As published in The Straits Times online
31 Aug 09 (Monday)
31 Aug 09 (Monday)
HDB is putting on sale 1,142 units of flats at Punggol Spectra under the Build-To-Order (BTO) system today, following strong interest in the recent BTO project, Punggol Residences. --PHOTO: HDB
HDB is putting on sale 1,142 units of flats at Punggol Spectra under the Build-To-Order (BTO) system today, following strong interest in the recent BTO project, Punggol Residences.
The flats comprise 301 two-room units, 285 three-room units and 556 four-roomers.
The prices range from $89,000 to $109,000 for the two-room flats, $151,000 to $179,000 for the three-room flats and $234,000 to $293,000 for the four-room flats.
These are priced below similar flats in the market and are affordable to first-time flat buyers, said HDB in a statement on Monday.
Situated along Punggol Central, Punggol Spectra is within walking distance to Oasis LRT station.
The Tampines Expressway is a short drive away, thus offering good connectivity to the rest of Singapore.
The precinct offers commercial facilities such as shops, eating house and supermarket. The future Punggol Town Centre is just minutes away. Educational institutions such as Horizon Primary School and Punggol Secondary School are also located in the vicinity.
HDB said based on the income of flat applicants in the first half of this year, it is expected that first time flat buyers will only need to use between 20 to 26 per cent of their monthly household income to meet their housing loan commitments if they buy a flat at Punggol Spectra.
'This is well below the 30 per centinternational benchmark for affordable housing,' it said.
On top of a market subsidy on the selling price, eligible first-timers whose average monthly household income is $5,000 or less can also apply for an Additional CPF Housing Grant (AHG) of up to $40,000. The AHG can be used to offset the initial downpayment.
Including this exercise, HDB has offered about 4,800 flats under BTO and other sales exercises this year.
Flat buyers can look forward to more BTO projects ahead, said the board. These projects will be located in towns such as Punggol, Sengkang, and Sembawang.
More details will be provided when the projects are launched.
The total BTO supply for this year is expected to reach 8,000 units.
'HDB will continue to monitor the market situation closely, to ensure that there is adequate and affordable supply of public housing,' said the statement.
Applications for the BTO can be submitted online from Monday to Sept 14.
For enquiries, the public can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Sales/Resale Customer Service Line at 1800-866 3066 on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.
They can also visit the HDB Sales Office to speak with Customer Service Officers during office hours (Mon to Fri 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 8 am to 1 pm).