November 2022 BTO exercise sees lower application rates

Christine Sun, leading vice president of research study also analytics at OrangeTee & Tie, mentions that the variety of applications in November slipped by 37.2% matched up to the August exercise. “This is the most affordable overall BTO application price from September 2019 with an application rate of 2.1,” she highlights.

Some other causes for the lower BTO applications may include the cooling determines that entered into impact on Sept 30. According to Sun, several customers might be expecting rates in the reselling market to decrease, and also are hence holding off on buying a BTO flat just to purchase a finished house in the alternate market.

Nonetheless, OrangeTee & Tie’s Sun highlights that PLH condos in Kallang/ Whampoa were much more popular than those in Queenstown, perhaps due to their better distance to the business district center. “This shows that there can be some buyer resistance if the borders of PLH model flats are forced as well much inland, and not many people is happy to trade a further area for an extensive minimum line of work period,” she follows.

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The highest possible application prices in the November BTO exercise were captured for the three- and four-room condos under the Prime Location Public Housing (PLH) Model property in the developed Kallang/Whampoa property. 4,561 applications were received for the 405 four-room flats available, which works out to an application rate of 11.3. For the three-room apartments, 550 applications were obtained for the 72 units released, converting to a 7.6 application rate.

Apart from the Kallang/Whampoa PLH condos, apartments in Queenstown, which include both PLH including non-PLH units, were additionally prominent amongst applicants, points out Lee Sze Teck, senior director, research study at Huttons Asia.

The number of applications obtained works out to a total application fee of 2.5. This is less than the 7.8 application cost signed up for the August 2022 BTO sales activity, when 39,136 applications were obtained for 4,993 debuted apartments.

Amongst the non-mature estates in the kick off, which consists of Bukit Batok, Tengah and Yishun, five-room condos in Tengah viewed the greatest rate of interest, with 2,849 applications gotten for the 670 units readily available, or an application rate of 4.3. Huttons’ Lee attributes this to customers seeking larger units, which supply more flexibility to fit hybrid work as well as home-based learning events. “Tengah has constantly attracted several applicants for its sustainability style and even closeness to significant work centres in Jurong East Regional Centre along with Jurong Innovation District,” he includes.

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

Sun associates the lower quantity of applicants to a number of reasons, consisting of purchaser demand being diverted to the Sale of Balance Flats (SBF). Citing data launched by HDB, she explains that 25,350 applications were obtained for the 1,071 SBF units offered in the November sales exercise, translating to an application rate of 23.7. According to Sun, the more powerful need for SBF units suggest a choice by customers for apartments with a much shorter finalization duration. “Almost all SBF condos may be finished quicker than newly opened BTO apartments in the same neighborhood given that they are launched in earlier stages,” she says.

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

The November 2022 Build-To-Order (BTO) sales exercise closed on Dec 2 with 24,562 requests obtained, according to data published by HDB. HDB is offering 9,655 condos for sale under the exercise, accomplishing the biggest offering to day for a solo open.