So you’re thinking of being an adult and investing in purchasing a property in Singapore. Way to go! Without sounding like we’re ridiculously biased, Singapore does have many things going for it – a booming economy for one, that serves as a melting pot for different cultures in South East Asia. There are many kinds of properties that you could invest in which is discussed in 3 Types of Real Estate in Singapore.

Public Housing in Singapore

For starters, most young couples opt for a residential flat from Housing Development Board (HDB). These flats are thoughtfully built and are available in most locations. To know how each type of HDB flat differs, here are some of your options:

Build-To-Order (BTO)

BTO under the HDB in Singapore is an allocation system wherein applicants can apply to a specific location of their choice, only to wait for a specific time before they can move in. Also, the construction of the apartments will start once 65-70% of the apartment has already been booked.

Design, Build, And Sell Scheme (DBSS)

Design, Build, and Sell Scheme was introduced by Singapore’s HDB in 2005 wherein public housing will be developed by private developers. The reason for the DBSS is that it has better designs and location. Tampines, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan are among the areas with 13 DBSS projects.

Executive Condominiums (EC)

The Executive Condo is meant for those individuals and families who cannot afford private property, but would like to enjoy the perks of a private condominium like having playgrounds, swimming pools and other similar amenities.

EC is different from BTO properties in a way that from the sixth to 10th year,  EC’s will have to be re-sold to those who are permanent residents, and upon the 11th year, ECs will be open for both foreign individuals and companies.

Perks of Investing In Public Housing in Singapore?

Just like in any part of the world, having a property is a good decision as this could provide you with different perks.  A quick 3 Reasons You Should Invest In Real Estate. For instance, looking at the property cycle in Singapore over the last couple of years, you will find a steady rise in real estate’s value. This could provide capital gains after a few years of acquisition. If you are interested on having a passive income, it is also possible that you choose to look into the possibility of having your property rented out.

Curious to know where we are Singapore Housing Cycle ?

What To Look For In Each Category? 

When it comes to investing in a real estate property, it is a good idea to look for different factors such as accessibility to MRT stations, schools and other related facilities. Also, ask yourself if you would look to resell the property. Try to see what are your options for each property, since not all properties can be resold immediately to a foreigner or a company. And of course, you should evaluate your ability to pay for the property.

Costs You Need To Check

Just what are the costs involved when getting a property in Singapore? For one, you have to check your stamp duty rate. Based on the market value of the property, you could compute for your Buyer’s Stamp Duty. Let’s assume that you purchased a property for $2.5 million. How does a BSD computation look like? 1% of the first $180,000 added to the 2% of the second $180,000 and 3% of the remainder, here you get the computation for the BSD.

Given this scenario, you’ll be paying roughly around $69,600 for the BSD alone. Also, you have to take into consideration the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty meant for residential properties which have a different computation depending if you are a foreigner, a citizen or a permanent resident.

After looking at the stamp duty involved, you also want to check the lawyer’s fee. After assessing all of these, you can then have an idea which type of property in Singapore you could afford.

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).