Property stocks slump after announcement of new cooling measures

Singapore — Property stocks in Singapore came under heavy selling in early trade on Friday (Jul 6), as investors reacted to surprise news of fresh cooling measures announced a day earlier.

In an effort to “cool the property market and keep price increases in line with economic fundamentals”, the Government said on Thursday evening that it would raise the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates and tighten loan-to-value (LTV) limits on residential property purchases.

The new rates take effect on Friday.

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Higher ABSD rates for second homes among new cooling measures

SINGAPORE: The Government announced on Thursday (Jul 5) that it is raising Additional Buyer Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates and tightening loan-to-value (LTV) limits on residential property purchases, in an effort to “cool the property market and keep price increases in line with economic fundamentals”.

The move comes several days after official data showed that private home prices had risen to its highest point in four years in the April to June quarter, with analysts predicting that prices could soon recover to 2013 peak levels.

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Here’s How Singaporeans Can Better Plan Their Finances When It Comes to Their Homes

Singapore — Owning a home that you can call your own is certainly exciting, but it is also one of the biggest purchases you will probably make in your lifetime. What’s more important to bear in mind, however, is that it’s not a journey that ends the moment you get your house keys.

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Single Parent in Singapore – Guide to Grants, Subsidies And Financial Assistance

By Joanne Poh, via moneysmart.sg

Singapore’s laws remain depressingly old-fashioned when it comes to certain things. And nowhere is this clearer than in the way single parents are penalised. It’s almost as if it’s your fault for being a single parent.

While a lot has been done to make parenthood less financially taxing such as the Baby Bonus and HDB subsidies, single parents are often left out in the cold and denied the same degree of support.

This despite the fact that it is often precisely single parents who need help most in the absence of a spouse to share the physical, emotional and financial burden of raising a child.

If you or someone you know is on the brink of single parenthood, this guide will help you to see at a glance which grants, subsidies and financial assistance you qualify for.

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How to Tell If You’re Financially Compatible With Your Partner

Whether you’re casually dating, moving in together, or married, you and your partner have to be sure you’re not just compatible in terms of personality but also financially. Is your partner a saver or a spender? How seriously do they take debt? Do they have a monthly budget? Here’s how to tell if you’re financially compatible with your partner.

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Proposed SIBOR revamp may lead to more fluctuation in home loan rates: Analysts

Singapore — The proposal to enhance the benchmark, which is used as reference for mortgages, was announced last week. Analysts said these changes, if implemented, will cause the benchmark to be more sensitive to market conditions.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos/proposed-sibor-revamp-may-lead-to-more-fluctuation-in-home-loan-9493204

What is the Cost of Refinancing in Singapore and is it Worth It?

By Lynette Goh, via moneysmart.sg

SINGAPORE — So you’ve just seen how much you’re paying this month on your home loan, and you’re seriously considering switching to another bank with the lower interest rates… Except you don’t know if refinancing is a good choice. Will it really be able to save you money in the long-term? Is the cost of refinancing really worth it? Here are some costs you will encounter when refinancing your home loan:

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