The Year 2006
A few years ago, my wife and I are the ‘fortunate’ few to buy left over HDB flats under the walk-in scheme. As the flat came in standard condition, i.e. totally bare, we visited a few condominium showflat for renovation ideas. My wife was tasked to absorb as many ideas as possible while I entertain the agents as a prospective buyer. That was when I started to pay attention to the loan, interest rate etc.
Most mass market private property then was going around $600,000 for a 3 bedder of equivalent size to a 5 room HDB. Based on our combined income, the maximum loan the bank would grant us is sufficient to service the maximum 90% valuation of the property, as allowed then.
The Year 2010
With the economy out of recession with an expected double digit GDP growth for the full year, demand for …Read the full article →