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ICICI Bank announces cut in home loan rates
Source: The Times of India May 21, 2014
ICICI Bank, the largest private sector lender, has announced a 0.10 per cent reduction in home loan rates for a limited period, bringing them on par with bigger rival State Bank of India.

ICICI Bank will offer home loans of up to Rs 75 lakh at 10.15 per cent, the same rate as SBI, between May 15 and June 30.

For women borrowers, the Chanda Kochhar-led bank will offer housing loans under Rs 75 lakh at 10.10 per cent, it said on its website.

Loans above Rs 75 lakh will be available between 10.50 and 11.25 per cent, the bank added. SBI offers these loans at 10.30 per cent.

These are floating rates, which will change as per the base rate or minimum rate of lending at the bank.

To protect borrowers from fluctuations, ICICI also introduced limited-period products offering a fixed interest rate for one and two years, which will turn into floating-rate loans aligned with the base rate.

A borrower will pay 10.25 per cent for loans up to Rs 75 lakh for the fixed period, after which it will go up to the base rate plus 0.25 per cent.

The bank also introduced a renewable fixed-rate product, under which the pricing will get renewed for a fixed period periodically.

ICICI Bank had registered a 23 per cent growth in its outstanding mortgage book in FY14, which outpaced its overall 14.8 per cent growth in advances.

Following a gloomy economy that resulted in a slowdown in demand from companies and concerns about asset quality, many banks have shifted focus to the retail segment, which is still showing demand.

The share of retail loans in ICICI Bank's book grew to 39 per cent as of March 2014 as against 37 per cent in the year-ago period. Home loans accounted for over half of the retail book.

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