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Mortgage Application Procedures

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get a free property valuation on your target property via Ricacorp Mortgage Agency
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Signing provisional sales & purchase agreement
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Apply mortgage loan
from bank
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Provide bank with required documents (e.g., provisional sales & purchase agreement, identity and income proof, etc.)
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Approval from bank on mortgage loan application
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Bank issues facility
letter to the borrower

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Drawdown your mortgage and complete the Home Buying Process

List of Required Documents

A. Personal Customer (Employed)

  1. Hong Kong Identity Card
  2. Preliminary Sales & Purchase Agreement (new purchase)
  3. Latest address proof (e.g. water bill, electricity bill, etc)
  4. Bank books / statements showing salary deposits for the past three months (Six months of above document are requested for Unstable Income)
  5. Salary proof / payroll slip for the past three months (showing salary deposits and with company name) (Six months of above documents are requested for Unstable Income)
  6. Latest tax demand note
  7. Latest employer’s return/ employer’s letter

B. Self-employed (Sole Proprietorship & Partnership)

  1. Valid Business Registration / Certificate of Incorporation
  2. Practising certificates (for professionals)
  3. Latest tax demand note
  4. Latest audited financial statements
  5. Bank books / statements showing average net capital flow for the past six months
  6. Bank books / statements of Valid Business for the past six months

C. Self-employed (Limited Company)

  1. Valid Business Registration
  2. Certificate of Incorporatio
  3. List of Director / Shareholder
  4. Latest tax demand note
  5. Company audited financial statements for the past three years
  6. Bank books / statements showing average net capital flow for the past six months
  7. Personal Income proof of director and shareholder (same as those for fixed- income)

New Mortgage Tips

  1. Property Valuation

Bank will usually arrange the property valuation during the mortgage application, the maximum loan amount will be set by reference to the lower of the appraised value or transaction price of the property. Bank valuation for property is usually free of charge except commercial property, customer may have to pay for the valuation report.

  1. Loan Tenor

The loan tenor for mortgage is usually 30 years the longest. Customers should choose the suitable loan tenor according to the affordability on first installment and future debt-to-income ratio (DTI).

  1. Early Prepayment Penalty

Terms and conditions about early prepayment are usually stipulated in the loan agreement. Bank will usually charge the mortgagor a penalty fee on condition that the mortgaged property is fully or partially redeemed in an early period (normally set as the first one to three years)

  1. The sum of age of borrower and loan tenor

During the mortgage loan approval process, bank will specify that the sum of age of borrower and loan tenor should not exceed 65 to 80 years (Different bank has policies), while loan tenor should not exceed 30 years. Borrower should seek for more information on these issues during mortgage application as it may affect the approval result.

  1. The sum of property age and loan tenor

During the mortgage loan approval process, bank will also specify that the sum of property age and loan tenor should not exceed 60 to 80years (Different bank has policies), while loan tenor should not exceed 30 years. Borrower should seek for more information on these issues during mortgage application as it may affect the approval result.

  1. Debt-servicing-ratio (DSR)

Further to the letter of 27 February 2015 on “Prudential Measures for Property Mortgage Loans”, for properties with a maximum permissible loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of 60%, the normal debt-servicing-ratio (DSR) cap is 50% and a stressed-DSR cap is 60%. In another example, where the mortgage applicants should have been subject to a DSR cap of 40% and a stressed DSR cap of 50% (e.g. non-self-use properties), the caps should be further knocked down to 35% and 45% respectively if Additional Financing results in total mortgage finance amounting to 20 percentage points over the normal permissible LTV.

Remortgage & Second Mortgage Tips

  1. Refinancing

Refinancing refers to the replacement of an existing mortgage loan with another under different terms from another financial institution. The outstanding loan balance and remaining tenor will remain unchanged and be transferred to the new financial institution. Borrower may opt to mortgage refinancing as to enjoy interest rate cut when the market rate is low.

  1. Actual benefit of refinancing

(a). Interest, Cash Rebate

When the mortgage market rate is in a lower level, home owner may opt to mortgage refinancing or apply equity loan to enjoy interest rate cut or additional cash flow. Cash rebate is another benefit for refinancing, which is usually 1% of the loan amount, based on the mortgage plan selected.

(b). Cost expenditure

(i) Refinancing charge
Borrower should enquire more on its original mortgage loan in terms of penalty period, early prepayment arrangement and all related charges. Borrower should compare the refinancing terms offered by the new bank and the original bank, and choose the most suitable one in terms of interest rate cut and other discounts.

(ii) Penalty Period
Most of the mortgage plans offered by bank include penalty period. Penalty period is usually set as one to three years, generally, the longest period will be three years. Refinancing over the penalty period would be more economical so as to save the penalty charges. Borrower should also enquire more on the interest expenses and other charges after refinancing.

(iii) Legal Fees
Legal fees should be paid for refinancing, which usually cost HK$5,000 to HK$6,000, varied from different solicitors. Bank will offer their approved solicitors to customers as well.

(iv) Insurance Fees
If the refinancing loan is more than 60% loan-to-value (LTV ratio), borrower have to apply for the Mortgage Insurance Programme (MIP) offered by The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited (HKMC) and pay for the insurance premium. As the premium costs a certain sum of amount, it is not recommended to refinance the original loan which is in high LTV ratio.

  1. Switching between mortgage products

There are three types of mortgage products in the market, including Prime-based Mortgage (P Plan), Hibor Mortgage (H Plan) and Fixed- rate mortgage. Customers could compare these three types of products in terms of differences on interest rates, penalty period, cash rebate and other discounts before refinancing.

(a) Prime-based Mortgage

Kong Prime rate, which is usually quoted as P – X %. Interest rate may vary according to the fluctuation of Prime rate. P-plan mortgage is more stable and familiar in the market. However, it is unable to provide the lowest mortgage rate in the market.

(b) Hibor-based Mortgage

Hibor-based mortgage is another popular mortgage plan in the market. Its interest rate is calculated in the basis of Hibor rate (Hong Kong Interbank Offer Rate), which is generally calculated by one month Hibor and quoted as H + X%. This kind of product is much more fluctuated. As Hibor rate is easily affected by the domestic capital flow and the external economical factors, the installments of borrower may vary accordingly. As Hibor rate may rise considerably, most of the banks will set a cap to lock up the risk of interest soar.

  1. Valuation for refinanced property

Property valuation will be conducted by bank for refinancing. If the refinanced loan amount can not cover the original loan, extra fee may be charged.

  1. Second Mortgage / Equity loan

Customers usually apply personal loan for extra cash flow, however, interest rate for personal loan can be as high as 2.3% monthly flat rate. Its repayment period is usually short, the longest period will be about 3 years while the loan amount will not be too high, usually 3 to 4 times of monthly income. Loan amount is usually linked to the monthly income, which its highest loan amount will be 50-60% of the monthly income. Therefore, second mortgage, also called “Equity Loan”, will be preferred for acquiring large sum of capital flow.

  1. Actual benefit on equity loan

Equity Loan or Second Mortgage Loan refers to re-mortgage of a property. Loan amount will be approved according to the property value, the higher the property value, the higher the loan amount; the longer the loan tenor, the lower for each installment, the loan amount will be more flexible. Approved loan can be used to repay credit card or any other loans from banks or financial organizations.

  1. Reminder For Equity Loan
  • For second mortgage offered by developer, home owner should notice the developer one month in advance for early full prepayment.
  • Bank may charge home owner 3% of loan amount or HK$50,000 as penalty fee for refinancing the loan within the first year prepayment period.
  • Property may turn into negative equity if borrower has not understood enough about their mortgage plans.
  • Normally, no legal fee will be charged for equity loan.

Useful Information

Mortgage Monthly Installment Table

Stamp Duty Rate Table (Source: Inland Revenue Department)

Mortgage Insurance Programme Premium Rate Sheet (Premium Rate Sheet (applicable for provisional agreements for sale and purchase executed on or after 7 July 2023)