Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My HDB Flat is Worth Half A Million?

In Singapore, the government provides affordable housing through the Housing Development Board (HDB) which provides flats for people at very cheap rates. I bought my flat from HDB brand new and it cost me slightly over $300,000 for a 90 square metre or 968 sq foot flat. That works out to be around $325 per square foot which is quite alright for Singapore flats.

Yes.. I know that I should never count my HDB flat as an asset since I am essentially living in it.

But just for interest sake, I checked out the HDB website and realised that flats around my area were selling for over half a million!

There were not a lot of transactions but I guess that it should provide a rough gauge of how much my flat is worth now. It's a pity that I am not able to refinance it to unlock some of the cash value in my HDB flat. Otherwise, I would be really rich in cash.

Oh well, guess I will just have to wait for another few more years before I can start hunting for a 2nd property to either live in or rent out..

2 comments:

  1. You are right. Unable to unlock your HDB flat value / refinance it without selling. I am in similar position, too. Assest rich - cash poor. HDB should re-examine this ruling to enable flat holders to unlock their values. Anyone have bright ideas on how to unlock it without selling the flat.

    Lim

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  2. Hi Anonymous,

    Think the elderly are allowed to unlock the cash value through some kind of reverse mortgage.

    Anyway, this posting is dated. Property prices have gone up again over the past 2 years.

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