DBS/POSB Renovation Loan Review: How Competitive are the Banks' Rates?

DBS/POSB Renovation Loan Review: How Competitive are the Banks' Rates?

DBS and POSB offer affordable long-term home renovation loans.

Good for

  • Homeowners seeking renovation loans of 4-5 years
  • Current DBS and POSB home loan customers

Bad for

  • Homeowners with a renovation loan from another bank
  • Individuals seeking a short-term renovation loan

Analyst's Rating


DBS and POSB offer the most competitive interest rates for 4 and to 5 year renovation loans and 1-3 year loans of less than S$10,000. However, they charge higher fees than other banks and their interest rates are are less competitive in other circumstances.

Summary of DBS/POSB's Renovation Loans
Rest rates: 3.88% (new customers) & 2.88% (existing home loan customers)
Higher fees than competitors: 1% processing fee + 1% insurance premium
Low minimum income requirement: S$24,000
Low minimum loan requirement: S$5,000

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What Makes DBS/POSB's Renovation Loans Stand Out to Borrowers

DBS and POSB's renovation loans' rest rates of 3.88% are the lowest interest rates among lenders for 4 and 5 year renovation loans. The banks also offer renovation loans to individuals with incomes as low as S$24,000, which is a lower requirement than many other banks. Finally, DBS and POSB offer insurance coverage to borrowers in the case of death or permanent disability and a relatively inexpensive cashier fees of S$5.

However, DBS and POSB's renovation loans are less competitive for other durations and loan amounts. For example, CIMB offers cheaper rates of 2.98% to 4.18% with tenures of 1 to 3 years, though CIMB does not offer renovation loans of less than S$10,000. Additionally, DBS and POSB charge an insurance fee and a processing fee, making their mandatory fees twice as expensive as other renovation lenders. Therefore, DBS and POSB are only cheaper for longer-term renovation loans and current DBS or POSB home loan customers.

Summary of DBS/POSB's Renovation Loan

MaturityProcessing FeeInterest Rate (Rest Rate)Monthly InstalmentTotal Cost
1 Year2%3.88%S$1,276S$617
2 Years2%3.88%S$614S$914
3 Years2%3.88%S$442S$1,214
4 Years2%3.88%S$338S$1,518
5 Years2%3.88%S$275S$1,826
*Assuming loan of S$15,000

DBS and POSB also offer preferential interest rates for renovation loans to their current home loan customers. These rates make the banks a good option for homeowners that already have a home loan with either bank, especially those that seek smaller renovation loans.

Summary of DBS/POSB's Renovation Loan for Existing Home Loan Customers

MaturityFeesInterest Rate (Rest Rate)Monthly InstalmentTotal Cost
*Assuming loan of S$15,000

Who Can Apply: Eligibility Criteria

Consider this if you are interested in a large renovation loan or currently have a home loan with DBS

Maximum Principal 6x Monthly Income or S$30,000
Rest Rate 3.88%
Cashier Fee Free 1st, S$5 fee after, max 4

To be eligible for DBS or POSB's renovation loans, individuals must be Singaporean Citizens or Permanent Residents of 21 to 65 years old. Successful applicants must earn at least S$24,000 in annual income. Loan amounts vary from S$5,000 to S$30,000 or 6 times monthly salary, whichever is lower.

Other Charges and Fees

DBS and POSB's fees are more expensive than those of other renovation lenders. The banks charge a 1% processing fee and a mandatory insurance premium of 1, while other banks tend to only charge a 1% fee. However, the insurance program can be beneficial as it covers outstanding loan balances for borrowers in the case of death or total permanent disability. DBS and POSB also charge several standard fees for cashier orders, loan cancellation, early full repayment and late payments.

Processing Fee1%
Insurance Premium1%
Cashier OrderS$5, first is free
Cancellation Fee1%
Pre-payment Fee1%
Late Payment FeeS$35

How to Apply: Application Process

In order to apply for DBS or POSB's renovation loans, applicants must submit documentation detailing of the renovation, proving homeownership, income and relationship to primary applicant in the case of a joint application. To prove their annual income, salaried employees need to submit their latest computerised payslip, salary crediting into a DBS/PSB bank account or their latest 6 months' CPF Contribution History. Self-employed individuals must submit their latest 2 years' Income Tax Notice of Assessment and variable income commission-based employees must submit their latest 12 months' CPF contribution history and their latest 2 years' Income Tax Notice of Assessment.

Other Required Documents:

  • NRIC photocopy (front & back)
  • Original invoice or quote from contractor, signed by applicants and contractor
  • Property tax bill
  • CPF Housing Withdrawal Statement
  • HDB Letter of Approval
  • Sales and Purchase Agreement
  • Renovation Permit
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
William Hofmann

William is a Product Manager at ValueChampion Singapore, helping consumers and SMEs find the best banking products through comprehensive analysis of data. He previously was an Economic Consultant at Industrial Economics Inc, where he conducted a variety of research and economic analyses. He graduated from University of Vermont with degrees in Economics and Psychology. His work has been featured on a variety of major media such as the Straits Times, the Business Times, the Edge, DailySocial, the Entrepreneur and more.

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