As published in The Straits Times 14 Oct 09 (Wednesday)
By Jessica Cheam
The Housing Board advised first-time buyers who would like greater certainty in securing a flat to apply for the Build-to-Order (BTO) flats. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
AS AN indication of the red hot demand for public flats, the Housing Board (HDB) was swamped with 20,691 applications for its biggest sales exercise - 2,132 flats - in recent times on its closing day.
This means there are about 10 bids for every available flat. HDB said on Wednesday that it had 'expected strong interest for these flats as they are limited in number, are located in the popular mature estates, and are either completed or close to completion'.
About seven out of 10 applicants are first-timers, said HDB. But despite the priority given to first-time flat buyers, the chances of being short-listed to select a flat in this exercise 'will not be high due to the overwhelming response', it said.