After 11 consecutive quarters of increases since 2Q2020, the resale price index which tracks the overall price movement of HDB resale flats has risen from 131.9 to 171.9 in 4Q2022: an increase of 40%.
Even two rounds of property cooling measures did not seem to make a dent in the fire-hot housing market with new record prices being made ever so often. 370 HDB flats transacted at $1 million or higher in 2022, completely blowing past the past records of 259 in 2021 and 82 in 2020.
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With these in mind, let us take a look at the most expensive HDB estates in Singapore in 2022 which will set the precedent for 2023.
|Ang Mo Kio||$378,000||$555,000||$868,000||*|
|Choa Chu Kang||$389,500||$500,000||$588,000||$679,000|
Source: HDB Resale Statistics. 4Q2022
* median prices are not shown as there are less than 20 resale transactions in the quarter for the particular town and flat type.
– indicates no resale transactions for the quarter.
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Top 5 Most Expensive HDB Estates For 3-Room Resale Flats
|#||Towns||3-Room||Change from 2021|
|5||Marine Parade||$430,000||(+28%) $335,000|
Bishan, Bukit Timah and Pasir Ris were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.
The overall median price for 3-room flats in 2022 was $389,300, which makes 3-room flats in any of these 5 estates, at least 10% more expensive than the median.
Compared to 2021, Punggol has overtaken Central as the most expensive estate for 3-room resale flats. At a $450,000 median resale price, 3-room flats in Central have also bucked the trend of increasing prices with a 3% reduction in price. This is likely due to the high proportion of older flats (with shorter remaining leases) despite the prime location. Marine Parade remains on this list with a median price of $430,000 for 3-room flats.
The surprise entrant to this list is Sembawang which has typically been one of the cheapest estates for resale flats, except for the 3-room flat size. 3-room flats are the only flat type where non-mature estates (Punggol, Sengkang and Sembawang) form the majority on the list of most expensive estates.
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Top 5 Most Expensive HDB Estates For 4-Room Resale Flats
|#||Towns||4-Room||Change from 2021|
|3||Toa Payoh||$780,000||(+24%) $630,900|
|4||Bukit Merah||$775,400||(+1%) $766,500|
Bukit Timah, Central and Marine Parade were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.
The overall median price for 4-room resale flats is $576,135. This is a difference of almost $100,000 to $300,000 between the prices of the most expensive estates and the average median prices.
The most expensive estates for 4-room flats are all mature estates sited along the city fringe: Queenstown, Kallang/Whampoa, Toa Payoh, Bukit Merah and Bishan. Of these five estates, 3 (Queenstown, Kallang/Whampoa, Bukit Merah) have been the site of PLH BTO projects, cementing their prime location status.
Queenstown takes the crown for the most expensive HDB estate for 4-room resale flat at $870,000. The previous winner, Central, is excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data. Considering that Central’s resale transactions have been in the range of $1 million, it may not be a surprise that few units transacted in the quarter.
Median prices in Toa Payoh have risen the most, clocking in an increase of 24%.
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Top 5 Most Expensive HDB Estates For 5-Room Resale Flats
|#||Towns||5-Room||Change from 2021|
|1||Bukit Merah||$899,000||(+9%) $828,000|
|3||Ang Mo Kio||$868,000||(+32%) $655,000|
|4||Toa Payoh||$865,000||(-3%) $894,900|
Bukit Timah, Central, Clementi, Marine Parade, Queenstown and Serangoon were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.
Overall, the median price for 5-room resale flat is $690,400. This makes staying at any of these 5 estates at least 16% more expensive.
Again, Bukit Merah, Bishan, Toa Payoh and Kallang/Whampoa form the list of mature estates that command high resale prices. The usual suspects of Central and Queenstown were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.
5-room flat prices in Ang Mo Kio increased dramatically by 32% from $655,000 to $868,000. Meanwhile, 5-room flat prices in Toa Payoh and Kallang/Whampoa may have peaked as prices have softened slightly since 2021.
Top 5 Most Expensive HDB Estates For Executive Resale Flats
|#||Towns||Executive||Change from 2021|
|3||Pasir Ris||$796,000||(+11%) $720,000|
|5||Bukit Panjang||$780,000||(+9%) $718,000|
Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Batok, Bukit Timah, Bukit Merah, Central, Clementi, Geylang, Jurong East, Kallang/ Whampoa, Marine Parade, Punggol, Queenstown, Sembawang, Serangoon and Toa Payoh were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data.
These 5 estates are the most expensive out of the 9 estates with resale executive flat data. The overall median price for executive resale flats is $766,267. This is a difference of about $83,000 between the price of the most expensive estate and the average median prices.
Unlike 5-room flats, the executive flat types continue to show increasing prices even amongst the most expensive estates, increasing by 8 to 16%.
The Most Expensive Estates Have Increased By Up To 32%
For aspiring HDB buyers taking the plunge into the resale market can feel like chasing a runaway train with prices increasing every quarter. In particular, mature estates near the city fringe command the highest price premium regardless of flat types.
5-room resale flats have remained the most stable with the most expensive estates with 2 estates actually declining in median prices. Of course, given the eye-watering price tags of more than $800,000, it may be the case that buyers are starting to hit their absolute limits. 3-room and 4-room flat types continue their aspirational march towards higher prices with most estates seeing at least 10% increase in median prices.
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