Toa Payoh BTO flats most popular with applicants

The most sought-after build-to-order (BTO) flats in HDB’s May sales launch were those in Toa Payoh.

artist impression of Kim Keat Beacon BTO in Toa Payoh

Kim Keat Beacon, Toa Payoh. Picture: HDB

Kim Keat Beacon BTO flats oversubscribed by more than 4 times

The HDB flats of Kim Keat Beacon were oversubscribed by more than 4 times. 2,400 applicants vied for the 542 three- and four-bedroom flats. This latest launch featured initiatives designed to help young couples secure a flat more quickly.

In total, May’s launch of 3,970 units was almost twice oversubscribed. Albeit the fact that about 3,600 applicants would not have successfully applied for a flat, the authorities have mentioned that application rates for this launch were lower than usual.

Does this signify that many applicants are still in need of new units from the HDB?

May’s launch featured flats in more non-mature estates

Besides the 542 units in Toa Payoh, the other 2,157 units were offered in Yishun and Sengkang. The other 1,271 units were offered in Tampines. Though the latter is a mature estate, these units are not located near MRT stations.

The Kim Keat area has not seen a BTO launch in some time, which might account for pent-up demand. The last launch here was in 2012 and most of the units were studio apartments for senior citizens. This most recent launch, however, consisted of 3- and 4-bedroom units which would have been most attractive to young couples or families.

The new initiatives which applicants could take advantage of in this launch and also future ones included: