With the introduction of Seller’s Stamp Duty and lowering of Loan-to-Value ratio last year and being enhanced before, the Singapore Government steps in further to adjust the already heavy measures to cool down the property market by introducing the following:-
- Increasing the holding period for imposition of Seller’s Stamp Duty(SSD) from three to four years
- Raise the SSD rates to 16%, 12%, 8% and 4% of consideration for residential properties which are bought on or after 14 January 2011, and are sold in the first, second, third and fourth year of purchase respectively. You can see an example of the computation here.
- Lower the Loan-To-Value (LTV) limit to 50% on housing loans granted by financial institutions regulated by MAS for property purchasers who are not individuals
- Lower the LTV limit on housing loans granted by financial institutions regulated by MAS from 70% to 60% for property purchasers who are individuals with one or more outstanding housing loans at the time of the new housing purchase