November 2022 BTO exercise sees lower application rates

The November 2022 Build-To-Order (BTO) sales exercise closed on Dec 2 with 24,562 requests acquired, according to data launched by HDB. HDB is supplying 9,655 apartments up for sale under the exercise, making it the leading offering to day for an individual kick off.

Sun attributes the lower amount of applicants to a number of causes, featuring buyer demand being drawn away to the Sale of Balance Flats (SBF). Citing data released by HDB, she explains that 25,350 applications were acquired for the 1,071 SBF units offered in the November revenues exercise, converting to an application rate of 23.7. According to Sun, the more powerful need for SBF units suggest a preference by customers for condos with a shorter finish duration. “The majority of SBF flats may be finished quickly than newly launched BTO flats in the very same town considering that they are introduced in early phases,” she remarks.

The highest application fees in the November BTO exercise were documented for the 3- including four-room apartments under the Prime Location Public Housing (PLH) Model property in the mature Kallang/Whampoa real estate. 4,561 applications were received for the 405 four-room flats offered, which figures out to an application rate of 11.3. For the three-room flats, 550 applications were obtained for the 72 units started, translating to a 7.6 application rate.

Other factors for the lesser BTO applications might include the cooling evaluates that entered into effect on Sept 30. According to Sun, several purchasers might be anticipating costs in the resale market to decrease, and are hence holding off on purchasing a BTO flat in order to acquire a finished home in the alternate market.

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The variety of applications received works out to an overall request fee of 2.5. This is lower than the 7.8 application rate subscribed for the August 2022 BTO sales activity, when 39,136 applications were acquired for 4,993 released apartments.

Nonetheless, OrangeTee & Tie’s Sun highlights that PLH condos in Kallang/ Whampoa were extra popular than those in Queenstown, potentially due to their nearer distance to the midtown center. “This indicates that there can be some purchaser resistance if the limits of PLH model apartments are pressed too much inland, plus not every person is ready to trade a further area for a long lowest line of work time frame,” she follows.

Christine Sun, top vice president of study and even analytics at OrangeTee & Tie, indicates that the variety of applications in November dropped by 37.2% contrasted to the August exercise. “This is the most affordable overall BTO application cost since September 2019 with an application ratio of 2.1,” she pointed out.

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

Besides the Kallang/Whampoa PLH condos, flats in Queenstown, which include both PLH along with non-PLH units, were also popular among clients, mentions Lee Sze Teck, senior supervisor, study at Huttons Asia.

One of the non-mature estates in the launch, which makes up Bukit Batok, Tengah as well as Yishun, five-room apartments in Tengah saw the highest interest, with 2,849 applications acquired for the 670 units available, or an application premium of 4.3. Huttons’ Lee connects this to customers pursuing much bigger units, which offer additional versatility to fit combination job and home-based learning activities. “Tengah has regularly brought in several applicants for its sustainability style plus closeness to major employment centres in Jurong East Regional Centre and Jurong Innovation Area,” he adds.

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