Disclaimer: This information is for reference only. The company makes no guarantees or representations as to its accuracy, completeness and/or suitability for any particular purpose. Please consult with a financial institution for actual mortgage eligibility, loan approval, and formal loan terms and conditions.
Our mortgage calculator is a tool used to estimate the closing costs for the purchase of your home (e.g. down payment, stamp duty, fees), and to provide estimates on your monthly mortgage payments.
Current mortgage guidelines (7 July 2023) allow banks to provide consumers with mortgages up to 80% (and up to 90% LTV in certain instances) for properties up to $10 million. However, any time a bank underwrites a mortgage it assumes credit risk and these risks increase the larger the LTV.
The MIP, launched by The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited (HKMC), provides mortgage insurance to banks to mitigate some of this credit risk. Whenever a consumer acquires a mortgage from a bank, the consumer must purchase mortgage insurance on the mortgage in excess of 70% LTV. This insurance protects the bank from consumer default risk on the portion of the bank mortgage exceeding 70%.
The net effect of MIP is that banks can issue mortgages with a higher LTV to promote home ownership in Hong Kong, MIP lowers banks’ credit risk, and MIP provides a layer of added stability to the Hong Kong banking system.
* Data as of July 13, 2023.
According to the HKMA, up to 95% of property buyers generally sign on to two general floating-rate mortgage plans: The H mortgage (interbank mortgage), and P mortgage (prime rate mortgage). About 90% of applicants opt for the H option, primarily as its actual interest rate is usually lower than that of the P . But if a bank is caught in an interest rate hike cycle, the P interest rate may be more advantageous. So, before you select a mortgage plan, it is important to have a full understanding of the calculation methods associated with each mortgage interest rate and make sure you have a full grasp of the actual market environment before you make a final decision.
When you purchase a property in Hong Kong, stamp duty paid to the government is required for both the buyer and seller (under certain conditions). Stamp duty is essentially a tax that is levied on a property purchase and come in various forms including SSD, AVD and BSD.
Special Stamp Duty (SSD)
Effective 20 Nov. 2010, an SSD will be levied on any residential property, either owned by an individual or company and resold within 24 months (if the property was acquired on or after 20 November 2010, and before 27 October 2012) or within 36 months (if the property was acquired on or after 27 October 2012).
Ad valorem stamp duty (AVD)
The AVD for residential properties is a tax on properties that scales up in proportion to the transaction value. The rates were last amended on 22 February 2023 and the schedule is as follows:
Of note, certain buyers are subject to a flat 15% AVD stamp duty. This applies specifically to non-permanent residents, HK permanent residents who already own a property, when a registered company purchases a property, and when more than one property is purchased under a single instrument.
Buyer's Stamp Duty (BSD)
If a non-Hong Kong permanent resident or company purchases property in Hong Kong, an extra 15% stamp duty, called a BSD, will be levied on top of the AVD.
The speed and success of receiving a mortgage relies heavily on being qualified and submitting the proper documentation in time.
Before you submit your mortgage application, you must first complete application documents, which include:
Carefully review various mortgage plans, interest rates and discounts on offer from banks in Hong Kong, then choose and submit a mortgage application to the bank that best suits your needs. In addition to your target bank we recommend that you apply to two to three other banks to prevent unexpected outcomes. If you hired a law firm to help with your sales contract, make certain that the firm has been approved by the bank.
In order to assess your eligibility, a bank will consider the mortgage interest rate, tenor and loan amount based on: (a) the value of the property (b) the age of the building and (c) the applicant’s financial profile (salary, credit history, assets, etc.). The approval process can take anywhere from a few days to two months, so make sure you budget sufficient time when you apply. Following approval of the mortgage, the bank will sign a contract with you, and send a letter to your law firm to handle the processing of all relevant documents.
The mortgage deed and all other documents required by the bank must be signed prior to the actual transaction date. When signing various documents, make sure to use a consistent signature in order to avoid re-signing by the bank or law firm.
Once the bank approves your mortgage loan, arrangements will be made for you to withdraw it from the bank. Home buyers will then have to start making contributions within the contracted period based on all relevant stipulations.
The above information is for reference only, and not binding on OKAY Property Agency Limited (the “OKAY.com”). OKAY.com does not warrant the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of such information or whether they are fit for any purposes. OKAY.com also does not assume any liability for any reliance on such information.