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Unfair penalty in BTO application process

Each Build-to-Order (BTO) exercise has several housing projects, and two are usually paired for each application. Buyers would usually favour one project, but may have to accept the other one depending on their queue number.

Each Build-to-Order (BTO) exercise has several housing projects, and two are usually paired for each application. Buyers would usually favour one project, but may have to accept the other one depending on their queue number.

If we do not accept the other project, we are penalised one turn in the application process. I experienced this after not going ahead with a selection when the project of my choice was taken up fully.

And my queue number was higher than the number of units available for both projects. It would have been better if the Housing and Development Board (HDB) had not given me a number in the first place.

It is unfair to put two projects together and penalise applicants who do not want the second project. The HDB should instead try to attract buyers to a less favoured project through other means, such as pricing.

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