November 2022 BTO exercise sees lower application rates

Christine Sun, top vice president of research also analytics at OrangeTee & Tie, indicates that the number of applications in November dropped by 37.2% compared to the August exercise. “This is the most affordable total BTO application rate from September 2019 with an application rate of 2.1,” she pointed out.

The variety of applications got works out to a total application rate of 2.5. This is lower than the 7.8 application cost enrolled for the August 2022 BTO sales activity, when 39,136 applications were gotten for 4,993 released apartments.

The greatest application prices in the November BTO exercise were captured for the three- including four-room condos under the Prime Location Public Housing (PLH) Model property in the mature Kallang/Whampoa real estate. 4,561 applications were obtained for the 405 four-room apartments offered, which turns out to an application rate of 11.3. For the three-room apartments, 550 applications were obtained for the 72 units released, translating to a 7.6 application rate.

One of the non-mature estates in the kick off, which makes up Bukit Batok, Tengah as well as Yishun, five-room apartments in Tengah observed the highest possible interest, with 2,849 applications obtained for the 670 units offered, or an application price of 4.3. Huttons’ Lee connects this to purchasers looking for bigger units, which offer more flexibility to fit hybrid job and home-based learning activities. “Tengah has regularly attracted several consumers for its sustainability style and even proximity to major work facilities in Jurong East Regional Centre and Jurong Innovation District,” he adds.

The November 2022 Build-To-Order (BTO) sales exercise finalized on Dec 2 with 24,562 applications obtained, according to information released by HDB. HDB is giving 9,655 condos up for sale following the exercise, accomplishing the leading offering to day for an individual kick off.

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

Nonetheless, OrangeTee & Tie’s Sun highlights that PLH apartments in Kallang/ Whampoa were extra preferred than those in Queenstown, potentially as a result of their nearer proximity to the business district center. “This shows that there might be some purchaser resistance if the borders of PLH model apartments are forced too far inland, and not many people is prepared to trade a more area for a long minimum occupation period,” she sees.

Some other causes for the reduced BTO applications may consist of the cooling measures that came into impact on Sept 30. According to Sun, some customers may be expecting rates in the resale market to decrease, also are hence holding back on acquiring a BTO flat just to purchase a finished house in the secondary market.

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From a full-year point of view, OrangeTee & Tie’s Sun highlights that the overall number of applicants for all BTO and also SBF sales exercises this year clocked in at 167,119, 16.3% higher than the 143,706 applicants recording in 2021. In regards to BTO release, the number of candidates boosted by 22.6% y-o-y in 2022 to 117,251, while the amount of SBF applicants increased by 3.7% y-o-y to 49,868.

Sun connects the lower number of candidates to a couple of reasons, featuring purchaser demand being drawn away to the Sale of Balance Flats (SBF). Mentioning information launched by HDB, she mentions that 25,350 applications were acquired for the 1,071 SBF units available in the November purchases exercise, equating to an application rate of 23.7. According to Sun, the stronger need for SBF units suggest a choice by buyers for flats with a shorter finish duration. “Almost all SBF apartments might be accomplished quicker than recently started BTO condos in the exact same neighborhood because they are introduced in early stages,” she mentions.

Apart from the Kallang/Whampoa PLH flats, flats in Queenstown, such as both PLH including non-PLH units, were also prominent among clients, points out Lee Sze Teck, senior supervisor, study at Huttons Asia.

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