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Start Of A New Cycle

Start Of A New Cycle

The residential market continued to balance the supply-demand tension with pricing strategy as developers/ sellers and home buyers include the higher stamp duties which came into effect since July 2018. Sensing that the pace of sales was slowing down in the fourth quarter, developers launched a smaller number of new homes for sale so as not to create an over-supply situation. As expected, 1,657 new homes were sold, much lower than the 3,754 units sold in the previous quarter. For the whole year, new sales volume fell by 17% to 8,795 units. A similar slowdown was seen in the secondary market. T...

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Live Branded: The Rise Of Branded Residences

Live Branded: The Rise Of Branded Residences

Branded residences first evolved through the partnership of luxury residences with hospitality brands, where the brand name of a hotel is licensed for use on the residence. The hotel operator may also form a more intimate alliance with the developer to provide a full range of services and activities. Although branded residences have been around for nearly a century, it was only since the 1980s that the market has grown significantly, fuelled by an increase in the global population of high-net-worth individuals, growing wealth in emerging markets, evolving consumer trends as well as home owners...

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Luxury Holds Steady

Luxury Holds Steady

The steady performance of the luxury market shows its resilience even though market sentiments in the second half of 2018 were dampened by the July 6 cooling measures. In terms of sales activity, 42 GCBs were sold in 2018, same as in 2017; 11 Sentosa Cove bungalows were sold, less than the 15 sold in 2017; and 365 luxury apartments were transacted, marginally higher than the 361 units sold in 2017. On a price per square foot basis, GCBs reflected a 14% rise, Sentosa Cove bungalows were up by a modest 1.6% and luxury apartments were 16% higher than 2017 levels. The luxury market is expect to ho...

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Recalibrating For Sustainability

Recalibrating For Sustainability

The cooling measures announced by the government on 5 July threw the residential market into a frenzy. Within a span of five hours, over 1,000 units were sold from three new projects as buyers rushed to beat the midnight deadline to avoid paying the new higher Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates.

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Price Recovery Outpaced Volume

Price Recovery Outpaced Volume

Activity in the residential market picked up significantly in Q2 2018. The price index gained 3.4% q-o-q while total sales volume jumped up 35% compared to Q1 2018. The rental market also improved as the index turned positive for the second consecutive quarter, rising by 1.0% q-o-q. After 17 quarters of decline, it seems that residential rents could have bottomed out in Q4 2017. The stronger sales momentum in Q2 2018 could be attributed to more new project launches, pent up demand and liquidity. Right sizing and right pricing were key to the robust sales in Q2. Based on the caveats lodge...

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Passage To Luxury

Passage To Luxury

Confidence in the luxury apartments market in H1 2018 led to a 30% jump in sales volume and 12% rise in prices form H1 2017. New Futura, the Nassim and Gramercy Park stood out as best-sellers during the period. In the bungalow market, 22 Good Class Bungalows were sold along with six bungalows in Sentosa Cove in H1 2018. Although these volumes were slightly lower than in H1 2017, prices have edged up slightly. As the residential market is still at its early stages of recovery, we believe that current prices are at attractive levels, lending a passage for end-users and investors to acquir...

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Eight Prime Districts Instead Of Three?

Eight Prime Districts Instead Of Three?

Districts 9, 10 and 11 have always been regarded as the traditional prime districts in Singapore, due to the central location and the historical significance. Over the years, as the economy progresses and older buildings in the city begin to lapse into obsolescence, the salient need to rejuvenate and modernize these areas becomes apparent. The government began to roll out various initiatives to strike a balance between injecting a new lease of life into the ageing areas while expanding the Central Business District. These initiatives encompass new transportation linkages that complements the e...

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En Bloc Fever - Is It Over-Heating The Market?

En Bloc Fever - Is It Over-Heating The Market?

The recent active land market has aroused much attention among industry players, policy makers as well as the man on the street. Questions concerning potential oversupply, the ability of the market to absorb the units and whether prices would rise so fast as to edge out home buyers have resurfaced. Will the en bloc fever overheat the market? This paper lays out the likely time-line for the launch of the new projects from Q2 2018 to Q4 2019 and analyses the historical patterns of supply and demand to throw some light on how the market is likely to behave.

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Pricing On The War Path?

Pricing On The War Path?

The steep spike of 3.9% in the Q1 2018 URA price index could be attributed to a simple supply-demand imbalance: new launches being unable to catch up with the improving sentiments and improving demand. As a result, prices of new launches and unsold units in ongoing projects were pushed up. Prices should smoothen out when the avalanche of launches hit the market in the coming months. As market sentiments remained positive through 2018, some 10,000-12,000 new home are expected to be sold while prices are seen to gain 7%-10%.

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Allure Of Luxury Homes

Allure Of Luxury Homes

2017 was a window of opportunity for astute investors to enter the luxury market. After three years of "famine", luxury home sales picked up and clocked a 48% increase from 2016's volume to 433 units. The surge in sales could be attributed to pent up demand, positive market sentiment since the beginning of 2017 and more realistic price levels after three years of decline. Luxury homes is currently a good value proposition because prices are still at attractive levels and the stock of luxury homes remains limited. New launches in 2018 include New Futura, 3 Orchard-By-The-Park and South Beach....

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