Fact: 20% of HDB Resale by PRs. But Does it Make Sense?

In our previous article we talked about Permanent Residents (PRs). We delved into the effect that housing policies have on their actions, and consequently what those actions have on the Housing and Development Board (HDB) resale market. One of the comments that we got, and that the authorities often use a well, was that PRs only [...]

Permanent Residents' Windfall - At What Cost?

We noticed that a recent post on the Straits Times (ST) forum page pointed out a disturbing trend in our housing market. A reader wrote in to say: “While house-hunting in the HDB resale market recently, I came across a number of permanent residents (PRs) who were selling their flats as they were returning to [...]

Minister Musings - HDB the Trend Setter?

In our previous article, we spoke about how Minister Khaw Boon Wan put forth two ideas that the Housing Development Board (HDB) was considering. We then elaborated our thoughts on the first idea, which was lifting of the income ceiling limitation for purchases of public housing in Singapore. In this second part, we would like [...]

Minister Musings - Income Ceiling Obsolete?

Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan recently mused out loud about the direction that Housing Development Board (HDB) policies would take in the future. His revelations have sparked quite a bit of reaction from netizens, ranging the gamut of negative to positive responses. He highlighted two points specifically that the authorities are thinking over: Lifting [...]

HDB Subletting Decision May Be Seen in Wrong Light Due to Lack of Transparency

Much has been said about the Housing and Development Board (HDB)’s recent move to back down from its compulsory acquisition of a five-room HDB flat in Bukit Batok. For those who do not know the story: the owner of the flat, Chew  Teck Fatt was given notice of intent by HDB to acquire the flat [...]

A Voice of Experience from HDB

Late last week, the former chief executive officer of the Housing and Development Board, Liu Thai Ker, commented on the current state of affairs in public housing. He also gave a few indications of what he thought should be the direction for public housing in Singapore. Amongst his observations were to “forget the bells and [...]

Going Beyond MP Inderjit Singh's Ideas on Housing

There have been many comments bandied about recently online regarding the make-up of Singapore. Phrases like “true-blue Singaporean” and ”born-and-bred Singaporean” are used without really knowing if they mean the same thing to everyone using them. Even we at BLUTA have been guilty of it. So we decided to sit down and really distill our thoughts [...]

New Citizens Ahead Because of Kids - Working as Intended?

Way before the whole Punggol East by-election and Population White Paper exploded on the scene, there was an announcement about new schemes for boosting birth rates. One of these is the Parenthood Priority Scheme, which deals with Build-To-Order (BTO) flats offered directly from the Housing and Development Board (HDB). Essentially, the scheme sets aside a significant [...]

Our Take on Risk Transfer from Government to the People

We came across this post on The Real Singapore just the other day, as we were surfing for the latest happenings in Singapore. It raised a few points that struck us as a good critique of the current situation in Singapore, vis-a-vis the policy direction of the government. The author, Jeremy Chen, is a PhD [...]