I do seem to be getting quite a number of enquiries from this website, so I thought I’d leave a quick post. I’m not currently active in the real estate industry. Instead, I’m off running a small (for now) digital marketing company specialising in local SEO and PPC. I wish you guys good luck and I hope to talk to you again soon!
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Penthouse Master Room in Strata
Just sold off your house? Well, you now have to use 50% of your cash profits to pay for your new flat. This means that half your cash will always be locked up (as long as you still want to stay in a HDB flat anyway).
I wonder who might actually say that’s a good thing?
It’s a bit different if you were to buy a flat first before selling your current one first though (but the end result’s essentially the same). Here’s the explanation from HDB:
”For those who buy their next flat before selling the existing one, the proceeds from the sale of their existing flat would not have been realised when they first apply for an HDB loan. To help them buy a flat, HDB will first grant them a bigger loan at commercial interest rates The commercial interest rates are pegged to the 3-month average non-promotional interest rate for HDB flats offered by the 3 local banks. Currently, the rate is 3.82%. after they draw down their CPF balance. After the sale of their existing flat, they will have to redeem this loan with the full CPF refund from sale of the existing flat and part of the cash proceeds as described in paragraph 4. Upon redemption, the loan will be converted to a concessionary rate loan.”
For PRs married to a Singapore citizen, HDB is going to withhold $10,000 of such couples’ housing subsidies when purchasing a resale flat in an attempt to encourage PRs to take up citizenship.
Alternatively, they’ll have to pay a $10,000 premium when buying a new HDB flat. The money will be returned once the PR takes up citizenship or the couple produces a Singaporean child.
Permanent Residents (PRs) will now find it a little bit harder to get a HDB flat after new regulations were announced last Friday.
For PRs married to a Singapore citizen, HDB is going to withhold $10,000 of such couples’ housing subsidies when purchasing a resale flat in an attempt to encourage PRs to take up citizenship. Alternatively, you’ll have to pay a $10,000 premium when buying a new HDB flat. The money will be returned once the PR takes up citizenship or the couple produces a Singaporean child.
Last Friday (5/03/2010), HDB announced new changes to the minimum occupation period (MOP) for HDB flats. It’s aimed at reducing speculation in the market which has seen property prices soaring in the last few months.
The MOP for resale HDB flats is now 3 years, regardless of the type of loan (or none at all, for that matter) that you’re taking. Essentially, the government is trying to get the message across that HDB flats are for occupation, not for investment. If you’re buying a new flat direct from HDB, the MOP is still 5 years.
If you’re an 80s kid, I’ll bet good money that you grew up on a diet of sitcoms. Great, weren’t they? Like a great many people, I consider ‘Friends’ to be one of my favourite shows. I watched it so often I can remember all the lines.