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The Seedly HDB BTO Guide: Your Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to HDB BTO Application

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Ready to take the next step into adulthood?

Short of having a wedding or trying for a kid, that probably means that you’re ready to buy your first home.

More specifically, you’re looking to purchase your first HDB Build-to-Order (BTO) flat.

Source: Adventure Time | Giphy

RELAX.

Don’t kan cheong (Hokkien: be nervous).

Whether it’s deciding which BTO project to apply for.

Or whether you should go with an HDB housing loan or bank loan…

I gotchu bruv.


Your Personal Guide to Purchasing Your First HDB BTO

Buying your first home can be pretty scary.

But with this guide in hand, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting yourself into!

And if you’re still unsure or need advice from people who’ve gone through the BTO process…

You can ask the friendly Seedly community your BTO-related questions and get answers!

What Are the Upcoming HDB BTO Sales Launch 2021?

Missed the most recent HDB Build-To-Order launch?

Fret not.

Because HDB BTO projects are launched every quarter — or once every three months.

That means you can try applying for a BTO flat during February, May, August, and November of every year.

However, this might change at HDB’s discretion.

Here’s a look at what are the upcoming HDB BTO sales launches in 2021.

May 2021 HDB BTO Launch

For the HDB BTO Launch in May 2021, you’ll be able to choose from an estimated total of 3,870 new flats.

TownFlat TypeEstimated No. of Flats
Non-Mature
Tengah2-Room Flexi
4-Room
5-Room
780
Woodlands2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
5-Room
1,540
Mature
Bukit Merah3-Room
4-Room
170
Geylang2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
1,380

August 2021 HDB BTO Launch

For the HDB BTO Launch in August 2021, you’ll be able to choose from an estimated total of 4,930 new flats.

TownFlat TypeEstimated No. of Flats
Non-Mature
Hougang2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
580
Hougang2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
5-Room
740
Jurong East2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
560
Mature
Kallang/ Whampoa3-Room
4-Room
300
Queenstown3-Room
4-Room
610
Tampines4-Room
5-Room
540
Tampines2-Room Flexi
3-Room
4-Room
5-Room
1,600

If you’d like to receive alerts about HDB BTO sales launches, you can subscribe to HDB’s eAlert Service.

But since we’re watching the HDB site like a hawk…

Trust me when I say that you’ll want to bookmark this page for your future reference.

Source: Adventure Time | Giphy

What Is the Most Recent HDB BTO Sales Launch 2020?

The HDB BTO Launch in February 2021 is the latest HDB BTO sales launch with a total of 3,740 new flats available for booking.

Want a little more insight into which project you should apply for?

We did a little analysis to help you figure out which HDB BTO project should you apply to:

And because this is a pretty HUGE step for most Singaporeans.

Chill.

You’ll have almost a week to decide which project you would like to apply for before submitting your application online.

It’s important to note that the application is NOT on a first-come, first-served basis.

So take your time to decide which project you would like to apply for before applying!

Things to Think About Before Applying for Your First HDB BTO

Before you apply for your first BTO flat.

You might want to find out what I wished I knew before buying my first BTO.

After all, it’s always better to learn from someone else’s mistakes than to make our own right?

Next, you’ll need to consider your finances and figure out what type of HDB flat can you afford? (read: the old myth of buying the largest flat you can get is not the wisest advice to follow.)

Only buy as much house as you can afford lest you find yourself in a situation where you cannot afford to pay for the roof above your head.

Finally, you’ll also want to evaluate where your relationship is at.

This is particularly important because breaking up during the BTO process could potentially mean that you’ll lose more than $37,000!

On top of that, you’ll even lose first-timer privileges and access to grants!

So think carefully before you do the “Ai BTO mai” tango…

How To Apply For Your HDB BTO Flat

The application process is pretty simple actually.

Just follow this step-by-step guide, which includes the prices for the various flat types available!

If you want to increase your ballot chances, you can also apply for your BTO flat under certain priority schemes!

Word of advice: read the terms and conditions of the various schemes carefully before applying!

What Is the Maximum HDB Grant That I Can Get?

If you’re baulking at the listed prices, take comfort in the fact that there are various HDB housing grants like the Enhanced Housing Grant (EHG) to help keep HDB flats affordable.

Now all you have to do is wait for the computer ballot to determine if you’re a successful applicant or not.

What If I’m Successful With My Application?

This is where it gets a little bit more serious.

Source: Adventure Time | Giphy

You’ll need to decide on a couple of things like:

Bank Loan Vs HDB Loan: Which Is Better?

Besides the interest rates, there are plenty of other things to consider when deciding between using a bank loan or an HDB loan to pay for your new BTO flat.

Unless you can afford to pay for your new home fully in cash… erm… then you can skip this part.

If you’ve decided to go with a bank loan to pay for your new home, this compilation of housing and mortgage loans (fixed and floating) should come in handy.

Toldja that I gotchu bruv.

Is the HDB Optional Component Scheme Really Worth It?

Before going down to the HDB Hub for your Booking of Flat, you’ll also need to decide if you want to opt-in for the HDB Optional Component Scheme.

It’s essentially a cost-effective way to get your home ready with the essential finishes and fittings you’d need so you can move in immediately once you collect your keys.

What Do I Need to Do When I Collect the Keys to My HDB BTO?

Once you collect your keys, you’ll want to do a defects inspection.

While you can hire people to get it done for you.

Why not try doing it yourself with this FREE step-by-step HDB BTO defects inspection checklist?

It’s not that difficult and you can put that money to better use too!

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