Wondering if SBI can steal a march with a low-interest home loan strategy, ICICI Bank on Sunday said the effective rate offered by the public and private bank was the same and claimed it was much faster in serving customers.
"I would actually say that when one talks of interest rates, one should look at effective rate over the life of the loan and not just the first year and second year and third year... Actually the rates are not very different between the public sector and private sector players," ICICI Bank CEO and Managing Director Chanda Kochhar said.
To questions on SBI's aggressive strategy of pricing home loans low and how ICICI Bank would respond, she said the current economic scenario does not warrant aggression.
Earlier this month, SBI launched a new home loan scheme offering loans at eight per cent for 1-5 years, depending on the amount, with zero processing fee, as against an average of about 10 per cent charged by others.
"I would only say that on quarter on quarter you should look at the actual disbursement (of home loans by SBI and ICICI Bank)... If you compare private sector disbursement to the public sector bank, you would get (the picture)," she said on whether SBI has a better sales pitch on this front.
However, she said she would not like to talk about any particular bank and that home loan would be a major focus area for her organisation, which offers a "much faster turnaround on the entire home loan".