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Singer-songwriter Derrick Hoh figures he lucked out when he found his four-room HDB flat. Derrick, who turns 36 on Sep 17, and his wife (he declines to reveal her name to protect her privacy) were at their BTO balloting exercise when they saw the 40-year-old unit on the list of Sale of Balance Flats. The repurchased flat, which had been sold and returned to HDB, is within walking distance to Derrick’s parents’ home in the west and situated in just the neighbourhood he wanted. The best part? The affordable $276,000 price tag.

“It’s a super steal. The market price around this area is about $440,000. This is the perfect neighbourhood for me. It is quiet and close to my parents’ home. I’m so glad I bought it, ‘cos we would have to wait even longer for our BTO flat, which was supposed to be ready in 2022, but I think it’s more likely to be 2023 or 2024 due to the pandemic,” Derrick tells 8days.sg.

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