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Here’s why paying S$1.268 million for a 49-year-old HDB terrace house is worth it

Just yesterday, it’s reported that a 49-year-old terrace house was sold for S$1.268 million. It broke the record for the highest resale price for an HDB unit. But is it really worth the price? Looking at the past…

7 little-known HDB renovation guidelines that Singaporean homeowners should know about

1) Void areas should remain void i.e. mezzanine structures are not allowed – HDB says such extension may result in an additional load within the apartment that could lead to structural issues; 2) Purchasing the recess area outside…

49-year-old HDB terraced house in Whampoa sold for record $1.268 million

A 49-year-old HDB terraced house in Whampoa was sold for $1.268 million this month, making it the most expensive HDB resale unit to change hands so far, in what has already been a record year for million-dollar flats.…

Landlord in Hougang evicts tenant saying she uses toilet, washes clothes too often

Renting a room in Singapore can be tough, but for a Malaysian woman, her troubles began after she signed the tenancy agreement. Wong’s unpleasant experience with a landlord in Hougang came to light after her younger sister made…

Singapore population census: Of strata titles and stratification

Trends in the census report indicate that most residents still live in HDB flats, even as proportions have steadily dropped over the years from 88 per cent in 2000 to 78.7 per cent last year. A large majority…

New scheme to help Malay families in rental flats own their own homes

A new programme seeks to improve the lot of Malay families in public rental flats by providing holistic support through national and community initiatives, with the aim of guiding them towards owning their own homes. Called Project DIAN@M3,…

Share of households in condos, apartments up almost 5% as proportion in HDB flats slips 3.7%: census

Household incomes continued to rise in both real and nominal terms over the last decade, with a significant spike in households at the top end, according to data released on Fri by DOS. There were 1.37 million resident…

Repairs to external wall should be completed by this month

I refer to the Forum letter, “Seepage through wall not fixed after six months” (June 14), by Mr Lee Cheow Teck. Our property officer visited Mr Lee after the issue was raised to the town council. The rectification…

HDB August 2021 BTO in-depth review: Jurong East

The upcoming Aug 2021 BTO launch will see 4,940 flats being offered across seven projects in three mature and two non-mature estates. We think it’s one of the most exciting BTO launches as it will feature Jurong East…

Home facades in Singapore to frown or fawn over

For 78.7% of Singapore’s resident population, who lives in HDB flats, our front door facades, or common corridors, are usually lined with bicycles, shoes, laundry racks and prayer altars. Occasionally, neighbours would place their potted plants around their…

Neighbourhood estate guide: Is Pasir Ris the place for seaside living?

The home of 106,600 HDB residents, Pasir Ris is a town in the northeast of Singapore. Pasir Ris was once known as Passier Reis in the 1800s. The current name, Pasir Ris is possibly a contraction of the…

Are $1m HDB resale flats going to be ‘normal’ from now on?

A record number of HDB resale flats changed hands for at least $1 million so far this year – and we are only halfway through 2021. This performance would have been remarkable in any year, let alone a…

Wayfinding murals help residents find their way home in Kebun Baru

Madam Shirley Cheong was at the void deck of her HDB block when she noticed an elderly woman, who she knew lived in a nearby block, walking up the stairs. Speaking in Mandarin, Madam Cheong, 78, said: “I…

Yio Chu Kang is 3rd town to feature dementia-friendly murals

Visitors to certain HDB blocks in Yio Chu Kang will be greeted by paintings of creatures like the Merlion and sports icons like footballer Lionel Messi. The colourful murals on the walls are part of efforts to help…

Million-dollar HDB flats: Half of S’pore’s 24 towns have them, including Hougang, Geylang and Ang Mo Kio

While The Pinnacle @ Duxton is arguably the “poster boy” for million-dollar HDB flats in Singapore, such flats are not exclusively located in the central area. Half of Singapore’s 24 HDB towns are home to million-dollar HDB flats,…

Seepage through wall not fixed after six months

In Jan, I discovered a leakage in one of my bedrooms as the floor became wet whenever there was a downpour. I informed my town council, and a representative visited my home on Jan 19. He took some…

How does the new Singles Scheme support the LGBTQ+ Community?

The recently announced new singles scheme is an effort for more inclusive housing opportunities. We take a closer look at how these changes affect LGBTQ+ individuals and what else can we do to make the housing landscape more…

Will we see million dollar HDBs in non-mature estates soon? A closer look at the narrowing gap

Amid the backdrop of rising HDB prices, one fact has begun to stand out: resale flats in non-mature estates have to “narrow the gap”. One of the transaction records for non-mature flats, in Mar 2021 was in Punggol;…

Striking a balance in building HDB flats in prime locations

Home ownership has always been a key national policy and foundation for Singapore. Our public housing programme is underpinned by the values of accessibility, inclusivity and diversity. Singapore’s home ownership rate is around 90 per cent, which is…

HDB August 2021 BTO In-Depth Review: Queenstown

One of the projects in this Aug 2021 BTO launch will be at Queenstown, with 610 units of 3-room and 4-room flats up for grabs. HDB hasn’t announced the starting prices for this Aug launch yet. So here’s…

Man faces charges of keeping 25 chickens in his Pasir Ris flat, breeding them for sale

A man charged with keeping 25 chickens in his Pasir Ris flat, maintaining an unlicensed farm and distributing the fowl from his home had his case mentioned again on Wed. Eric Woo Yoke Meng, 50, faces three charges…

Get residents’ views on redevelopment of housing estates

If HDB flats built in the 1960s are to be demolished by 2024, after just 60 years, why bother with 99-year leases? It was reported that residents of 3,480 flats in 31 blocks in Tanglin Halt will soon…

HDB rents up 0.7% in May, condominium rents rise 0.3%: SRX

Rents for HDB flats rose 0.7 per cent in May 2021 from the previous month, while that of condominiums increased 0.3 per cent in the same period. This marks the fifth and eleventh consecutive month of rising condo…

Is housing still affordable for first-time homeowners?

Singapore has one of the highest home ownership rates in the world. Today, every nine in 10 public housing dwellers own their flats in Singapore. The Home Ownership Scheme introduced in 1964 has been one of the key…

Focus on affordability of public housing, not asset appreciation

I refer to the letter by Mr Foo Sing Kheng. That the Government is looking to consult the public, then make policy adjustments regarding HDB flats in prime areas, is precisely why asset appreciation is not a centrepiece…

Hard to justify private gain which does not benefit broader public

Mr Foo Sing Kheng’s letter about public housing in prime locations drew several parallels between public housing subsidy, education subsidy and the lottery, which was very interesting. While it is true that the typical university graduate receives more…

Around 190 HDB flats breached renovation guidelines in past 3 years’ inspections

Around 190 home owners and contractors of HDB flats were found to have carried out unauthorised renovation works infringing on the HDB’s guidelines in the past three years. More than 38,000 flats were inspected by HDB from 2018…

Adieu to Tanglin Halt, one of Singapore’s oldest estates

Residents of 3,480 flats in 31 blocks in the estate will soon have to move under HDB’s Sers. The two markets and food centre where residents mingled will be demolished too, as will seven commercial blocks in Tanglin…

How hot is the Singapore property market in 2021? Here’s my experience from 3 cases on the ground

1) The unhappy buyer who got outbid at the last min – When the market suddenly heats up, a bidding war can happen even for properties that’s been on the market for awhile. Our verbal offer was accepted…

Apply a subsidy on BTO flats that has to be repaid when flat is sold

The current balloting system for BTO Housing Board flats in prime locations has created a lottery effect, where a handful of lucky applicants benefit from huge windfalls when they sell their flat after MOP. The windfall is at…

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