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New Launch or Resale Condo | Making The Right Choice Yourself

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Today we will be discussing one of the most popular debates amongst property investors in Singapore: New Launch or Resale Condos?

If you are a new property investor looking to enter the property market, this could be a topic you have been discussing with your friends, agents and even fellow property investors.

In tackling this discussion, I’ll dive into three key sections (feel free to jump straight to what interests you most):

  1. Identifying Your Personal Objectives
  2. Benefits of New Launches Versus Advantages of Resale Condos
  3. Real Case Studies Examples: Analyzing the Performance of New Launches Compared to Resale Condos
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Identifying Your Personal Objectives

In my consistent approach of addressing all clients’ property needs, the very first step of any property purchase is always to understand everyone’s personal goals regarding the property.

Many times, the best choice for one investor may not be the same for another – simply because everyone has different circumstances and goal in mind.

So, if your friend Gavin says buying a New Launch condo was the BEST Investment for him, do not just trust him blindly and rush into it too.

Take everyone’s opinion with a pinch of salt.

Make sure to weigh and balance their opinions against your own needs to make sure YOU are making the best choice for YOU!

Here are a few questions that you can keep in mind as you read through this breakdown between New Launches and Resale Condos:

  • What are your goals of buying this property?

  • Do you need to move in immediately?

  • Do you have plans to make this your “forever home” or do you intend to sell for gains in the future?

  • Are capital gains important to you?

Benefits of New Launches Versus Advantages of Resale Condos

Here is a quick overview of the comparison of New Launches and Resale Condos before we address the benefits of each option one by one.


Let us start off with the Pros of buying a Resale Condo.

Pros of Buying Resale Condos

1) Immediate move in and immediate rental

This is possibly one of the most apparent benefits of a Resale Condo.

Given that the property is already on the market, you can expect key collection within a few months instead of years for a New Condo development.

This is incredibly attractive for investors who are looking to kick off collecting rental income as soon as possible to pay off the mortgage loan.

In fact, in the best situation, some units even come with existing tenancy, so you could be buying the unit with an existing tenant and can start getting rents immediately after the purchase completion.

2) Clear rental expectation

Having a historical rental income for a resale unit gives the new potential owner an extremely clear rental expectation.

No guesswork required.

No need to research the rental rates in the neighbourhood to extrapolate your potential income stream. Simply check the existing or past rental rates the tenants have been paying for your specific unit.

This is reassuring for new investors who may not be accustomed to having to forecast potential rental income.

3) Cheaper Psf (per square foot) seen in Resale Condo

Many new investors are initially attracted to Resale Condos because you can usually find lower psf for resale developments as compared to New Launch Condo in the same neighbourhood.

For example, where a $2,000 psf for a new launch condo in location A, you may get $1,700 psf for a resale unit within the same vicinity.

Anyone will feel like they have found an awesome deal! In some cases, yes, the cheaper psf works out to be a great deal.

But if you take into consideration all other factors, is it still the case?

Pricing is a helpful indicator of value, but its only one of many. We will address this in the section later, with our case studies trend analysis.

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4) Resale Condo are of Larger Size

There is not much to say here. If you are a Singaporean, you already know that older property developments tend to offer the luxury of space as compared to new launches.

So, if space-price value is a huge consideration for you, then this is a definite pro!

5) What you see is what you get

Compared to new launches, a Resale Condo is a completed product. No visualization required.

If virtual tours, or show flats do not do it for you, a resale unit is probably the way to go!

6) Potential under-value purchase

With Resale Condos, like any other resale property types, there are many possible reasons why owners choose to sell.

In certain cases, the seller may have practical reasons which result in them having to let go of the property below its true value.

If you do enough groundwork and with some luck, you could get a great deal for your investment

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Next, let us look at the Pros of buying a New Launch Condo.

Pros of Buying New Launch Condo

1) New Launch Developers Incentive (Promotions)


Unlike Resale Condos, New Launches have the benefit of price promotions.

This is a common practice amongst developers in Singapore. To create awareness for their new project, developers typically tie their previews and launches together with huge developer discounts for the early birds.

As you can see from the graph, prices move up steadily in-line with launch phases.

Once the project is nearing TOP, buyers usually have to pay a premium price for it.

So, for the early birds who manage to lock-in at a softer price, put themselves in a first-mover advantage position and benefit from these “built-in” profits.

2) Lower cost of maintenance

Buying new property comes with the benefit of not having to do much to upkeep the unit. Most developers provide one years of defect liability – it is like a warranty for your property.

Unlike Resale Condos where you might need to spend additional costs for renovation (usually in the range of $60,000 to $100,000 from experience), there is minimal of such costs for a New Launch.

Remember if this is an investment, any additional cost will take a bite into your gains.

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3) Newer Facilities and Technologies


With each new development, developers consistently out-do each other with better and newer facilities offerings above and beyond the standard.

Compared to older Resale Condos, more New Launches comes with incredible resort-like facilities such as rooftop infinity pools, in-built smart home technology, sky gardens and even concierge services.

From an investment perspective, these new facilities and technologies will play a factor in helping you attract discerning potential tenants as well as setting higher rents.

4) Lower price quantum

The smaller size of New Launches also indirectly results in lower overall prices.

If you are interested in a lower overall investment outlay for the same number of rooms – a New Launch could grab your interest.

5) Smaller initial mortgage loans

Finally, as payment of properties are made progressively.

Compared to Resale Condos, the mortgage loans will be smaller for the New Launches.

Case Studies Comparing Actual Performance of New Launches vs. Resale Condos

After a debate on the qualitative benefits of New Launches vs. Resale Condos, now let us look at a quantitative performance of 3 pairs of properties in 3 different neighborhoods over the years.

If you are interested in capital gains, take a closer look!

District 18:

should i buy resale condo or new launch

Here we have a comparison of Treasure At Tampines (New launch in 2019) versus My Manhattan (TOP in 2014).

Can you tell from the numbers if the New Launch or Resale Condo performed better after 2019?

New Launch – Treasure At Tampines, psf increased +22.55%

Resale Condo – My Manhattan, psf increased +16.67%%

District 20:

is new launch condo a better buy

For the second case study, we have a comparison of Jadescape (New launch in 2018) versus Tresalveo (TOP in 2012).

Can you tell from the numbers if the New Launch or Resale Condo performed better after 2019?

New Launch – Jadescape, psf increased +25.81%

Resale Condo – Tresalveo, psf increased +19.34%

District 05:

resale condo perform better than new launch

For the third case study, we have a comparison of Parc Clematis (New launch in 2019) versus Regent Park (TOP in 1997).

Can you tell from the numbers if the New Launch or Resale Condo performed better after 2019?

New Launch – Parc Clematis, psf increased +23.52%

Resale Condo – Regent Park, psf increased +24.9%

Condo price increase after TOP


What do the numbers show us?

Exploring three distinct sets of comparisons between New Launches and Resale Condos across three unique districts, we observe varying outcomes in terms of potential capital gains.

Whether situated in established neighborhoods, areas currently in vogue, or even in neighborhoods on the verge of popularity, the performance differs – New Launches do not always lead in terms of better returns. 

This highlights the critical need for comprehensive and precise research prior to making investment decisions.



To wrap up, it’s clear that both New Launches and Resale Condos come with their own advantages for those looking to buy or invest in property.

A careful balance between personal needs and desires, alongside thorough data analysis across various locations, and in-depth research, is essential.

Bonus for my readers

Looking to buy a condo in Singapore but not sure whether to go for a new launch or a resale unit?

I can help you navigate the market and make an informed decision. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me for personalized advice and expert guidance on your condo purchase journey.

Let’s find your dream home together!

Topics I will be covering in the discussion:

  1. Overview of New Launch and Resale Condos

  2. Price Comparison

  3. Financing and Payment Schemes

  4. Immediate Occupancy vs. Waiting Period

  5. Potential for Appreciation

  6. Amenities and Facilities

  7. Maintenance and Renovation

  8. Location and Community

  9. Regulatory Considerations

  10. Case Studies and Real-Life Examples

  11. Pros and Cons Summary

  12. Conclusion and Personal Recommendation

Who should apply?

  1. First-time homebuyers who are considering investing in a condo for the first time
  2. Upgraders who are looking to upgrade their current living situation and are considering purchasing a condo as their next home
  3. Investors who are looking to add to their property portfolio by purchasing a condo in Singapore

Questions and Answers

  1. Q: What are some benefits of purchasing a new launch condo in Singapore?
    A: Some benefits of purchasing a new launch condo in Singapore include the potential for capital appreciation, modern amenities and facilities, and the opportunity to customize your unit according to your preferences.


  2. Q: What factors should I consider when deciding between a new launch and a resale condo in Singapore?
    A: Factors to consider when deciding between a new launch and a resale condo in Singapore include location, price, age and condition of the property, amenities and facilities, and potential for capital appreciation.

  3. Can I work with a realtor to help me navigate the condo market in Singapore?
    A: Yes, working with a realtor can be a great way to get personalized advice and expert guidance on your condo purchase journey in Singapore. A realtor can help you understand the market trends, find properties that meet your criteria, and negotiate on your behalf.

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Self Introduction


Greetings! My name is Rick Long, and I am proud to serve as the Associate Division Director of Huttons Asia Pte Ltd, with over a decade of experience in the real estate industry.

My passion for helping clients find their dream homes has grown exponentially during my tenure in the field. As a graduate of Singapore Polytechnic, I have always valued the importance of hard work and determination.

My prior experience serving in the airforce instilled in me the value of teamwork, perseverance, and discipline.

Over the years, I have been privileged to receive several accolades for providing exceptional service and dedication to my clients.

My ultimate goal is to ensure that each individual I work with has the best possible experience, whether they are buying or selling a property.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is receiving glowing five-star reviews from satisfied clients.

Knowing that I have positively impacted someone’s life is truly humbling, and it motivates me to continue striving for excellence every day.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending quality time with my loved ones, indulging my passion for sports, and exploring the rich and diverse culinary landscape of Singapore.

Amidst the bustling pace of life, I relish moments of calm by immersing myself in the art of tea-brewing and teapot appreciation.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Additionally, Rick is a proud fur daddy to two rescue kitties and loves spending his free time with his wife and furbabies. He believes in giving back to the community and volunteers his time to animal welfare causes whenever possible.

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  1. Terry

    You are right, there is always a good friend/bro that likes to give ‘advise’ base on own opinions, LOL. Great that i came across this article. Will be in contact after CB. Thanks

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