Asked by Anonymous
One of us has a condominium under the name (actually the parents' property) so we are out of the running for BTO and EC. We are left we no choice but to look at private properties.
a) If one of you is holding the property in name AND the housing loan, this is going to affect your TDSR of 60%, there will be a limit to what the bank can lend. Talk to a few banks, they can advise you on your combined borrowing power as a couple.
b) If one of you is holding the property in name BUT no housing loan, good news, less restrictions, you can borrow more $, you might even be able to leverage on any rental income this property is generating to borrow more $. Just that, the killer is the ABSD.
With this information, then you can set a budget and decide on what type of private property you can afford.
The total property price - bank loan = more than 25% of the property price, this is what you need to pay in cash to afford your private property + 12% ABSD, (3% +1% stamp duty)
All these require some math and if the sum is too large for your combined savings to handle, then this plan may not work out as other costs e.g. renovations (will need cash upfront), wedding, furnishings require cash.
After these extensive calculations, you might want to speak to both sets of parents to see if they are willing to lend you all some $.
an older but larger unit
OR newer but shoebox size to 1-2 bedroom unit
There are small condominiums ~1 bedroom going at 500-700K.
In areas that are cheaper, older 2 bedroom condos can be ~800K.
If the above does not work out, probably have to consider other alternatives: (a) live with either set of parents
(b) sell this private property to get your own private/BTO/EC/Resale
(c) negotiate to stay in this property in the meantime
(d) offer to buy over the current private property
There are a few queries required before anyone can help. You might want to update the following first
1) What is your TDSR (total debt servicing ratio)?
2) Does the 1st property have any outstanding loan or fully paid up?
3) For Condos, the budget range is from 800k (small 2 room apartment) to 1.2mil (for 3 room etc at pasir ris more ulu kind) ro even 3 mil (CBD area).
4) Most loans are pegged to 10X your salary based on the borrowing figure allowed. And repayment is tagged to TDSR.
Finally, I can't help much as I am not a property agent, hence did not deal with private Condos (I bought HDB). I am asking more so that the professionals can help answer.
Perhaps the one who has the property under the name can "sell" the property back to the parents. Meaning, the parents will take full ownership of that property.
Then, you both can qualify for BTO after a cooling period.