Let’s face it, if you are a regular wage earner, skyrocketing property prices and the difficulty in securing home loans are probably the two most common obstacles to buying your first home.
But here’s the good news for you. Even if you have not saved up enough for the down payment, it is still possible to own a house. With the help of Skim Pembiayaan Fleksibel PR1MA exclusively for PR1MA homebuyers (SPEF), homeownership is no longer an impossible dream for most Malaysians.
And no, we are not talking about affordable houses that are usually being wrongly perceived as low-cost, low-quality, or rather, cheap houses.
We are talking about good and well-planned houses like PR1MA, which is being developed in a nice, cosy housing area. PR1MA is not a low-cost project, instead, it is being built with quality building materials, and above all, is reasonably-priced.
Now, here are a few tips to owning a house like PR1MA:
1. Do more research
There are various special schemes such as Skim Perumahan Mampu Milik Swasta (MyHome), Perumahan Penjabat Awam 1Malaysia (PPA1M) and Rumah Selangorku, but for SPEF, it is exclusively for PR1MA homebuyers.
SPEF is a special end-financing scheme that will make home ownership possible especially for first-time homebuyers, by increasing their chances of getting a home loan, and by providing access to a higher loan amount than they would otherwise be eligible for with conventional loans. The scheme is established in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and four local banks, namely Maybank, CIMB, RHB Bank and AmBank.
Now, imagine if you are the sole breadwinner of the family, with a monthly income of RM3,000, you can be eligible for a maximum loan of RM283,200 repaying RM880 monthly, with the first five years being repayment for interest only. In comparison, with a conventional loan scheme, you might only be eligible for a RM187,000 loan.
The reason the first five years are interest payments only is so that people who have prior financial commitments, such as a car loan or a personal loan, can use this time to adjust their commitments to a lower value to prepare for their property’s full principal and interest payment after the first five years.
The table below provides a guideline of the maximum amount of loan they can potentially get. These are based on certain assumptions and are subject to the lender’s terms and conditions.
2. Sort out your finances to make sure that they are in great shape BEFORE you apply for a loan.
b. Prepare your paper work to speed things up. Get relevant documents ready for the bank, such as payslips for the last three to six months, bank statements, EPF statement, EA form, and others.
c. Cash is king, so save your bullets. Cut back on your spending before you start applying for a home loan.
3. Seriously consider your repayment capacity
b. What you see vs how much you are really paying for the house.
Home affordability is about more than just how much you can borrow. You'll also need to consider the up-front costs of buying a house, as well as the ongoing expenses of home ownership. Use the widely available online Home Loan Calculator to start thinking through your options. Bear in mind that the buyers would also need to prepare money for other additional costs such as lawyer’s fees and stamping fees. Buyers should factor in these additional costs in their budget. Eventually, how much you are really paying for the house, is more than the property selling price.
It is best to start young. The generation of 25 to 36-year-olds is often seen as the traditional age group for first-time buyers. Those that manage to buy their first home by 25 should be able to pay off their mortgage by 60. Usually a first home is not for investment but more for practical living, and PR1MA can provide just that.