All you need to know about the condo payment scheme

All you need to know about the condo payment scheme

The most unappealing part of buying a condo isn’t having to stand in snaking queues in showflats. Rather, it’s realising that you have to pay for the property that usually takes the thrill out of the whole affair. That’s why you should know all about the condo payment schedule before you enjoy the home-hunting experience. Let this article fill you in.

New launch vs resale condos: The differences

Buying a condo unit typically falls in either of two categories:

  • Buying a unit in a completed development. This is usually a resale, or an unsold unit directly from a developer.
  • Buying a unit in an uncompleted development, aka a building under construction (BUC). This is usually a new launch condo unit bought directly from the developer, but can also be a sub-sale from a buyer.

There are a variety of factors that might push you towards one or the other. For example, you might not be willing to wait three plus years for your unit to be constructed, or you want to purchase a unit in a development that’s already been completed (and can be inspected with your own eyes). The thing is that, while the condo payment schedules for the two types aren’t vastly different from each other, there are differences you should know.

Condo payment schedule of uncompleted developments (new launch condo) 

Let’s take the example of newlywed couple Eddie and Alexandra, who are both Singapore citizens with a combined income of $14,000/month, and CPF balance of $60,000.

They’re interested in purchasing a unit in a new development that hasn’t started construction yet, at a price of $1,500,000. To help process their transaction, they’ve engaged private legal counsel who have agreed to charge $3,500 for the entire purchase, and have obtained their valuation report at $350.

Since this would be their first bank home loan, they are entitled to up to 75% of the purchase price according to the loan-to-value (LTV) limit. This means that if they were to take out the full 75% financing, the loan quantum would be S$1,125,000.

As for the stamp duty, as they’re both Singaporeans and this is their first property, they’ll only have to pay the Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD).

You can use’s Stamp Duty Calculator to conveniently calculate how much BSD you’re subjected to.

Here’s what their condo payment schedule would look like, if they opt for the progressive payment scheme that’s available for new launch condos.

Fee payable/stage of work Approximate timeframe Per cent of purchase price Amount payable Payment mode
Exercising the option (Option or booking fee)   5 per cent $75,000 Cash
Sign the Sale and Purchase (S&P) agreement to exercise the OTP Within 3 weeks of receiving it      
Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD) Within 14 days of signing the S&P 1 per cent of first $180,000 $44,600 Cash/CPF
    2 per cent of next $180,000    
    3 per cent of the next $640,000    
    4 per cent of the next $500,000    
Downpayment Within 8 weeks of exercising the option 15 per cent $225,000 Cash/CPF
Legal fees   ~$2,500 – $4,000 $3,500 Cash/CPF
Valuation fee   ~$350 – $500 $350 Cash/CPF
Foundation of work ~6 – 9 months from launch 10 per cent $150,000 Cash and/or bank loan
Reinforced concrete framework ~6 – 9 months later 10 per cent $150,000  
Brick walls of unit ~3 – 6 months later 5 per cent $75,000  
Ceiling of unit ~3 – 6 months later 5 per cent $75,000  
Door and window frames in position, wiring, internal plastering and plumbing of unit ~3 – 6 months later 5 per cent $75,000  
Car park, roads and drains serving the project ~3 – 6 months later 5 per cent $75,000  
Notice of vacant possession TOP date 25 per cent $375,000  
Legal completion date Date of legal completion/certificate of statutory completion (CSC) 15 per cent $225,000  
Total     $1,548,450  

Keep in mind that the booking fee of S$75,000 needs to be paid entirely in cash, and cannot be supplemented using CPF or a bank loan.

What’s the monthly instalment for a new launch condo?

To get a breakdown of how much the couple would pay per month with the progressive payment scheme, we filled up the following details on’s progressive payment scheme calculator. We assume the home loan is on a 30-year tenure and an interest rate of 4 per cent per annum.

Here’s how much the couple would pay per month, as the condo gets built.

You can also use’s progressive payment calculator to do the math for you!

Condo payment schedule for completed developments

Now let’s see how the finances work out if Eddie and Alexandra decide to buy a completed development (i.e. a resale condo) instead.

Fee payable/stage of work Approximate timeframe % of purchase price Amount payable Payment mode
Grant of option (Booking fee)   1% S$15,000 Cash
Exercise of option (Option fee) Within 14 days of grant of option 4% S$60,000 Cash
Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD) Within 14 days of exercising the option 1% of first S$180,000 S$44,600 Cash/CPF
    2% of next S$180,000    
    3% of the next S$640,000    
    4% of the next S$500,000    
Legal fees   ~S$2,500 – S$4,000 S$3,500 Cash/CPF
Valuation fee   ~S$350 – S$500 S$350 Cash/CPF
Legal completion of sale and purchase at lawyer’s office ~ 8 – 12 weeks of exercise of option 95% (balance of purchase price) S$1,425,000 Cash and/or bank loan
Total     S$1,548,450  

Again, the S$75,000 in booking and option fees will need to be paid completely in cash; CPF funds and bank loans cannot be used.

What’s the monthly instalment for a resale condo?

Likewise, assuming the couple would take a 30-year home loan at an interest rate of 4% per annum, here’s how much they’ll have to pay for the monthly instalments. This is calculated with’s mortgage calculator.

One of the costs will be renovation costs, which will depend on how extensive the renovation will be.

Plus, there’s the condo maintenance fee that you’ll have to pay every three months. This depends on the condo, but it can range from $250 to $1,000 a month.

Also, don’t forget about the property tax, which is based on the annual value of a property. In general, the annual value of a condo unit is higher than an HDB flat.

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