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    New private home sales up 86.5% last month from Feb

    Apr 17, 2018

    But March sales figures still some 60% below that of last year's

    Kalpana Rashiwala


    The launch of The Tapestry condominium in Tampines helped boost sales of new private homes last month but the monthly numbers were still well short of last year's.

    Developers moved only 716 units last month, up 86.5 per cent from the 384 units sold in February but nearly 60 per cent below the 1,780 new homes taken up in March last year.

    Mr Ong Teck Hui, JLL national director, said: "The 716 sold in March seems like a slow pick-up but it is the month after Chinese New Year, which was in mid-February.

    "In 2017, Chinese New Year was in late January and we also saw a modest pick-up in the following month, when 979 units were sold.

    "However, market activity resumed more robustly in March 2017, with 1,527 units launched and 1,780 units sold."

    Yesterday's figures, which come from Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) surveys of developers, exclude executive condominium (EC) units.

    The preliminary tally of new private home sales for the first quarter stands at 1,627 - down 12.7 per cent from the fourth quarter of last year and a decline of 45.1 per cent year on year.

    Final figures for the quarter will be out on April 27.

    City Developments moved 329 units at The Tapestry last month at a median price of $1,408 per sq ft (psf), making it the top-selling project.

    This was followed by Grandeur Park Residences in Bedok South Avenue 3, with 40 units sold last month at a median price of $1,532 psf.

    The data out yesterday also showed that developers sold 72 EC units last month - a 21.7 per cent decline from February and also a drop of 87.5 per cent year on year.

    Last month's best-selling EC project was Signature at Yishun, with 39 units moved at a median price of $789 psf, followed by Northwave in Woodlands, with 19 homes transacted at a $843 psf median price.

    Mr Ong of JLL expects a pickup in launches and sales of private houses this month, with the market becoming more active.

    "Several projects have already been launched including... The Verandah Residences and Park Place Residences at Paya Lebar Quarter (Phase 2), with others in the launch pipeline."

    The Verandah Residences in Pasir Panjang sold 129 of its total of 170 units on the first weekend of sales on April 7 and 8.

    At Park Place Residences, 149 units were transacted in the first weekend of its Phase 2 launch, also on April 7 and 8.

    Analysts expect EC sales to be boosted this month from last weekend's launch of Rivercove Residences in Sengkang. Nearly 80 per cent, or 499 of the 628 units in the project, have been sold at an average price of $965 psf.

    Huttons Asia research head Lee Sze Teck noted: "Buyers who have been sitting on the fence might enter the market for fear of missing the boat after the first quarter 2018 flash estimates from the URA showed the steepest rise in its overall private home price index since (the second quarter of) 2010."

    The URA's price index rose 3.1 per cent in the first quarter over the last three months of last year.


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    Analysts make light of March fall in developers' home sales

    Rash of launches from this month and buoyant sentiment will continue to draw buyers into the market, they say

    Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    Kalpana Rashiwala


    MARCH private home sales dived almost 60 per cent from a year ago - but industry players are unfazed, citing a dearth of new launches as the main cause.

    Sentiment remains buoyant and, with the slew of launches rolled out this month and more to come, buyers are expected to be drawn out; developers and their marketing agents will be kept busy.

    There were only two new launches last month - The Tapestry in Tampines and 8 Hullet off Cairnhill Road.

    Developer City Developments' project, The Tapestry - the bigger of the two projects - moved 329 units in March at a median price of S$1,408 psf.

    Colliers International's head of research for Singapore Tricia Song said the strong take-up is proof of the resilience of the mass-market private housing segment.

    "The pricing of The Tapestry in March was markedly higher than the launch prices of nearby projects - The Alps Residences with a median price of S$1,078 psf when it was launched in October 2016; The Santorini at S$1,108 psf in March 2014; and Q Bay Residences at S$1,012 psf in January 2013," she noted.

    Sales at The Tapestry pushed developers' private home sales volume for March up 86.5 per cent to 716 units from the previous month's tally of 384 units.

    But March's number was down 59.8 per cent from the 1,780 private homes developers moved in March 2017.

    The preliminary tally of developers' sales for the first quarter of 2018 stands at 1,627 private homes - down 12.7 per cent from the fourth quarter of last year, and also a decline of 45.1 per cent year on year.

    The URA will release the final figure for Q1 2018 on April 27.

    Christine Li, head of research at Cushman & Wakefield Singapore, said: "The depleting developers' inventory could be one main reason buyers are holding back on purchases."

    She noted that out of the top 10 best-selling projects in March, four are already more than 90 per cent sold. "Buyers simply do not have enough choices in existing launches because the remaining 10 per cent or less in the development could be either very expensive units on higher floors, or units with less desirable attributes."

    The market response to the launch of The Verandah Residences in Pasir Panjang and Park Place Residences at PLQ in Paya Lebar earlier this month has been positive. "At The Verandah Residences, 129 of the project's total 170 units were sold on the first weekend of sales on April 7 and 8; at Park Place Residences, 149 units were transacted in the first weekend of its Phase 2 launch, also on April 7-8."

    The Business Times reported earlier than Park Place Residences' second phase was priced at about S$2,000 psf on average - up 11 per cent from the S$1,800 psf for the first-phase launch last year.

    Industry observers say that the fear of missing the boat is expected to continue drawing fence-sitters into the market at the upcoming launches.

    Ms Li said: "The total number of new home sales could thus see a notable increase in April and May, when more new launches such as Garden Residences in Serangoon North, Twin View at West Coast Vale and Margaret Ville at Margaret Drive are launched for sale."

    CBRE Research's head of Singapore and South-east Asia Desmond Sim also expects sales to gather momentum, with more launches in the coming months.

    He is sticking to his full-year forecast for developers to sell 12,000 to 13,000 new private homes - up from 10,566 units last year.

    These figures exclude executive condo or EC units, which are a public-private housing hybrid form.

    The URA's data released on Monday, based on its survey of licensed housing developers, also showed that developers moved 72 EC units in March - reflecting a 21.7 per cent decline from February and a drop of 87.5 per cent year on year.

    Last month's best-selling EC project was Signature at Yishun, with 39 units sold at a median price of S$789 psf, followed by Northwave in Woodlands, where 19 units were sold at a median price of S$843 psf.

    "There is little left in the inventory of unsold ECs and most launched EC projects are at the tail-end of their marketing," noted JLL national director Ong Teck Hui.

    Analysts also expect the EC sales volume for April to be boosted from last weekend's launch of Rivercove Residences in Sengkang. Nearly 80 per cent, or 499 of the 628 units in the project were sold at an average price of S$965 psf.

    This is nearly 15 per cent higher than the average selling price of the preceding EC - Hundred Palms Residences in Yio Chu Kang, which was launched at S$842 psf in July 2017.

    Mr Ong said: "The undersupply of ECs has contributed to a strong appreciation in new EC prices."

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