Hey guys! Purchasing your first HDB flat soon? Confused by the different housing loans available on the market? You’ve come to the right place Here’s a beginner’s guide on Home Loans! The interest rate for a HDB loan is generally higher than that of a bank loan, but it’s more stable
The current interest rate for a HDB Loan for 2017 is at 26% On the other hand, interest rates for bank home loans currently range between 108% and 248%
At first glance, it may seem that bank loans are the way to go However, all bank loans come with a lock-in period A lock-in period refers to the number of years in which your loan’s interest rate doesn’t change It generally lasts for 3 years When the lock-in period ends, the interest rate might change depending on market forces
Bank home loans require a 20% down payment You can use your CPF to pay for three-quarters of the down payment, but the remaining one-quarter must be paid for in cash Whoa! HDB loans require a 10% down payment, which can be fully paid for using your CPF If you can suddenly afford to pay off your HDB loan in full, you can do so without any restrictions However, for a bank home loan, there’ll be a fee of 1
5 to 175% on your balance loan amount Late fees for bank home loans come in at 24% per annum For a HDB loan, the late payment fee is at 75% per annum
So, no matter what, make sure that you repay your loans on time Still confused? Don’t be GoBear can help you compare all available home loans across different banks easily We can also connect you with a mortgage specialist who can give you personal advice Till next time… See ya!