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Why Paying ABSD can be A Wise Investment Decision

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Analysing ABSD impact on potential returns for property investors

Is Paying ABSD a Wise Decision

Many Singaporeans aspire to own investment properties after buying their matrimonial homes but are disheartened by the cost of ABSD.

In this article, we will examine the projected returns on equity (ROE) ofABSD-paying property investors vs other commonly owned asset classes

Case Study: Jimmy and Chantel co-own a property and are wondering if it is still worthwhile to invest in a 2nd property under her name


Jimmy is the sole borrower for their 1st home, and Chantel qualifies for a 75% loan herself

Investment Property Value: $1m

10 Years Investment Comparison

Average Annual Housing Inflation Over the Past Decade

Over the past decade, private properties (non-landed) grew by 3.85%/annum. Assuming history repeats itself, in 10 years time, a $1m property will be worth $1.38m.

Returns on Equity (Property)

Based on 1.8% interest. 25 years tenure

Outstanding Loan at 121st Month

Returns on Equity (Fixed Deposits)

Compound Interest Calculator

Returns on Equity (CPF O/A)

Compound Interest Calculator

Returns on Equity (Straits Times Index)

Summary of Common Investment Choices

After accounting for ABSD, Singapore properties still results in a higher ROE compared to other common investment vehicles.

How Investors should view ABSD

ABSD is akin to an investment cost for an asset that generates high returns on equity.

Despite having a higher barrier of entry, it likewise eliminates weaker hands from holding properties, thereby reducing risks for the market.

Benefits of Singapore Properties as An Investment Choice

1. Opens door to safer and higher returns with low volatility

2. Enables low cost leverage to multiply wealth

3. Enjoy the historical compounding effects of property price inflation for growing wealth

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