Demand for balance flats in latest launch

Demand for balance flats in latest launch

SINGAPORE - Competition is building at the latest Housing Board launch as buyers - including couples with young children - seek out completed new flats.

BTO launches in May 2013

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    Estate: Sembawang Flat types: 372 units of 4- and 5-room Standard Flats.

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    Estate: Sembawang Flat types: 1,030 units of 2-, 3- and 4-room Standard Flats

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    Estate: Sembawang Flat types: 714 units of 4- and 5-room Standard Flats

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    Estate: Buangkok Green, Hougang Flat types: 292 Studio Apartments

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    This development comprises two 16-storey residential blocks.

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    Estate: Hougang Avenue 9 Flat types: 314 units of 3- and 4-room Standard Flats

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    Estate: Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 Flat types: 682 units of 3-, 4- and 5-room Standard Flats.

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    Seven residential blocks about 13- to 14-storeys in height.

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    Estate: Jurong West Street 42 Flat types: 478 units of 2-, 3- and 4-room Standard Flats.

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    This development has three 16-storey high residential blocks.

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    Estate: Woodlands, near Gambas Avenue and Woodlands Crescent. Flat types: 1,018 units of 3-, 4- and 5-room Standard Flats

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    One other residential block within the development is set aside for rental housing.

With a day left before the close of the exercise, 330 applicants were on Tuesday night vying for Pinnacle@Duxton's priciest unit, which costs $769,000 and is its only five-roomer on offer.

The launch is proving popular as nearly half of the units are balance flats - that is, those left over from previous exercises.

This means they are often close to being finished or are already completed, as in the case of Pinnacle@Duxton.

Analysts say they are also in high demand as this is the first exercise to feature the enhanced Parenthood Priority Scheme, which reserves half of balance flats on offer for married couples who are expecting a child or have one aged under 16.

The Duxton units are expected to appreciate handsomely when they hit the resale market, they added.

Altogether, there are more than six applicants for every balance flat on offer across Singapore, according to data culled from the HDB's website.

"Many of these flats are in more established estates, so they draw groups like HDB upgraders looking for a bigger flat with better surrounding amenities," said R'ST Research director Ong Kah Seng.

Other hot areas include Queenstown and Toa Payoh.

But it was quite a different story for the Build-to-Order (BTO) flats up for grabs. There was less than one eligible applicant for every unit at the five non-mature towns of Choa Chu Kang, Hougang, Jurong West, Sembawang and Woodlands.

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