Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 00:25:41 +0800
Local: Sun, May 31 2009 12:25 am
Subject: Re: Evil HDB profiteering at HDB owners' woes.
If not for this, where do you think Temasek got the money to "throw away" ?
"truth" wrote in message
> truth comment: to the pap leegime money is everything. singaporean
> welfare and life is nothing to them.
> Is the HDB profiteering from flat owners' woes?
> Saturday, 30 May 2009, 12:28 pm | 819 views
> Leong Sze Hian
> One out of every seven HDB flat owners have problems paying their mortgage
> loans. This seems to be what the statistics have revealed. Last year, the
> HDB visited 60,000 flats which had problems paying their loans and gave
> financial counseling to 35,000 households.
> This is 14 per cent of the estimated 420,000 HDB loan mortgages - or one
> in seven.
> As of October last year, 33,000 HDB loans were in arrears over three
> months. This is about eight per cent of the total number who took HDB
> In both instances, the numbers are a cause for concern, especially at this
> time when Singaporeans are facing job insecurity and spiraling costs.
> The number of flats which have been repossessed or surrendered to the HDB
> because of non-payment of mortgage loans is another worry.
> According to a Berita Harian report, 1,350 HDB flats were surrendered to
> the HDB in the last four years.
> In February 2007, Parliament heard that 360 flat owners had voluntarily
> surrendered their flats from 2002 to 2006.
> This means that the average number of flats surrendered per annum has
> increased from 72 (2002 to 2006) to 318 (2005 to March 2009).
> This is an increase of about 342 per cent, or about one flat a day now.
> This figure, however, does not include HDB flats on bank loans which are
> reportedly being foreclosed at about 60 a month. It also does not include
> those in arrears who have sold their flats in the open market.
> HDB profiteering from flat owners' misery?
> When the HDB sends a notice of Compulsory Acquisition to flat owners, they
> are only given one month to vacate their flats, and only 90 per cent of
> the flat's valuation is used to offset the loan arrears.
> It is hard enough to lose one's home. Why does the HDB still want to make
> a profit of 10 per cent of the valuation?
> Why not give them a bit more time to find alternative accommodation?
> As a public housing authority with the mission to provide affordable
> housing for Singaporeans, is the HDB not in a sense, in breach of its
> fiduciary duty, in this arbitrary practice of eating up 10 per cent of the
> Are there any public housing authorities in the world that takes an
> additional 10 per cent profit on foreclosure?
> Parliamentarians may like to raise this issue with a view to refunding the
> "eaten up" valuation to all past foreclosed flat owners.
> What is the view of bodies like the Law Society of Singapore in this
> In view of the above statistics, and with unemployment at a 5-year high of
> 4.8 per cent, 95,600 unemployed locals, and the record GDP contraction of
> 19.7 per cent in the first quarter, I would like to suggest that the HDB
> temporarily freeze asking those in arrears to surrender their flats.
> After all, as long as HDB flats appreciate at an average annual rate of
> more than the HDB concessionary loan rate of 2.6 per cent, every HDB flat
> may eventually be worth more than the outstanding loan and arrears,
> particularly when the current 13-year property bear market turns around.