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Step-by-step guide to financing your new home

Step-by-step guide to financing your new home

  • 7 December 2017
  • OCBC Home Loans

Getting a private property? Between loan application and key collection, here's what to expect and what's needed from you.

Getting your private property purchase financed

Step 1

Receive the Option to Purchase

An Option to Purchase (OTP) document gives you exclusive rights to a property for a short agreed amount of time (usually 2 to 5 weeks). You have an option fee, which is 1% of the property's purchase price. This makes the seller contractually obliged to make the property available to you should you proceed with the purchase. To exercise your option to purchase, you must pay a full deposit, which is usually 5%. If you do not proceed with the purchase, the seller will keep the 1% deposit.


Step 2

Apply for your home loan

Now that you've found and reserved your dream property, you need to secure a home loan to help pay for it. A mortgage specialist will discuss your financing needs, assess your affordability, and advise you on the next steps. You will need to provide:

  1. Original OTP document
  2. Copy of your ID
  3. Income documents
  4. Latest statements for credit cards and other loans
  5. “Financial Information” printout from HDB InfoWeb

Step 3

Accept your loan offer

When your application is approved, the bank will issue you with a Letter of Offer containing all the details of your selected home loan package. If you have all the required documents, approval can take as little time as 1 hour. The documents you need to sign include:

  1. Letter of Offer
  2. Residential Property Loan Fact Sheet
  3. Declaration of Income and Debts

Step 4

Sign the Option to Purchase

You'll need to fulfil the requirements of exercising your option to purchase, including paying the remaining 4% of the booking fee. Stamp duty is payable 14 days from this step.


Step 5

Await legal checks

Your lawyer will exercise the option to purchase on your behalf and take care of all the necessary legal checks. He or she can also offer advice on the unfinanced portion of your purchase.


Step 6

Make the final payment

Once all the legal checks are completed, you will need to sign your mortgage document. At this point, the unfinanced part of your purchase will need to be paid using your own cash. And of course, you'll need to pay your lawyer.

For properties still under construction, the mortgage will remain in escrow. The unfinanced portion can be paid in stage payments, leading up to the completion of the building.


Step 7

Collect your keys

You collect your keys on the day of completion. Your bank will disburse the loan and you will receive the loan disbursement letter.

Within a month of completion, your lawyer will lodge your property's title deed with the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). The original title deed will be sent to your bank for safekeeping, and you'll receive a copy.


Step 8

Start repaying your home loan

Your first instalment will be due on the first day of the following month, and every month thereafter. You can pay with funds from your bank.

You can view your loan through OCBC online banking. You will also receive an annual loan statement.



A little preparation can help you to speed up both of these processes. Just having the correct documents available when required can save time, allowing your mortgage specialist to provide the most accurate advice, and keep the process moving.


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