Commentary: Are HDB flats still attractive as an investment after new rules for prime locations?

The distinctive twin options of housing, each as a spot to reside in and a largely steady and appreciating investment, are mutually reinforcing in a rustic that continues to develop economically and appeal to folks to return and put roots down.

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A Built-to-Order (BTO) house is a profit reserved for Singaporeans that creates a hefty retirement nest egg.

A 4-room BTO in Fernvale Grove purchased in 2004 between S$129,00 and S$162,000 noticed an common transacted worth of S$469,000 in 2021 – a 222 per cent return.

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A resale within the Sengkang neighborhood purchased on the identical time and resold in 2021 fetches about 69 per cent in distinction.


Over the a long time, public housing has advanced to satisfy the upper aspirations of rising upper-middle class Singaporeans who may in any other case be outpriced within the personal property market.

Collaboration with personal builders to create flats with trendy layouts via a Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) gave start to 13 such developments after 2006, beginning with The Premiere by Sim Lian, earlier than discontinuing in 2012.

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Executive condominiums (ECs) – a hybrid housing improvement with shared amenities like swimming pools, clubhouse, gymnasium room, tennis courts and 24-hours safety, which could be privatised after 10 years – additionally spawned.

More latest iconic tasks like these at Dawson – [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] – designed by personal architects, appear to be, if not higher, than personal condominiums.

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The newest evolution in housing, the prime location public housing (PLH) mannequin unveiled by Minister for National Development Desmond Lee in October, was designed to offer Singaporean households of all earnings teams an opportunity to reside within the metropolis centre, the Greater Sothern Waterfront, and different central areas.

A 6 per cent subsidy clawback mitigates the chance of extreme windfalls from a resale, together with brakes within the type of 10-year minimal occupation intervals (MOP). Homeowners can’t lease out their complete houses at any level and might solely promote to a strict pool of eligible consumers.

With all these rules, do folks still need to purchase these HDB flats? The reply is fairly resounding. The first batch of BTO houses in Rochor has seen wholesome demand, at 10.3 occasions over-subscription.

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