Sale of Balance Flats
 
The Sale of Balance Flats exercise offers flat buyers a wide range of flats in terms of location, flat type and price to suit the different needs, preferences and budget of home buyers. The flats consist of:
    • balance flats from earlier Build-To-Order (BTO) exercises;
    • surplus Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) replacement flats;
    • repurchased flats.

The flats offered in the Sale of Balance Flats exercise are mostly under construction or near completion. Because of strong interest for such flats, the chances of getting a flat in the Sale of Balance Flats exercise are slim. Buyers who are not invited to select a flat can consider applying for a new flat under the BTO system, which is where HDB’s main supply for flats comes from.

The Sale of Balance Flats will be launched as and when HDB has accumulated sufficient flats for sale.



Type of Flats Offered Under the Sale of Balance Flats

The Sale of Balance Flats Process

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Distribution of flat supply

As first-timer families generally have more urgent housing needs than second timers families, the HDB sets aside more flats for them. From November 2014 sales launch onwards, the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) has been enhanced to dedicate certain portion of flat supply for parents and married children who wish to live closer to one another.

Additionally, the HDB accords priority allocation to first-timer married couples with children under the Parenthood Priority Scheme (PPS).

A couple comprising a first-timer and a second-timer will be placed together with other first-timer families.


First-Timer
Second-Timer
Families With PPS
Families With MCPS^
Other Families
Families with MCPS^
Other Families
50%
30%
15%
3%
2%
^ Within the quota, first priority will be given to parents and married child who apply for a flat to live together under one roof



For Sale of Balance Flats, where the number of units offered for public application is less than 20 units, all flats will be set aside for first-timer applicants. Second-timers will be invited to select a flat only if there are still balance flats for selection after all the first-timers have been invited to select these flats.


Allocation of Chances in the Ballot

First-timer families and couples comprising a first-timer and a second-timer are given two chances compared with second-timer families, who are given one chance:

Type of Applicant
Number of chances
First-Timer (Family)
Second-Timer (Family)
Without Married Child Priority Scheme
2
1

Although first-timer families are given more chances, we cannot guarantee a 100% success for all first-timer families, especially when there is overwhelming demand for the flats. In addition, it is not possible for all first-timer families to be balloted with small queue numbers.

Additional Chances for Unsuccessful Attempts

Unsuccessful attempts in the ad hoc Sale of Balance Flats and BTO sales exercise in mature estates are not considered as the supply of such flats is limited.

Important Information:
To manage the growing trend of repeated non-selection of flat, the following measures are taken:
  • First-timer families who are invited to select a flat but do not book a unit for whatever reasons, will have all their previous unsuccessful attempts set to zero and
  • First-timer families who reject two chances to select a flat will have their first-timer priority removed for a period of one year. If they apply for a flat in any HDB sales exercise within that one-year period, their application will be placed together with second-timer families and they will not be given additional chances for any unsuccessful attempts for a BTO flat in non-mature estates.
  • During the one-year period, if they are invited to select a flat but do not a book a unit for whatever reasons, their first-timer priority will continue to be suspended.
  • From the July 2013 BTO exercise onwards, first-timer singles and second-timer families who reject two chances to select a flat will not be able to participate in BTO/SBF exercises for a period of one year.


Last Updated on 09 Dec 2014