November 2022 BTO exercise sees lower application rates

The highest application fees in the November BTO exercise were recorded for the 3- including four-room flats under the Prime Location Public Housing (PLH) Model project in the mature Kallang/Whampoa property. 4,561 applications were acquired for the 405 four-room condos readily available, which figures out to an application rate of 11.3. For the three-room flats, 550 applications were acquired for the 72 units launched, translating to a 7.6 application rate.

The variety of applications obtained works out to a general application rate of 2.5. This is lower than the 7.8 application price enrolled for the August 2022 BTO sales exercise, when 39,136 applications were acquired for 4,993 debuted apartments.

The November 2022 Build-To-Order (BTO) sales exercise finalized on Dec 2 with 24,562 applications acquired, according to information launched by HDB. HDB is offering 9,655 flats for sale under the exercise, making it the leading offering to day for a solo open.

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Christine Sun, top vice president of study and analytics at OrangeTee & Tie, indicates that the number of applications in November fell by 37.2% compared to the August exercise. “This is the most affordable general BTO application price ever since September 2019 with an application rate of 2.1,” she highlights.

Aside from the Kallang/Whampoa PLH flats, flats in Queenstown, which include both PLH and non-PLH units, were also preferred among clients, mentions Lee Sze Teck, higher supervisor, research study at Huttons Asia.

From a full-year viewpoint, OrangeTee & Tie’s Sun highlights that the complete variety of candidates for all BTO and SBF sales exercises this year clocked in at 167,119, 16.3% higher than the 143,706 applicants recording in 2021. In terms of BTO launches, the variety of applicants boosted by 22.6% y-o-y in 2022 to 117,251, while the amount of SBF candidates enhanced by 3.7% y-o-y to 49,868.

Among the non-mature estates in the launch, which makes up Bukit Batok, Tengah and Yishun, five-room apartments in Tengah viewed the greatest interest, with 2,849 applications acquired for the 670 units available, or an application price of 4.3. Huttons’ Lee connects this to buyers seeking larger units, which provide more versatility to accommodate hybrid job also home-based training activities. “Tengah has actually continually attracted lots of consumers for its sustainability style plus distance to significant work centres in Jurong East Regional Centre and Jurong Innovation Area,” he includes.

From a supply viewpoint, the variety of BTO units introduced this calendar year jumped by 35.5% y-o-y to 23,184 units, while SBF units released slipped 29.6% y-o-y to 3,023 units. Altogether, units introduced in 2022 amounted to 26,207 apartments, up 22.5% y-o-y.

Other reasons for the lower BTO applications may consist of the cooling evaluates that entered effect on Sept 30. According to Sun, some buyers might be expecting rates in the resell market to fall, and are hence holding back on acquiring a BTO flat just to acquire a completed house in the secondary market.

Sun attributes the low quantity of applicants to a number of causes, including buyer interest being sidetracked to the Sale of Balance Flats (SBF). Pointing out data released by HDB, she points out that 25,350 applications were obtained for the 1,071 SBF units readily available in the November purchases exercise, equating to an application rate of 23.7. According to Sun, the more powerful demand for SBF units indicate an inclination by customers for condos with a much shorter finish duration. “Almost all SBF flats might be completed quickly than freshly opened BTO apartments in the same town because they are released in earlier stages,” she remarks.

Nevertheless, OrangeTee & Tie’s Sun highlights that PLH apartments in Kallang/ Whampoa were extra popular than those in Queenstown, potentially as a result of their closer distance to the downtown center. “This suggests that there might be some customer resistance if the limits of PLH model flats are forced as well much inland, also not many people is ready to trade an additional location for a long minimum occupation time frame,” she observes.

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