Singapore HDB Resale Flat Price Guide: How Much Should You Pay in Q4 2022

Singapore HDB Resale Flat Price Guide: How Much Should You Pay in Q4 2022
Singapore HDB Resale Flat Price Guide: How Much Should You Pay in Q4 2022

If you’re looking to buy an HDB resale flat, you’re probably looking at HDB transactions and pricing trends across different estates and flat types so that you get a better sense of the price you can expect to pay.

With HDB resale flat prices increasing for the 10th consecutive quarter (Q3 2022 HDB Public Housing Data statistics), it’s clear how expensive HDB resale flats are nowadays. Not to mention, those darn million-dollar HDB flats that keep making headlines!

In this guide, we take a look at HDB resale flat prices and how they compare to HDB BTO flat prices. So, if you want to buy a flat in the coming quarter, here’s how much you can expect to pay, using the latest Q3 2022 HDB data as an estimate.

Why Buy an HDB Resale Flat?

HDB resale flats are a good option for those who don’t want to ballot or wait for a BTO flat. Firstly, there’s also no guarantee that balloting for an HDB BTO flat will guarantee you a unit in the estate.

Take it from these first-time homebuyers: sometimes the available BTO projects aren’t in the buyer’s ideal location, close to their parent’s home, or near to a choice primary school or workplace. Thus, HDB resale flats are a good option if you don’t want to waste time waiting or renting. However, with prices at a record high, do consider if the price you’re paying is worth it based on the remaining years left on the lease.

With HDB resale flats, you can collect the keys as soon as the transaction is completed (assuming it is not tenanted and the owner did not ask for any extension of stay). This means you can start renovating in a jiffy and quickly move in.

If you’re not fussy about the interior design of your home, you may even save money on renovation costs since the first owner would already have done up the place. If you have a specific theme, however, a BTO flat (i.e. a ‘blank canvas’) may be better because hacking walls and removing existing structures from a resale unit can be expensive.

How the HDB Resale Market has Changed Since the COVID-19 Outbreak?

Yes, but probably not the way you think. In the earlier days of the pandemic, many assumed resale flat prices would drop since physical house viewings were not permitted during Singapore’s circuit breaker period and Phase Two (Heightened Alert).

However, HDB resale flat prices have been on the uptick and there was no panic selling of flats. In fact, BTO construction delays pushed more into the HDB resale market as those affected by long completion times chose to cancel their BTO flat application.

Additionally, enduring hybrid work and work from home arrangements changed the way we buy homes. People are looking towards larger units due to their desire for bigger and more spacious homes. In the past year, an influx of HDB upgraders entered the market as their homes fulfilled the 5-year Minimum Occupation Period (MOP). Flush with cash, they snapped up new launch condos and larger HDB flats.

Consequently, 277 million-dollar HDB flats were transacted in the first three quarters of 2022, as more were willing to pay for space premiums. Altogether, these factors kept demand buoyant and contributed to why HDB resale flat prices are currently at a record high.

How Much Do HDB Resale Flats Cost in Singapore (Q3 2022)?

Here’s an overview of the median HDB resale flat prices in Singapore by estates for Q3 2022, based on the 4-room units, the most popular HDB flat type:

Ang Mo Kio $516,500
Bedok $475,000
Bishan $640,000
Bukit Batok $500,000
Bukit Merah $765,000
Bukit Panjang $471,900
Bukit Timah *
Central Area $680,000
Choa Chu Kang $493,900
Clementi $555,000
Geylang $560,000
Hougang $506,000
Jurong East $460,000
Jurong West $475,000
Kallang/Whampoa $778,400
Marine Parade *
Pasir Ris $519,000
Punggol $555,000
Queenstown $860,000
Sembawang $515,000
Sengkang $536,000
Serangoon $520,900
Tampines $530,000
Toa Payoh $740,000
Woodlands $468,000
Yishun $473,000
*Bukit Timah and Marine Parade were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data (i.e. no resale transactions or less than 20 resale transactions in the quarter). Source: HDB Resale Statistics

HDB Resale vs BTO Prices in Singapore (Q3 2022)

Let’s also take a look at the prices for the recent August 2022 HDB BTO launches for 4-room launches:

Launch date Town BTO prices for 4-room flat (excluding grants)
August 2022 Ang Mo Kio (Mature estate) – Central Weave @ AMK From $535,000
August 2022 Bukit Merah (Mature estate) – Alexandra Vale and Havelock Hillside From $531,000
August 2022 Choa Chu Kang (Non-mature estate) – Keat Hong Grange From $277,000
August 2022 Jurong East (Non-mature estate) – Jurong East Breeze From $283,000
August 2022 Tampines (Mature estate) – Sun Plaza Spring From $381,000
August 2022 Woodlands (Non-mature estate) – Woodlands South Plains From $303,000
Source: HDB

Based on the latest HDB resale flat prices and BTO prices, the former is typically pricier. This is expected as BTO flats prices are built and sold at prices below market value by HDB, whereas you buy resale flats on the open market.

Let’s take the recent Woodlands (non-mature estate) and Bukit Merah (mature estate) launches as examples. Prices for a 4-room HDB BTO flat in Woodlands start at $303,000, while the Q3 2022 median price for a 4-room HDB resale flat in Woodlands is $468,000. That’s a 54.5% price increase.

For Bukit Merah, prices for a 4-room HDB BTO flat there start at $531,000, while the Q3 2022 median price for a 4-room HDB resale flat is $765,000, a 44.1% increase.

HDB Grants Overview

When it comes to financing your home, you can take up HDB grants to subsidise the purchase price. There are quite a lot of available HDB resale grants for potential resale flat buyers. Actually, more than what is available for an HDB BTO flat buyer if you fulfil more than one criterion. Of course, all grants come with their individual terms and conditions so head to the HDB website for more information.

Type of grant HDB resale grant HDB BTO flat grant
Enhanced CPF Housing Grant (EHG)  Up to $80,000 Up to $80,000
Step-Up CPF Housing Grant  Up to $15,000 Up to $15,000
CPF Housing Grants for resale flats Up to $50,000 N/A
Proximity Housing Grant Up to $30,000 N/A
Enhanced CPF Housing Grant (Singles) Up to $40,000 Up to $40,000
CPF Housing Grant for resale flats (Singles) $25,000, for 2- to 4- room resale flat
$20,000 for a 5-room resale flat
Proximity Housing Grant (Singles) $15,000 to live with your parents
$10,000 to live within 4km of your parents

Buying an HDB Resale Flat: Use the HDB Resale Price Index Portal

If you are interested in an HDB resale flat, buyers and sellers can also make use of the HDB resale portal. The HDB resale portal provides information on the purchase or sale of a flat. There are three features which can be found on the HDB resale portal such as a customised financial calculator, an integrated loan listing service and a new flat listing service. To access the HDB resale portal, you would need your Singpass to log in.

The HDB resale price index portal is also updated daily. Using the HDB resale portal, you can search for a property by HDB town, flat type and resale registration date. Plus, you can even drill down into finer details such as street name, block number and even the transacted resale prices within the past two years, based on registered resale applications.

You can also browse available HDB resale flat listings on PropertyGuru. Using our search and filter functions, you can sort through listings by area/estate, number of bedrooms, price and more.

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