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Latest changes to mortgage rules may deter older investors

Published on Oct 6, 2012 6:00 AM
 
A crowd at a recent condo launch in Bedok. The latest changes will affect older investors looking to buy a second or third investment property and HDB upgraders who want to get on the private property ladder. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The latest changes to mortgage rules could deter many house-hunters from buying a new property - or at least give them serious pause, analysts and property market watchers said on Friday.

Chief among this group will be older investors looking to buy a second or third investment property, they noted. And HDB upgraders who want to get on the private property ladder will also not be spared.

From Saturday, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will cap all new housing loans at a maximum allowable tenure of 35 years.

Tighter rules will also apply to borrowers taking loans longer than 30 years, or have their loan periods extend beyond the retirement age of 65.

 
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  • If they have no outstanding mortgage, the cash down payment is now 40 per cent of the property's valuation instead of the usual 20 per cent.
  • If they already have an existing mortgage and want to take another one for another property, the cash down payment is 60 per cent, instead of the current 40 per cent.


REGRET

I was just biding my time till prices go slightly lower before I jump in. I'm regretting that decision now.

- Property investor Loh Siew Mee