Additional CPF Housing Grant

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Additional Housing Grant (abbrev: AHG) is an additional subsidy over and above the regular market subsidy and Central Provident Fund Housing Grant that new and resale HDB (Housing & Development Board) flat buyers in Singapore can enjoy. It offsets the purchase price of a new or resale HDB flat in Singapore, thereby reducing the housing loan a flat buyer needs to take.

Overview[edit]

The AHG was first introduced in 3 Mar 2006 to help lower-income citizen families buy their first HDB flat. Under the AHG, households earning below the monthly income ceiling can qualify for an additional subsidy (refer table). The AHG has since undergone two enhancements. The first was in Aug 2007, and the second enhancement was in 6 Feb 2009. [1]

AHG

(Mar 2006)

Revised AHG

(Aug 2007)

Latest Enhanced AHG

(Feb 2009)

Monthly income ceiling S$3,000 S$4,000 S$5,000
Maximum additional subsidy S$20,000 S$30,000 S$40,000

The latest increase in income ceiling from S$4,000 to S$5,000 increases the coverage of the AHG from 50 to 60 percent of resident households. In addition, the condition of continuous employment preceding the flat application is reduced from two years to one year.

The enhanced AHG is applicable to the purchase of flats as follows:

Category of Flats Cut-off Date
Purchase of New / DBSS Flats Booking of Flats on or after 6 Feb 09
Purchase of Resale Flats Resale Application received by HDB on or after 6 Feb 09

Eligibility conditions[edit]

The AHG will only be given once to each eligible family. As with the current scheme, the enhanced grant is given to Singapore Citizen only (not Singapore Permanent Residence spouse or an undischarged bankrupt), and can only be used as capital payment for the flat purchase. The balance, if any, must be used to reduce the mortgage loan before a housing loan from HDB can be granted.

In addition to the current eligibility conditions to buy a new flat and the conditions of income ceiling and continuous employment, the family will have also to meet the following eligibility conditions to apply for the AHG: [2]

Family Nucleus[edit]

The applicant must form a family comprising the applicant and his/her:

  • spouse; or
  • fiance/fiancee; or
  • parents and siblings; or
  • children under your legal custody (if you are widowed or divorced).

Household Status[edit]

The applicant and the other essential family members listed in the application for purchase of the flat:

  • are currently not owners of a flat bought direct from the HDB or a resale flat bought with the CPF housing grant; and
  • have not sold a flat bought direct from the HDB or a resale flat bought with the CPF housing grant; and
  • have not enjoyed other forms of housing subsidy (for example, bought an Executive Condominium from developer, enjoyed benefits under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme, privatisation of HUDC estate etc.).

Undischarged Bankrupt[edit]

The recipients of the housing grant must not be an undischarged bankrupt.

Details and benefits of enhanced AHG[edit]

The AHG is graduated to allow families with lower income to enjoy a higher grant. The details of the enhanced grant are as follows:

Average Gross Monthly Household Income

(assessed over the past one year)

Enhanced Additional CPF Housing Grant Quanta

(Feb 2009)

S$1,500 or less S$40,000
S$1,501 - S$2,000 S$35,000
S$2,001 - S$2,500 S$30,000
S$2,501 - S$3,000 S$25,000
S$3,001 - S$3,500 S$20,000
S$3,501 - S$4,000 S$15,000
S$4,001 - S$4,500 S$10,000
S$4,501 - S$5,000 S$5,000

The enhanced AHG will make owning an HDB home within easier reach, especially for the lower-income. It helps to reduce the housing loan required for the purchase of the flat.

For instance, a family with a monthly household income of S$1,500 can comfortably own a new two-room HDB flat priced at S$90,000 based on the average selling price. With the help of the maximum AHG quantum of S$40,000, they only have a monthly mortgage instalment of about S$200. This is about 13 percent of the monthly income and can be serviced entirely from monthly CPF contributions.

To date, the AHG scheme has disbursed about S$140 million to help about 10,000 families buy their first flat. This revision is expected to benefit an additional 2,700 first-timer homebuyers each year, bringing the total benefiting households to about 8,000 per year. The beneficiaries of the AHG have also extended beyond the lower income to the middle-income families. Overall, it will almost double the estimated cost of the AHG scheme to the Singapore Government to about S$150 million per year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ HDB InfoWeb (6 February 2009) - Enhanced Additional CPF Housing Grant will help more own a home. Retrieved February 20, 2009
  2. ^ HDB InfoWeb (14 October 2011) - Additional CPF Housing Grant. Retrieved October 14, 2011

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