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Geryl Lim
Enhance contra facility is applicable for HDB loans, where 50% of the sales proceeds from your current flat will be used for the purchase of your new flat.

When you are using bank loan, the term contra often means planning of the completion dates for both sales and purchases such that the transition will be smooth and you will not need to look into issue of short term accommodation in between.

When doing such transactions, you will need to find out if you have the sufficient funds to complete the purchase process first before sale. If you require funds from your sale to be in before the completion of your purchase, the transaction is likely to be slightly more complex but still manageable.

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Robbie Chen Chee Howe
Hi,

As you're a PR-PR household, you are not eligible for HDB loan. You will only be eligible for a bank loan, hence contra facility is out for you.

If you're not planning to take any loan, you will have to plan the timeline in a way that the sales completion for your current flat has to be at least 2 weeks prior your completion for your next purchased flat, to allow your CPF funds to be back to you CPF-OA. You may also need to request an extension of stay from the buyers of your current flat if you want to renovate your new home.

If you do not need the sales proceeds from current house for your next house, you can proceed to buy first, and then latest within 6 months, sell off your current HDB flat.

I have helped many PR-PR families upgrade their HDB before, and I can assist you in your transition too.

Should you need any further assistance in matters relating to property, please contact me at my mobile 9748 6305. I will be happy to assess and share with you the possibilities for you in the current market.

Thank you.

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Ivan Ng
Hi Mdm. Fiona,

Contra is for cases where HDB loan is involved, where there is a seamless transition of proceeds from your current flat to your next flat. As you are not eligible for contra, its more advisable to sell first as for SPR clients upgrading from HDB to HDB, as the lower rate of 5% ABSD will apply (vs 10% if you buy 1st). Its also takes more time to secure a buyer in current subdued resale market.

I have assisted various clients with their upgrade and will happy to share more on the optimal approach for your scenario to ensure a smooth transition.

May I have more info and requirements about your plans so to make better recommendations? Thanks and look forward to value-add to your housing plans.

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Mani Subramanian Veeramani
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Nick Tan
Hi Fiona,

You will not be able to do contra as contra involves taking a HDB loan which you will not be eligible. But do not worry, the sell and buy transaction can still be conducted smoothly and seamlessly if the timeline is planned out properly.

I have addressed many of my clients on the the question of sell first or buy first. My opinion is that in the current market conditions, you should always sell first. This is because it is now a buyer's market and therefore it is easier to buy as compared to sell due to the large number of units looking for a buyer. However, if you were to buy first, you will not be able to make full use of the CPF that was utilised in your current property, and you will also be given a 6 months period to dispose off your current HDB. Securing a buyer who is willing to pay a good price for your unit takes time and if we are not able to secure such a buyer, you may be forced to accept a lower price due to the time constraint which does not makes sense.

I have assisted many clients who are in a similar situation as yourself. Please feel free to contact me so that I can plan, share and guide you step by step through the whole process.

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