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    RENTS of posh homes might keep falling in the light of an increased supply and less generous housing packages for expatriates.

    High-end home rents have dipped by about 2 per cent in six months, according to GPS Alliance associate agency head Jack Teo, while as an OrangeTee agent said, some of his clients have had to cut rents by about 5 per cent to 7 per cent to land a tenant.

    Upscale projects such as The Orchard Residences, Cliveden at Grange and The Orange Grove have recently been completed and they have added to the number of units on the market.

    Property agents said landlords asking for a monthly rent of more than $10,000 are now finding it harder to find tenants.

    Pressure on rents is also coming from cost-conscious firms putting expat staff on local terms. This means they no longer get a separate housing allowance but must budget for rent from their salaries instead.

    'Multinational corporations have lower budgets now so there's no longer a separate housing package. And when a tenant has to budget out of his pocket, he is usually more sensitive to price and tends to want to spend less,' said the OrangeTee agent.

    The quieter market can also be partly attributed to a seasonal drop as expats usually look for homes from May to early July before the August school term starts.

    Mr Markus Tay, managing director of Luxe Group, said it takes about two to five months to find a tenant for luxury homes now - about 30 per cent more time than six months ago. The market had started slowing then as the supply of homes started to enter the market.

    Although landlords eager to score a tenant have cut rents, prices have not declined much overall, he added. GPS' Mr Teo noted that owners are usually willing to look again at their pricing after vacancies of about three to six months, but others have holding power and might be unwilling to budge from their initial asking price.

    The high-end market might firm up again next year once the number of posh completions start to slow and the segment stabilises, he added.
    Experts said upscale homes are usually owned by wealthy individuals who see their purchase as a form of investment and wealth preservation, and so are are less concerned about achieving high rental yields.

    Rental yields for prime areas are among the lowest across the island, according to a Kim Eng report. Orchard Road yields were just 2.8 per cent, Sentosa homes offered 2.6 per cent while homes in Newton languished in last place with 2.4 per cent.

    Suburban yields were as high as 4.1 per cent in Tampines and 4.8 per cent in Sengkang - the most attractive estate in the rental market.

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    COST-CONSCIOUS EXPATS
    'Multinational corporations have lower budgets now, so there's no longer a separate housing package. And when a tenant has to budget out of his pocket, he is usually more sensitive to price and tends to want to spend less.'
    An OrangeTee agent

    ADDING TO NUMBERS
    'Investors may get an apartment with the intention to flip it, but if they can't sell it at the price they want, they'll rent it out instead.'
    Mr Colin Tan, head of research at Chesterton Suntec International

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    RENTS of posh homes might keep falling in the light of an increased supply and less generous housing packages for expatriates.

    High-end home rents have dipped by about 2 per cent in six months, according to GPS Alliance associate agency head Jack Teo, while as an OrangeTee agent said, some of his clients have had to cut rents by about 5 per cent to 7 per cent to land a tenant.

    Upscale projects such as The Orchard Residences, Cliveden at Grange and The Orange Grove have recently been completed and they have added to the number of units on the market.

    Property agents said landlords asking for a monthly rent of more than $10,000 are now finding it harder to find tenants.


    Pressure on rents is also coming from cost-conscious firms putting expat staff on local terms. This means they no longer get a separate housing allowance but must budget for rent from their salaries instead.

    'Multinational corporations have lower budgets now so there's no longer a separate housing package. And when a tenant has to budget out of his pocket, he is usually more sensitive to price and tends to want to spend less,' said the OrangeTee agent.

    The quieter market can also be partly attributed to a seasonal drop as expats usually look for homes from May to early July before the August school term starts.

    Mr Markus Tay, managing director of Luxe Group, said it takes about two to five months to find a tenant for luxury homes now - about 30 per cent more time than six months ago. The market had started slowing then as the supply of homes started to enter the market.

    Although landlords eager to score a tenant have cut rents, prices have not declined much overall, he added. GPS' Mr Teo noted that owners are usually willing to look again at their pricing after vacancies of about three to six months, but others have holding power and might be unwilling to budge from their initial asking price.

    The high-end market might firm up again next year once the number of posh completions start to slow and the segment stabilises, he added.
    Experts said upscale homes are usually owned by wealthy individuals who see their purchase as a form of investment and wealth preservation, and so are are less concerned about achieving high rental yields.


    Rental yields for prime areas are among the lowest across the island, according to a Kim Eng report. Orchard Road yields were just 2.8 per cent, Sentosa homes offered 2.6 per cent while homes in Newton languished in last place with 2.4 per cent.

    Suburban yields were as high as 4.1 per cent in Tampines and 4.8 per cent in Sengkang - the most attractive estate in the rental market.

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    COST-CONSCIOUS EXPATS
    'Multinational corporations have lower budgets now, so there's no longer a separate housing package. And when a tenant has to budget out of his pocket, he is usually more sensitive to price and tends to want to spend less.'
    An OrangeTee agent

    ADDING TO NUMBERS
    'Investors may get an apartment with the intention to flip it, but if they can't sell it at the price they want, they'll rent it out instead.'
    Mr Colin Tan, head of research at Chesterton Suntec International

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    I thought rental for pte condos had peaked around Q4 last year. Maybe I was wrong and it peaked only in Q2 this year. Tenants are more budget conscious now. I'm seeing more caucasians stay in HDB estates, eat at coffee shops and go NTUC/ Sheng Siong.

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    if angmoh's rental budget is pegged to US$, their budget is reduced by 20% over the last year.....

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    Yeah, strong SGD is eating up their pay too. If they downgrade to mass market condos, it will keep rental for these condos at its status level instead of dropping.

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    Who cares rite? High end homes owners can afford to leave their homes vacant

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    Quote Originally Posted by devilplate
    Who cares rite? High end homes owners can afford to leave their homes vacant
    True, u won't buy high end properties that give u 2% rental returns for rental

    Buy MMs, low rental quantum too

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