Saturday, April 18, 2009

New DBSS Project Sees Queue Days Before Applications Open

Source : Channel NewsAsia, 17 April 2009

Over a hundred people have started queuing for the latest public housing project in Simei even though bookings are not scheduled to start till Tuesday.

Artist's impression of Parc Lumiere - SIM LIAN GROUP website

Eager house-hunters have been at the Simei Road site since 8am in hope of viewing and eventually booking a unit at Parc Lumiere – a new project under the Housing and Development Board's (HDB) Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS).

They are taking no chances, especially when applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis only.

Given the strong response, developers said applications may open from Saturday instead.

Four-room units at Parc Lumiere are priced between S$378,000 and S$425,000, while 5-room units are priced between S$462,000 and S$575,000.

One house-hunter said: "Price-wise, I don't have a choice! I need a house. The longer I wait, the price will keep increasing. I haven't seen a trend in prices dropping, so I have to get it. It's now or never."

Under this scheme, private developers manage the project from its design to construction and sale.

While units may come with condominium-like furnishings, the projects do not have facilities found in condominiums such as swimming pools. - CNA/so

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