Can't Accept A 10% Depreciation of HDB Flat
HDB’s depreciation is real!
Recently I was contacted by a couple who was looking to sell their 44-year old 3R flat in Holland Avenue.
They bought the property 7 years ago – when it was 37 years old. This meant when it was bought, there was no CPF financing restrictions.
[CPF financing restrictions when buying property applies only when the property is 40 years old and above. In May 2019, new changes have been applied. You can check out HDB website for more info.]
Unfortunately, in the recent 2-3 years – there has been increasing awareness on the 99-year leasehold issue. This made a lot of buyers VERY sensitive on the age of the flat.
Hence, that’s why there will always be challenges in selling an older flat.
It is NOT wrong to buy an older HDB flat – yes the prices are cheaper, the place is bigger.
But you must also understand WHY it is cheaper….
You must also manage your expectations if you plan to sell in the future.
Do not be shocked when the prices you thought it was possible to sell at…. doesn’t happen. With each passing month and year, the situation is not going to get better. The depreciation of HDB is certain!
Most people don’t think about it until it was too late. Others simply want to keep their flat for sentimental value. They are simply contented with a roof over their head.
Again there is nothing wrong to be contented. But if we don’t plan or plan early, there is simply too many missed opportunities. And many are retiring asset rich but cash poor.
My reminder is to always keep your property portfolio at the top of your mind. Just like how your health needs a regular check-up, so does your property – be it HDB or Private.
If you are keen to know more, feel free to contact me for a no-obligation discussion.
Danny Han has been a licensed real estate agent since 2005. He also had five years of experience as a financial consultant. The insights and knowledge he shares in his blogs are the results of years of experience in helping many of his clients in their Property Wealth Planning.
Prior to becoming a real estate agent, Danny was a full-time church pastor (don’t be shocked!) for 23 years. Even now, he is still actively involved in church work and preaches regularly. He has also made six mission trips to Myanmar to-date.
Danny is a foodie, so during his spare time he would go with his kakis to try different “CNG” (cheap and good) food. (Be sure to check out his Holland food blog in this site).
Do feel free to drop him a Whatsapp message for a non-obligatory discussion if you are planning to grow your property wealth.