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Hi Anonymous, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

Unfortunately, the previous ABSD will not be refunded.

You will have to pay a Buyer's Stamp Duty (BSD) of up to 3% for your HDB. Depending on your citizenship status, you may or may not have to pay for ABSD. Once you have disposed of your condo, this will be considered your first property. For Singaporeans, there is no ABSD. For PRs, there will be an ABSD of 5%. You may refer to IRAS's link here: https://www.iras.gov.sg/irashome/Other-Taxes/Stamp-Duty-for-Property/Working-out-your-Stamp-Duty/Buying-or-Acquiring-Property/What-is-the-Duty-that-I-Need-to-Pay-as-a-Buyer-or-Transferee-of-Residential-Property/Additional-Buyer-s-Stamp-Duty--ABSD-/

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Ivan Ng

Unfortunately no, there will not be a refund of the stamp duties paid for the condo purchase. To be eligible for resale HDB, both SPR (married couple) need to hold SPR status for at least 3 years each before they can purchase resale HDB. If eligible, yes the ABSD of 5% applies on SPR 1st residential property purchase, after the sale of your current condo. For example, a $500k hdb, BSD+ABSD of total 8% approx (34.6k) applies.

I have worked on similar cases and would be happy to share the best approach. You are referring to Treasure Trove condo? I am active in Punggol and am familiar.

May I have more info and requirements about your plans so to make better recommendations? Thanks and look forward to value-add to your housing plans.

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Jeffrey Heng

Great to hear that you are eligible to buy a HDB now but sod sorry to inform you that there will be no refund for the BSD/ABSD that you have paid previously for the condo.

As you are still a SPR, when you purchase the HDB, BSD and ABSD still applies. The BSD is 3% minus $5400 for properties below $1M and the ABSD is at 5% for SPR. So if you are getting something below $1M, your total stamp duty will be 8% of purchase price minus $5,400. Talking $500K for example, your total stamp duty will be $34,600.

What I can suggest is that we can actually meet up for a chat and I can do a calculation for you. We can factor in the sale of your condo and we can see how it can work out for you. With figures in hand, it is also easier for us to advise you too. No worries as this meetup has no obligations at all.

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Robbie Chen Chee Howe

I regret to inform you that in your case, Stamp Duties once paid, is not refundable. The only scenario where you can ask for ABSD refund is if you're a Singapore Citizen buying a property to be your first matrimonial home while looking to dispose of your current property.

Should you look to sell your current condo and purchase a resale HDB flat, you will still incur ABSD if both you and your spouse (or children) are not Singapore Citizen. BSD is payable as long as you buy a property, regardless of nationality.

I am experienced and well-versed in both HDB and private transactions. I will be able to assist you in your property plans.

Should you need require further assistance in matters relating to property, please contact me at my mobile 9748 6305. I will be happy to assess and share with you the possibilities for you in the current market.

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Aaron Chong
Hi, I would be most glad to assist you further and pls feel free to let me know if you need any assistance. Hope to hear from you soon and have a great week ahead.

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Joanne Chia 谢诗琳
Sorry to answer you mostly unfavourable answers .

The absd that you paid when buying your present condo cannot be refunded .

I am assuming you are not singaporean yet , yes similar stamp duty when p r buying a hdb , therefore Status quo , ABSD of the same rate 3% BSD plus 5% ABSD , 8% in total of stamp duty is payable when you buy a hdb. You can save the ABSD if you buy The hdb AFTER you become a citizen .

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Nick Tan
Dear Sir/Mdm,

There will not be any refund of the stamp duties paid previously. For the HDB purchase, you will need to pay the Buyer Stamp Duty and the Additional Buyer Stamp Duty as a SPR. However, the amount is lower as the quantum of the HDB flat is much lower as compared to a condo.

Please feel free to contact me so that I can share with you some of the planning considerations such as timeline and finances before proceeding with the process.

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Silvia Yang
Hi Sir/Madam

I will need more information to be able to advise you
I will be glad to assist finding the right buyer as well
I am currently serving buyers who are looking to buy ard the area, hopefully can match with your unit

I won't be able to contact you first as I do not have your contact, appreciate if you can contact me at (65) 96608508 or Silviayang8@gmail.com with details of your unit
or click here https://bit.ly/WaSilvia to whatsapp me for no obligation discussion
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Taufik Hussein

No ABSD will be refunded. If you bought a HDB after selling your current condo, 5% ABSD will apply as a PR on top of the standard stamp duty rates applicable to all buyers. Do contact me at 93375051 for a free and non obligatory discussions on this.

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Bhavina Kaur
Good evening,

I am Bhavina Kaur from ERA Realty. I focus on Residential properties and would be most glad to assist you with your Real Estate enquiries.

Unfortunately, you will not get a refund on the BSD/ABSD of your condo. Also please do note that BSD and ABSD will be applicable when you purchase your HDB.

I am very familiar with Punggol area and will be able to advise you soundly, and ensure you make the right decisions with the Sale & Purchase.

You may contact me via the details below, and let's discuss further. I look forward to assisting you and helping you make the right purchase.

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