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A Comparison between HDB loan and Bank loan for your new BTO

As most of us would know, HDB charges around 2.5% for their loans while we can find a lower rate by taking a bank loan despite the risk of fluctuation in interests. Here is a list of offers we can get from a bank loan. In most of the cases, the difference between both HDB loans and bank loans is about 1%+. Never forget that the extra 1% is paid monthly and it will compound for years. The main difference in terms of payment will be its down payment. You can choose to pay 10% of your HDB value using CPF...

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Which HDB flat to buy?

Reader says: I have read your posts and have been following you for quite some time. Have been reading your posts on purchasing properties and following up on the replies. Really interesting :) I would like to seek your advice for choosing a HDB flat. Hope you don’t mind helping me out. I want to buy a flat that is more accessible and convenient, closer to the central region. I plan to sell the unit after 5 years of stay when my financial is ready for an upgrade. However the flats in the estate I am interested in are...

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Your House Is Not Really Your Asset – How a HDB flat might depreciate over time?

Recently, a particular news shocked many people in Singapore. For the first time, the government has confirmed to take back 191 plots of land in Geylang Lorong 3 when their 60-year lease expires in 2020. For a long while, many people do not believe their housing price will go to zero when the lease expires. This is a confirmation of what is to happen in decades to come for the other housing estates which will have their leases expire in the future. SLA has said no compensation will be given and no extensions are allowed. Unlike land acquisition by the Government,...

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An average HDB household and $1 million.

Some might remember that I talked about an article written by Cai Haoxiang in The Business Times in 2013. He wrote about what an average household’s monthly expenses could look like in 2042, using the Household Expenditure Survey 2007-2008 from the Department of Statistics as reference. 1997-1998, an average HDB household’s expenses was S$2,681. 2007-2008, it was S$3,138. That was an increase of 17%. By 2042, if core inflation is 2% a year, that number would hit S$6,400. In 3 decades, the number doubled and then some. If we were to assume that costs would increase steadily, monthly expenses...

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How to Avoid Cleaning Out Your CPF Balance When You Take a HDB Loan

When you apply for a loan from HDB to buy a flat, it will take all the money from your CPF Ordinary Account (OA) before giving you the loan. This is to reduce the loan amount that you need to service. If you wish to avoid an empty OA account, you can temporarily transfer some of your OA balance out of CPF before you apply for the HDB loan. The pros and cons for either approach are discussed in Clean Out CPF Balance When Taking HDB Housing Loan? A reader recently asked me how to temporarily transfer some of...

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Have a fully paid HDB flat and make money.

A friend told me he is seriously considering selling his fully paid 5 room HDB flat in RCR to buy 2 shoebox apartments so that he could stay in one and rent out the other for cash flow. Hopefully, property prices would go up and he could benefit from capital gain by selling one. I told him that he would be moving from being debt free to being indebted. There is no guarantee that the monthly rental could cover the mortgage payments (plus the much higher monthly maintenance and property tax of a condo). He says he just wants...

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When the lease on my HDB flat ends.

What happens to our CPF money used to buy a HDB flat when the lease ends? Reader: can I assume that whatever has been used to pay for the flat will be forfeited and we still need to pay back the accrued interest? I have friends who are paranoid over the lease issue cuz they keep on reading the anti hdb and anti CPF articles. End up frightening themselves. AK: Tell your friends it is the same anywhere in the world. Leasehold means there is a limited life. Once it is gone, it is gone. Money from CPF used in...

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Work, Travel Insurance, CPF, business account, HDB.. what else?…

just got back from a long work trip, finally taking some personal down time to just sit back relax, kiao kar and zhuo bo time. But i wasnt being idle, took this chance to sort out personal and family administration. work : O&G exploration activities are picking up, albeit sporadic, mostly in the Middle East region. oil prices still hovering +/- $50 for the longest time ever, which is neither here nor there.   gone were the days where oil companies were splashing out the moolah extravagantly, with long term contracts, but now they are mostly going on trial...

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HDB Lease does Expire – How you can Win with your HDB Flats

A portion of Singaporeans got a jolt these few weeks when National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said that not all the old HDB flats are eligible for Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers). Under SERS, the HDB acquires ageing blocks for redevelopment, compensates residents at market rates for their old flats and lets them buy new units nearby at subsidized rates. What shocked many Singaporeans is that they never grasp this concept of leasehold versus freehold. Leasehold assets are essentially assets lease to you for x years and when that time comes the value of your assets is $0.  Freehold...

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Be Aware Of The Lease On Your Dream HDB Resale Flat

Heartland Boy had previously explained that there are various reasons why young couples may choose a HDB resale flat over a HDB Build To Order (‘BTO’) flat. For instance, they may require a bigger space found only in the previous generation of HDB flats. For some young couples, they might place a premium on unique features such as an executive HDB flat or a HDB terraced flat which are both no longer available in newer generations of public houses. Unfortunately, the shorter leases attached to such HDB resale flats often do not cross their minds. As Lawrence Wong, Minister...

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Your HDB Flat is a Depreciating Asset (eventually)

Recently, the stark reality about the value of our HDB flats was reiterated by our current MND minister, Mr. Lawrence Wong – where upon expiry of its lease, your flat will be returned at zero value to the State via HDB. The Straits Times too has been unforgiving with its relentless churning of articles on the topic of “Lease Expiry” with its latest article on private estates nearing the end of its lease and residents distraught. Hard Truth   A few investment bloggers and investing forum had been harping on the fact that many properties in Singapore are leasehold...

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TDSR, Seller’s Stamp Duty, HDB Resale Grant Changes Aimed at Helping Singaporeans Cushion an Increasing Challenging Singapore Outlook

There are a slew of changes on buying and selling properties announced in this 3 short months of 2017. The way we should look at these policies is that the government have a few levers that they can pull and push to stimulate on the demand side or the supply side. There are various niche market segments as well. Here are some of my thoughts. Change in CPF Housing Grant for First Time Buyers In Singapore Budget 2017, Mr Heng announced that for first time buyers the housing grants granted will be bumped up by $10,000. This looks to...

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HDB Loans vs Bank Loans, which Housing Loan should you get?

What type of housing loan should I get ? If you intend to purchase a HDB flat, you have two choices regarding the financing- you can either opt for a HDB loan or go for bank home loans. There are pros and cons for each, and you should make your decision strictly based on your own financial status and needs. Let’s discuss the features of these 2 types of housing loans. HDB Loan Being a citizen of Singapore is the first and foremost criterion for availing a HDB loan. If you are applying for the loan as a group,...

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A tale of two HDB flats by Darles Chickens.

Chinese New Year is a time of family bonding, catching up with friends and also gossiping. What? Gossiping is not a Chinese New Year tradition? Alamak.  Oh, it is something we do daily? OK lor. Since this is the Year of the Chicken (What? Not Chicken? Is Rooster? Rooster is not a Chicken meh?), I present to you “A tale of two HDB flats” by Darles Chickens. Gossip Tale #1 A: Charlie’s family sold their 5 room flat.  B: Aiyoh, why like that? Bad times need money har? A: They downgraded to a 3 room flat and they no longer have a home loan...

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Choosing A Longer HDB Loan

A comment by Andy from Tacomob in a previous post on HDB loans led to this post. I was sufficiently intrigued to try and dig out my calculations from 5 years ago. Unfortunately, they are nowhere to be found. Heck, so I made new ones! This time, I cheated by using a financial calculator app, though. Sidetrack a little for now – I saw this post yesterday on buying a first home and the considerations that went into it. In particular, I was interested in this part that goes – For example, if we had opted for a $300,000 loan over...

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