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1,098 HDB flats now open for balloting

THE Housing Board yesterday launched a ballot for the sale of 1,098 flats in Bedok, Clementi, Queenstown and Jurong West with demand for public housing staying on the boil.

The flats are surplus units from the board’s Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme, which relocates residents from ageing blocks to new ones nearby.

Such flats are usually highly coveted as they are located in mature estates near transport nodes and amenities.

Adding to the demand is the fact that recent hikes in private property prices have pushed more buyers to these government-subsidised flats.

Last month, an HDB ballot for 316 surplus flats in the outlying towns of  Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol drew an overwhelming 5,147 applications.

The Government responded by committing to putting out about 6,000 new flats between last month and June.

Its latest sale exercise includes 234 studio apartments for the elderly in Queenstown and Jurong West, at a cost of $54,000 to $89,000 each.

There are also 164 three-room flats priced from $180,000 to $266,000, 516 four-room flats going for $282,000 to $400,000 and 184 five-room flats between $400,000 and $520,000.

Five unfurnished sample units in Clementi and Queenstown will be open for viewing.

While some of the flats are immediately available, others will be ready by 2012.

Online applications from potential buyers must be submitted by Feb 6.

A computer ballot will determine the queue position of eligible applicants and those shortlisted will be informed in April.


Source: The Straits Times 18 Jan 08

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