its the same for all projects public or private, reason is that the people who bought at launch get a cheaper price because they have to wait longer. The longer the wait the cheaper it would be. Conversely, the closer to the date of completion, the shorter the wait, the cost would be higher. If the units don't get chosen during this SBF, it will likely be more expensive the next time round
Pretty sure they are not "unwanted", those units are there cause people last min change their minds, break up etc. Look at the mature estates numbers, they are always oversubscribed by quite a bit. People are willing to pay more if you can get your house in 1 year compared to 3-4 years.
It's harder but doesn't mean you couldn't get a number.. Even after you have gotten your que number you might not get the flat that you have shortlisted.. some flats have been on SBF list for few cycles already
If they don't charge higher, people will take the first phase of BTO for granted. Why apply for BTO when sobf is the same? Other than getting better units, there's no other benefits. Hence the price difference as well.
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