a) Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates will be:
i) Raised between 5 to 7% across the board
ii) Imposed on PRs purchasing their 1st residential property and on Singaporeans purchasing their 2nd residential property.
b) Loan-to-Value limits on housing loans granted by financial institutions will be tightened for individuals who already have at least one outstanding loan, as well as to non-individuals such as companies.
c) Besides tighter Loan-to-Value limits, the minimum cash down payment for individuals applying for a 2nd or subsequent housing loan will also be raised from 10% to 25%.
The measures listed above will not impact most Singaporeans buying their first home. Some concessions will also be extended to selected groups of buyers, such as married couples with at least one Singaporean spouse who are purchasing their second property and will sell their first residential property.
These new ABSDs and loan rules are significant, but they are temporary. They are being imposed to cool the market now, and will be reviewed in future depending on market conditions.