Reply to Parliamentary Question on share of private residential property owners with outstanding mortgage loans
QUESTION NO 2459
NOTICE PAPER 1549 OF 2022
FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
Date: For Parliament Sitting on 29 November 2022
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis, MP, Sengkang GRC
To ask the Prime Minister how has the share of private residential properties and HDB flats with outstanding mortgage loans changed since the 2008 global financial crisis.
Answer by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Minister in charge of MAS:
1. The share of private residential property owners with outstanding mortgage loans increased from 54% to 62% between 2011 and 2013, before stabilising since. It was 62% in 2022. In comparison, those HDB flat owners with outstanding mortgage loans has decreased from 57% to 42% from 2011 to 2022.
2.As reported in its Financial Stability Review published on 25 November, MAS’ stress tests show that most households are financially resilient to income and interest rate shocks, although some households would be vulnerable under a more stressed economic environment. As interest rates continue to rise, all households should prudently manage their borrowings, especially when considering new mortgage loans.