New HDB Flats in 2012
By PEARL LIM
HDB will be launching its final round of new flats for 2012 this month. 6,400 flats are expected to be rolled out.This brings the total flats produced for the year to 27,000, a 7.1 percent increase from last year’s 25,200 units (“Another 4,200 New Flats Launched; 25,000 More to Come Next Year”).
This year’s supply is the highest to date. Initially, supply was planned at 25,000 but strong demand and a brisk resale market prompted HDB to up the number.
Let us recap the first five launches for the year.
In January, HDB made its first launch, with five Build-To-Order (BTO) projects in Choa Chu Kang, Punggol, Sengkang and Tampines. In total , 3,923 new flats were offered. Under the Build-To-Order (BTO) scheme, applicants apply for flats to be built in their preferred location from pre-specified sites, the flats will be built if HDB finds the demand to be sufficient.This scheme came into effect in 2001, and is the main way in which new HDB flats are produced.
Second up, was the bumper launch in March that saw 4,153 units released in eight BTO projects alongside 3,825 Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) in 26 towns and estates. Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) are “balance flats from earlier Build-To-Order (BTO) exercises; surplus Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) replacement flats; or repurchased flats” (“Sale of Balance Flats”).
Meanwhile, the launch in March also unveiled several new schemes and regulations. The new schemes were the Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS) and Ageing-in-Place Priority Scheme (APPS). Addition tweaks were also made to existing policies. This included raising the income ceiling for buyers of two-room flats in mature estates from S$2,000 to S$5,000, and meting out harsher penalty for buyers who cancel their flat booking. Flat buyers applying to live with their parents under “The Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS)” also have their balloting chances increased to six for first-timers, and three for for second-timers – up from four and two, previously.
Under the Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS), married children and their parents who are applying for a studio apartment or a 2-room flat, will be given priority allocation, if they jointly apply for the flats near each other. For the Ageing-in-Place Priority Scheme (APPS), elderly flat owners will have double balloting chances when applying for a studio apartment in their current estate. If these seniors are also applying to live near their married child under MCPS, they will receive four balloting chances altogether.
Next up, was the launch in May when “4,627 new flats in three non-mature towns (Choa Chu Kang, Punggol, and Sengkang) and one mature town (Kallang/Whampoa)” (“HDB Launches 6 BTO Projects Offering 4,627 New Flats”) were rolled out.
In July, another 4,191 new flats were offered under seven Build-To-Order (BTO) projects. Enhancements to the Special CPF Housing Grant (SHG) were also made to enhance the financial aid for lower-income households.
Finally, in September, another bumper launch was offered. This time, 7,055 flats, in both non-mature and mature towns, were put up for sales under the Build-to-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercises. New schemes were also introduced. There is a new opt-in scheme for the sanitary fittings in bathrooms, and under the Optional Component Scheme (OCS) opt-in are allowed for internal timber doors and/or flooring. HDB also piloted an “open kitchen” concept for flats at Teck Ghee Parkview.
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