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278 HDB flats swamped by 9,900 applications

Unsuccessful buyers urged to consider build-to-order flats

THE Housing and Development Board received 9,900 applications for 278 flats offered in its February bi-monthly sale.

Most of the units offered are four-room flats, plus 64 five-room units and 20 executive flats in 13 estates.

There are 119 units in Toa Payoh and 39 in Tampines.

HDB said the strong demand was ‘because the flats offered are in established HDB towns which are popular with buyers, but the supply of new flats is tight as there is limited land available’.

HDB advised unsuccessful applicants to consider booking a flat under its build-to-order (BTO) scheme. About 4,500 flats will be launched under this scheme in the first half of the year.

More than 500 are still available from recent BTO launches at Punggol and Sengkang, such as Treelodge@Punggol, Fernvale Vista, Punggol Vista and Coral Spring.

HDB also suggested that buyers also consider resale flats, which it said still remain largely affordable. It said that in January, 25 per cent of resale transactions were completed at prices no more than $10,000 above valuation.

The recently closed sale is HDB’s fifth bi-monthly sale exercise for four-room and larger flats in the combined balloting/walk-in system. HDB is currently reviewing the scheme.


Source: Business Times 19 Feb 08


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