23 Jul '14, 9am

There is always a question of whether is this the right time 2 upgrade in the wake of property cooling measures

There is always a question of whether is this the right time 2 upgrade in the wake of property cooling measures

In the wake of property cooling measures developers have begun to offer higher percentage price discounts in an attempt to offload stock, making upgrading to condominium living a tempting option for HDB owners. Using 5-room HDB owners as a case study, we examine if now is the right time for HDB upgraders to cash out of their flats, and invest in the private condominium market. To measure the ease of upgrading by HDB owners, we looked at the upgrade premium, which is the difference between median HDB resale price per square feet (psf) and median condominium resale price psf of equivalent sizes, i.e. 100 - 120 sq m or 1,076 – 1,292 sq ft , for each quarter. Quarterly upgrade premiums (2Q12 to 2Q14) Source: Singapore Property Watch (SPW) , Urban Redevelopment Authority The upgrading option between a HDB 5-room flat and an equivalent-sized condominium has been steadily increas...

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