Guide to Using CPF for Private Residential Properties

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June 10, 2016 12:00 PM SGT
Under the Central Provident Fund Board’s Private Properties Scheme (PPS), you can use your savings in CPF Ordinary Account (OA) to buy or build private residential property for occupation or investment.
It can be used for the following:
  • Pay purchase price of the property
  • Repay housing loan in part or whole and to service monthly housing loan instalments
  • Repay construction loan in part or whole and to service the monthly loan instalments taken to buy land and/or to construct a house on that land
  • Pay stamp duty, legal costs, survey fees and other related costs incurred in the property purchase, refinancing and/or construction of the house
Eligibility
All CPF members who are eligible to buy a private property are eligible under PPS with the following exceptions.
  • You are buying a property with remaining lease of less than 30 years
  • You are buying a property with a remaining lease of between 30 and 60 years and your age plus the remaining lease of the property is less than 80 years
  • You are a single person buying a private property with a non-related single and you have used CPF for an existing property
  • You are a married person buying a property with a non-related single
How much CPF can you use?
There are limits on the amount of CPF savings you can use to buy a private residential property
Valuation Limit (VL) is the purchase price or the value of the private property at the time of purchase, whichever is lower.
Withdrawal Limit (WL) is 120% of the VL. This is the maximum amount of CPF you can use for the private property.
To use your CPF beyond VL and up to WL, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • Below 55 years old: To set aside the current Basic Retirement Sum (BRS) in your Special Account (SA), including the amount withdrawn for investment and OA
  • 55 years and above: To meet the BRS in your Retirement Account (RA), SA (including the amount withdrawn for investment) and OA
Basic Retirement Sum​
Age 55 in 2016
$80,500​
Age 55 in 2017​
$83,000
Age 55 in 2018
$85,500​
Age 55 in 2019
$88,000
​Age 55 in 2020
​$90,500
The amount of CPF you can use is lower if you are buying a private property with a remaining lease of between 30 and 60 years.
  • If you are buying a property with a remaining lease of between 30 and 60 years, your age plus the remaining lease of the property must be at least 80 years
  • The maximum amount of CPF is a percentage of the Valuation Limit computed as:
(Remaining lease of property when youngest eligible owner using CPF is 55 years old) / (Lease of the property at point of purchase) x (Lower of purchase price or value of the property)
Using CPF for downpayment
Downpayment for your private residential property can be paid using a mix of cash and CPF, with conditions dependent on number of existing housing loans, loan tenure and borrower age.
Buyers who currently own only one residential property, with the intention of selling it, and are applying for a second housing loan for the purchase of another property which is an Executive Condominium (EC) purchased directly from a developer or a HDB flat can be treated as individuals with no outstanding housing loans. Such buyers will have to provide the bank a copy of the signed undertaking to HDB committing to complete the sale of the sole existing property within the period stipulated in the undertaking.
Type of housing loan
Downpayment
Source of funding
  • Loan tenure does not exceed 30 years; and
  • Sum of loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan is below 65 years
20% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower
  • First 5% in cash
  • Next 15% in cash and/or CPF
  • Loan tenure exceeds 30 years (up to a maximum of 35 years); or
  • Sum of loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan is above 65 years
40% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower
  • First 10% in cash
  • Next 30% in cash and/or CPF
Buyer applying for a loan with 1 other outstanding housing loan
  • Loan tenure does not exceed 30 years; and
  • Sum of loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan is below 65 years
50% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower
  • First 25% in cash
  • Next 25% in cash and/or CPF
Buyer applying for a loan with 1 other outstanding housing loan
  • Loan tenure exceeds 30 years (up to a maximum of 35 years); or
  • Sum of loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan is above 65 years
70% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower
  • First 25% in cash
  • Next 45% in cash and/or CPF
Buyer applying for a loan with 2 or more other outstanding housing loans
  • Loan tenure does not exceed 30 years; and
  • Sum of loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan is below 65 years
60% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower
  • First 25% in cash
  • Next 35% in cash and/or CPF
Buyer applying for a loan with 2 or more other outstanding housing loans
  • Loan tenure exceeds 30 years (up to a maximum of 35 years); or
  • Sum of loan tenure and age of borrower at the time of applying for the loan is above 65 years
80% of purchase price or market valuation, whichever is lower
  • First 25% in cash
  • Next 55% in cash and/or CPF
How to apply to use CPF?
  • 1. Authorise your lawyer to submit
  • An application form to use your CPF savings to buy the property
  • A valuation report by a licensed valuer
  • 1. You will receive a Letter of Approval
  • 2. Instruct your lawyer to work with the CPF Board to complete the legal documentation
Your CPF savings will be released to buy the property after you have:
  • Submitted all the required documents
  • Paid the required cash downpayment
  • Paid any balance purchase price after taking into consideration the CPF lumpsum and housing loan amount
Source: CPF, www.moneysense.gov.sg, iCompareLoan.com, The Edge Property