Are you ready to buy an HDB flat together?
10 questions you need to answer before beginning the balloting process
There’s a saying that HDB flats are the new engagement ring. That “want to buy a BTO flat?” is akin to “will you marry me?.” But just because you succeed in balloting for a Build-To-Order (BTO) flat doesn’t mean you’ll actually make it down the aisle. Over the past year, there’s been a troubling trend of young couples who sign the papers, only to break off the engagement after realising that the investment pressured them into getting married before they were ready.
Dealing with all the debt, heartache, and shame over an HDB-fuelled breakup sounds like a horror story, so be warned: once you’ve chosen a unit and paid the fees, it’s nearly impossible to stop your relationship from snowballing into marriage, unless you go the dramatic runaway bride route that’s been reported in the papers. You can do everything you can to stabilise a tenuous relationship during the waiting period, but we firmly believe that it’s better to prevent a disaster than to repair one.
So are you really ready to settle down, or are you just afraid of missing out on a house? It’s not always easy to discern between “kiasu-ness” and true love, but answering the following questions about your relationship might help. Read on to see the 10 things you need to settle before (we repeat: BEFORE) buying a flat with your significant other.
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