Yes, that’s a very long name devised by HDB so let me keep this post short for you.
Here’s a quick and simple timeline to help you understand what’s BTO, SBF, ROF and “Open Booking of Unselected Flats from ROF Pool”.
- The unit is not selected by anyone at the BTO phase, and the unit is moved to SBF (Sales of Balance Flat).
- The unit is not selected by anyone at the SBF phase, and the unit is moved to ROF (Re-Offer of Balance Flat).
- The unit is again not selected by anyone at the ROF phase, and now the unit is listed under “Unselected Flats from ROF Pool“.
It’s not a sad thing and no way it means that the unit is not good either. Many things can happen that results in these “unselected flats from ROF pool”. Here’s my smart guess for two of the reasons:
- The couple that ballot for the unit together is now separated.
- HDB re-purchase the unit from the existing owner.
The best deal about these units is a shorter waiting time for the construction. In fact, some of the flats are already completed. It’s just waiting for you to move in. Couples with an urgent need for housing can consider this.
As the application is “first come first serve”, HDB doesn’t want you to make the wrong decision. Upon the release of the unselected flats, you have one week (exactly 7 days) to decide with your spouse which one to go for. If time permits, go down on-site to have a look (or perhaps, I may have it covered under my BTO Progress Tracker).
If you’re lucky, the invitation to select a unit can happen as early as the next working day. Don’t forget to get married.
Header image credit goes to HDB.