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All you need to know about private condo payment schedule

The most unappealing part of buying a condo isn’t having to stand in snaking queues in showflats (or to wait for an agent who has a habit of showing up late). Rather, it’s realising that you have to pay for the property that usually takes the thrill out of the whole affair. That’s why you should know all about condo payment schedules before you enjoy the home-hunting experience. Let this article fill you in:

New launch vs resale condos: the difference

Buying a condo unit typically falls in either of two categories:

  • Buying a unit in a completed development (usually a resale, but could be unsold units directly from a developer)
  • Buying a unit in an uncompleted development (usually a new launch unit bought directly from the developer, but can also be a sub-sale from a buyer)

There are a variety of factors that might push you towards one or the other. For example, you might not be willing to wait 3+ years for your unit to be constructed, or you want to purchase a unit in a development that’s already been completed (and can be inspected with your own eyes). The thing is that, while the payment schedules for the two types isn’t vastly different from each other, there are differences you should know.

Condo payment schedule of uncompleted developments

Let’s take the example of newlywed couple Eddie and Alexandra, who are both Singaporean Citizens and first-timer applicants with a combined income of $14,000/month, and CPF balance of $30,000.

They’re interested in purchasing a unit in a new development that hasn’t started construction yet, at a price of $1,000,000. To help process their transaction, they’ve engaged private legal counsel who have agreed to charge $3,500 for the entire purchase, and have obtained their valuation report at $350.

Since this would be their first bank home loan, they are entitled to up to 75 percent of the purchase price according to the loan-to-value (LTV) limit.

Here’s what their condo payment schedule would look like:

Fee payable / stage 0f work completed

Approximate timeframe

% purchase price of fees payable

Amount payable

Source of funds

Exercising option
(Option fee)

5% of purchase price

 

$50,000

Cash

Sign S&P

Within 3 weeks from delivery of S&P

Stamp duty

Within 14 days from signing S&P

1st $180,000: 1%

2nd $180,000: 2%

Remainder of purchase price: 3%

$24,600

Cash/CPF

Downpayment

Within 8 weeks from exercising option

20% of purchase price

$200,000

Cash/CPF

Legal fees

~ $2500 – $4000 $3,500

Cash/CPF

Valuation fee

~ $350 – $500 $350

Cash/CPF

Foundation work

~ 6 – 9 months from launch 10% of purchase price

$100,000

Cash/

Bank loan

Reinforced concrete framework

~ 6 – 9 months later 10% of purchase price $100,000

Brick walls of unit

~ 3 – 6 months later 5% of purchase price $50,000

Ceiling of unit

~ 3 – 6 months later 5% of purchase price $50,000

Door & window frames in position, wiring, internal plastering & plumbing of unit

~ 3 – 6 months later

5% of purchase price $50,000
Car park, roads & drains servicing the project

~ 3 – 6 months later

5% of purchase price

$50,000
Notice of vacant possession TOP date 25% of purchase price $250,000

Legal completion date

Date of legal completion/certificate of statutory completion 15% of purchase price $150,000
TOTAL: $1,028,450

On the basis that they will be making use of the full 75 percent bank loan that they’re eligible for, their financial obligations would be as follows:

Bank Loan : $750,000

CPF        : $30,000

Cash           : $248,450 ($1,028,450 – $800,000 – $30,000)

Note: The booking fee of $50,000 needs to be paid entirely in cash, and cannot be supplemented using CPF or a bank loan.

property investment vs own stay
Yes, the condo payment schedule for uncompleted developments can get a tad complicated. But hey, developers need money to build.

Condo payment schedule for completed developments

Now let’s see how the finances work out if Eddie and Alexandria decide to buy a completed development instead.

Fee payable / stage 0f work completed

Approximate timeframe

% purchase price of fees payable

Amount payable

Source of funds

Grant of option
(Booking fee)

1% of purchase price $10,000

Cash

Exercise of option
(Option fee)

Within 14 days from grant of option 4% of purchase price $40,000

Cash

Stamp duty

Within 14 days from exercise of option

1st $180,000: 1%

2nd $180,000: 2%

Remainder of purchase price: 3%

$24,600

Cash / CPF

Legal fees

~ $2500 – $4000 $3,500

Cash / CPF

Valuation report fee

~ $350 – $500 $350

Cash / CPF

Completion of sale & purchase at lawyer’s office ~ 8 – 12 weeks from exercise of option Balance payment (purchase price less booking fee and option fee)     $950,000 Cash / Bank loan
TOTAL:  $1,028,450

On the basis that they will be making use of the full 75 percent bank loan that they’re eligible for, their financial obligations would be as follows:

Bank Loan : $750,000

CPF             : $30,000

Cash           : $248,450 ($1,028,450 – $800,000 – $30,000)

Again, the $50,000 in booking and option fees will need to be paid completely in cash; CPF funds and bank loans cannot be used.

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