19 Oct '16, 3am

Here's why you shouldn't overspend on centrally-located HDB flats in Singapore

Here's why you shouldn't overspend on centrally-located HDB flats in Singapore

Copyright: chrishowey / 123RF Stock Photo It seems Singaporeans will pay almost any price for a flat in a central region. In fact, it’s now sparked debate on fairness. Anyone who lands a Built to Order (BTO) flat in an area like Bidadari has basically won the lottery. But are central region flats really worth overspending on? HDB Living in Central Singapore Most BTO flats are far from the Central Business District (CBD), so flats in these areas command a premium. Not only are they within range of many amenities, they are assumed to command higher prices upon resale, as well as better rental income. Indeed, it’s expected that Cash Over Valuation (COV) will be high for central region flats. A common example is Pinnacle @ Duxton: five-room flats in this development sold for around S$430,000 when it was launched. Just last September, one of the flats sold for the stunning pric...

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