August private homes resale prices hit record high!

By The Folks @PropTalk - September 9, 2013 9 Comments
Resale prices of private homes have surged to record highs in August.

This is despite a slew of property cooling measures introduced by the government, including recent curbs on housing loans.

Still, analysts are mixed on their outlook on where private property prices are heading.

Prices of private non-landed residential resale units climbed 1.5% last month, according to data compiled by the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX).

This follows a 0.5% decline in the previous month.

Yet, the number of homes changing hands last month dipped marginally.

540 private homes were sold in the resale market in August, slightly lower than 573 units transacted in July.

Recent loan curbs were cited for slowing down the market.

Jeffrey Hong, CEO of GPS Alliance, said: “I think the resale property prices in the next 1-2 months will basically be very stagnant. Buyers are waiting along the sidelines to watch for any good buy or prices dropping further... I think towards the end of the year, I would see some price corrections but not by a lot. I think it's about 3-5%.

Introduced in June, the total debt servicing ratio (TDSR) framework limits how much property buyers can borrow to buy homes. Banks now have to check if a borrower's total repayments of car, student or mortgage loans do not exceed 60% of their gross income.

Other market watchers said the TDSR has also pushed buyers to look for smaller units - those costing between $800,000 and $1 million in August. The upper range is expected to increase to $1.2 million.

However, this means units sold would record higher prices on a per square foot basis.

The resale market saw price increases across all locations.

Private home prices in the city fringe led the market with a 2.4% gain.

This is followed by resale prices of homes in the city - at a 1.8% increase.

Mass market resale home prices inched up 0.2% last month.

Going forward, analysts expect prices of suburban homes to remain stable at current levels.

Lim Yong Hock, key executive officer at PropNex, said: “I think the developers and home buyers are now very cautious, especially now with the latest news of the recent announcement of TDSR. First of all, the developers know it's for the mass markets, so the price cannot be too high. I don't think the price will go down with the fact that land bid prices are still remaining strong and developers are still confident in the future.”

On Thursday, a land tender for a mixed use site in Yishun beat market expectations with a top bid of $1.43 billion - 43% higher than the second highest bid.

Source: Channel News Asia

Speaking of TDSR, the wife and I have experienced first hand how stringent the restriction can be. With only a small car loan and a remaining mortgage of about 30% of the current valuation of our property, the maximum refinancing that we can obtain from our bank is another 20% of our current valuation! However, TDSR does not apply for overseas property purchase so it is no wonder that more and more local buyers are looking outwards.

9 comments to ''August private homes resale prices hit record high!"

  1. Developers slash prices amid TDSR terror. Last week launches Thomson 3 & Skywoods slash 5 ~ 8%
    to attract buyers from the present market value and hope this will also transmit to resale market Sellers.

  2. SIBOR may be removed soon and that is end of getting a bank loan for 1 to 1.5%. Bank interest rates will fetch 3 to 3.5%. Deep pocketed and Sellers are mostly affected due to less buyers. This will force to drop the prices to 5 - 10%.

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  5. Home sales slow down, see link below.

  6. September'13 Poor Sales : As per URA data, only 16 private units transacted in the first half of Sep’13. September is the Judgement month for Property market to reaching Breaking point.

  7. True. Developers will go below valuation due to no sales and Resale owners are forced to step down.

  8. Big drop in private transactions for Sep'13. Less than 500units transacted which shows that the market sales is consistently dropping from month on month.

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