Timeline Of a New Launch Sales Transaction

To a lot of buyers, the process of buying a new launch condo can be rather confusing or complicated. Below are 2 tables that summarise the procedure of purchasing an uncompleted project (under construction) from the developer.

Payment of the First 20% Downpayment

Day 1Signing of Option to Purchase (OTP)
(Meanwhile selection of Mortgage loan & Engagement of Lawyer)
5% Booking Fee
Within 2 weeks Sales & Purchase Agreement (S&P) sent to Lawyer/ Buyer if no lawyer appointed
Within 3 weeks
from delivery of S&P
Buyer to sign and exercise S&P @ Law firm
Within 2 weeks of
Signing S&P
Buyer to pay Stamp Duty BSD (3% - $5,400) + ABSD if applicable


BSD (4% - $15,400) + ABSD if applicable

BSD = (5% – $30,400) + ABSD if applicable


BSD = (6% – $60,400) + ABSD if applicable

Please refer to the Buyer’s Stamp Duty and Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty below.
Within 8 weeks
from Day 1
Buyer to pay remaining downpayment
(Cash/ CPF / Both)
15% Downpayment


The S&P must be exercised within 3 weeks upon delivery of the documents. If the option expires, 25% of the booking fee (which amounts to 1.25% of the purchase price) will be kept by the developer.

The duration of each stage can be earlier than stated, however, the completion date for the entire procedure must be within  8 weeks from the Date of Option. If there is any delay, a request in writing must be submitted to the developer and is subjected to approval.



Progressive payment for the remaining 80%.

Estimated TimeframeStagesPayment
Est 6 – 9 monthsCompletion of Foundation Work10%
Est 6 – 9 monthsCompletion of Reinforces Concrete Framework10%
Est 3 – 6 monthsCompletion of brick walls 5%
Est 3 – 6 monthsCompletion of roofing / ceilings5%
Est 3 – 6 monthsCompletion of electrical wiring, internal plastering, plumbing & installation of door & window frames
Est 3 – 6 monthsCompletion of carparks, roads, & drains serving the development 5%
Notice of Vacant Possession
(Temporary Occupation of Permit - TOP)
Legal Completion date (Certification of Statutory Completion - CSC) 15%

The estimated timeframe might vary between different projects.



Buyer's Stamp Duty (BSD)

Based on the purchased price or market value, whichever is higher
First $180,0001%
Next $180,0002%
Next $640,0003%
Next $500,0004%
Next $1,500,0005%
Remaining 6%


Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty (ABSD)

Profile Of BuyerABSD rates:
6th July 2018 - 15th Dec 2021
ABSD rates:
16th Dec 2021 - 26th Apr 2023
ABSD rates:
On or After 27th Apr 2023
Singapore Citizen Buying First Residential PropertyNilNil Nil (No Change)
Singapore Citizen Buying Second Residential Property12%17% 20% (Revised)
Singapore Citizen Buying Third and subsequent Residential Property15%25% 30% (Revised)
Singapore PR buying First Residential Property5%5% 5% (No Change)
Singapore PR buying Second Residential Property15% 25% 30% (Revised)
Singapore PR buying Third and subsequent Residential Property15%30%35% (Revised)
Foreigners buying residential property20%30% 60% (Revised)
Entities buying residential property25%
Plus Additional 5% for Developers (Non-Remittable)
Plus Additional 5% for Developers (Non-Remittable)
Plus Additional 5% for Developers (Non-Remittable)


If there is any confusion with any of the stages, never hesitate to clarify with your real estate salesperson, banker or lawyer. It is very important to clear your doubts before making any financial commitment. Bear in mind that other than the Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD), there are also the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty  (ABSD), Seller’s Stamp Duty (SSD) and Total Debt Service Ratio (TDSR) that need to be taken into serious consideration before buying a new home. Buyers who are currently staying in an HDB flat, will need to meet the Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) of 5 years before being eligible to buy their second residential property.



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