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HDB Open Booking of Flats 2022 – All about HDB’s upcoming Open Booking of Flats in Oct 2022

Didn’t manage to get a good queue number from the past HDB BTO or Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercises? Here’s another chance to buy subsidised housing directly from the HDB, via the Open Booking of Flats exercise.

What is Open Booking of Flats?

Open Booking of Flats is one of HDB’s modes of sale, besides BTO and SBF.

Through Open Booking of Flats, HDB sells unselected flats from the previous SBF exercises, through which balance flats from the previous BTO exercises and older flats returned to HDB are sold.

To put it in simple words, the available flats sold through Open Booking of Flats are the leftovers of the leftovers. It’s like those sale items you see at the various warehouse sales and end-of-season sales at the factory outlets at IMM.

What’s different about the Open Booking of Flats is that there’s no balloting, so it’s on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you’re fast and lucky enough, you’ll be able to book a unit as early as the afternoon of the same day.

It allows you to apply for a flat at any time of the year, until all the available flats have been booked. HDB also suspends the mode of sale twice a year to add a fresh supply of flats.

HDB has just revealed the available flats for the upcoming Open Booking exercise. Details include the number of flats available, locations and ethnic quota. The online application will start on Wednesday 12 October at 12 am. (So fastest fingers first!)

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a queue number and selection appointment date and time to book the flat.

Here’s when the earliest that you can book a flat:

Online application

Earliest time you can book a flat

After midnight and before noon, Monday to Friday

In the afternoon of the same day

After noon and before midnight, Monday to Thursday

In the morning of the following day

After noon and before midnight on Friday

In the morning of the following Monday

Saturday and Sunday

In the afternoon of the following Monday

With that, here’s what you should know about the available flats of the upcoming Open Booking of Flats exercise

Low Chinese quota available

Looking at the ethnic quota available, we noticed only 84 units are available for Chinese households, which is around half of what’s available for Malay households (196 units) and Indian/Other Races households (199 units).

If we zoom closer at the ethnic quota for the available flats in the mature estates, the quota for Chinese households is even lower at 55 units, as compared to Malay households (173 units) and Indian/Other Races households (174 units).

Interestingly, the quota is around the same across the races for flats in the non-mature estates, with Malay households at 23 units, Chinese households at 29 units, and Indian/Other Races households at 25 units.

Before booking a flat through the Open Booking exercise, double-check if the flat you’re interested in has a quota for your race. Alternatively, consider going for a resale flat.

On 99.co, you can also filter your search based on the ethnic quota.

99.co HDB resale ethnic quota filter
99.co HDB resale ethnic quota filter

Some flats have a remaining lease of 40+ years

As mentioned earlier, some of these flats are from the previous BTO launches. This includes Garden Terrace @ Tengah from the November 2020 BTO launch, and Bishan Towers and Dakota One from the August 2020 BTO launch.

But there are also a handful of flats which are repurchased from the HDB. Unlike BTO flats, these flats don’t come with a fresh 99-year lease.

Such as this 4-room flat at Kallang Trivista, which comes with a remaining lease of 94 years.

Kallang Trivista 4-room flat floor plan
Kallang Trivista 4-room flat floor plan

When we looked closer at the available flats, there are some with an even lower number of remaining leases left.

We’ve even found a few flats with only 40+ years of lease left!

One of them is this 2-room Flexi flat at The Beo Crescent, which has only 48 years of remaining lease.

Beo Crescent 2-room flat floor plan
Beo Crescent 2-room flat floor plan

HDB is selling it for S$185,000, which is S$165,000 cheaper than a similar flat in the same block currently on the resale market.

2-room flat at Beo Crescent on the resale market
2-room flat at Beo Crescent on the resale market

Another flat with 48 years of remaining lease is this 3-room flat at Whampoa Gardens, which is selling for S$138,000.

Floor plan of a 3 room flat at Whampoa Gardens
Floor plan of a 3 room flat at Whampoa Gardens

It’s S$182,000 cheaper than a similar flat nearby currently on the resale market.

3-room resale flat at Whampoa Gardens
3-room resale flat at Whampoa Gardens

While buying through Open Booking allows you to buy at a cheaper price (and save as much as almost S$200,000), the downside is that you won’t be able to view the interior of the flat and check its condition. This may not be much of an issue if you’re buying a newer flat.

But if it’s an older flat that’s around 40 to 50 years, there may be some structural or plumbing issues, which you may not be aware of until you collect the keys. This is unlike buying a resale flat, whereby you can view the unit before deciding to buy it.

HDB resale flats for sale

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319 Ubi Avenue 1 Photo
319 Ubi Avenue 1 Photo

319 Ubi Avenue 1

Singapore 400319 · D14

bedroom
bedroom

3

bathroom
bathroom

2

968 sqft

$479,999

326A Anchorvale Road Photo
326A Anchorvale Road Photo

326A Anchorvale Road

Singapore 541326 · D19

bedroom
bedroom

3

bathroom
bathroom

2

1,206 sqft

$768,888

262A Compassvale Street Photo
262A Compassvale Street Photo

262A Compassvale Street

Singapore 541262 · D19

bedroom
bedroom

3

bathroom
bathroom

2

1,184 sqft

$665,000

392 Tampines Avenue 7 Photo
392 Tampines Avenue 7 Photo

392 Tampines Avenue 7

Singapore 520392 · D18

bedroom
bedroom

4

bathroom
bathroom

2

1,302 sqft

$650,000

90B Telok Blangah Street 31 Photo
90B Telok Blangah Street 31 Photo

90B Telok Blangah Street 31

Singapore 102090 · D4

bedroom
bedroom

3

bathroom
bathroom

2

1,001 sqft

$950,000

29 Ghim Moh Link Photo
29 Ghim Moh Link Photo

29 Ghim Moh Link

Singapore 270029 · D10

bedroom
bedroom

3

bathroom
bathroom

2

1,001 sqft

$975,000

862 Yishun Avenue 4 Photo
862 Yishun Avenue 4 Photo

862 Yishun Avenue 4

Singapore 760862 · D27

bedroom
bedroom

2

bathroom
bathroom

2

797 sqft

$380,000

120 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh Photo
120 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh Photo

120 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh

Singapore 310120 · D12

bedroom
bedroom

1

bathroom
bathroom

1

438 sqft

$268,000

977 Jurong West Street 93 Photo
977 Jurong West Street 93 Photo

977 Jurong West Street 93

Singapore 640977 · D22

bedroom
bedroom

3

bathroom
bathroom

2

1,119 sqft

$550,000

657 Yishun Avenue 4 Photo
657 Yishun Avenue 4 Photo

657 Yishun Avenue 4

Singapore 760657 · D27

bedroom
bedroom

3

bathroom
bathroom

2

894 sqft

$438,000

 

Would you buy an HDB flat through the Open Booking of Flats exercise? Let us know in the comments section below.

If you found this article helpful, 99.co recommends HDB Open Booking of Flats: Is it better and cheaper than resale? and 5 things you must know before you apply for HDB’s Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) in 2022.

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