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    HDB gets 5,700 applications for 490 flats in April sale

    By Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 17 April 2008 2037 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board's (HDB) April sale of four-room and bigger flats closed on Wednesday, with 5,700 applications for the 490 flats offered.

    These flats are located in various towns such as Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East, Jurong West, Sembawang, Woodlands and Yishun.

    HDB said the take-up rates for its Bi-monthly Sales Exercise are high because the flats offered are completed or nearing completion.

    However, it noted that while there is a high number of applications for its unsold stock, a significant number of applicants under the Built-To-Order (BTO) scheme does not end up purchasing a flat.

    For instance, there were 1,284 applications received for 698 4-room flats offered under the September 2007 BTO project at Coral Spring in Sengkang. However, more than 200 flats remained unsold after all the applicants in this project were invited to select a unit.

    So HDB is currently reviewing the flat application system, following feedback that non-serious applicants are crowding out those with more pressing housing needs.

    HDB flats are now mainly sold through the BTO system, where projects are built only when a majority of units are booked. As these BTO flats take about three years to be complete, buyers are advised to plan ahead for their housing needs.

    Couples who are planning to get married are encouraged to take advantage of HDBs Fiance-fiance Scheme to book their BTO flats early, to reduce the waiting time for a new flat upon marriage.

    From April to September, HDB plans to offer 5,000 new BTO flats in towns such as Punggol, Sengkang, Woodlands and Bukit Panjang. The next two BTO launches will be in Punggol and Sengkang at the end of April.

    HDB has also advised urgent buyers to consider resale flats in the open market where eligible first-time buyers can apply for the S$30,000 CPF Housing Grant.

    First-timers who buy a resale flat to stay with or near their parents are also entitled to a higher grant of S$40,000. - CNA/vm

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    April 17, 2008

    HDB's April sale draws 5,700 applicants for 490 flats

    Take up rate is higher because the flats are ready or near completion.

    By Joyce Teo


    THE Housing Board's April sale of four-room and bigger flats closed on Wednesday with 5,700 applications for 490 flats offered.

    The board said the applications and take-up rates for the Bi-monthly sales exercises are higher because the flats offered are completed or nearing completion.

    But it noted that while demand is high in its recent sales exercises, a significant number of applicants do not end up buying a flat.

    The board is currently reviewing the flat application system, following feedback that non-serious applicants are crowding out those with more pressing housing needs. National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan had disclosed this move earlier this month.

    HDB flats are now mainly sold via the build-to-order system, where projects are built only when a majority of units are booked. This means buyers have to wait about three years for the flats to be built.

    In the next six months from April to September, HDB plans to offer 5,000 new built-to-order (BTO) flats in towns such as Punggol, Sengkang, Woodlands and Bukit Panjang. The next two two BTO launches will be in Punggol and Sengkang at the end of this month.

    As HDB's unsold stock has shrunk significantly, the board has been asking buyers to plan ahead and buy under the BTO system. It advised urgent buyers to consider resale flats.

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