State Bank of India (SBI), which is the country’s largest lender, revised its home loan rate to 6.95 per cent and the new rates is effective from April 1. Prior to this, the interest was at the lowest rate of 6.70 per cent for the period ended on March 31 during which the bank offered home loan starting from 6.70 per cent for loans up to 75 lakh and 6.75 per cent for loans in the range of 75 lakh to 5 crore.


SBI’s hiked interest rate on home loans is likely to prompt other lenders to follow suit soon. It is a sign that home loan interest rates will be hiked further.


It may be noted that the public lender had lowered the minimum interest rate to 6.70 per cent from 6.80 per cent on March 1, 2021. However, it was a limited period offer for interested homebuyers.


The bank has not only increased the minimum interest rate from April but has added a processing fee on all home loans. SBI is expected to charge 0.40 per cent of the loan plus GST — subject to a minimum of Rs 10,000 and a maximum of Rs 30,000 plus GST — as a processing fee.

SBI, however, mentioned on its website that for builder tie-up project where individual TIR or title investigation report and valuation is not required, the processing fee will be 0.40 per cent of the loan amount subject to a maximum amount of Rs 10,000 plus GST.

In a scenario where TIR is required, normal charges will be applicable. Earlier, the bank had waived home loan processing fees till March 31, 2021.

Last month, SBI said that its home loan portfolio of Rs 5 lakh crore was the largest, making it a market leader in the segment. Not just SBI but other banks like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Bank of Baroda are also expected to increase home loan interest rates soon.


State Bank of India is the largest commercial bank in terms of assets, deposits, branches, customers, and employees. It is also the largest mortgage lender in the country. The home loan portfolio of the bank has crossed the milestone of Rs. 5 lakh crore.