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Singapore’s Housing Phenomenon: A Success Tale Calling for Tweaks – Insights from the Experts

Posted by Jayson Ang on February 17, 2024
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Singapore’s housing system, while still presenting room for improvement, has generally performed admirably in meeting the dynamic homeownership desires of its citizens, according to real estate specialists.

Mr Tan from the Institute of Policy Studies lauds the public housing programme of Singapore’s Housing Development Board as a triumphant tale, particularly in terms of affordability and ownership, when compared with other major cities worldwide.

The Urban Land Institute’s report, while labeling Singapore’s private housing as the region’s most expensive to purchase or lease, offered a brighter evaluation concerning the nation’s public housing and wider homeownership initiatives.

Singapore boasts the highest homeownership ratio at 89.3 per cent, markedly outranking Melbourne in second place, which reported a 66.7 per cent rate.

Looking at public flats, the average price in Singapore is 4.7 times the mean annual household income. By this measure, Singapore is deemed the second-most affordable city in the Asia-Pacific, lagging only behind Brisbane with a ratio of 4.5.

While it remains essential to continue adapting to meet the growing homeownership aspirations of Singaporeans, real estate analysts agree that Singapore’s housing system has so far proven effective.

The importance of acknowledging that countries like Australia, where Brisbane is located, possess a distinct advantage in providing housing for their population.

“They have the liberty to continuously expand their cities to construct additional housing. Regrettably, we face obstacles in this regard,” he mentioned, alluding to Singapore’s constrained land resources in contrast to expansive Australia.

In conclusion, Mr Tan underscored the impressive accomplishments of Singapore’s housing system.

“It has empowered successive generations of Singaporeans to become property owners. This ownership ethos bears a genuine national benefit, societal good for Singaporeans,” he expressed.

“It ties people to the society, giving them a palpable stake in this country known as Singapore. We stand as a nation of homeowners, not merely tenants.”

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