Madam Tan voiced that approximately two years ago, when her apartment hit its minimum occupation period, she and her spouse deliberated over selling their abode, considering the favorable conditions for sellers.
Although their home could have garnered a considerable amount on the resale market, Madam Tan observed that the cost of a new residence would likely offset any profit, unless they opted to downsize.
She pointed out that while measures to cool the market can help make housing affordable, there should be a balance to allow sellers to profit as well. “Selling at a loss complicates the affordability of the next house,” she added.
Mr. Lim from IPS noted that subsidies for new apartments have made homes more attainable for first-time buyers. These owners can then capitalize on these gains when they sell their property, essentially cashing in on the subsidies.
“We’re now witnessing the effects. The capital gain has been favorable, contributing towards savings growth and building home equity for Singaporeans,” he stated.
As of 2022, more than 1.2 million HDB flats were occupied by their owners.
He indicated that Singaporeans typically use CPF savings to finance their flats, and suppressing resale market prices would effectively diminish your wealth, impacting the flat where your CPF money is invested.
“Your retirement funds are tied to your flat, which you’ve financed with your CPF money,” he explained.
“Consider the future generation of buyers who desire cheaper flats; will you devalue everyone else’s property? That could be quite unsettling,” he remarked.
Mr. Lee expressed that in reality, homeowners cannot have the best of both worlds. “Unless, of course, if you’re considering different housing areas where you could profit from the high sale prices of one area while benefiting from another area where housing costs might be lower,” he suggested.
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