Thomas Chew

Thomas Chew

Thomas takes pride in helping people with their financing needs. Before joining Redbrick, he enjoyed a celebrated career in the local banking scene, acquiring numerous sales and service awards to his name. Many years on in banking, Thomas takes his experience and now specializes in mortgage advisory. Exuding confidence in his work, he believes that every client should be prepared to be wowed by his award winning service.

Are You Aware Of The Benefits Of Refinancing Your Home Loan In Singapore?

It is not common in the world of real estate that all of the stars align. It may sometimes be hard to match a good deal on a property with ideal refinancing and low interest rates. In this article, we discuss the reasons you may wish to refinance your property, how you can refinance and the benefits of doing so. Let’s dive in. Why you may wish to refinance your property In previous articles, we mentioned the characteristics of a

10 Features You Must Know When You Take Up A Mortgage

We recently shared the 7 Secret Bank Policies that could increase your chances of obtaining an approval for your loan application. Today, we will explain more about the 10 mortgage features that are available in the market. On the surface, home loans can appear to be seemingly straightforward products – you take a loan for your property which you pay off over the stipulated tenure. However, home loans usually comprise of large quantum, which collectively pose significant risks to the

7 Secret Bank Policies Revealed

The considerations for loan approvals are often limited to the regulations that you are already aware of, like fulfilling the debt servicing ratio. However, you may not always be able to borrow at your desired loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, putting a greater obstacle in the way of achieving your dream property. As prospective homeowners, how can you strive towards achieving higher loan approval rates? Let us first recap some factors that would affect the approval of a mortgage application. Age is

10 Mistakes You’ll Make (And Must Avoid) When Decoupling

Thomas Chew, Associate Director at Redbrick Mortgage Advisory will demystify the topic of decoupling, especially for many of our readers who are seeking to maximise their wealth through real estate, the choice to decouple is often not a clear one. The essential goal of decoupling is to acquire multiple properties under the ownership of your household, without having to incur greater stamp duties. He will shed some light on this topic so that you can ask the right questions in

How to avoid getting into trouble with the law when renting out your apartment

Facebook, the world’s most famous social media platform, creates zero content. Alibaba, the most profitable retailer, does not carry any inventory. Similarly, Airbnb is also part of this ongoing phenomenon – Airbnb, the world’s most renowned accommodation provider, owns no real assets. In this age of digitalization, profits lie in the interface. This has resulted in a huge shift in the tourism industry; gone are the days where people visit local travel agents to plan for their holidays. In this

Battle of the hottest Floating Rates: Fixed Deposit vs SIBOR

When it comes to purchasing your own home, many homeowners will start to wonder which home loan package to take up. Well, if you are one of them, you are in luck because the following is a detailed analysis as well as some advice. But before we get down to the details, let us first understand the types of loans that are being offered in the market for home buyers. Types of home loan packages Fixed Deposit Home Loan The

How To Finance A Rental Property In Singapore

A simple way to generate a stable source of income is to invest in rental properties. However, pros and cons are unavoidable. Hence, this article provides you with six great tips for you to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible… The primary objective of getting a rental property is simple: to generate a stable source of income. Many have been doing this as a form of investment. Just like all other investments, there are bound to be both pros

Understanding The Basics Of Property Inheritance

There are certain conditions to inheriting a property. For instance, the inheritance must be under the terms of a will by the deceased or in cases where there is no will, it has to be by the possession of the Interstate Succession Act. To whom does your property go to after you pass on? Are you entitled to any form of property inheritance? Here is what the Singapore law says about it. What Is Property Inheritance? Property inheritance is the

Purchasing a HDB – Should you maintain the $20,000 balance in your CPF OA?

Back in August 2018, the Housing Development Board (HDB) announced that flat buyers can now opt to keep up to $20,000 each in their Central Provident Fund (CPF) Ordinary Account (OA) when taking up a loan from HDB. Previously, flat buyers were required to fully utilize all funds in their CPF OA to offset the loan amount when taking a HDB loan. Homebuyers who purchased flats under the Build-To-Order (BTO) and Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) schemes in 2018 are

Management Corporations: How do they regulate control in condominiums, and is it sufficient?

For condominium owners (or prospective owners), it is important to understand that their properties are always regulated by a Management Corporation (MC) whose role is to regulate the control, use and enjoyment of the common property in a strata title development through by-laws. This article aims to ensure an understanding of how the MCs implement these laws consistently. Firstly, it is imperative to know the presence of by-laws – which are essentially the means to regulate community living as well