DBS FHR-18 Fixed Home Rate Rises on 1st Feb 2018

DBS FHR-18 fixed home rate to be raised

It’s official, DBS FHR is up. DBS raised their Fixed Home Rate FHR-18 rom 0.6% to 0.8% on 1st Feb 2018. Fixed Home Rate is pegged to fixed deposit rates that DBS offers to their depositors. FHR-18 stands for Fixed Home Rate pegged to 18-month fixed deposit. Home owners who were on FHR-18 + Spread should have received letters by now to inform them that their home loan rates will increase by 0.2% in late January or February 2018.

DBS FHR-18 to rise - Queue at DBS ATM at Holland village
DBS ATM branch – Holland Village

Image Credits: DBS ATM tellers and deposit ATM at Holland Village, Paul HO, iCompareLoan.com

DBS was the first to launch Fixed Deposit Pegged Home loans

In recent years, the variety of home loan packages have become more plentiful. Singapore bank’s product team, especially that of DBS has rolled out innovative packages one after another. DBS bank is one of the most innovative when it comes to creating new packages. In 2015, DBS created the Fixed Home Rate home loan package.

For those who are not familiar, here is a link on DBS FHR to do a quick recap of the myriad packages that DBS created. Of course  OCBC is also not a laggard, they created the OCBC OHR home loan (Ocbc Home Rate).


DBS Fixed Home Rate is not a fixed rate Home loan

The name of the product is a bit unfortunate, in the earlier days, many home owners who took this package thought that they had a Fixed Rate home loan package because these packages were called Fixed Home Rate. They thought their rates were fixed. These home owners will be in for a big surprise.

Of course some home owners were either misled by the bankers or they did not bother to listen carefully to the banker’s instructions and explanations that it was really not a fixed rate. If they had come to a mortgage broker instead of going direct to the bank, they would most likely have a better understanding of the package and its risks. Or you could really read up on mortgage loan terminology first.

What are home owners likely to pay now?

During the days of the FHR-18 around , many packages from DBS around October 2015 were believed to be around FHR-18 + 1.3% for the 1st 3 years with thereafter being FHR-18 + 1.5% thereabouts; where FHR-18 = 0.6%. This is around 1.9% and for those that is close to 3 years, this is 2.1%.


Estimated Date

of Package

Fixed Deposit Rate Reference Spread  Before

FHR-18 increase


FHR-18 increase

on 1st Feb 2018

Oct 2015 DBS FHR-18 (0.6%) 1.3% 1.9% 2.1%
Aug 2015 DBS FHR-18 (0.6%) 1.4% 2.0% 2.2%
Early Aug 2015 DBS FHR-18 (0.6%) 1.2% 1.8% 2.0%
Oct 2015 DBS FHR-12/24 (0.675%) 1.15% 1.825% N/A

Table 1: A small cross section of History of DBS Fixed Home Rate, iCompareLoan.com



With DBS FHR-18 increasing from 0.6% to 0.8%, many people may be paying around 2.1% to 2.4%.

With FHR-18 raise, will the other fixed deposit pegged rate structures such as the FHR-9, FHR-8 come under pressure? Will they also start to rise?

Refinancing home loan is one of the ways to lower your interest rate cost for the next 2 to 3 years.

To read up more on property buying in Singapore, please click here or click here for the Ultimate Guide on Property Buying in Singapore.

Written by Paul Ho

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