Singapore Housing: Then and Now

Having the world’s best airport (Singapore Changi Airport) and the world’s highest and the largest rooftop pool (found in Marina Bay Sands), Singapore is undeniably one of the most successful and sustainable countries of today. The erection of several other remarkable architectural establishments, such as the Bishan Community Library and the Pearl Bank Apartments, show that the region has a rich and exceptional real estate industry. But did you know that during the 1950’s, Singapore faced a housing crisis that made the country borderline unsustainable?

A Blast from the Past

Before reaching its current state of stability, Singapore used to face a difficult housing crisis during the early 1950’s. At this point in time many Singaporeans were forced to live together in tight quarters, making living difficult. The SIT (Singapore Improvement Trust) tried to alleviate the issue then, but its inaction inevitably led to its abolishment. It was taken over by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) later on – a much more successful venture into revitalizing the housing sector of the country that maintains its authority even today.

You can read more about the history of HDB in Singapore here.

A Glimpse of Singapore’s Current Housing

Since its establishment in the 1960’s, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has been successfully providing low-cost, sustainable homes that can accommodate any kind of lifestyle.

If you are a Singaporean citizen, then you can either choose whether you will purchase a brand new flat or opt for a resale HDB. In Singapore, the latter is a common option, but one that not many know about in detail.

Purchasing a Resale HDB Unit

When choosing to purchase a resale unit, there are some factors you will have to consider such as property type, payment options, financial constraints, and pricing – all of which ride on what or where you decide to make the purchase.

The following is a quick guide on the aforementioned factors:

1. Know Your Flat Type– While every HDB unit can fit all kinds of people, you still have to consider exactly what type you’re going to get. Of course, you’ll want it to fit your lifestyle. For example, a 2 room flat is great for singles or low-income families whilst the bigger, 4 room types that have amenities to go with it are more suited for young couples or big families.

In actuality, HDB properties come in a wide variety of styles, all of which are designed to be able to offer public housing for all those who are still not ready to jump into the private sector. It can come in forms such as:

    • Studio Apartment – For one or two people who wish to live independently. They are available in 36 and 45 sqm varieties. Even the elderly can avail of these.
    • 2 Room Flat – Hovering at 45 sqm, this dwelling targets small households.
    • 3 Room Flat – Coming at 60 to 65 sqm each, this flat is a great living option for growing families who are still on a budget.
    • 4 Room Flat – At a modest 90 sqm, this unit affords its owners an adequate amount of space. The best part about it is that it’s customizable; the space can be tailor-fit for whatever your needs may be.
    • 5 Room Flat – A much more spacious variation of the other flats, this variety offers a full 115 sqm of living space – more than enough for most.
    • 3 Gen Flat – Specifically for multi-generational families, the 3Gen comes at 115 sqm. If you want to see them for yourself, units like these can be found at Yishun.

2. Track the Prices– Knowing the proper price for the resale flat you’re eyeing is essential. Be aware of the resale price index when gauging prices while still keeping in mind that it will still vary depending on location as well as availability.

3. Find the Best Deals – You can search for available resale flats through a wide variety of mediums: a newspapers’ classified ads section, an online property portal, or even via a salesperson or agent. To make things easier though, do it through our app instead. It’s free, easy to use, and best of all, it gets rid of the middleman when conducting HDB transactions.

4. The Financial Aspect – Purchasing a flat is more than just buying the property itself. There are other fees that you will have to consider: its insurance, legal fees, administrative fees, among others. Make sure that you finances are in check before you decide to purchase. Ensure that you also choose the right method for payment – get to know the many schemes or loans available that you may be eligible for or simply pay with cash instead.

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Purchase a Resale HDB Unit Now!

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