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Are integrated condos really worth their price premium?

Singaporean home-seekers crave convenience, so integrated condo developments are like a dream come true for many. These are 99-year leasehold condos are built atop key amenities such as a full-sized shopping mall with direct MRT and bus interchange access. Transport, dining, daily necessities and entertainment are literally “under-one-roof”. Integrated condo developments are also rare; each…

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MND survey reveals how the government could regulate prime location HDB flats

It’s an open secret that buying a Build-to-Order (BTO) flat directly from HDB is almost as good as getting “free money”, because these flats are sold to Singaporeans at a discount to market value. In recent times, we’re increasingly hearing the term “windfall effect” or “lottery effect”, which describes the significant profit that BTO flat…

BTO Launch Punggol Tampines

4 Observations on the New HDB/EC Income Ceiling, Enhanced Housing Grant

HDB’s announcement of the latest changes to the much-maligned income ceiling is sure to elicit extreme reactions. Those who were previously disqualified from BTOs for income reasons must be thanking their God of Fortune, whereas the unlucky couple who have waited donkey years for a successful BTO might just be about to give up entirely…

You busted the HDB income ceiling. Now What?

Talk about #firstworldproblems. Singaporean couples wanting to settle down and “BTO” could suddenly find themselves locked out of an affordable first-home option, simply because they are earning too much and their combined salaries have exceeded the HDB income ceiling! In fact, if you and your life partner together earn more than $12,000, you won’t be…

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