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About 85% of BTO projects delayed by six to nine months

About 85% of the ongoing BTO projects have been delayed by around six to nine months beyond the ECDs originally indicated to buyers during project launches, revealed MND in Parliament on Mon. It was responding to MP Yeo…

Non-mature vs mature HDB estates: What’s really the difference?

About the only time we come across the terms “mature” or “non-mature” HDB towns or estates is when we want to buy a BTO flat. This is when we see which estates are being offered, as well as…

3 things about the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme that might interest you

For first-time married, Singaporean couples who need interim housing while waiting for their new HDB flat to be built, they have a few options for temporary affordable living arrangements. An available living arrangement is the PPHS, which is…

Keeping public housing in prime locations like Greater Southern Waterfront affordable and fair

Singapore’s public housing model is changing. During the early years of the country’s independence, the national goal was largely an operational one in ramping up construction to provide living spaces for growing numbers of families and resolve overcrowding.…

Neighbourhood estate guide: Could Kallang Be the best estate in Singapore to live in?

Located in the South-eastern of the Island, Kallang and Whampoa HDB Town, is home to around 105,200 HDB residents and 39,391 HDB units, giving it an average household size of 2.67; making it well below the national average…

A step-by-step guide to using HDB’s flat portal to find your perfect BTO flat

Launched in 2021, the HDB Flat Portal is an integrated platform that aims to ease the process of planning for the purchase or sale of an HDB flat. Currently, budgeting solutions are provided on the platform through three…

Four sites in Balestier, Toa Payoh, Bedok and Jurong East to be cleared for housing projects

Four sites in Balestier, Toa Payoh, Bedok and Jurong East will be cleared to make way for residential projects, according to tender documents put out by HDB. The sites – 51 Jalan Rajah, 1 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh,…

The Big Read: Amid societal changes, how will the link between family formation and housing policies evolve?

The first thing that Ms Rahayu Natalya did after her newborn was allowed to go home was to bring her along to see her MP, Mr Christopher de Souza, to seek help in getting a rental flat from…

A timeline of Singapore’s public housing policy for singles

Compared with their married counterparts, singles in Singapore have generally faced greater hurdles in acquiring a flat from HDB, perhaps most notably in having to hit the minimum age of 35 years old before one can purchase a…

Budget debate: Limiting resale buyers, longer MOP among ideas to prevent lottery effect for future HDB flats in prime areas

Limiting the pool of resale buyers or imposing a longer MOP are some ideas being looked at for future public housing projects in prime locations, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. Another suggestion for a new housing…

August 2021 HDB BTO: Can you afford a flat in Queenstown or Jurong East?

Aug 2021 will be one of the most exciting and contested HDB launches to date, for one reason: two of the HDB towns involved are Queenstown and Jurong East. These are two of the most popular neighbourhoods; and…

More than 1,500 flats sold under HDB’s open booking scheme

More than 1,500 flats have been sold under the open booking scheme since its launch in June 2019, said Minister of State for MND Tan Kiat How on Tues. He was responding to a Parliamentary question by MP…

Should you choose the HDB’s Optional Component Scheme (OCS) when you buy a BTO flat?

The process of buying our BTO (or any home) is strewn with a lot of decisions that we have to carefully consider. In this article, we will cover just one of the decisions – whether we should choose…

Over 2,000 BTO flats in Bidadari estate completed

More than 2,000 BTO HDB flats in Singapore’s newest large estate, Bidadari, have been completed, with families progressively moving into their new homes. These flats are spread across three projects – Alkaff Vista, Alkaff LakeView and Alkaff CourtView…

Meeting all the needs of the country within a small city

Singapore is both a city and a state, which means that all that it needs has to be located within the city, says MND Minister Desmond Lee. In explaining the unique challenges the nation faces in striking a…

Half of all new two-room HDB Flexi flats booked by elderly buyers; singles bought 38% of units

With retirement around the corner, 66-year-old Chew Kee Yoke decided he wanted to be “cash rich and asset poor”. That is why when his daughter moved out of the family’s five-room HDB flat in Bukit Batok, he and…

HDB Contra Facility and Enhanced Contra Facility: How you can use it to buy your second HDB flat

While we spend a lot of time talking (and writing) about how to buy your first home, the discussion on how to buy your second home is more muted. There is a multitude of reasons why your first…

Dover Forest case: Debate over alternative sites highlights core land, housing issues

Would anyone want to live right next to a noisy train track? For Dover resident Kelvin Leong, the answer – and the choice between clearing a shady forest around an MRT station or building on empty plots of…

Are you prepared to give up a home to save a forest?

Am I prepared to give up a home to save a forest? I have been asking myself this question over the past few weeks in light of the debate over preserving our forests instead of developing them for…

Bigger BTO flats in Bidadari, Kallang/Whampoa draw most interest; assisted living flats four times oversubscribed

Bigger flats in Kallang/Whampoa and Bidadari proved to be the most popular among home seekers in HDBs first sales exercise of the year that concluded on Wed. Seniors wanting to live in Singapore’s first assisted living public housing…

Community Care Apartment: Does it make financial sense?

For the Feb 2021 BTO Launch, HDB released the first Community Care Apartments (CCAs), Singapore’s first assisted living public housing development which integrates senior-friendly design features with care services and social programmes. This received a warm reception from…

Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS): Does it make financial sense to rent from HDB while waiting for your BTO flat

Due to the manpower crunch and construction delays caused by the impact of COVID-19 and the circuit breaker in 2020, more BTO projects are being deferred and new BTO projects have extended their timelines for the delivery possession…

HDB Feb 2021 BTO In-Depth Review: Tengah (Parc Woods @ Tengah)

Here’s 99.co’s detailed review of the Feb 2021 Tengah BTO, Parc Woods @ Tengah. Located within a 5-minute walk to commercial amenities at Tengah Town Centre and a 7-minute walk to Tengah MRT station on JRL. Although residents…

HDB Feb 2021 BTO in-depth review: Bukit Batok (West Hill @ Bukit Batok)

Here’s 99.co’s detailed review of the Feb 2021 Bukit Batok BTO. The launch comprises of two projects on separate sites, one of which is the 169-unit Community Care Apartment (CCAs) for seniors at Harmony Village @ Bukit Batok.…

All BTO flats in Kallang/Whampoa, Bidadari and assisted living flats oversubscribed one day after launch

All BTO flats in the mature estates of Kallang/Whampoa and Toa Payoh (Bidadari) have been oversubscribed just one day into their one-week launch for sale. Seniors wanting to live in Singapore’s first assisted living public housing in Bukit…

HDB Feb 2021 BTO in-depth review: Kallang/Whampoa (McNair Heights)

Here’s 99.co’s detailed review of the Feb 2021 BTO at Kallang/Whampoa, McNair Heights. After a two-year hiatus, HDB is once again offering BTO units in the Kallang/Whampoa estates. The previous two launches held in 2019 saw massive over-subscriptions…

BTO flats in Queenstown, Jurong East to go on sale for first time in a decade in August

For the first time in almost a decade, some 610 BTO flats in Queenstown, Singapore’s oldest town and one of the most sought-after mature housing estates, will be launched for sale. Another 560 BTO flats will also be…

HDB launches 3,740 BTO flats in 7 projects including first community care apartments for seniors

In its first sales exercise of the year, HDB on Thurs launched 3,740 BTO flats for sale, including the first community care apartments (CCAs) for seniors. The flats on offer are spread across seven housing projects in the…

Retain and include existing green spaces in new estates

I agree wholeheartedly with Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Christopher de Souza when he urged the authorities to “think long and hard before making irreversible decisions”. He had identified in Parliament several vacant sites for public housing instead of…

BTO we review May 2021 HDB BTO launch sites (Tengah, Woodlands, Bukit Merah, Geylang)

1) Tengah – is the newest HDB town, so to be frank there’s nothing much in the area right now. The current plot will eventually be close to the Hong Kah MRT station; we estimate this to be…

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