Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited or HDFC is an Indian financial conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. It is a major provider of finance for housing in India. It also has a presence in banking, life and general insurance, asset management, venture capital and education loans.
It was founded in 1977 as the first specialised mortgage company in India. HDFC was promoted by the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India. Hasmukhbhai Parekh played a key role in the foundation of this company.
In 2000, HDFC Asset Management company launched its mutual fund schemes. In the same year, IRDA granted registration to HDFC Standard Life Insurance, as the first private sector life insurance company in India.
HDFC's distribution network spans 396 outlets (including 109 offices of HDFC's distribution company HDFC Sales Private Limited) which cater to approx. 2,400 towns and cities spread across India. To cater to Non-Resident Indians, HDFC has offices in London, Singapore and Dubai and service associates in Middle East countries.
In addition, HDFC covers over 90 locations through its outreach programmes. HDFC's marketing efforts continue to be concentrated on developing a stronger distribution network. Home loans are also sourced through HDFC Sales, HDFC Bank Limited and other third party Direct selling Agents (DSA).