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SINGAPORE: Public housing in Singapore remains the most attainable in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) latest report.

ULI’s comprehensive analysis provides valuable insights into the housing markets across Asia-Pacific, emphasizing the diverse challenges and strategies cities face in ensuring home attainability for their residents.

The 2024 Asia Pacific Home Attainability Index highlights that the median price of Housing and Development Board (HDB) units in Singapore is just 4.7 times higher than the median annual household income. This places Singapore at the forefront of housing affordability among major cities in the region.

The report contrasts Singapore’s public housing affordability with that of Shenzhen, which ranks as the least attainable. In Shenzhen, the ratio of median home prices to median annual household income soars to 32 times.

In Singapore, HDB units, which are government-subsidized, form a substantial 90% of the country’s total housing stock. The median price for these units stands at US$461,289, while the median annual household income is US$97,124.

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The attainability of public housing in Singapore, however, does not extend to the private housing market. Private homes in the city-state are the most expensive in the region, with an average price of US$1.32 million.

The ULI report indicates that the median private home price in Singapore is 13.5 times higher than the median annual household income, reflecting a significant disparity between the public and private housing sectors.