Negotiate with Buyers: Effective Seller's Guide for Reselling HDB flat

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Seller's Guide to Negotiating with Buyers: Learn more on how to negotiate price and terms with buyers here

Negotiating the sale of your Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat can be a complex process. Make your HDB appealing by reading this guide which outlines the necessary steps to ensure a successful transaction, from screening potential buyers to finalizing the terms and price. 

Screening Eligibility to Purchase a Second Hand HDB

The first crucial step in the selling process is confirming the eligibility of potential buyers. All buyers must meet HDB's criteria before they can purchase a resale flat. These requirements vary based on the buyer's citizenship, family nucleus, income, and previous property transactions.

To screen potential buyers effectively, familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria listed on the HDB website. Alternatively, you may engage a real estate agent experienced in HDB transactions who can handle this process for you. Ensuring buyers' eligibility early on can prevent complications later in the negotiation process.

Negotiating Price and Terms with Buyers

Once you've verified a buyer's eligibility, the next step is negotiating the price and terms. To negotiate effectively, it's important to have a clear understanding of your flat's market value, which you can determine through an HDB appraisal or a valuation from a real estate agent.

During negotiations, keep in mind that terms can be just as important as the price. This can include details like the move-out date, whether any fixtures or furniture are included, and who will cover specific closing costs. Make sure all agreed terms are written into the final contract to avoid any misunderstanding.

Negotiating Offers When Selling a Second-Hand HDB

After you've listed your HDB flat for sale, you may receive multiple offers from interested buyers. Evaluating and negotiating these offers is a critical step in the selling process.

When considering an offer, look beyond just the offered price. Consider the buyer's financial qualification, their proposed terms, and the potential timeline of the sale. Remember, the highest offer may not always be the best if the buyer isn't financially qualified or if their terms are not favorable to you.

If you're not satisfied with the initial offers, don't be afraid to counter-offer. Provide a reasonable counter that's within the range of your flat's market value. Be open to further negotiations until you reach an agreement that's beneficial to both parties.

Screening Potential Buyers to Purchase

Screening potential buyers involves more than just checking their eligibility to purchase an HDB flat. You should also assess their financial capability and serious intent to buy. This step can help you avoid wasting time on unqualified or non-serious buyers.

For example, a buyer who has been pre-approved for a mortgage is more likely to secure financing for the purchase. Also, a buyer who proposes a deposit or "earnest money" demonstrates serious intent to proceed with the sale.

Again, an experienced real estate agent can assist in this process. They can help vet potential buyers, coordinate viewings, and ensure you only engage with serious, qualified prospects.


Navigating the negotiation process while selling your HDB flat may seem daunting, but with the right knowledge and approach, you can secure a successful sale. By diligently screening potential buyers, confidently negotiating price and terms, and effectively handling offers, you put yourself in a strong position to achieve your desired outcome.

If you're considering selling your HDB flat and need further guidance, don't hesitate to contact us. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to assist you with personalized advice and support. We're committed to making your selling process as smooth and rewarding as possible.
Teresa Heng
Teresa Heng

With 5 years of expertise in Singapore's second-hand HDB market, I have immense joy in helping first home owners find their dream HDB homes, making their Singaporean dreams come true!