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For first-time HDB buyers, non-mature estates are the best bet

More Build-To-Order units in non-mature estates will be set aside for first-time applicants to help more of them get a flat, but this is not enough to move the needle overall.

The Government has consistently encouraged home seekers to apply for flats in non-mature estates to have a higher chance of getting a flat. PHOTO: ST FILE
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The third time may well be the charm for associate engineer Muhammad Afiq Baharudin, 35, and his fiance, who hope to secure a four-room Build-To-Order (BTO) flat in Woodlands from the latest launch in August, after failing to receive a ballot number in their previous two attempts.

Their optimism is fuelled by the Housing Board's announcement last month that at least 95 per cent of the four-room and larger flat supply in non-mature estates will be set aside for first-time applicants like them, up from 85 per cent.

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