EC or BTO?

Buying any kind of residential property is probably the most expensive item in our life. Besides the primary needs of ‘Possessing a place called home’ , the two principal questions that probably in the rear of one’s mind are:
1. Should I purchase a BTO, EC or private condomimum unit?
2. Should I Buy an EC – The Criterion EC Now?
Below are my personal humble opinion. Read on and determine for yourself whether you share my ideas and is it the right time to think about purchasing one now.
1. Should I Buy a BTO, EC or Private Condominum?
First thing first, we need to examine the variables which could limit or determine your choice.
Eligibility. The eligibility conditions for BTO and EC are very similar but for the income amount qualification and family scheme. Combined SC singles above 35 years can choose an EC unit, while single SC above 35 years bringing in up to $5,000 per month can opt for a 2 room BTO unit in non-mature estate. If you’re a single below 35 years old, your option is simply limited to the private condominium or the resale marketplace. For private condominum, there’s no eligibility condition, it’s open to anyone that has got the means to buy.
Income Level. Next, your home alternatives may be restricted by the entire gross income. If your own monthly total household income is:
* below $10,000, all 3 options (BTO, EC, private condo) are open
* $10,000 – $12,000, you can just buy an EC or private condominium
* above $12,000, your only option is private condo.
Location. Purchasing property is principally about place plus it still holds true as the most crucial consideration. What is vital to folks when it comes to location varies from buyer to buyer. Some may take a look at surrounding conveniences for transportation and convenience, while for others being near to a table-topping school is very important. So if you prefer a particular place quite definitely, while it is a BTO or EC or private condo project, you’re prone to go for it (subject to your own above eligibilty and income level qualification).
I have collated the conveniences in some of the areas (Sengkang, Woodlands) where ECs in Singapore are found. Trust to cover all the places in the long run.
Budget. Another determining factor will be your budget. You must not overstretch yourself in purchasing a property. Your budget could also restrict your options (BTO, EC or Condo) and also the type of unit alternatives (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 rooms).

Continue reading »

Singapore: New Condo sales sold 1,124 units in the month of April

Singapore: New Condo sales sold 1,124 units in the month of April, excluding Executive Condominiums (ECs) or more than 80% increase as compared to March 2015. . when including EC, the number was 1,218

Most of the transactions come from North Park Dwellings @ Yishun which sold 486 units at a mean of $1,374psf. and Botanique at Bartley which sold 254 units at an average of $1,290psf. The most expensive development sold was V On Shenton which sold at $2,636psf.

North Park Residences Buyers are drawn to North Park Residences because of its integration with Bus Interchange, Yishun MRT Station, shopping mall and even community Centre. North Park Homes sales came in higher than Botanique despite it having a higher price tag. Buyers are drawn for this development likely because of its integration which is rare in the marketplace. The most popular unit blend are the 1 and 2 bedrooms.

Botanique at Bartley on the other hand attracts investors and home owners with its closeness to Bartley MRT Station and low quantum components which saw more than 84% of the components below 1 million mark. Beckoning with its strategic place near Bartley MRT station, center of growth in Paya Lebar Central, Defu Industrial, Paya Lebar Air Base and also Bidadari. Attractiveness with water features and lush greenery landscaping that set it apart from Bespoke and its peer with quality finishes and branded electrical appliances that finish the beginning of a dream house.

Other developments too are selling well with double digit sales offering Symphony Suites (Sold 29 units at typical $1,042psf), The Panorama (Sold 39 Units at typical $1,229psf) and Sims Urban Oasis (Sold 41 units at typical $1,411psf).

Developments that’s strong characteristics including low quantum, near to amenities and MRT Station will still attract home owners and potential investors though most buyers tend to be more price sensitive due to the execution of Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR) and Additional Buyer Stamp Duty (ABSD).

Continue reading »