I carried out a survey in my blog about the price of HDB flats. 50 people replied. 47% replied that their monthly repayment to the housing loan (including CPF withdrawals) is within 20% of their family income. I consider this to be prudent, as it is within 25% (which is my benchmark).
Another 38% said that the repayment is 30% of their family income. 15% said that the repayment is 40% to 50% of their family income. The commitment is clearly excessive for this 15%.
I would consider that two thirds or 66% (i.e. 47% plus half of 38%) are prudent and that the remaining one third is over-stretching their finances towards their HDB flat.
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