Buying a Private Condo at Age 45 (or older)

Buy First Private condo at 45

Are you a HDB upgrader or current private property owner (i.e. upgrader or downgrader) thinking of buying a private condo at age 45. Below are 3 factors for your consideration when buying a private property at age 45 or older


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  • Loan Tenure & Amount
  • Freehold vs 99 years
  • What is your Exit Strategy?


📌1. Loan Tenure & Amount

  • At age 45, your loan tenure will be capped at 20 years (assume 1st home loan, max 75% Loan).
  • As we age beyond 35 years, our loan amount will get lesser because our loan tenure will get shorter
  • You can calculate your loan tenure by using “65 minus Your Age” (assume only 1 home loan)
  • See my article “Everything about Income Requirements & Loans”
  • For buyers who currently owns a HDB or condo, you may want to consider the hybrid buying-selling method (How to Upgrade from HDB to Condo without ABSD – Hybrid Method).  
  • Otherwise, you will incur additional buyer stamp duty (ABSD) if you buy first and sell your existing home later
Buying a Private Condo at Age 45

📌2. Freehold vs 99 years

  • Those who are financially stronger will likely consider freehold properties for legacy planning.
  • Freehold condos are more expensive but there will be no lease decay issues.
  • For buyers who are open to 99 years resale condos, I will suggest to either buy newer condos (T.O.P. within last 10 years) or those that are very old (25-30 years).
  • Condos will usually have the highest capital appreciation in the first 10-15 years.
  • Older condos are bigger and have stronger en bloc potential when they hit a certain age.
  • A recent study observed a price increase when condominiums reach 31 to 40 years old.
  • It is a fact that very few condos in Singapore survive beyond 40 years.
  • See my article “Resale Condo Checklist: Review these 4 Items Before Buying an Older Condo”
Buying a Private Condo at Age 45

📌3. Near MRT vs Parks/ Beach

  • When you are 45 years or older, you may want to buy a property that may cater to your retirement lifestyle in 15-20 years’ time.
  • The conveniences of online ordering and private car hires have made “near MRT” a less important factor when choosing the next property.
  • Electrical cars and even driverless cars will perpetuate this trend as the government pushes to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
  • Post covid has also encouraged Work-from-Home and Home-Based-Learning trends.
  • Being near a garden, parks or beach may be more attractive factors than being near an MRT station 20 years later
Buying a Private Condo at Age 45

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Dennis has more than a decade of experience investing in real estate. Like many fellow Singaporeans, he grew up in a HDB flat with dreams to live in a condominium. Through careful financial planning & hardwork, this became a reality when he was 30. He now owns 3 private properties in Singapore and has helped hundreds of Singaporeans to achieve their goal of upgrading their homes in land-scarce Singapore.

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