Published on Aug 30, 2013 6:43 AM | By Daryl Chin, Property Correspondent The Straits Times

At least 150 property deals have hit the skids due to a sudden Housing Board policy change which requires new permanent residents (PRs) to wait three years before they can buy a resale flat.

The figure is an early estimate by property agents, who say that similar cases are streaming in, with PRs having been caught out by Tuesday night’s surprise announcement, which took effect immediately.

Before then, PRs could buy a resale flat as soon as their residency had been confirmed.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the move was part of efforts to stabilise and “restore balance” in the HDB market.