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"Comparing Executive Condo EC and Private New Launch Condo: Differences and Considerations"


In Singapore, the housing landscape offers a variety of options, including Executive Condominiums (ECs) and private condominiums, each with distinct characteristics catering to different segments of the population. ECs are a unique form of housing introduced in 1996, designed as a hybrid between public and private housing.

They are built by private developers but sold with government subsidies, making them more affordable than private condominiums. All ECs come with a 99-year lease, and they are subject to a Minimum Occupancy Period (MOP) of 5 years during which owners cannot rent out or sell their units. This contrasts with private condominiums, which have no such restrictions and can be 99-year, 999-year leasehold, or even freehold properties.

Private condominiums are often the preferred choice for some buyers and investors due to the flexibility of lease terms and the absence of an MOP. These properties are not subsidized by the government and therefore do not have eligibility conditions tied to them. Private condos also boast impressive amenities and facilities exclusively for residents, such as swimming pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, and 24/7 security guards.

For those considering an EC, it's important to note that there is an income ceiling; the total income of all persons listed in an EC application must not exceed $16,000 per month. In terms of cost, a typical 3-bedroom EC unit can range from $800,000 to $1,200,000. The most profitable EC unit recorded was a 3,864 sq ft unit at Citylife @ Tampines, which sold for a profit of $1.37 million.

Looking ahead, potential buyers can anticipate new EC launches such as Altura EC at Bukit Batok West Ave 8 and others at locations like Tampines Street 62 (Parcel B). For those interested in private condominiums, the market offers a plethora of options, with new launches across various districts, providing a range of choices for different preferences and budgets.

To ensure a well-informed decision when choosing between an EC and a private condo, prospective buyers should consider factors such as real estate market timing, surrounding property value, the URA Master Plan, project developer reputation, age of the property, space, heat and noise pollution, and available amenities and facilities.

In summary, while both ECs and private condos offer quality living spaces with a range of amenities, they cater to different needs and financial capabilities. ECs serve as a stepping stone for middle-class Singaporeans to own a condo-like property at a more affordable price, while private condos offer more freedom and investment potential without the constraints of government subsidies and eligibility conditions.

For expert guidance on choosing between EC or private new launches, you reach out to Kaeden Ong at +65 9048 0660 for personalized advice.

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