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Don’t get too excited! See the 10 Things To Check Before Signing Your Housing Loan Documents

According to the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA), the rejection rate for housing loan is as high as 60%.

However, you can improve your chance to get approval if you do some research before submitting the loan documents.

Once you get the offer letter for the loan, you should scrutinise the loan documents before signing them. In this article,

The Edge Property brings you 10 things to look out for when you signing housing loan documents.

1. Types of loans

There are many types of loans offered by financial institutions. Each type of loan has its unique features.

These include overdrafts, deferred payments, term loans, flexi loans, Islamic financing, interest-only loans, and others.

The borrower must understand the features of each type of loan before choosing the one that suits him or her well.

2. Loan amount

Apart from financing the purchase price of a house, borrowers may request the financial institution to finance other costs that will be incurred in connection with the housing loan facility such as the Mortgage Reducing Term Assurance (MRTA) or the Mortgage Reducing Term Takaful (MRTT), valuation fees and legal costs.

The MRTA and MRTT are a reducing term life insurance which protect the borrowers financially in the event of death or total permanent disability.

Most of the financial institutions require the borrowers to subscribe to the MRTA or MRTT for their loan.

3. Interest rate

The interest rate per annum quoted by financial institutions differs from time to time and this will be reflected in the letter of offer.

Financial institutions also provide different effective lending rates (ELR) subject to revision. These can be accessed at

According to Bank Negara Malaysia’s Guide to Consumer on Reference Rate accessible at, borrowers should compare ELRs, ask for the product disclosure sheet, enquire about factors which could affect the base rate (BR), observe the monthly repayment amount and assess further capabilities of the loan’s affordability to equip the borrower to deal with the fluctuation rates periodically.

4. Length of loan

The housing loan period can range up to 35 years long. It can also depend on the borrower’s age, reaching up to 65 years old (or any other age as determined by the financial institution).

However, longer loan tenures will usually be given to younger borrowers with a good credit profile.

The length of loan also determines the amount that needs to be paid monthly as longer loan tenures for the same amount of monies borrowed require lower monthly servicing payments.

5. Repayment of loan

One shouldn’t burden themselves and bite off more than they can chew in financing their loans. Instalment amounts should be kept in check.

The amount spent on loan repayment should not eat away too much into the funds needed for the cost of living.

6. Lock-in period

Financial institutions will set a certain period of time as the lock-in period whereby borrowers are not allowed to settle the loan in full, otherwise an early exit penalty will be imposed.

Besides the duration of the lock-in period, the commencement date of the lock-in period is also crucial especially for the financing of properties under construction.

For instance, if the commencement date of the lock-in period is from the date of full loan disbursement, the lock-in period for the financing of a completed house is effectively shorter than for a house under construction as the latter will take two to three years to disburse the loan fully.

7. Types of security documents required

Residential properties either come with title or without. The security documents that concern properties with title are the Charge instrument in Form 16A, Charge Annexure, and Facility Agreement.

Properties that do not have its own title require Deed of Assignment, Power of Attorney, and the Facility Agreement as security documents.

If the financial institution is of the view that the borrower’s financing background or records are not strong, additional security may be required. The additional security could be in the form of guarantors, assignment of rental proceeds, and a charge over the fixed deposit.

8. Events of default

The “events of default” clause in a loan agreement stipulates the events that will trigger the exercise of the financial institution’s rights such as demanding for the full repayment of the loan amount.

Financial institutions tend to have very broad “events of default” clauses to protect their interest, including situations which in their opinion may imperil, delay or prevent the borrower or the security party from performing their obligations or jeopardise the financial institution’s interest.

9. Default interest rate

In the event of default, the prescribed default interest rate is to be applied on the overdue amount.

This additional interest rate is applied on top of the base rate which is higher than the ELR.

10. The right of the financial institution on default

In the event of a default, the financial institution could immediately suspend the loan to prevent further disbursement.

The amount owed by the borrower is payable upon the financial institution’s demand immediately as well as the default interest on the amount owed and due.

The financial institution shall exercise the rights as attorney of the borrower and/or security party to deal with the property in the borrower’s and/or security party’s name and on their behalf.

Great article by The Edge Property. Very informative. It is important for you to check these 10 things before signing your Letter of Offer for the loan, and your Loan Agreement.

Make it a point to ask the lawyer or the mortgage officer should you not understand any clause written in the loan document to avoid unnecessary shock in the future.

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