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askguru expert
Hi Laurel, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

Condos come with many facilities including swimming pools, gyms, and clubhouses, among others. As such, they are typically larger and more expensive than apartments which come with fewer facilities. Foreigners can buy private non-landed properties in Singapore but need to pay a higher Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty (ABSD) of 20% on top of the purchase price as well as on the existing Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD). The only type of residential units in the Republic that foreigners aren't allowed to purchase are landed homes. The only exception is when buying a landed home at Sentosa Cove.

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Hi Laurel, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

According to the URA's guidelines, flats (which also refers to apartments) and condominiums must have a minimum site area 1,000 sq m and 4,000 sq m respectively. Condominiums require larger site area to ensure that there is sufficient space for more communal and recreational facilities.

You may refer to URA's Development Control guidelines here: https://www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Guidelines/Development-Control/Residential/Flats-Condominiums/Advisory-Notes

Condos come with many facilities including swimming pools, gyms, and clubhouses, among others. As such, they are typically larger and more expensive than apartments which come with fewer facilities. Foreigners can buy private non-landed properties in Singapore but need to pay a higher Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty (ABSD) of 20%
on top of the purchase price as well as on the existing Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD). The only type of residential units in the Republic that foreigners aren't allowed to purchase are landed homes. The only exception is when buying a landed home at Sentosa Cove.

Hope this answers your question.

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Florence Tham
Hi Laurel,

A condominium development is actually similar to an apartment development, except for several factors. The additional factors are:

1. It must have common facilities, e.g. pool, tennis courts, gym, etc.;

2. The total land area of the development should be at least 4,000sq.m. or larger; and

3. It must be approved and accorded the title of "condominium" by the relevant authorities.

A condominum does not have to consist of apartments either, i.e. they may consist of landed or a mix of landed and apartments, as long as it is a strata titled project and conforming to all the above requirements.

As to foreigner ownership, the only type of residential units that foreigners are not able to purchase are landed properties, whether they be of individual titled or part of a strata development, e.g. cluster housing developments.

On the other hand, if you are a permanent resident in Singapore, you may apply to the relevant authorities for permission to purchase a landed property. Permission is given based on certain factors outlined by the authorities and is on a case to case basis.

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You can reach me at 91818192 or 96824607, or email me at tengboon.khoo@orangetee.com

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