Property

If I Receive A Property Through Inheritance, Are There Inheritance Or Property Taxes I Need To Pay?

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Regarding your inheritance, you will be glad to know that Estate Duty has been abolished for deaths on and after 15 Feb 2008. So you will not be required to pay taxes on any assets (including property) and cash.

Having said that, note that there are financial implications of inheriting a property that you should be aware of.

If the property you inherited is a condominium, you will now be responsible to pay monthly Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST) fees for the upkeep of common areas and facilities.

If the inherited property was purchased as recently as three years ago, Seller Stamp Duty of between 4 to 12% might apply if you plan to sell the property.

Also, if you already own a property and plan to purchase additional properties in future, you will be liable to pay Additional Buyer Stamp Duty of between 12% to 15%, since you now own more than one property.

Inheriting a HDB flat also has its own rules and regulations, so you should refer to the HDB website for details on which policies apply to your situation.

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Can I Extend My Loan Tenure If I Perform A Refinancing Of My Home Loan?

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If I am servicing a bank loan for my HDB flat, can I extend the loan tenure if I refinance the loan?

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The maximum loan tenure cannot exceed 30 years for HDB flats and 35 years for private properties, but the actual tenure that you’re offered may be shorter depending on your age and the years left on your property.

If the tenure of your original home loan was reduced by your age or lease of your property, then refinancing would not help you extend your tenure.

In addition, banks tend to look at when you purchased your property, and deduct that period from the tenure they are willing to offer you.

The only time when refinancing can help you get a longer tenure is if you took a short tenure loan previously, and would now like to stretch it to the maximum period you’re entitled to.

Read  More: Step-by-Step Guide to Refinancing Your Home Loan

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