We have been receiving frequent request to analyse new BTO launches to allow potential home buyers to decide whether they would like to register for a project rather than being ‘forced’ to choose a unit from a project which they found out that they don’t really like it. For the past few months, we have been working on a systematic way to analyse a development from the macro aspect like west sun exposure, wind exposure, density/ plot ratio, total numbers of units, surrounding development (current and future), MRT/LRT proximity and other information which you will never get from any other online source.
To create a systematic way to analyse a development and based on the collected attributes described above, we organise the rating for each attribute into a scale of 1 to 4 (1 being not so desirable to 4 which is most desirable). These attributes scoring description will be made available to paid subscribers who wish to understand the in-depth analysis and how we can help homeowners to assess their risk before they invest their future hard-earned money into one of the largest investment in their life. Our scoring system is based on data collected from all BTO launches and SERS program since year 2010 which consist of almost 234 developments comprising 165,000 units in total (on average, HDB only launch 16,000 to 20,000 units per year).
(hausanalyst) is incredible with (their) to-scale 3D models. Those of the entire development helps one visualise the impact of sunlight on the site, (with) detailed (model) of the selected unit (IDs charge for these things!) come with helpful ideas on utilising the space. (The) scoring tables for each individual stack, and the rationale behind the scores are also particularly useful. Will recommend (this) service to home buyers overwhelmed with all the information on selecting a good unit".
Overall, we rate this development at 15 out of total 20.
1. Overall rating doesn't translate to all units within the development being classified as such. A lower rating will imply it will be more difficult to cherry pick a unit.
2. The above assessment only covers the present situation with available information by relevant agencies. Contact us at "firstname.lastname@example.org" to understand the in depth analysis to choose a unit by understanding not just the present, but also the anticipated future changes in the surrounding area.
3. Note that the railway corridor master plan will greatly affect this development. Thus, we have simulate the intended situation based on competition proposal to better gauge the outcome of this development analysis.
Present surrounding condition vs future surrounding condition
When buying a property, knowing the existing surrounding condition will be one of the most important steps in choosing the most suitable development as well as a unit. The surrounding building height, land use, building usage, building form, building proximity to each other, etc will greatly affect the view, prevailing wind penetration, sun shading as well as the side effect created from the said conditions above. An existing surrounding building which is higher than your intended development may block your future view, affecting the local prevailing wind pattern, block the much needed morning sun, funnel foul smell during prevailing wind season, etc. Almost everyone will argue that if the intended development have been built on the site, they will know this by viewing the unit or development itself. The next question will be, will you be there for the whole of 365 days? Will you be there at the right moment to see the ugly side? The answer is no. If you can even get hold of the present and existing situation, what about the future surrounding conditions?
In the context of Singapore as well as much of the world out there, most, if not all of the lands will be regulated or govern based on a master plan (controlled by the planning body which in Singapore is URA or Urban Redevelopment Authority).
"The Master Plan (MP) is the statutory land use plan which guides Singapore's development in the medium term over the next 10 to 15 years. It is reviewed every five years and translates the broad long-term strategies of the Concept Plan into detailed plans to guide the development of land and property. The Master Plan shows the permissible land use and density for developments in Singapore."
The land intended usage, plot ratio will allow an experienced architect to 'forsee' or anticipate how the building form will turn out, potential building height, potential impact of the land use, building height, prevailing winds, etc. In other words, knowing the location alone will never be enough to even know what's going to happen in the near term, mid term or even long term without understanding planning concept and 'reading' the policy behind the Masterplan.
This was clearly demonstrated in the 2016 Feb BTO at West Plains@Bukit Batok. During the selection, almost all the early Q selected the slight North West facing units which are facing the site reserved for school (ill gotten advices from forum, chat room and certain renovation website!) but they have mostly forgotten about the huge future Tengah township beyond. We, at hausanalyst have explained to all our subscribers on the mid term impact from Tengah should work started on the site and all our subscribers will not have to face the massive direct pollution face on when Tengah township started with the earthwork and prevailing wind season bring along massive dust particles.
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An architect with 2 bachelor degrees. 15 years of industry related experience in Singapore, China and Malaysia. Designed for more than 10,000 units of completed residential property in Singapore, China and Malaysia including landed and non-landed alike. Designed for residential, healthcare, industrial and transportation oriented development (Finalist at World Architectural Festival 2014, Master planning; Won Singapore Institute of Planners Best Urban Design Project 2013). Completed projects including 1,010 units Punggol Topaz, Singapore, 2,290 units of landed and high-rise residential development in Xian, China, 4,236 units of high-rise residential development in Shenyang, China, 3,595 units of high-rise residential development in Chengdu, China and many more.