PFF Panel 1
Seedly PFF 2019
Asked on 02 Mar 2019
Top Contributor (Jan)
U are not paying to cpf. U are paying to yourself the interest u would have earned if u didn't use cpf for house.
This is why the speakers are recommending to not use cpf for house if possible. Because not only you have to put back the accrued interest yourself, you also lose out the interest that CPF gives you. You dont just simply lose 2.5%.
I think another way of looking at it is that the money within CPF is your own money. Instead of investing in CPF, you are investing in the house. The interest is just the expected returns from investing in the property. So any gains from the sales are back to your CPF.
I think it is just a matter of really poor marketing, calling it CPF loan. In essence, you are using your money to buy your own house, and returning the money you took out from your CPF account, and giving some of the gains back to your CPF as a return on investment.
You're paying yourself the interest that CPF would have paid to you had you not used OA to purchase the flat. So it's still your CPF money at the end of the day. You can use it for your next purchase, right?