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List of new launch condos (with unsold units) approaching their developer ABSD deadlines in 2023/2024

List of new launch condos (with unsold units) approaching their developer ABSD deadlines in 2023/2024

Property prices have been on the rise in the last couple of years, with prices of new launch condos up by 42.28 per cent from 2020 to 2023 (as of writing, according to Researcher data).

Unlike last year, which saw less than 20 new launches and a tight new home supply, around 10,000 units are expected to enter the market this year across around 40 new launches.

Despite all these, there’s still some potential bargain to look out for among the new launch condos approaching their ABSD deadlines in 2023 and 2024.

What’s the hype around new launch condos with approaching ABSD deadlines?

The thing about the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) is that they aren’t just paid by Singaporeans buying their subsequent residential properties (or any home bought by PRs and foreigners).

Developers will also need to fork out the ABSD when they buy land, whether it’s through an en bloc sale or GLS. After the December 2021 cooling measures, the rate has increased from 25 per cent to 35 per cent, on top of the 5 per cent that is non-remissible. The 35 per cent ABSD (or 25 per cent before the increase) can only be remitted if the developer manages to sell off all the units of the project within five years, regardless of the size of the development.

Because of this, there’s a chance that new condos with upcoming ABSD deadlines, and still have unsold units, will offer developer discounts.

With that, our data team has crunched the numbers and compiled the full list of such new launch condos with ABSD deadlines in 2023 and 2024.

Full list of new launch condos with unsold units and approaching ABSD deadlines in 2023 and 2024

(Note: This list was first compiled on 19 April 2022, and has been updated as of April 13, 2023.)

Project name Estimated TOP date Estimated ABSD deadline Total units Take-up rate
Affinity at Serangoon Dec-24 Q1-2023 1,052 99.2%
Kent Ridge Hill Residences Dec-24 Q2-2023 548 99.4%
Parc Clematis Sep-23 Q3-2023 1,468 98.6%
The Lilium Dec-21 Q2-2023 80 78.8%
The Gazania Jul-22 Q2-2023 250 92%
Petit Jervois Mar-22 Q2-2023 55 36.4%
The Hyde Sep-22 Q2-2023 117 98.3%
Amber Park Jul-24 Q2-2023 592 99%
35 Gilstead Dec-22 Q2-2023 70 98.6%
Pullman Residences Newton Dec-23 Q4-2023 340 75.6%
Juniper Hill Mar-22 Q2-2023 115 59.1%
Meyerhouse Apr-23 Q1-2023 56 80.4%
Jervois Prive Jan-23 Q2-2023 43 11.6%
Riviere Mar-23 Q2-2023 455 96.3%
Haus On Handy Jul-23 Q3-2023 188 94.7%
Van Holland Mar-23 Q3-2023 69 69.6%
Wilshire Residences Jul-23 Q3-2023 85 92.9%
One Holland Village Residences Dec-24 Q4-2023 296 90%
Neu at Novena Apr-23 Q4-2023 87 93.1%
The Atelier Mar-24 Q3-2023 120 28.3%
Sky Everton Sep-23 Q4-2023 262 99.6%
One Pearl Bank Dec-23 Q3-2023 774 92.1%
Jervois Treasures Mar-22 Q1-2023 36 5.6%
Cuscaden Reserve Jun-22 Q4-2023 192 5.2%
The Landmark Mar-25 2024 396 57.3%
Royalgreen Dec-22 Q2-2023 285 78.9%
Meyer Mansion Dec-24 2024 200 97%
Urban Treasures Jun-23 Q3-2023 237 96.6%
15 Holland Hill Dec-22 Q4-2023 59 93%
Leedon Green Dec-23 2024 638 84.8%
Hyll on Holland Jun-25 Q4-2023 319 82.1%
Ki Residences at Brookvale Jun-24 Q3-2023 660 96.7%
The Avenir Aug-25 Q3-2023 376 91.8%
Dalvey Haus Dec-22 Q4-2023 17 29.4%
Myra Nov-24 Q4-2023 85 76.5%
Forett at Bukit Timah Sep-24 2024 633 99.4%
Kopar At Newton 2023 2024 378 93.7%
Parc Canberra 2023 2024 496 99.8%
The M 2024 2024 522 96.0%

Which new launch condos will have discounts?

Here’s a disclaimer: while there’s a possibility that some of these new launch condos will offer discounts, we can’t guarantee them.

Some developers may even decide not to give out any discount as doing so may upset buyers who have bought the units earlier at a premium.

But based on what happened to older condos that were approaching their ABSD deadlines in the past few years, we can roughly list out situations in which you can expect developer discounts.

1. Fire sale for condos with a small number of unsold units

Usually, these new launch condos have a take-up rate of around 80 to 90 per cent (or a small number of units left unsold) when they’re close to the ABSD deadline. After all, it doesn’t make any financial sense to pay the exorbitant ABSD just because the developer couldn’t sell off a few more units by the deadline.

So to clear the remaining stock, the developer may give out discounts to sell these units. This is usually called the fire sale.

One thing to note about these units is that they’re most probably leftovers, so they may not be as desirable. They could be west-facing, have a bad layout or are just too expensive (eg. a penthouse).

An example of a fire sale is when the developer of 38 Jervois gave out 13 to 24 per cent discounts to sell off 16 units in 2020. This was hugely successful as they managed to sell off these remaining units within three days.

Besides fire sales, there have also been instances where the developer offers a stay-then-pay plan, a type of deferred payment scheme. CapitaLand introduced it back in 2016 to sell the remaining units of d’Leedon and The Interlace.

Through the scheme, not only did buyers enjoy a discount, but were also allowed to move in after exercising the Option to Purchase (OTP). They could then make the downpayment within eight weeks and pay the balance one year later.

2. Discounts on renovation, furniture, stamp duty, etc.

Besides discounts on the units, some developers may also offer discounts on renovations and furniture. Another promotion entails selling the unit with the interior design.

Aside from fittings and furnishings, we’ve also heard of discounts on the Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD).

With effect from Feb 15, 2023, the marginal BSD rate for residential properties has been increased for properties above $1.5 million.

Here’s the new BSD rate:

Purchase price or value BSD rate
First $180,000 1 per cent
Next $180,000 2 per cent
Next $640,000 3 per cent
Next $500,000 4 per cent
Next $1.5 million 5 per cent
Remaining amount  6 per cent 

3. Bulk discounts for condos with a low take-up rate 

The developer may also offer bulk discounts, but to investment firms instead of individual buyers.

An example of this is the bulk sale to UOB’s chairman emeritus Wee Cho Yaw back in 2017 when he bought 45 unsold units of The Nassim through his real estate arm Kheng Leong. The deal amounted to $411.6 million, translating to a bulk discount of around 18 per cent. The condo has a total of 55 units.


The deal helped developer CapitaLand avoid the Qualifying Certificate (QC) penalties, which they would have to pay if they could not finish building the project within five years and sell all units within two years of TOP.

(The rule has since changed in 2020, allowing listed developers with a substantial connection to Singapore to be exempted from the QC rules.)

But the same strategy can also be applied to avoid paying the ABSD. Developers can sell the units in bulk to investment firms, after which they can simply rent them out for rental income.

And unlike the developer, there’s no deadline for these firms to sell off the units. So they can hold on to them for capital appreciation before offloading them a few years later.

Or, if there are just too many unsold units and there aren’t enough bulk sales to sell out the project, the developer may just end up paying the ABSD.

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