Have BTOs Killed The Marriage Proposal?

By EdgeProp Singapore / EdgeProp | February 13, 2019 6:30 PM SGT
It may seem thoroughly unromantic, but everybody knows that Singapore’s version of “Will you marry me?” is, “Want to apply for BTO together?”
It goes without saying that the growing appetite for housing has prompted many Singaporeans to propose this way. Further, with an average waiting time of three to four years for the completion of a BTO or Build-To-Order flat, balloting for one prior to an actual marriage proposal has long been the norm for couples here.
However, the rollout of new initiatives, which include shorter waiting times for certain BTO flats to more booking options for Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) may have changed the way some Singaporeans approach marriage proposals in recent times.
Based on our recent poll survey on Facebook, about 67% of our respondents said that couples should apply for a BTO flat only after a proposal, perhaps providing some indication that romance is still the main consideration for couples when contemplating marriage these days.

67% said a marriage proposal should come before a BTO

A screenshot of the poll survey at facebook.com/edgepropsg
That said, while a romantic marriage proposal might be what every girl (including myself) wants, marriage is a lifelong commitment and getting a home together remains an important milestone for many couples, which makes early and strategic planning imperative.
If you’re planning to purchase a home with your partner, here are some important considerations:

1) BTO or resale flats

Buying a resale home is an attractive proposition for many since they are now able to pick a location they like and are no longer subject to waiting time or a time constraint. For instance, resale flats located near MRT stations tend to be highly favoured amongst buyers, as many Singaporeans do not drive.
However, one of the best things about buying a BTO is the possibility of getting HDB grants...