In Your Opinion Podcast: Listen to a young married couple reacting to new youth poll on public housing

HDB BTO flats under construction. PHOTO: ST FILE

Pei Rong and Leon Lee, both 33, secured their Build-To-Order (BTO) flat in 2021 and it will be ready in 2027.

Series synopsis: The Straits Times takes a hard look at political and social issues of the day with guests.

ST’s podcast editor Ernest Luis invites a young married couple - both 33 - to share their journey in securing their first home in Singapore and other housing concerns, calculations and considerations.

They also discuss highlights from a new National Youth Council poll on housing. The survey had 1,000 youth participants. Details here at the Youthopia website: https://str.sg/wFbN

This episode is brought to you by the National Youth Council, in support of Forward Singapore: https://str.sg/wFbx

Highlights (click/tap above):

1:30 Three generations under one roof for now, makeshift living arrangements till 2027

2:40 Constraints of space, not just in the “physical sense”

4:20 Youth survey results: The primary function of public housing

8:25 Forms of support most important when purchasing public housing; calculating for their first BTO flat

11:25 HDBs should be used for owner occupation and not as an investment asset: Their reactions, worries about future affordability

15:06 Their tips for young married couples looking to secure a BTO flat

Listen to Pt 1: Mentoring youths and how professionals can drive Mentoring SG - https://str.sg/ikqK

Listen to Pt 2: Listen to 2 singles react to new youth poll on public housing priorities - https://str.sg/wtPm

Listen to Pt 4: How financially literate are Singapore’s youth? - https://str.sg/ikqz

More on:

National Youth Council: https://str.sg/wFbf

Forward Singapore: https://str.sg/wFbY

* Regular host and Insight editor Grace Ho has changed portfolios at The Straits Times to become its deputy news editor this year but will return later to partner podcast editor Ernest Luis in co-hosting for certain episodes.

Produced by: Ernest Luis (ernest@sph.com.sg) and Hadyu Rahim

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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