The Ultimate Compilation of Housing/Mortgage Loans in Singapore
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The Ultimate Compilation of Housing/Mortgage Loans in Singapore

Ming Feng
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We will let you in on a little secret.

The cost of getting a home in Singapore has officially put marriage on hold for a lot of Singaporeans.

When you decide to get married, you are looking at hosting a wedding banquet that will cost around $27,610. This is followed by the need to pay for your spanking new BTO flat, where -unless you’ve got ~$341,500 lying around for a 4 room BTO- you will need to get a mortgage loan to pay for your flat.

Selecting the right mortgage loan is hard, and the process of choosing the right one for you may be a bit of a headache. If you need a little help to compare the various mortgage loans in Singapore, here’s a compilation just for you.

Source: Giphy

A Quick Recap: Should I Go For An HDB Loan Or A Bank Loan?

A quick recap on the differences between an HDB Housing Loan vs Bank Loan:

 

HDB Loan

Bank Loan

Interest RateCurrently 2.6%
( 0.1% above the CPF Ordinary Account interest rate.)
Currently 1.3% - 2.4%
(Depends on the bank and benchmark, interest rates fluctuates)
DownpaymentCPF or
10% in Cash
At least 5% in cash+ 20% in cash or using CPF OA savings
Maximum Loan New flats: 90% of the purchase price. 

Resale flats: 90% of the resale price or market valuation, whichever is lower.
75% of the purchase price. 
Minimum Loan None Usually $100,000
Late Payment Penalty Currently 7.5% per annumDepends on individual banks. Usually less lenient than HDB.
EligibilityIncome + citizenship requirements No restrictions

What Kind Of Home Loan Can I Get?

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housing and mortgage loans singapore

Property type Home loans in Singapore
HDB BTO (under construction) HDB loan / bank loan (floating rate)
HDB flat (resale / completed BTO) HDB loan / bank loan (fixed rate) / bank loan (floating rate)
Private property (under construction) Bank loan (floating rate)
Private property (built) Bank loan (fixed rate) / bank loan (floating rate)

Fixed Rate vs Floating For Your Home Loan

Having made up your mind to settle for a bank loan, a major consideration will be choosing between a fixed or floating interest rate package.

What Is Fixed Rate For Mortgage/ Housing Loans?

For fixed rate packages, the same interest rate is maintained throughout the lock-in period.

Here’s what this means:

  • During the lock-in period which usually ranges from 1 to 5 years, the interest rate is fixed.
  • This is regardless of the market condition, even when it is a rising interest rate environment.
  • After the lock-in period, the interest rate will be converted to a floating interest rate.
  • This is a good option if interest rates and low and when the buyer wants to budget with certainty over the initial lock-in period.

What Is Floating Rate For Mortgage/Housing Loans?

As for floating rate, the rate changes from time to time.

Here’s what this means:

  • The interest rate is influenced by the SIBOR and SOR rate.
  • In a rising interest rate environment, one may end up paying more for his loan.
  • Consumers can choose between 1-month, 3-months, 6-months and 12-months SIBOR or SOR rates to peg their interest to.

Which should you choose? Fixed Rate vs Floating Rate

Here are some factors which should influence your decision when it comes to choosing between a fixed rate or a floating rate.

Interest Rate environment

  • In a rising interest rate environment, a fixed rate mortgage loan will be a better option as we lock our interest rate to the current one. In contrast, in a declining interest rate, a floating rate is better for consumers.

Financial Certainty

  • For someone who prefers to be certain about the amount he needs to pay for his loans moving forward, a fixed rate mortgage loan offers that certainty.
  • For someone who understands the market and is more than happy to monitor the fluctuation of SIBOR and SOR rates, a floating rate works best.

Banks are pegging their interest to these rates!

Banks use various benchmark to peg their loan interest rates, this makes comparing of loans even harder!

This will be further demonstrated in the compilation below.

Before we head over to the mess, it is good to understand the different rates bank uses:

  • SIBOR
    SIBOR is defined as the Singapore interbank offered rate. It is based on the interest rates used by banks in Singapore and the rate they charge one another when they borrow from each other.
    Loans are pegged in denominations of 1,3,6 and 12 months, depending on the bank.
  • Board rates
    These are rates that are determined by the bank internally.
  • Fixed Deposit Pegged Rate (FDPR) 
    Fixed deposit rates of the bank. Banks usually use the rates between 6 to 12 months instead. Do note that individual bank uses a different name for this. DBS, for example, uses FHR8.
  • SOR
    The effective cost of borrowing in Singapore Dollars synthetically by borrowing USD for the same maturity.

Best Home Loan For HDB (Fixed rate)

Before we kick off with the comparison, here are some assumptions we made:

  • Assuming a loan size of S$350,000
  • For a period of 25 years
  • Loans are for completed HDB
BankFixed rate Lock-in periodInterest rate p.a
(Year 1)
Interest rate p.a
(year 2)
Interest rate p.a
(year 3)
Interest rate p.a
(thereafter)
Loans pegged to
Hong Leong Finance2 Years1.65%
(fixed)
1.70%
(fixed)
1.97
(HHR - 2.90)
2.20
(HHR - 2.65)
HDB Home rate
(HHR)
4.85% p.a. as of June 2020
3 Years1.75%
(fixed)
1.80%
(fixed)
1.95%
(fixed)
2.20
(HHR - 2.65)
HSBC2 Years1.55%
(fixed)
1.55%
(fixed)
1M SIBOR + 1% p.a
1M SIBOR + 1%
(thereafter)
1M SIBOR
3 Years1.55%
(fixed)
1.55%
(fixed)
1.55%
(fixed)
Citibank2 Years1.78%
(fixed)
1.78%
(fixed)
1 Month SIBOR + 1%1 Month SIBOR + 1%1 Month SIBOR
3 Years1.78%
(fixed)
1.78%
(fixed)
1.78%
(fixed)
1 Month SIBOR + 1%
Bank of China2 Year1.75%
(fixed)
1.75%
(fixed)
3 months SIBOR + 0.85%3 Months SIBOR
DBS2 Years1.50%
(fixed)
1.50%FHR24 + 0.90% p.a FHR24
3 Years1.50%
(fixed)
1.50%
(fixed)
1.50%
(fixed)
FHR24 + 0.90% p.a
5 Years1.50%
(fixed)
1.50%
(fixed)
1.50%
(fixed till year 5)
FHR24 + 0.90% p.a
Standard Chartered2 years1.55%
(fixed)
1.55%
(fixed)
3 Month SIBOR + 1%3 Month SIBOR

Best Home Loan for HDB (Floating Rate)

Assuming the same assumptions:

  • Assuming a loan size of S$750,000
  • For a period of 25 years
  • Loans are for a completed property
BankLock-in periodInterest rate p.a
(Year 1)
Interest rate p.a
(year 2)
Interest rate p.a
(year 3)
Interest rate
(thereafter)
Loans pegged to
CIMB Bank2 Years1M SIBOR + 0.150% = 1.90% 1M SIBOR + 0.600% = 2.35%1 Month SIBOR
CitiBank2 Years1-mth SIBOR + 0.28% = 2.02%1-mth SIBOR + 0.45% = 2.19% 1-mth SIBOR + 0.60% = 2.34% 1 Month SIBOR
DBS2 YearsDBS FHR8 + 1.13% = 2.08% DBS FHR8 + 1.13% = 2.08% FHR8
(DBS)
Hong Leong Finance2 YearsHHR - 3.25% = 1.60%HHR - 2.65% = 2.20%HDB Home Rate (HRR)
HSBC2 Years1 Month SIBOR + 0.25%1 Month SIBOR + 0.35%1 Month SIBOR + 0.75%SIBOR
2 YearsTDMR24+0.98% = 2.38% p.a.
TDMR24+1.08% = 2.48% p.a.
TDMR24+1.18% = 2.58% p.a.
TDMR24+1.38% = 2.78% p.a.
TDMR
(HSBC)
Maybank3 YearsMaybank SRFR - 2.82% = 2.03%Maybank SRFR - 1.85% = 3.00%SRFR
OCBC 2 Years3-mth SIBOR + 0.30% = 2.07% 3-mth SIBOR + 0.40% = 2.17% 3-mth SIBOR + 0.50% = 2.27% 3-mth SIBOR + 0.60% = 2.37% 3 Month SIBOR
2 YearsOCBC MBR + 0.60% = 2.10% OCBC MBR + 0.60% = 2.10% OCBC MBR + 0.60% = 2.10% OHR
(OCBC)
Standard Chartered2 Years
1-mth SIBOR + 0.30% = 2.04% 1-mth SIBOR + 0.30% = 2.04% 1-mth SIBOR + 0.35% = 2.09% 1-mth SIBOR + 0.50% = 2.24% 1 Month SIBOR
2 Years
3-mth SIBOR + 0.35% = 2.12% 3-mth SIBOR + 0.45% = 2.22% 3 Month SIBOR
2 years FDR36(SCB) + 0.540% = 1.91% FDR36(SCB) + 1.280% = 2.65% FDR36(SCB) + 1.780% = 3.15% FDR36(SCB) + 1.780% = 3.15% FDR36(SCB)
UOB2 Years
3-mth SIBOR + 0.20% = 1.97% 3-mth SIBOR + 0.25% = 2.02% 3-mth SIBOR + 0.35% = 2.12% 3-mth SIBOR + 0.40% = 2.17% 3 Month SIBOR
2 Years
UOB MLCR + 1.13% = 1.98% UOB MLCR

Best Home Loan For Private Residential Property (Fixed rate)

Before we kick off with the comparison, here are some assumptions we made:

  • Assuming a loan size of S$750,000
  • For a period of 25 years
  • Loans are for a completed property
BankFixed rate Lock-in periodInterest rate p.a
(Year 1)
Interest rate p.a
(year 2)
Interest rate p.a
(year 3)
Interest rate p.a
(thereafter)
Loans pegged to
Bank of China2 Years2.25% (fixed)2.25% (fixed)3M SIBOR + 0.700% = 2.47%3M SIBOR + 0.700% = 2.47%3 Month SIBOR
State Bank of India2 years
2.50% (fixed)2.50% (fixed)Board + 2.750% = 2.75%Board + 2.750% = 2.75%BD (SBI)
Citibank2 years
1.81%
(fixed)
1.81%
fixed)
1M SIBOR + 0.650% = 2.40% 1M SIBOR + 0.650% = 2.40%1 Month SIBOR
3 years
1.82%
(fixed)
1.82%
(fixed)
1.82%
(fixed)
1M SIBOR + 0.500% = 2.25%1 Month SIBOR
3 years
1.84%
(fixed)
1.84%
(fixed)
1.84%
(fixed)
1M SIBOR + 0.650% = 2.40%1 Month SIBOR
DBS2 Years 1.90%
(fixed)
1.90%
(fixed)
FHR8(DBS) + 1.030% = 1.98%FHR8
2 years
1.86%
(fixed)
1.86%
(fixed)
FHR8(DBS) + 1.030% = 1.98%FHR8 + 1.75%
UOB2 Years1.86%
(fixed)
1.86%
(fixed)
MLCR(UOB) + 1.130% = 1.98%MLCR(UOB) + 1.130% = 1.98%MLCR (UOB)
3 years
1.86%
(fixed)
1.86%
(fixed)
MLCR(UOB) + 1.210% = 2.06%MLCR(UOB) + 1.210% = 2.06%
3 years1.88%
(fixed)
1.88%
(fixed)
2.06%
(fixed)
MLCR(UOB) + 1.210% = 2.06%

Best Home Loan for Private Residential Property (Floating Rate)

Assuming the same assumptions:

  • Assuming a loan size of S$750,000
  • For a period of 25 years
  • Loans are for a completed property
BankLock-in periodInterest rate p.a
(Year 1)
Interest rate p.a
(year 2)
Interest rate p.a
(year 3)
Interest rate
(thereafter)
Loans pegged to
CIMB Bank2 Years1M SIBOR + 0.150% = 1.90%1M SIBOR + 0.600% = 2.35%1 Month SIBOR
2 years
1M SIBOR + 0.200% = 1.95%1M SIBOR + 0.600% = 2.35%
2 years
1M SIBOR + 0.250% = 2.00%1M SIBOR + 0.600% = 2.35%
Maybank2 years
Board + 2.030% = 2.03%Board + 3.000% = 3.00%Board Rate
DBS1 year
FHR8(DBS) + 1.130% = 2.08%FHR8
UOB2 yearsMLCR(UOB) + 1.200% = 2.05%MLCR (UOB)
HSBC2 YearsTDMR(HSBC) + 0.980% = 2.38%TDMR(HSBC) + 1.080% = 2.48%TDMR(HSBC) + 1.180% = 2.58%TDMR(HSBC) + 1.380% = 2.78%TDMR (HSBC)
2 Years1M SIBOR + 0.300% = 2.05%1M SIBOR + 0.300% = 2.05%1M SIBOR + 0.400% = 2.15%1M SIBOR + 0.750% = 2.50%1 Month SIBOR
OCBC2 Years3M SIBOR + 0.300% = 2.07%3M SIBOR + 0.400% = 2.17%3M SIBOR + 0.500% = 2.27%3M SIBOR + 0.600% = 2.37%3 Months SIBOR
2 YearsMBR2 (OCBC) + 0.600% = 2.10%MBR2 (OCBC) + 0.700% = 2.20% MBR2 (OCBC)
CitibankNo Lock-in
1M SIBOR + 0.100% = 1.85%1M SIBOR + 0.120% = 1.87%1M SIBOR + 0.500% = 2.25%1M SIBOR + 0.500% = 2.25% 1 Month SIBOR
2 years
1M SIBOR + 0.480% = 2.23%1M SIBOR + 0.480% = 2.23%1M SIBOR + 0.500% = 2.25%1M SIBOR + 0.600% = 2.35%
Standard Chartered2 years1M SIBOR + 0.300% = 2.05%1M SIBOR + 0.300% = 2.05% 1M SIBOR + 0.350% = 2.10%1M SIBOR + 0.500% = 2.25%1 Month SIBOR
2 years 3M SIBOR + 0.300% = 2.07%3M SIBOR + 0.450% = 2.22%3 Month SIBOR

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