• October 22, 2021

mortgage lending has increased from 1% of GDP in 1990 to 11% today: National Housing Bank 

India’s home loan market grew at nearly 30% in last five years while

  • Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and Dr M.S. Sahoo, Chairperson of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India were some of the esteemed speakers at the Valocity webinar.

Mumbai,August 2021: Experts from various industries, including regulatory organizations, banks, and embassies, convened for a webinar to discuss the role of technology and digital in the property valuation assessment and mortgage ecosystem. The webinar was organized by Valocity which offers a cloud-based technology platform that digitises the workflow for lenders to connect and manage their Valuation panels.

According to Rahul Bhave, Executive Director of National Housing Bank, the property market in India has been growing by leaps and bounds. Mortgage lending has increased from 1% of GDP in 1990 to almost 11% of GDP now, with a total value of approximately Rs 27 lakh crore. According to the CAGR of over 30% over the last five years, the development potential is enormous. “The sector has performed admirably even throughout COVID. In comparison to the previous year, distribution increased by 185 percent in FY 2021. Banks provided over 65 percent of these loans, while HFCs provided the rest. In the housing sector, the entire game has changed, and technology is influencing the industry,” he remarked.

Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog the innovation government Think Tank, chaired by the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was one of the esteemed panelists at the webinar said, “The need of the hour is to accelerate the digitization in India. In keeping with India’s ambitions to become a knowledge-based economy, the transformation of mortgage lending and connecting the property ecosystem will expedite the speed of socio-economic change in the country.”

Mr. Kant in his keynote address, added, “The use of technology, and the data intelligence will enable the end-to-end system and enable transparency. The rich experience of the New Zealand-based Valocity Global company will add a lot of value to the market. Amidst the unique advantages offered by India, this is an incredible opportunity for everyone in the property and valuation ecosystem.”

In his authoritative address, Dr M.S. Sahoo, Chairperson of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, asserted that technology is increasingly making a difference to the market economy. “Mortgage lending benefits from the digital processes, and market economy needs the valuation of different assets. Uniformity of standards in valuation is the need of the hour, and it is vital to encourage technology to facilitate the valuer community,” he said.

Valocity, is digitally connecting valuers, brokers, and lenders across New Zealand, Australia, and Asia and has already supported over a Trillion dollars in lending decisions through it’s platform. Now it is collaborating with lenders in India and has customised its valuation workflow platform-based solutions to enable the digital world of valuation and mortgage lending for India’s rapidly growing property sector.

Shanti Ekambaram, Group President – Consumer Banking at Kotak Mahindra Bank, said the government of India has been aggressively driving digitisation, and the COVID-19 pandemic has leapfrogged Digital by 5 years. This means the financial ecosystem and players in it have to move quickly to digitise every aspect. “Mortgage is one of the core needs in India, and it is important to create an ecosystem of all players powered by technology. With Valocity’s mortgage valuation model, we will be able to digitise mortgage valuation which will bring efficiency in the whole process and enhance customer experience. I see a future where we will digitise everything in property transactions and digital mortgage valuation is a core part of it. This is just the beginning, but the journey is long.”

Carmen Vicelich, Founder and Global CEO of Valocity, said digital innovation is imperative in the evolving landscape. “Investing in real estate is for many an emotional activity as people are buying their home, and collaboration is critical to the sector’s progress. Valocity delivers innovation for lenders by combining the best of technology, data, and human-centred design to totally transform the valuation loan for property experience. We make it possible for lenders to take advantage of cutting-edge technology, make data-driven decisions, and implement solutions swiftly and easily to deliver customer centricity.”

“We aspire to continue to assist our clients in India by leveraging our deep investment in the best bank grade security and end to end data capture to make the complicated simple,” she added. “Valocity is neither a bank, a valuation company, an aggregator, or a broker. We are a technology fintech that make it possible for the property valuation and financing ecosystems to communicate digitally, track workflow and securely share information increasing efficiency and improving client satisfaction.”

R V Verma, Non-Executive Chairman of Valocity, and esteemed ex-Chairman and Managing Director of National Housing Bank, said purchasing a property is a complex issue particularly in India. It is complex, and there are plenty of gaps which we are trying to address through reform agenda. “Valocity is able to revolutionise the whole process by digitally connecting the lenders, valuers, brokers and customers in several international jurisdictions. We have seen the evolution in mortgage industry in many respects. The market infrastructure development, transparency and standardisation is a key aspect of the stability of the mortgage industry – which is increasingly demand and consumer driven.”

“Digitization will add a lot of value and enhance efficiency,” he continued. The mortgage business is on the verge of explosive growth. Now is the time to seize the opportunity to implement digitization. It’ll be a win-win situation for everyone, and it’ll be a fantastic opportunity to make the mortgage market more competitive.”

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