Making an Offer and Negotiating When Buying Property in Singapore: A Comprehensive Guide

making an offer and negotiating when buying property

Making an offer and negotiating the terms of a property purchase are crucial steps in the process of buying property in Singapore. These steps allow buyers to express their interest, negotiate favorable terms, and secure the property at a mutually agreed price. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the significance of making an offer and provide insights on how to navigate the negotiation process effectively.

1. Understanding the Offer Process:

When you find a property that meets your requirements, it's time to make an offer. Consider the following points:

  • Work with a Real Estate Agent: Engage a reputable real estate agent who can guide you through the offer process. They will assist in preparing and submitting the offer to the seller or their agent.
  • Offer Price: Determine the offer price based on factors such as the property's market value, recent sales prices of comparable properties, and your budget. Your Real Estate Salesperson is able to help you with this.
  • Terms and Conditions: Outline any specific terms and conditions that are important to you, such as the desired move-in date, inclusion of certain fixtures or furnishings, or any contingencies related to loan approval or property inspections. Timelines are important when you are buying and selling your existing properties at the same time. Every terms and conditions needs to be discussed and agreed upon before paying the option fee. Once deal is done, it is difficult to re-negotiate the terms favourably.
  • Option Fee: In Singapore, it is common to pay an option fee (usually 1% of the purchase price) to the seller upon submitting the offer. This fee grants you an exclusive option period to conduct further due diligence and secure the property. Ensure you have your funds ready.

2. The Art of Negotiation:

Negotiation plays a vital role in property transactions. Here are some tips to negotiate effectively:

  • Research and Preparation: Conduct thorough research on the property, its market value, recent comparable sales, and any unique factors that may impact the negotiation. This knowledge will strengthen your position during the negotiation process.
  • Understand the Seller's Motivation: Try to understand the seller's motivations, such as their desired timeline for selling, financial considerations, or any specific conditions they may have. This understanding can help tailor your negotiation strategy accordingly.
  • Flexibility and Trade-Offs: Be prepared to offer flexibility and consider potential trade-offs to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. This could involve adjusting the price, terms, or accommodating specific requests from the seller.
  • Seek Professional Advice: Consult with your real estate agent or a lawyer to review the terms and conditions of the Sale & Purchase Agreement (SPA) and Option to Purchase (OTP) and ensure that your interests are protected during the negotiation process.

3. Finalizing the Agreement:

Once both parties have reached an agreement, it is essential to finalize the terms and conditions. This typically involves:

  • Engaging Legal Representation: Engage a lawyer or conveyancing firm to review the SPA and ensure that it accurately reflects the agreed-upon terms and protects your interests.
  • Conducting Due Diligence: Utilize the option period to conduct further due diligence, such as property inspections, obtaining necessary financing approvals, and performing any required legal searches.
  • Executing the Agreement: Once all conditions are satisfied, proceed with the signing of the SPA or exercising the OTP and the payment of the down payment as specified in the agreement.


Making an offer and negotiating the terms of a property purchase in Singapore are critical steps in the buying process. By understanding the offer process, conducting thorough research, and negotiating effectively, you can increase your chances of securing the property at a favorable price and with terms that align with your needs.

Remember to seek professional guidance from a reputable real estate agent and a legal expert to navigate the negotiation process successfully. With careful consideration and effective negotiation, you'll be on your way to acquiring your dream property in Singapore.

This blog post is an extension of our earlier blog post on Step-by-Step to Buying a Property in Singapore: A Comprehensive Guide. Refer to the highlighted link to read the other important steps when buying a property.

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Francis Lim is the Associate District Director in PropNex. He has been with PropNex since 2013. An experienced and reliable real estate advisor who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help, guide and mentor real estate salesperson.
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