Asked by Anonymous
Asked on 24 Oct 2018
My wife and I are both around 35 years old and have 2 kids who are in primary school. We are thinking of selling our BTO and moving into a private property (condo) both as a place to stay and potentially looking at capital gains. However, with the recent cooling measures, wonder what people here think if it is still a good strategy to adopt? or continue staying in our BTO and invest in stocks.
The resale value of MOP HDB goes down in general if you choose to delay the sale of your HDB. The best time to take profit is once your HDB reaches MOP.
Since you’d be selling your HDB, then you’d be considered first timer for private properties and do not need to pay ABSD. There is much more capital appreciation potential for you as compared with people who pay ABSD for the property.
Having said that, I would diversify the cash proceed from the sale of your BTO into other asset classes like stocks as well.
In the long run, the capital appreciation potential of a private condo would be more substantial than your current BTO.
Personally, I would do both, as a form of diversification and risk management. What you need is to get yourself educated in property investment or stocks investment, whichever that you feel you are not so familiar with, rather than relying on all the heresay around you.
Top Contributor (Jun)
I would only personally get a private property if the cost of the property is not more than 5-7X my household income and if I can place a downpayment of at least 50% upfront.
If not, I'd rather look for more liquid options.
Property is always a viable option in Singapore as long as both of you have the money and have the ability to hold on to the property if there is a property downturn due to economic black swan. Just my humble opinion.
I would prefer to invest in stocks. I feel that property investments is a hassle just my opinion.