Monetary Authority of Singapore announced regulations concerning residential property loan tenure and loan-to-value guidelines with effect from 6 Oct 2012:
1. Loan tenure cap at maximum of 35 years including refinancing.
2. For individual borrowers, if
a) loan tenure exceeds 30 years; or
b) loan period extends beyond the retirement age of 65 years,
The Loan-to-value ratio is 60% for borrowers with no outstanding mortgage and 40% for borrowers
with an outstanding mortgage.
3. For non-individual borrowers, the LTV ratio is 40%.
The MAS's move is an aspect of the bigger objective of pre-empting an asset bubble and promoting stability in the property market.
The private property price index remains positive which is up 76% since 2006, despite rounds of cooling measures. This shows that our government strive to establish a sustainable growth in the real estate market. The recently increase in HDB flat supply announced in September also indicate that there are a ready pool of genuine buyers in the market, and they are unlikely to be affected by the new measure.
8 Oct 2012