HDB launches 5,291 Flats in Aug 2017 BTO and First Re-Offer of Balance Flats Exercise

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Starts1 Aug 2017 (Tue)Ends7 Aug 2017 (Mon)
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HDB launched 5,291 flats for sale today under the Aug 2017 Build-To-Order (BTO) and the inaugural Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercise.

They comprise 3,897 BTO units and 1,394 ROF units across various towns/ estates.

This third BTO launch for 2017 brings the total number of BTO flats offered this year to 12,755 units. Together with the 3,946 balance flats offered in the May 2017 Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise and the 1,394 units in this ROF exercise, HDB has launched a total of 18,095 flats thus far in 2017 to meet the housing needs of Singaporeans.

Wide Range of Flats for Different Budgets and Needs

Aug 2017 BTO Exercise

A wide selection of flats, ranging from 2-room Flexi to 5-room flats, is offered to meet the diverse housing needs of first-timers, second-timers, multi-generation families, elderly and singles. Further details can be found in Annex A1.

The 3,897 BTO flats on offer are spread across three projects in the non-mature towns of Bukit Batok and Sengkang. Eligible first-timer families can enjoy up to $80,000 of housing grants, comprising the Additional CPF Housing Grant (AHG) (up to $40,000) and the Special CPF Housing Grant (SHG) (up to $40,000). With these grants, buyers of 2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room and 5-room flats could pay as little as $4,0001, $84,000, $192,000, and $312,000 respectively.

New HDB flats are priced with a generous subsidy, taking into account factors such as location, flat attributes and prevailing market conditions. HDB’s prices are considerably lower than transacted prices of comparable resale flats in the vicinity (see Table 1 for the BTO prices and the comparable resale prices). In addition, 2-room Flexi flats are priced taking into account the lease chosen, as shown in Annex A2.

Table 1: Aug 2017 BTO Prices

TownContractFlat TypeTransacted Prices of
Resale Flats in the
Vicinity#
Selling Price
(Excluding Grants**)
Selling Price
(Including Grants^)
Bukit BatokSky Vista @ Bukit Batok
West Scape @ Bukit Batok
2-room Flexi*From $87,000From $7,000
3-room$271,000 – $315,000From $171,000From $96,000
4-room$380,000 – $450,000From $265,000From $205,000
5-room$450,000 – $585,000From $353,000From $348,000
SengkangRivervale Shores2-room Flexi*From $78,000From $4,000+
3-roomFrom $159,000From $84,000
4-room$348,000 – $428,888From $252,000From $192,000
5-room$380,000 – $468,000From $317,000From $312,000

Note:

1) * 2-room Flexi flats come in two sizes – 36 sqm (Type 1) and 45 sqm (Type 2).

^ The assumed housing grants are for applicants applying as a family nucleus or two singles under the Joint Singles Scheme for a 2-room Flexi flat. Eligible first-timer flat buyers can apply for housing grants of up to $80,000, comprising AHG of $40,000 and SHG of $40,000. SHG is applicable only to 2-room Flexi, 3-room and 4-room flats in the non-mature towns. For illustration purposes, the assumed total grants adopted for the projects in the non-mature towns in the above table are as follows:

  1. 2-room Flexi flat: $80,000;
  2. 3-room flat: $75,000;
  3. 4-room flat: $60,000;
  4. 5-room flat: $5,000.

The starting prices and assumed grant amounts are illustrative. The actual grant amount received will depend on buyers’ income, choice of flat type / estate and eligibility for housing grants. Read more on various CPF Housing Grants available.

+ Buyers are required to pay 5% of the published price using their own CPF and/or cash savings when the total housing grants (i.e. AHG and SHG) they can enjoy exceeds 95% of the published price of the flat. Excess housing grant, if any, can be used to pay for Optional Component Scheme items and premiums that singles and Singapore citizen/Singapore permanent resident households have to pay, before crediting the balance into the Singaporean buyers’ CPF accounts.

# Details on the comparable resale flats in the vicinity for each BTO project can be found on the HDB e-Sales website. The differences in attributes between the comparable resale flats and the BTO flats should be taken into account when making a comparison.

** Singles who apply for the 2-room Flexi flats under the Single Singapore Citizen Scheme will pay $15,000 more than married couples. Eligible singles can also apply for AHG and SHG. The additional amount payable and the grants will vary based on the choice of lease tenure. The actual grant amounts will vary according to income. Read more on various CPF Housing Grants available.

2) Selling prices (excluding and including grants) quoted above are rounded up to the nearest thousand dollars.

6 First-timer families will continue to enjoy priority in flat allocation2. Multi-generation families who wish to live near each other in the same BTO project can apply for flats in Rivervale Shores, Sky Vista @ Bukit Batok and West Scape @ Bukit Batok under the Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS)3.

Aug 2017 ROF Exercise

Alongside the BTO exercise, HDB will conduct the first ROF exercise and offer 1,394 units of unsold balance flats from the Nov 2016 SBF exercise. They comprise 110 units of 2-room Flexi, 384 units of 3-room, 624 units of 4-room, 260 units of 5-room, 7 units of 3Gen and 9 units of executive flats across various towns/estates. HDB will set aside at least 95% of the flat supply for first-timer families and up to 5% for second-timer families. Elderly may apply if they meet the prevailing eligibility conditions to buy a 2-room Flexi flat. Families will enjoy priority for flat selection.

ROF flats come in a wide range of flat types, locations and selling prices (see Table 2). About 71% are already completed and the rest are under construction. Eligible families with more urgent housing needs and/or are less particular about location and attributes may wish to apply. Under this new sales mode, home buyers will be able to select their flats quicker, and from a bigger pool of balance flats of different flat types and in different locations. The pricing details and applicable ethnic quotas of the ROF flats offered are in Annex B.

Table 2: Summary of Aug 2017 ROF Prices

Flat TypeSelling Price
(Excluding Grants)
Selling Price
(Including Grants)^
Non-Mature Towns
3-RoomFrom $154,000From $79,000
4-RoomFrom $231,000From $171,000
5-RoomFrom $315,000From $310,000
3Gen$399,000$394,000
ExecutiveFrom $465,000
Mature Towns
2-Room Flexi
(99-yr/remaining lease)*
From $156,000From $116,000
3-RoomFrom $213,000From $193,000
4-RoomFrom $358,000From $353,000
5-RoomFrom $423,000
3GenFrom $404,000
ExecutiveFrom $525,000

Note:

1) ^ The assumed housing grants are for applicants applying as a family nucleus or two singles under the Joint Singles Scheme for a 2-room Flexi flat. Eligible first-timer flat buyers can apply for housing grants of up to $80,000, comprising AHG of $40,000 and SHG of $40,000. SHG is applicable only to 2-room Flexi, 3-room and 4-room flats in the non-mature towns. For illustration purposes, the assumed total grants adopted for the above table are as follows:

  1. 2-room Flexi flat: $80,000 in non-mature towns and $40,000 in mature towns;
  2. 3-room flat: $75,000 in non-mature towns and $20,000 in mature towns;
  3. 4-room flat: $60,000 in non-mature towns and $5,000 in mature towns;
  4. 5-room flat / 3Gen flat: $5,000 in non-mature towns.

The starting prices and assumed grant amounts are illustrative. The actual grant amount received will depend on buyers’ income, choice of flat type/ estate and eligibility for housing grants. Read more on various CPF Housing Grants available.

* The starting prices of flats offered under 2-room Flexi scheme are based on 99-year/ remaining lease. Buyers can refer to the prices of individual flats on short lease in the HDB InfoWEB.

2) Selling prices (excluding and including grants) quoted above are rounded up to the nearest thousand dollars.

3) To check the lease commencement date of each block, please refer to esales.hdb.gov.sg.

Application for Aug 2017 BTO and ROF Exercise

Application for new flats launched in the Aug 2017 BTO and ROF exercise can be submitted online on the HDB InfoWEB from today, 1 Aug 2017 (Tuesday) to 7 Aug 2017 (Monday). Applicants can apply for a flat under either the BTO or ROF exercise, but not both. If they apply for a BTO flat, they must select only one flat type in one town. If they apply for a ROF flat, they do not have to indicate their preferred flat type and town/estate in their application. Invited applicants may select their preferred flat from the whole range of available units, regardless of flat type or town/estate, if eligible.

Applicants who wish to take up an HDB housing loan for their flat purchase need to produce a valid HDB Loan Eligibility (HLE) Letter when they book a flat. They are encouraged to apply for an HLE Letter early so that they can plan their flat purchase in advance. The HLE Letter will indicate the maximum loan that can be offered based on individuals’ financial situation. Applicants can check their loan eligibility and apply for an HLE letter at www.hdb.gov.sg/hleapply.

Advice for Flat Buyers

Applicants are encouraged to apply for a BTO flat in non-mature towns to enjoy a higher chance of success in securing a flat and more grants, including the SHG. Applicants with more urgent housing needs and are less particular about location and attributes may wish to consider applying for an ROF flat.

All the information on the BTO and ROF flats on offer is available on the HDB InfoWEB. The number of applications submitted under BTO and ROF exercise will also be updated regularly on the HDB InfoWEB. Applicants are encouraged to check for updates before submitting their application.

For their own convenience, HDB would like to advise interested flat buyers to view the details of the flats online via the HDB InfoWEB. There is no need to make a trip down to HDB Hub.

Flat applications are not processed on a first-come, first-served basis. HDB will shortlist applicants using a computer ballot. Flat applicants have 7 days to consider and may submit their online application at any time before the closing date. They need not rush to put in their applications. More details on the application procedures can be found in Annex C.

For enquiries, the public can:

Next BTO Launch in Nov 2017

In the upcoming Nov 2017 BTO exercise, HDB will offer about 4,800 flats in Geylang, Punggol, Sengkang and Tampines, concurrently with a Sales of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise. This brings the total BTO supply in 2017 to around 17,500 units. More information on the flats to be offered under the Nov 2017 BTO exercise is available on the HDB InfoWEB.

[1] In this case, the total grants are $80,000 and the selling price is $78,000. A minimum payment of 5% of the published price, i.e. $4,000, is needed, and the excess AHG and SHG will be credited into the buyers’ CPF Special Account (SA) /Retirement Account (RA) and Medisave Account (MA).

[2] At least 85% (for 4-room and 5-room flats) and 70% (for 3-room flats) of the BTO public flat supply in the non-mature towns are set aside for first-timer families.

[3] Up to 15% of the 2-room Flexi and 3-room flats in a BTO project (subject to a minimum of 20 units each) are set aside for parents applying under MGPS. The same number of 2-room Flexi and bigger flats are set aside in the same BTO project for their married children.

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