Thinking of selling your EC (Executive Condominium) after 5 years?
Do you know that EC price had increased more than 50% from 2013 to 2023
Good day! I have some readers who are curious about their EC (Executive Condominium) property after reading my article on HDB BTOs approaching MOP (Minimum Occupancy Period).
Most of the owners are interested to know whether they should sell their EC (Executive Condominium) right after its MOP of 5 years or to wait further.
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Introduction to ECs (Executive Condominium)
ECs (Executive Condominium) were introduced in 1995 as a public-private hybrid housing with the aim of providing private housing at affordable prices, catering to the sandwiched income group.
In today’s context, these are households with incomes up to S$16,000.
Like Condominiums, ECs are designed, constructed and sold by private developers. And comes with a full suite of condominium facilities and is physically indistinguishable from private condominiums in terms of design and physical outlook.
Like HDBs, buyers of ECs are entitled to CPF housing grants; executive condo eligibility checks and ec grants can be found on HDB website.
In recent years, ECs has no doubt become popular amongst Singaporeans, especially the younger generation.
Recent EC launch in 2020 and 2022 has a considerably high take-up rate on launch day itself.
So if you are currently staying in such a popular housing option and are wondering if you should ‘give-up’ on your EC now or in the near future?
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You may sell your EC to fully maximize and secure your capital gain.
What to do after that? Well, you can explore some of these available options thereafter:
1. Sell your EC (Executive Condominium) and Buy another condominium
You can take this opportunity to move to another condominium, in a location of your choice.
You may also consider upgrading to a bigger unit and invest in a condominium with higher chances of appreciation.
Let’s do a quick financial calculation – an average 3 bedroom EC at Twin Waterfall (1,109 sqft) that was purchased at $750K, could fetch about $1.35M to $1.45M in today’s market – you can then use the sales proceeds of $500K to $600K towards your next purchase without topping up cash!
2. Sell your EC (Executive Condominium) and buy a HDB
This is worth considering if you are near retirement – you can cash out your sales proceeds to buy a HDB and lower your commitment towards monthly housing loan.
In some cases, owners who have sufficient CPF/cash, can pay for the HDB in full and become essentially loan-free.
*Do note that there is a 15 month wait out period for owners that is below 55 years old before you can purchase a HDB.
3. Sell your EC (Executive Condominium) and buy 2 private condominiums
If your financials allows, you may consider maximizing your investment returns for the next 5 to 10 years by buying 2 properties – typically husband and wife buying under separate ownership to avoid paying Additional Buyer Stamp Duty (ABSD).
One condo will be your home, while the other will be an investment home to generate passive rental income and for potential capital gains.
However, this will require in-depth financial planning for both owners and when done well, there is a good chance that no cash top-up is needed – sales proceeds may be sufficient from the sale of your EC.
Do also note that by taking this step, much research and homework has to be done as different properties and developments have different returns.
It will be helpful to follow up closely with Master Plan announcements, Transport Development and Potential Future Development plans.
4. Part purchase / Decoupling of EC (Executive Condominium) and buy another condominium
This is somewhat similar to point 3 but instead of selling your home and buying 2 properties, this is where either owner buys over the whole share of the property – this is sometimes referred to as Decoupling as well.
In doing so, one party’s name can be freed-up to purchase another property without having to pay ABSD. Again, this will require in-depth financial planning for both owners to gauge the feasibility.
Lets Look at case study example
Jane and John is a married couple and had bought an EC five years back. Upon MOP, John buys over Jane’s share of their EC and is now the sole-owner of their EC home.
Jane can then proceed to use her name, to purchase an investment home without paying ABSD.
No matter what your final decision is, it is crucial that your decision is an informed one.
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Who should apply?
First-time EC buyers who are trying to decide whether to sell their property after the minimum occupation period (MOP) of 5 years.
Existing EC homeowners who are considering upgrading to a private property or downsizing to a smaller unit.
Property investors who are interested in the EC market and want to know whether to hold or sell their EC unit after 5 years.
Real estate agents who want to advise their clients on the pros and cons of selling an EC after 5 years.
Questions and Answers
Q1) What are some things to consider before selling an EC?
Answer: Before selling your EC, it’s important to consider factors such as the current market conditions, your financial goals, and any penalties or fees associated with the sale of your home.
Q2) How can a realtor help with selling an EC?
Answer: That’s a great question! A realtor can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the selling process. This includes helping you price your EC appropriately, marketing your property effectively, negotiating with buyers, and handling all the paperwork and legal requirements involved in the transaction.
Q3) How can I get in touch with you for more information?
Answer: Of course! Having an initial discussion is a great starting point, and there is absolutely no obligation to work with me after that.
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