Intent To Buy: Property in Singapore


Whether you are a young couple or a growing family in Singapore looking to upgrade, the first thing that you need to do is to register an Intent to Buy.

From 1 January 2018, resale flat buyers and sellers will need to login to the HDB Resale Portal using their SingPass, to start their buying or selling journey.

The portal will guide you through the following steps:-
1- Register Intent to Buy
2- Search for Suitable Flat and Get Option to Purchase (OTP)
3- Choose Mode of Financing
4- Submit Request for Value to HDB
5- Submit Resale Application
6- Acknowledge Resale Documents
7- Pay Fees (Online Payment)
8- Approval of Resale
9- Completion of Resale

Why do you need to register an Intent to Buy


The Intent to Buy replaces the Resale Checklist, which was used prior to 1 January 2018. Like the Resale Checklist, registering your Intent to Buy lets HDB assess your eligibility to purchase an HDB resale flat. There is no fee involved for registering, and you will receive an instant assessment on your eligibility to buy an HDB resale flat, the housing grants you are eligible for, and your eligibility for an HDB housing loan.

Do note that if there are more than one buyer of the flat, only one buyer will need to register the Intent to Buy.

If you have engaged a property agent to help you to buy a resale flat, your agent is not allowed to register the Intent to Buy on your behalf, but your agent can guide you through the entire process.

An Intent to Buy is valid for 12 months. You will need to reapply an Intent to Buy if you do not submit your resale application within 12 months.

The results generated from the Intent to Buy is based on information you have provided. It is only an indication of your eligibility, and does not constitute an approval by HDB to apply for a resale flat or to take up an HDB housing loan or housing grant.

You need to ensure that you provide the correct details when registering your intent. HDB will reject your resale application if the details submitted are different from that indicated in your Intent to Buy.


What happens after registering an Intent to Buy?


After registering your Intent to Buy, you will be guided to apply for an HDB Loan Eligibility (HLE) letter, if you are eligible for and intend to get a housing loan from HDB. You must have a valid HDB Loan Eligibility letter when the sellers grant you the OTP.

If you do not require a housing loan from HDB or intend to get a housing loan from a financial institution (FI), you may proceed to look for a suitable flat within your budget and obtain an OTP from the sellers. If you intend to get a housing loan from an FI, you must have a valid Letter of Offer (LO) before you exercise the OTP.

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