Singapore HDB Resale Flat Price Guide: How Much Should You Pay in Q2 2023

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Singapore HDB Resale Flat Price Guide: How Much Should You Pay in Q2 2023
If you’re looking to buy an HDB resale flat, you’re probably looking at HDB transactions and pricing trends across different estates and flat types so that you get a better sense of the price you can expect to pay.
With HDB resale flat prices increasing for the 12th consecutive quarter in Q1 2023, it’s clear how expensive HDB resale flats are nowadays. Signs of a slowdown have been observed as quarter-on-quarter price growth has been more modest.
In this guide, we take a look at HDB resale flat prices and how they compare to HDB BTO flat prices. So, if you want to buy a flat in the coming quarter, here’s how much you can expect to pay, using the latest Q1 2023 HDB data as an estimate.

Why Buy an HDB Resale Flat?

HDB resale flats are a good option for those who don’t want to ballot or wait for a BTO flat. Firstly, there’s also no guarantee that balloting for an HDB BTO flat will guarantee you a unit in the estate.
Take it from these first-time homebuyers: sometimes the available BTO projects aren’t in the buyer’s ideal location, close to their parent’s home, or near to a choice primary school or workplace. Thus, HDB resale flats are a good option if you don’t want to waste time waiting or renting. However, with prices at a record high, do consider if the price you’re paying is worth it based on the remaining years left on the lease.
With HDB resale flats, you can collect the keys as soon as the transaction is completed (assuming it is not tenanted and the owner did not ask for any extension of stay). This means you can start renovating in a jiffy and quickly move in.
If you’re not fussy about the interior design of your home, you may even save money on renovation costs since the first owner would already have done up the place. If you have a specific theme, however, a BTO flat (i.e. a ‘blank canvas’) may be better because hacking walls and removing existing structures from a resale unit can be expensive.

How the HDB Resale Market has Changed Since the COVID-19 Outbreak?

Yes, but probably not the way you think. In the earlier days of the pandemic, many assumed resale flat prices would drop since physical house viewings were not permitted during Singapore’s circuit breaker period and Phase Two (Heightened Alert).
However, HDB resale flat prices have been on the uptick and there was no panic selling of flats. In fact, BTO construction delays pushed more into the HDB resale market as those affected by long completion times chose to cancel their BTO flat application.
Additionally, enduring hybrid work and work from home arrangements changed the way we buy homes. People are looking towards larger units due to their desire for bigger and more spacious homes. In the past year, an influx of HDB upgraders entered the market as their homes fulfilled the 5-year Minimum Occupation Period (MOP). Flush with cash, they snapped up new launch condos and larger HDB flats.
Consequently, 277 million-dollar HDB flats were transacted in the first three quarters of 2022, as more were willing to pay for space premiums. Altogether, these factors kept demand buoyant and contributed to why HDB resale flat prices are currently at a record high.
But HDB resale flat data for the first quarter of 2023 revealed that signs of price resistance have been creeping in. In Q1 2023, the HDB Resale Price Index increased by 0.9% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), lower than the 2.3% QoQ growth observed in Q4 2023. This marks the smallest increase in the past 10 quarters. It is predicted that HDB resale flat prices will continue to moderate throughout the year.

How Much Do HDB Resale Flats Cost in Singapore (Q1 2023)?

Ang Mo Kio$605,900
Bukit Batok$597,500
Bukit Merah$813,900
Bukit Panjang$492,500
Bukit Timah*
Central Area$728,000
Choa Chu Kang$490,000
Jurong East$470,000
Jurong West$478,000
Marine Parade*
Pasir Ris$535,000
Serangoon $577,000
Toa Payoh$779,000
*Bukit Timah and Marine Parade were excluded due to insufficient resale transaction data (i.e. no resale transactions or less than 20 resale transactions in the quarter). Source: HDB Resale Statistics
Here’s an overview of the median HDB resale flat prices in Singapore by estates for Q1 2023, based on the 4-room units, the most popular HDB flat type:

HDB Resale vs BTO Prices in Singapore (Q1 2023)

Let’s also take a look at the prices for the recent August 2022 HDB BTO launches for 4-room launches:
Feb 2023
Jurong West (Non-mature estate) Jurong West Crystal
From $288,000
Feb 2023
Kallang/Whampoa (Mature estate) – Rajah Summit
From $459,000
Feb 2023
Kallang/Whampoa (Mature estate) – Farrer Park Fields
From $484,000
Feb 2023
Queenstown (Mature estate) – Ulu Pandan Glades
From $541,000
Feb 2023
Tengah (Non-mature estate) – Brickland Weave
From $291,000
Source: HDB
Based on the latest HDB resale flat prices and BTO prices, the former is typically pricier. This is expected as BTO flats prices are built and sold at prices below market value by HDB, whereas you buy resale flats on the open market.
Let’s take the recent Jurong West (non-mature estate) and Queenstown (mature estate) launches as examples. Prices for a 4-room HDB BTO flat in Jurong West starts at $288,000, while the Q1 2023 median price for a 4-room HDB resale flat in Jurong West is $478,000. That’s a 66.0% price increase.
For Queenstown, prices for a 4-room HDB BTO flat there start at $541,000, while the Q1 2023 median price for a 4-room HDB resale flat is $864,000, a 59.7% increase.

HDB Grants Overview

When it comes to financing your home, you can take up HDB grants to subsidise the purchase price. There are quite a lot of available HDB resale grants for potential resale flat buyers.
Actually, more than what is available for an HDB BTO flat buyer if you fulfil more than one criterion. Of course, all grants come with their individual terms and conditions so head to the HDB website for more information.
Enhanced CPF Housing Grant (Families)
Up to $80,000
Up to $80,000
Step-Up CPF Housing Grant
Up to $15,000
Up to $15,000
CPF Housing Grant for resale flats (Families)
Up to $80,000
Proximity Housing Grant (Families)
$30,000 to live with your parents

$20,000 to live within 4km of your parents
Enhanced CPF Housing Grant (Singles)
Up to $40,000
Up to $40,000
CPF Housing Grant for resale flats (Singles)
$25,000, for 2-room to 4-room resale flat

$20,000 for a 5-room resale flat
Proximity Housing Grant (Singles)
$15,000 to live with your parents

$10,000 to live within 4km of your parents

Buying an HDB Resale Flat: Use the HDB Resale Price Index Portal

If you are interested in an HDB resale flat, buyers and sellers can also make use of the HDB resale portal. The HDB resale portal provides information on the purchase or sale of a flat. There are three features which can be found on the HDB resale portal such as a customised financial calculator, an integrated loan listing service and a new flat listing service. To access the HDB resale portal, you would need your Singpass to log in.
The HDB resale price index portal is also updated daily. Using the HDB resale portal, you can search for a property by HDB town, flat type and resale registration date. Plus, you can even drill down into finer details such as street name, block number and even the transacted resale prices within the past two years, based on registered resale applications.
You can also browse available HDB resale flat listings on PropertyGuru. Using our search and filter functions, you can sort through listings by area/estate, number of bedrooms, price and more.
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More FAQs About HDB Resale Flat Prices in Singapore

HDB resale flats are typically at least $350,000. You will need at least $5,000 in cash for your deposit. The rest can be paid from your CPF OA savings, provided you have enough.

No, there are HDB resale flat options for singles aged 35 years and above. However, if you’re applying through the Fiancé/Fiancée scheme, yes you will need to show proof of marriage (your wedding certificate) three months after collecting your keys.

Yes, you may use your CPF to fund some parts of your resale HDB.

According to median prices for HDB resale flats in Q1 2023, expect to pay anywhere between $470,000 to $864,000 for the average 4-room flat.

An older resale flat can be worth buying if you are looking for space over financial gains, as older flats tend to be larger but can be hard to sell due to lease decay.

The buyer has to request a valuation on their HDB flat, after which you would need to log in to HDB e-service to proceed with the submission.