For first-timer applicants and those with more urgent housing needs, there are privileges and priority schemes in place to improve your chances of being balloted to book an HDB flat under our Build-To-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flat (SBF) sales launches. You may also be given priority for Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats and Executive Condominiums (EC).
Watch these videos to learn more about first-timer benefits and priority schemes when buying an HDB flat.
Please note that no priority or privilege applies for queue numbers to book a flat. Those are randomly generated for flat applicants who are successful in the ballot.
As a first-timer applicant, your housing needs are more pressing. You will enjoy greater priority and other privileges when you apply for a new HDB flat, DBSS flat, or EC.
You will also be considered as a first-timer family, and will enjoy the same priority benefits.
95% of flat supply is set aside for first-timer families during the initial launch period (1 month)
70% of flat supply is set aside for first-timer families during the initial launch period (1 month)
In sales launches, more flats are set aside for first-timers.
From the November 2015 sales launch, at least 40% (subject to a minimum of 100 units for each BTO project) of the 2-room Flexi flats will be set aside for elderly applicants. Any unused elderly quota will be distributed amongst the other households.
BTO distribution for non-elderly in non-mature estates
4- and 5-room
BTO distribution for non-elderly in mature estates
2-room Flexi to 5-room
SBF distribution for non-elderly in non-mature estates
BTO distribution for projects with shorter waiting time
4-room & bigger flats
For more information, you can read about PPS and MCPS further down this page.
Mode of Sale
You will get 2 ballot chances as compared to second-timer applicants, who get 1 ballot chance. However, in cases where there is an overwhelming demand for flats, we cannot guarantee that all first-timers will be successful in the ballot. Should you be unsuccessful for 2 or more BTO applications (as a first-timer family) in the non-mature estates, you will get 1 additional chance per subsequent BTO application in the non-mature estates.
Type of Applicant
Number of Chances
For BTO sales launches in the non-mature estates, first-timers will get additional chances if their first