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.

How To Be A Smart Home Buyer in Singapore

Purchasing a home is a monumental step that goes beyond acquiring a physical space; it’s an investment that influences one’s financial stability and lifestyle. Aspiring homeowners in Singapore need to recognize the magnitude of this decision and the commitment it entails. Beyond the joy of having a place to call your own, to be a smart home buyer demands careful consideration, strategic planning, and a keen understanding of the real estate landscape in the city-state. Thomas Chew is an associate

7 Secret Bank Policies Revealed

The considerations for loan approvals are often limited to the regulations / bank policies 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

Buying your HDB Resale Flat: What is Cash Over Valuation?

With the current hot property market, the transacted prices of many resale HDBs  have become higher than their valuation. This has led to rising Cash Over Valuation (COV). If you are keen to purchase a resale HDB flat with limited funds in the bank, COV is a key item  you should keep a lookout for. What Is Cash Over Valuation (COV)? As the name suggests , Cash Over Valuation (COV) refers to the difference between your property price and valuation

Maximising Your CPF for Home Loans

Are you considering purchasing a new property but have no idea how much Central Provident Fund (CPF) you can use to finance your purchase? Or perhaps you are looking for alternatives to invest your cash and need new financing modes for your mortgage. Well, here’s a quick run through of how you can make the best use of your CPF savings. Types of Home Loans Before delving into the details of using CPF, it is crucial for us to identify

How To Spot A Good Property And Finance It With The Lowest Interest Rate In Singapore

With numerous sales launches upcoming for both HDBs and private properties, it can be a challenge when finding the right property for investment or personal stay. Are you able to spot a good property when you see it? Are you thinking of just going with the lowest interest rate in Singapore without considering the necessary factors? Thomas Chew is an associate director at Redbrick Mortgage Advisory. He has a wealth of experience in the real estate sector and multitude of

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

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

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Singapore’s problem with flash floods

For those suffering from travel bug bites and sighing at the inability to travel to Norway or Japan to catch snow during the Winter season, the weather here in Singapore has not disappointed much in the first two weeks of 2021. With temperatures reaching an all-time low of about 21.4℃ due to heavy torrential rainfall, making it the perfect weather to snooze and stay in bed. Most of us will enjoy grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and tucking into

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