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    July 22, 2008

    Condo sales in S'pore hit by bad news from US

    By Fiona Chan, Property Reporter


    THE bad news coming out of the United States last week took its toll on property sales in Singapore over the weekend.

    Two newly released projects sold fewer than 20 units each, as homebuyers' caution deepened after the collapse of US bank IndyMac and the forced rescue of mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

    CapitaLand's Wharf Residence in Tong Watt Road, which started taking bookings over the weekend, sold just over 10 units, sources said.

    The 173-unit condominium off River Valley Road is priced between $1,500 per sq ft (psf) and $1,900 psf. Unit sizes start at about 1,000 sq ft, so a two-bedroom unit costs $1.6 million to $1.7 million.

    Meanwhile, Frasers Centrepoint sold about 19 of the 48 units it released at Woodsville 28 near Potong Pasir MRT station.

    But the developer, which priced the units at an average of $880 psf, said it was 'quite encouraged by the take-up rate'.

    'It was above our expectations, given the general sentiment in the market,' said a spokesman.

    Woodsville 28 has two- and three-bedroom units, starting from 829 sq ft, with an average two-bedder costing about $755,000.

    Sales also continued at a snail's pace at other condos that have recently been launched, despite reports of large crowds at showflats.

    OLA Residences in Mountbatten Road has sold only about 10 of its 50 units since sales began three weeks ago.

    'There are a lot of walk-ins but offers from buyers are coming in too low,' said a property agent. The freehold project is priced at about $1,200 psf on average.

    Two smaller projects, The [email protected] in Braddell Road and Jubilee Residence in Pasir Panjang, have sold about 10 units each in the last few weekends, putting them at the halfway mark in sales. The Scenic is priced at $820 psf to $850 psf, while Jubilee is going for $900 psf.

    Cheaper projects are seeing better sales. Buyers have picked up more than 60 of the 212 units at Beacon Heights in St Michael's Road for an average price of $800 psf, agents said. The 999-year leasehold condo developed by Kim Eng Securities started sales two weekends ago.

    'Buyers are still waiting to see if prices go down further, and this will continue until the US situation stabilises,' said Mr Ku Swee Yong, director of marketing and business development at property firm Savills Singapore.

    'There are definitely buyers with enough money to buy new properties, but they are doing their homework these days.'
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