If you don't qualify for a BTO, would you buy a re-sale HDB for $1m or a condo for $2m (assuming available financing for both, and at decently good locations)? - Seedly
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Asked on 10 May 2018

If you don't qualify for a BTO, would you buy a re-sale HDB for $1m or a condo for $2m (assuming available financing for both, and at decently good locations)?

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    Junus Eu

    Junus Eu

    Level 9. God of Wisdom

    Answered on 18 Jul 2019

    It depends on your goal for the property:

    1. If for investment purposes - favour rental yield and appreciation

    2. If for self-stay purposes for the long run - then your own factors such as proximity to MRT/facilities/family etc

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    If I want lifestyle, i prefer condo.

    If I want financial prudent, then

    1) HDB = the monthly maintanence fee for condo is way higher than HDB.

    2) if you are newly wed, HDB allows you extra subsidies, $40,000 for example. None for condo

    3) The extra money for Condo will attract extra interests you have to pay over the years = another extra costs

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    I would go for condo! Price of resale HDB is stagnant and somewhat on a downward trend. It doesnt look like it will increase anytime soon with the huge supply of BTOs.

    Condo has much more room for capital appreciation!

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    Kai Xin

    Kai Xin

    Level 3. Wonderkid

    Answered on 27 Oct 2018

    Depending on location, wouldn't buy condo for $2m. Might as well buy a landed.

    Use 1.5m to buy new launch condo

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    Raina Lim

    Raina Lim

    Level 2. Rookie

    Answered on 24 Oct 2018

    It depends on your exit strategy. After X years of stay, what are the chances of selling the resale HDB for ($1mil + bank interest + CPF interest); similar for the condo. Do keep in mind that HDB is not exactly a free market anymore as HDB valuation is no longer done by private valuers but by HDB inhouse valuers. A property is usually a person's biggest investment (and liability), hence do look at the future returns before locking in.

    :)

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    Gabriel Tham

    Gabriel Tham

    Level 9. God of Wisdom

    Answered on 10 May 2018

    Assuming both equally good location, and assuming financially you can afford both with no issues. Then I would personally prefer condo over resale.

    Why? Because if you can afford condo, the potential for en bloc is higher. Price appreciation is also better. Condo also commands higher rental if you can find the right tenants.

    And condo facilities are good for personal enjoyment!! (at a higher cost though, because condo fees more ex than HDB conservency fees)

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