In-Principle Approval (IPA)

Be sure of your budget, as you search for homes.

Confirm your loan eligibility from a bank.
Continue home search with budget clarity.
Make an offer with peace of mind.
The best mortgage rates from all major banks in Singapore
  • DBS
  • OCBC
  • Citibank
  • UOB
  • Standard Chartered
  • Maybank
  • RHB
  • CIMB
  • Bank of China
  • SBI
  • Hong Leong Finance
  • Singapura Finance
  • HSBC
  • DBS
  • OCBC
  • Citibank
  • UOB
  • Standard Chartered
  • Maybank
  • RHB
  • CIMB
  • Bank of China
  • SBI
  • Hong Leong Finance
  • Singapura Finance
  • HSBC
  • DBS
  • OCBC
  • Citibank
  • UOB
  • Standard Chartered
  • Maybank
  • RHB
  • CIMB
  • Bank of China
  • SBI
  • Hong Leong Finance
  • Singapura Finance
  • HSBC

What to expect

step 1

15 mins consultation with our
Mortgage Expert

Your matched Mortgage Expert will contact you and understand your
home finance needs to provide personalised recommendations
step 2

Finalise your home with a
clear budget

Our Mortgage Experts will either do an IPA or an instant calculation
based on your needs.
step 3

Apply for a home loan

Our Mortgage Experts will help compare and apply for a home loan
when you are ready.

No fees.
No commitment.
No brainer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • An IPA is a computation of your maximum loan eligibility from a bank, hence it is more accurate and allows you to plan your finances confidently. Getting an IPA also speeds up the loan application process with your chosen bank, after you've paid the option fee.
  • Processing an IPA application usually takes 3-7 business days, depending on your chosen bank.
  • No, your credit history is accessed and evaluated by your chosen bank while processing your IPA application.
  • An IPA's validity can vary from 2 weeks upto a month, depending on your chosen bank
  • No, it will not. However, applying for multiple IPAs may negatively impact your credit score.
  • Yes, one can apply for IPAs with multiple banks. We do not, however, recommend this, as multiple Credit Bureau checks could negatively impact your credit score.
  • No, this service is provided to you without any charge.

IPA Singapore: What is IPA?

An In-Principle Approval (IPA) application checks whether you have the necessary income to finance your loan. The IPA provides details about how much the bank is ready to lend you if you decide to buy a property within the next few months. This can come in the form of an email or snail mail from the bank.
If you are getting your first home loan, do note that your Loan-to-Value limit (LTV) will be 75%. Private properties, an HDB flat and an Executive Condominium (EC) are properties that require an IPA.
Here's a short summary to make it easier for you:
IPA validity1 month
Properties that require IPAPrivate property, HDB flat, and EC

IPA Singapore: What to expect

15-minute consultation with our Mortgage Experts

Getting an In-Principle Approval is quick and easy. All you need is 15 minutes with PropertyGuru Finance's Mortgage Experts. Your matched Mortgage Expert will contact you to understand your home financing needs.
With the information that you have to provide, our Mortgage Expert will provide personalized recommendations that will aid you in your IPA application."

Get an IPA from multiple banks with ease

"Each bank has its own risk assessment to determine how much you can borrow to finance your home. Each IPA constitutes a formal conversation between you and the bank in question. Therefore, there isn't a one-size-fits-all IPA that applies to every bank.
When you make an IPA application through our Mortgage Expert, let us know which banks you are interested in to finance your home.
If you need recommendations on which bank is offering the best mortgage loan package, our Mortgage Experts will be ready to share more with you."

Sit back and wait for your IPA

If you were doing this on your own, you would probably be talking to multiple banks. With PropertyGuru Finance, getting an IPA is so much more simplified.
Firstly, you don't have to talk to different banks to get an IPA from them. PropertyGuru Finance helps you liaise with all the banks that you are interested in.
Secondly, we help you handle the paperwork and documents required. We do the necessary IPA application checks for you so that you get your IPA approved from the get-go.
All you need to do is just sit back and wait for the IPA approval from the banks. Even that is taken care of by our Mortgage Experts! When your IPA application check is done and the IPA is ready for you, our Mortgage Experts will call and inform you.

IPA Singapore: Start house hunting while waiting

We know that some homebuyers are eager to kickstart your home-buying process. But without an IPA and a budget in mind, it can be difficult to narrow down your home search.
If you are applying for your IPA with PropertyGuru Finance, our Mortgage Experts will help you do an estimated home loan calculation. We use in-house technology and data to give you a ballpark estimate of how much the banks are likely to lend you to finance your home.
With this in hand, you have a budget to work with to start house hunting while you are waiting for the official IPA from the bank(s).

IPA Singapore: Apply for a home loan

When all the house hunting is done and you are ready to commit to your new home, you can apply for a home loan with your IPA. With an IPA, you are 'almost guaranteed' that the bank is going to approve your home loan application.
Needless to say, our Mortgage Experts will be there to help you apply for a home loan as well. We will submit your request for a home loan together with the IPA that we applied for you after the 15-minute consultation with our Mortgage Experts.

IPA Singapore: Why getting an IPA makes sense

Be clear about your home budget

Trying to find a home without a budget is like going shopping without a clear idea of how much money you have in your wallet. Even if you see something you love, you won't be able to commit to it with confidence because you aren't sure if the bank is going to finance your home.
That's why getting an IPA makes sense. You don't want to leave it to chance to see whether your bank loan gets approved or not.

Getting an IPA isn't legally binding

One of the biggest myths about IPA is that it is legally binding on either the bank or the homebuyer. In fact, it isn't.
It is not mandatory for you to take on a home loan even though you have gotten an IPA. This means that even if you decide not to take on the home loan, there's no cost to you.

Getting an IPA can save you money

When you decide to buy a home and commit to buying it from the owner, you will need to make an agreement with the seller. This comes in the form of an Option to Purchase (OTP).
The OTP fee, which is equal to 1% of the purchase price of the property, must also be paid at the same time as reserving your ideal house.
Let's say you didn't get an IPA and went ahead to commit to a property that was way out of your budget. The bank decides that it isn't going to help you finance your home. This means that you have no choice but to lose out on the OTP fee that you paid.