PropertyGuru Tackles Top Home Loan Refinancing Misconceptions Among Singaporeans in New Research
45% of Singaporeans feel unwise to refinance within lock-in period, a top home loan misconception hampering opportunities to save money
SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 18 January 2021 - PropertyGuru
Group, ("PropertyGuru" or the "Group"), Asia's
leading property technology company, today revealed Singaporeans' top
misconceptions around home loan refinancing, according to new research
conducted between 23 October to 30 November last year.
When asked for the
reasons for not refinancing their home loans, the research identified that 45%
of Singaporeans feel that refinancing their mortgage during their lock-in
period is an unwise decision, 34% perceive that a lot of effort is involved to
refinance their mortgages, while 21% brought up the need to pay thousands of
dollars upfront when refinancing as a drawback.
Paul Wee, Managing
Director (FinTech), PropertyGuru Group said, "These findings all point to common mortgage
refinancing misconceptions amongst property owners. Contrary to conventional
wisdom, there may be circumstances where refinancing during lock-in periods or
incurring break costs may still make sense. We have helped homeowners attain a
revised loan structure with lower monthly payments and higher savings in the
long run, despite having to incur a legal fee subsidy claw back. This is
achieved by tailoring a cost-benefit analysis to determine if a homeowner's
long-term savings outweigh the costs incurred to their current loan."
interest rates have also reached historical new lows due to the pandemic,
serving as a good checkpoint for homeowners to review their current financial
commitments, including home loans, and ensure long-term household economic
"Just like going for a
regular health check, it is prudent to re-evaluate your finances periodically
to ensure that the mortgage is serving your needs optimally. Everyone's
situation is different, and so is each home. Singaporeans should take a
strategic and holistic approach to mortgage refinancing by considering other key
factors such as their current financial situation, employment outlook, personal
cash flow, and even life plans," added Paul.
On the back of this discovery,
PropertyGuru Finance's latest
"#Switch2Save" campaign in Singapore aims to shed light on the process of home
loan refinancing -- thereby encouraging Singaporeans to act on the benefits of
refinancing their home loans, thus saving money in the long run.
Bjorn Sprengers, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of
FinTech, PropertyGuru Group said, "Getting a mortgage is often
associated with uncertainty and inefficiency, as well as reams of paperwork,
industry jargon, and tricky fine print. PropertyGuru's #Switch2Save campaign
shares the benefits of seeking one's home loan through PropertyGuru Finance, a
trusted mortgage advisor that is free, easy to work with and provides
independent, personalised services for consumers' better long-term financial
To extend its
reach amongst consumers, the campaign will be progressively rolled out through
paid, owned, and earned media channels, running from 11 January 2021 till 31
March 2021, as part of a multi-channel marketing approach.
PropertyGuru Finance partners
with all major banks in Singapore, including DBS, OCBC, Citibank, UOB, Standard
Chartered, and Maybank. This means that property owners can choose from a wide
range of refinancing options to get the most competitive rates and promotions.
PropertyGuru's proprietary data is also used to regularly monitor home
valuations and interest rates to help property owners optimally time moments of
refinancing and enjoy the full benefit from capital gains.
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