Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SBI initiates three-pronged strategy to boost its home loan business

Mumbai, December 29: The State Bank of India has initiated a three-pronged strategy to push its home loan business. The country's largest lender will sell its home loan products through the entire group network instead of limiting it to the bank, develop a mechanism to identify right customers for home loans, and implement a uniform delivery system across its branches, a top official said.

"We are looking to grow home loans at 15%-17% in FY16 and how to leverage our group resources," said B Sriram, managing director and group executive (national banking) at SBI.

The state-run bank, which owns more than one fourth of the housing loan market in the country, grew its home loan business 14% year-on-year for the quarter ended September at around Rs 1.49 lakh crore.

With the Reserve Bank of India issuing guidelines for licensing small banks and entry of players such as Bandhan and IDFC, the home loan market is expected to get more competitive in the coming years.

Sriram said SBI plans to connect about 40,000-50,000 counsellors working for its non-bank group subsidiaries such as SBI Mutual Fund and SBI Life Insurance to source home loans, to boost its customer reach. For example, an outsourced counsellor working for SBI Mutual Fund would also approach his clientele for SBI home loans, for which she would earn commissions.

"Alternative channels could be the main channel next 10 years in the banking industry as they attract young customers," Sriram told ET in an interaction. SBI is also working on a mechanism to identify the right customer to offer home loans or any other cross-selling product like mutual fund or insurance. For example, if a customer enters a SBI branch and does a transaction, immediately a screen will prop up on the branch official's computer showing the customer's profile and product suitability.

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