Buying property in Singapore

Buying property in Singapore is not a tough process as long as you can get a good property consultant who can assist and guide you from selecting the property, financing, booking until completion. This article will help you to get started on the procedure of buying property in Singapore like the down payment, loan to value, property tax in Singapore, and progressive payment

Buying property in Singapore - Down payment

The initial down payment of buying property in Singapore depends on how many outstanding property loan does the buyer have and the loan tenure they take.

For loan tenure maximum 30 years and capped at 65 years old

If the property buyer currently does not have any outstanding loan, the down payment will be only 20% of the property price. If the property buyer has 1 outstanding loan, the down payment will be 50% of the property price. If the property buyer has 2 or more outstanding loan, the down payment will be 60% of property price.

For loan tenure more than 30 years or above 65 years old

If the property buyer currently does not have any outstanding loan, the down payment will be only 40% of the property price. If the property buyer has 1 outstanding loan, the down payment will be 70% of the property price. If the property buyer has 2 or more outstanding loan, the down payment will be 80% of property price.

Down payment for Singaporean/SPR buying property in Singapore

 

Max 30 years and capped 65 years old

More than 30 years or above 65 years old

Non individual borrowers

No outstanding loan

Cash: 5%

Cash/CPF: 15%

Total: 20%

Cash: 10%

Cash/CPF: 30%

Total: 40%

Cash: 80%

Have 1 outstanding loan

Cash: 25%

Cash/CPF: 25%

Total: 50%

Cash: 25%

Cash/CPF: 45%

Total: 70%

Cash: 80%

Have 2 or more outstanding loan

Cash: 25%

Cash/CPF: 35%

Total: 60%

Cash: 25%

Cash/CPF: 55%

Total: 80%

Cash: 80%

Down payment for foreigner buying property in Singapore

 

Max 30 years and capped 65 years old

More than 30 years or above 65 years old

Non individual borrowers

No outstanding loan

Cash: 20%

Cash: 40%

Cash: 80%

Have 1 outstanding loan

Cash: 50%

Cash: 70%

Cash: 80%

Have 2 or more outstanding loan

Cash: 60%

Cash: 80%

Cash: 80%

 

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Stamp duty tax in buying property in Singapore

The normal stamp duty tax for buying property in Singapore above SGD 360,00 is 3% - SGD5,400. In addition, on 12 January 2013 Singapore government has implemented additional buyer stamp duty.

 

1st property

2nd property

3rd property and above

Singaporean

Normal: 3% - 5400

Normal 3% - 5400

Additional: 7%

Total: 10% - 5400

Normal 3% - 5400

Additional: 10%

Total: 13% - 5400

Singapore PR

Normal: 3% - 5400

Additional: 5%

Total: 8% - 5400

Normal 3% - 5400

Additional: 10%

Total: 13% - 5400

Normal 3% - 5400

Additional: 10%

Total: 13% - 5400

Foreigner

Normal 3% - 5400

Additional: 15%

Total: 18% - 5400

Normal 3% - 5400

Additional: 15%

Total: 18% - 5400

Normal 3% - 5400

Additional: 15%

Total: 18% - 5400

Seller stamp duty tax

Beside the buyer stamp duty, there is seller stamp duty if the property owner decides to sell the property within 4 years after they buy.

  • 1st year: 16%
  • 2nd year: 12%
  • 3rd year: 8%
  • 4th year: 4%
  • more than 4th year: 0%

More detail about Singapore property tax, you can refer to our property tax in Singapore article

Financing your Singapore property purchase

Loan is one of the most critical element for buying property in Singapore. You must be aware on how much loan to value ratio you should be getting before committing into your purchase. You can refer to the table below for guidance.

 

Max 30 years and capped 65 years old

More than 30 years or above 65 years old

Non individual borrowers

No outstanding loan

LTV: 80%

LTV: 60%

LTV: 20%

Have 1 outstanding loan

LTV: 50%

LTV: 30%

LTV: 20%

Have 2 or more outstanding loan

LTV: 40%

LTV: 20%

LTV: 20%

TDSR (Total Debt Servicing Ratio)

TDSR framework is a calculation scheme to ensure the borrower is not over leveraging on their property investment and it is also to ensure the stability of Singapore property market especially during financial turmoil.

Progressive payment for buying new launch condo in Singapore

Stage

Payment under a standard payment scheme

Booking

5% or 10%

Upon signing of the Sale & Purchase Agreement or within 8 weeks from the option date

20% less booking fee

Completion of foundation work

10%

Completion of reinforced concrete framework of unit

10%

Completion of partition walls of unit

5%

Completion of roofing/ceiling of unit

5%

Completion of door sub-frames/door frames, window frames, electrical wiring, internal plastering and plumbing of unit

5%

Completion of car park, roads and drains serving the housing project

5%

Temporary Occupation Permit or Certificate of Statutory Completion

25%

On completion date

15%

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Steps in buying property in Singapore

  • If you need loan, get your loan assessment done first. So that you know your finance better. This is to protect yourself to avoid any unnecessary issue. Usually your property agent should be able to help you linked up with the mortgage specialist.
  • Once you know about your financial plan, discuss your property type, location, and any other specific requirement you have with your property agent
  • After shortlisted your units, arrange to view the property
  • If everything is fine, proceed with the booking of the unit

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