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A record 23 HDB resale flats sold for over S$1 million in February: SRX data

The number of HDB flats changing hands for above S$1 million in a single month hit a new record of 23 in Feb, according to flash data from SRX released on Thurs. Together with the 13 HDB resale…

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…

HDB pilot scheme to allow singles to apply for rental flats without having to look for a flatmate first

Singles looking to apply for public rental flats will soon no longer have to find a flatmate first, under a new pilot initiative to be launched by HDB later this year. Announcing the new scheme, Minister of State…

HDB flat eligibility, housing grant assessments and home loan application to be streamlined

Homebuyers looking to buy HDB flats will soon have to fill up just one single application online, instead of undergoing several separate procedures, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. The service, which will be available on the…

Free parking at HDB carparks can be offered only after residents’ needs are met

We thank Mr Roland Chan for his letter (Still waiting for carpark review after two years, Feb 20). HDB carparks in public housing estates are provided primarily to serve the parking needs of residents. In offering the free…

Rooftop farm’s small plot serves only a small group of residents

It seems that urban farms are now the trend. I welcome this creative initiative to increase local agricultural produce, whether through commercial or community efforts. I would like to know if there are any standard guidelines for selecting…

Kebun Baru pilots tech-integrated facility for the elderly living alone

A pilot integrated aged care facility with video-based technology to monitor elderly residents in a non-invasive manner has opened in Kebun Baru. The Integrated Dementia Assisted Living (Ideal) facility, which began operations on Mon in a HDB unit,…

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…

1,700 flats surrendered to HDB in the past 5 years: Sim Ann

About 1,700 flats were surrendered to HDB in the past five years, with most being short-lease flats, said Senior Minister of State for MND Sim Ann on Tues. She was responding to a Parliamentary question by MP Gan…

Almost 70% of eligible ageing HDB flats have been upgraded through home improvement scheme

About 215,000 HDB flats across 230 projects have been upgraded under HIP that was designed to help spruce up ageing flats. That is close to 70 per cent of the 320,000 flats built up to 1986 that are…

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…

10 people, including 3 children, hurt in fire at Whampoa flat

Ten people, including three children, were injured after a fire broke out at a flat in Whampoa on Sun morning. “They had sustained injuries and smoke inhalation as a result of the fire,” said SCDF in a FB…

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…

Call to build bigger flats amid rise in numbers working from home

A rethink of Singapore’s approach to manpower, housing and work culture is needed, given the Covid-19-induced rise in telecommuting and how employees can work from anywhere, said MPs. MP Melvin Yong (Radin Mas), assistant secretary-general of NTUC, told…

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…

HDB price guide: 5 cheapest HDB estates for 2021

Even in a time of rising property prices, when HDB resale flat prices are hitting a 8-year high in 2020, the price increase has not been equal across the different estates across the island. There are still affordable…

SFA launches tender for rental of 7 sites at HDB car park rooftops for urban farming

Another seven sites at HDB multi-storey car park rooftops were launched by SFA on Tues for rental by public tender. “The sites will be used to farm vegetables and other food crops, as well as for other related…

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…

Why some HDB estates are so popular

HDB resale market has had an amazing year, with sales volume for the full year hitting an eight-year high last year. The strong demand bolstered resale flat prices, which rose 5 per cent last year, the steepest annual…

Close to S$500 million in housing grants disbursed to 15,600 first-time home buyers since Sept 2019

Close to S$500 million have been disbursed in the form of housing grants to about 15,600 first-time home buyers since EHG was introduced in Sept 2019, HDB said on Sun. Under the scheme, families buying their first home…

6 tips to maximise your profits when selling your HDB flat

1) Check the median price for your flat type and location – You need to know this, before you can set your asking price. COV is no longer published by HDB. This doesn’t mean that COV no longer…

Still waiting for carpark review two years after feedback

In Sept 2018, I gave feedback to a HDB branch regarding the non-provision of free Sun parking at an HDB carpark in Serangoon North Ave 1, seeing as all the other carparks in the same road do provide…

Extend assisted living public housing option to people with disabilities

I am excited to read about the first assisted living public housing project for seniors launched for sale by HDB. With our ageing population, it is timely to have such new housing concepts with services to support seniors…

HDB 8 considerations when picking a resale HDB flat for future upgrading

1) Quantify how much you’ll need to upgrade, before any other decisions – As a general point of reference, at least five per cent of your future private property will have to be paid in cash (unless policies…

Create an area at HDB void decks for people to work in peace

Working from home has been quite disruptive. Many people have small homes, and children disturb them while they are working. Also, people end up working longer hours and have no proper time for their families. The condominium I…

Fine irresponsible residents for dumping items

Despite notices put up by town councils on their websites and on display boards around housing estates informing HDB residents of free removal of bulky items for the first three items, some inconsiderate residents persist in dumping their…

More residents satisfied with flats, neighbourhood and estate facilities: HDB survey

More HDB residents were satisfied with their flat, neighbourhood and estate facilities in 2018, compared to five years before, according to the findings of an HDB survey released on Sun. The second part of the findings, centred on…

Neighbours aren’t greeting each other, talking as much, as interactions shift online: HDB survey

Neighbours are not exchanging greetings or striking up casual conversations as much as before, amid a trend of residents in public housing flats turning to social media or chat groups to interact with people in their community. Fewer…

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