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:
The flats offered in the
- balance flats from earlier Build-To-Order (BTO) exercises;
- surplus Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) replacement flats;
- repurchased flats.
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.
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.
^ Within the quota, first priority will be given to parents and married child who apply for a flat to live together under one roof
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.
and couples comprising a first-timer and a second-timer are given two
chances compared with se
, who are given
Without Married Child Priority Scheme
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, i
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 S
ale of Balance Flats and BTO sales exercise in
mature estates are not considered as the supply of such
flats is limited.
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.