Are flats more affordable now?

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Despite having to pay off loans faster, first-time buyers are now using less of their monthly income to do so, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) found.

The debt-servicing ratio (DSR), which reflects the portion of one’s monthly income channelled towards housing loan payments, has fallen for buyers of new flats in non-mature estates, TODAY reported.

The drop was a result of new grants and stable housing prices, a HDB spokesperson said. DSR, used as one of the agency’s measures of affordability, fell from 24 percent in 2013 to 19 percent last year.

This means that less than a fifth of the group’s monthly income is currently set aside to service home loans. Buyers have had 25 instead of 30 years to settle HDB loans since 2013.

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