Mortgage norms: Tightened or relaxed?

After taking over as the regulator of the mortgage market in August 2019, India’s central bank last week proposed to define what is home finance and change the rules for the business. The provocation for this is the crisis that a few large housing finance companies (HFCs) faced in the recent past. Like many other non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), they borrowed short-term cheap money from the market to lend long and faced the music when the interest rate cycle changed in 2018. The compounded annual growth rate of NBFCs in the five years between 2013 and 2018 was 17 per .....

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