment you can comfortably afford. This will become your benchmark.

Topics you might find useful:

Buying Real Estate

Tips Before you buy

Government Loans

Taxes and Regulations

 

2 Types of Home Loans in the Philippines

 

What is a Conventional Home Loan?

A Conventional Loan requires a borrower to make fixed monthly payments for a specific term or period. Philippine banks provide their clients home loans with a loan tenure of up to 20 years for a minimum of P500,000. This type of repayment scheme enables a borrower to properly manage his finances because the payments are predictable.

What is a Flexible Home Loan?

Flexi loans are conventional loans that are tied or linked to a current account. Borrowers can reduce their home loan interest every time they deposit cash to their current account. Excess payments can also be withdrawn anytime without giving the bank any notice. Borrowers can also start their principal repayment anytime they want.

 

Consideration

The most important step you can take in the mortgage process is to find the right lender and loan officer. Having a broker (find out "Who we are") is the best way to get all the information for the best loans that fit your need. Brokers are also a good option for those people who don’t have the time to go through loan related procedures. It is the loan officer's job to help you and your documents smoothly through to loan approval. He should be knowledgeable, experienced, responsive and prompt, as well as willing to take the time to answer questions, explain the loan process, programs and terms. A personal recommendation is also useful, especially by family, colleagues and friends, or if not, make sure that make appointments with several different loan officers.

Documentation

Prepare for your appointments by making copies of documents specifically required by each lender. You will need your Social Security number and driver’s license, the past two years of your wage and tax statements and one month’s pay slip to verify your income. If self-employed, you will need tax returns for the past two years. A bank statement for the past 3 months and statements for any accounts that hold your down payment money would also be needed. In addition, if you have any credit account or loan statements you pay on a monthly basis, and court-ordered payments such as alimony or child support those would also need to be known by the lender. The loan officer will also pull a credit report on you.

Pre-Qualification

The loan officer will take all of your information and determine what kind of loan you are pre-qualified for based on the information you have on hand. A Good Faith Estimate and Truth in Lending statement are generated detailing the terms of the loan and the closing costs. This is the document you will use to compare loan offers. They should fairly meet your loan requirements, so go with the best deal from the loan officer and provider.

Approval Process

After you choose a loan officer and lender, your application will be submitted to the loan processor, who will compile the file, order the appraisal and gather any additional information and verification. The loan processor may ask the loan officer for additional information from you, which you need to supply promptly. When the file is finished and the appraisal is complete, it will give the file to the underwriter, who will decide if the loan is approved. After approval, all that is left is the closing, where you will sign all the loan documents and complete the property transfer. The process usually takes around 30 days.

 

 

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Matthew Velez's picture
Submitted by Matthew Velez on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 20:00

I want to borrow for the renovation of my parents house, would it be possible that I mortgage my car instead of my parents house?

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LISA of Myfinancialcoach's picture
Submitted by LISA of Myfinan... on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 18:51

Hi Matthew,

Usually most of the Bank preffer that the loans they provide are backed up by a collateral so that they would also be secured about the transaction with you if in case you fail to repay. But there are some lending companies that may consider your choice of collateral.

We would like you to please click "Contact Us" so that we can send you the information you need through your email.

Lisa

Your Loan, Investment and Savings Adviser

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yvette's picture
Submitted by yvette on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:48

can you suggest which bank offers the lowest fixed interest rate for a housing loan? and also for the insurance company which one is the best?thanks

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Submitted by LISA of Myfinan... on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:13

Hi Yvette
It depends how long you borrow and if your collateral.
If I may ask,
1. How long is the loan for and
2. For what will it be? Purchase? Renovation?
Also,
1. Is it a condo or a house? Some banks give higher interest rates when the condo is not an affiliate company. 
 
LISA
Your Loan, Investment and Savings Adviser

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