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Tweaks to property cooling measures worth exploring, say industry players

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 13th August 2014 in Blog

tweaks to property cooling measures

SINGAPORE — While real estate industry practitioners understand the Government’s intention in keeping the property cooling measures intact, it is still worth reviewing the curbs as some may have become “redundant” given how effective the Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR) has been in keeping prices in check.

That was the takeaway from a discussion at the annual National Real Estate Congress today (Aug 12), where the panelists singled out the Seller’s Stamp Duty (SSD) and Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) as measures worth reviewing.

“No one questions the implementation of TDSR, but it has been in place for a year now, I think the Government should look at the earlier measures and review whether there’s any redundancy,” said Mr Dennis Yeo, managing director of property consultancy Colliers, who was one of the panelists.

ERA’s key executive officer Eugene Lim singled out the SSD as a measure that has become unnecessary given that speculative activity in the local property market has declined.

The panelists also suggested that ABSD for local buyers be either lowered or removed to allow Singaporeans to own their second properties.

“Since TDSR is already preventing people from over-gearing, I don’t think tweaking ABSD for local buyers will cause prices to shoot up again. Developers also have a lot of stock to clear, so prices can’t shoot up,” said Mr Lim.

credits: today online

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Pinnacle of HDB flat resales soon?

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 13th August 2014 in Blog

Pinnacles @ Duxton

The first flat from premier Housing Board project Pinnacle@Dux- ton has hit the market, with its owner obtaining special permission from the authorities to sell the unit.

The four-room flat, with a floor area of 90 sq m and located “above the 20th floor”, has been on the market for about a month. But it has already had more than 50 viewings, said Mr Bruce Ang, one of two agents marketing the unit. He said that several “verbal offers” have been received, the highest being $830,000.

The unit is being sold despite the owner not having lived in the unit for five years, which is a legal requirement known as the minimum occupation period (MOP).

Most Pinnacle@Duxton home owners will meet this MOP in December.

But the HDB has allowed the early resale of the unit “with a short deviation from MOP, after considering the flat owners’ circumstances”, said a spokesman.

A Straits Times check showed there were at least eight other units listed on various property websites. All but one – a five- roomer – are four-room flats.

An agent behind a listing of a 38th-storey four-roomer, Mr Benjamin Tan, said that the owner is “not in a rush to sell”, but simply sounding out the market.

Comprising 1,848 units in seven 50-storey blocks, the project in Tanjong Pagar faced overwhelming response at its launch in 2004.

Its four- and five-roomers have long been expected to fetch high resale prices, with National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan himself saying in 2012 that when the Pinnacle@Duxton flats hit the market, “there will be many millionaires there”.

In 2004, new four-room flats there cost $289,200 to $380,900. Its five-room flats were priced from $345,100 to $439,400.

Though the resale market has been cooling over the past year, large flats in prime locations are still fetching high prices. Two four-roomers in nearby Tanjong Pagar Plaza went for $730,000 in June and $710,000 in March.

Six five-roomers have been sold in nearby Cantonment Close so far this year, all going for above $800,000.

PropNex Realty chief executive Mohamed Ismail Gafoor expects the Pinnacle@Duxton flats to fetch handsome prices in the resale market. “I will not be surprised if people even pay $1 million for a four-room flat there. It’s an iconic building in a really good, central location.”

But R’ST Research director Ong Kah Seng pointed out that the ongoing cooling measures would make it difficult to achieve benchmark prices. “Prices for five-room flats are unlikely to go beyond $850,000, as the mortgage servicing ratio cap is expected to restrain excessively large loans,” he said. “Resale competition from other sellers in the locality will also drive prices down.”

But that has not stopped agents from aggressively hawking their services to residents there. Pinnacle@Duxton residents said property agents have been going door-to-door and calling them at home, particularly in the last few months. Namecards and fliers offering to help sell their flats have also been left in letterboxes and at individual units, said residents.

But for many of them, selling is the furthest thing on their minds. “We are not planning to sell. It’s difficult to find such a central location elsewhere. We can easily jog or cycle to Marina Bay,” said offshore diver Muhd Shaifullah Latif, 30, who lives in a 28th-floor four-room flat with his wife.

Many are also reluctant to uproot because of their children. “My kids go to school in this area, so moving would (disrupt) their schooling,” said housewife and mother-of-two Joanne Lee, 34, who lives in a five-roomer there.

Credits: The Straits Times 

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Leng Beng’s elder son buys Jervois Rd GCB for S$18.8m

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 7th August 2014 in Blog

Leng Beng Jervois GCB

Sherman Kwek, chief investment officer of City Developments, has picked up a Good Class Bungalow for S$18.8 million. This works out to about S$1,247 per square foot on freehold land area of about 15,073 square feet.

Sitting on an elevated, triangular-shaped site near the confluence of Jervois Road and Tanglin Road, the two-storey bungalow is said to have six en suite bedrooms and a small swimming pool. The total built-up area is around 7,600 sq ft.

Mr Kwek, who is in his late 30s, is said to be buying the property from a couple. He exercised the option for the purchase last month.

Based on caveats information, this would be the fourth time the property is changing hands in the past 11 years. It was previously transacted in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

Mr Kwek is the elder son of City Developments and Singapore Hong Leong Group executive chairman Kwek Leng Beng. He is also a council member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In another GCB deal, motoring tycoon Peter Kwee is believed to have exercised an option last month for the purchase of a house in Gallop Park for S$25.2 million, translating into S$1,574 psf on land area of about 16,010 sq ft.

Mr Kwee is understood to be buying the property as trustee for another party. Under a complex deal, the seller – who is understood to be formerly from China, have completed his university education here and to be now a Singaporean – is said to have granted an option in the fourth quarter of last year.

The two-storey Gallop Park bungalow has about 7,000 sq ft built-up area; it has six bedrooms and a swimming pool. The property is believed to have been renovated a few years ago. The latest deal would mark the fifth time the property is changing hands in the past eight years; the earlier transactions were at about S$7.5 million in March 2006, S$12.3 million in July 2007, S$13.1 million in September 2008 and S$21 million in December 2010.

Other recent GCB transactions are said to include an option granted recently for an Oriole Crescent property for around S$15.7 million. It has land area of about 10,220 sq ft and built-up area of some 7,000 sq ft.

A property at Dalvey Road is also said to be selling at S$30-plus million. It is said to have five bedrooms in addition to a granny room and a guest room. The bungalow is on nearly 18,490 sq ft of land.

GCBs are the most prestigious type of landed housing in Singapore because of the planning constraints imposed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, which has designated 39 locations on mainland Singapore as Good Class Bungalow Areas (GCBAs).

Typically, GCBs have a minimum land area of 1,400 square metres (15,069 sq ft). However, when GCBAs were gazetted in 1980, they included some slightly smaller existing sites. Nonetheless, these are still considered GCBs as they would be bound by the other GCB planning rules if they were to be redeveloped.

For instance, such plots cannot be further sub-divided and they cannot be built more than two storeys high (plus an attic and a basement).

15 deals in GCBAs have been done in the first half of this year totalling slightly over S$344 million, an improvement from just eight deals of S$233 million in the second half of last year.

Source: Business Times 

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ERA and friends dance their way to new Singapore record

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 6th August 2014 in Blog

ERA dance singapore record

ERA Realty, the largest real estate company here, was in a patriotic mood on Tuesday ahead of National Day this weekend, as it made it into the Singapore Book of Records for the largest mass cane dance.

About 1,200 of its employees, guests and industry partners came together for the performance, which ended with the participants standing in formation to form the Singapore flag with red and white umbrellas and the reciting of the national pledge.

The event – themed “GenERAtion Superstar” – combined the annual ERA Career Advancement Day (the company’s awards ceremony for its Top 100 achievers) with National Day festivities. New ERA initiatives such as the enhanced i-ERA application and ERA consumer guides were unveiled.

CEO Jack Chua said the event venue, Toa Payoh Stadium, reminded him of the good old times. He said: “It was fantastic to be able to let our hair down and mingle with our industry friends and partners. We really showed community spirit and brought out the nostalgic warmth of National Day celebrations.”

Credit: Business Times 

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Sharp rise in private home purchases in Q2

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 5th August 2014 in Blog

Sharp rise private home Q2 2014

Here’s a possible reason why the authorities are not inclined to remove any property cooling measures just yet: There was an across-the-board increase in caveats lodged for private home purchases in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter.

Analysis of URA Realis caveats database shows a 37.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase in the total number of private homes transacted to 3,369 units in Q2.

A segmental breakdown showed that the number of units picked up in the resale market climbed nearly 41 per cent or 386 units to 1,328 units in Q2 from 942 units in Q1 – ending three consecutive quarters of decline.

New sales by developers too rose by 511 units or 36.8 per cent to 1,898 units. In the subsale market, 143 units changed hands in Q2, up 11.7 per cent from Q1.

Resales refer to transactions of completed properties. Subsales refer to secondary market deals involving uncompleted properties.

Across buyer segments, too, there were increases. Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners all bought more homes in Q2 than they did in Q1.

Purchases by Singaporeans rose nearly 45 per cent quarter-on-quarter to 2,491 units in Q2. The number of private homes picked up by Singapore permanent residents climbed 24 per cent to 574 units, while purchases by non-PR foreigners rose 2 per cent to 260 units.

Those with HDB addresses bought 1,629 units in Q2, up 41.3 per cent from Q1. The number of private homes acquired by those with private addresses climbed 33.4 per cent to 1,740 units.

Despite the recovery in Q2, the 5,826 total private homes sold in the first-half of this year is not even half the 13,651 units transacted in the first-half last year – reflecting the dent on transactions created by the Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR) framework since its introduction in late-June 2013.

Most industry watchers accept that TDSR is here to stay for the long term. Under the framework, banks granting new property loans to individuals have to ensure a borrower’s total monthly debt obligations (including car loan and credit card repayments) do not exceed 60 per cent of gross monthly income.

Based on preliminary monthly numbers, developers launched 2,843 private homes in Q2, compared with 1,964 units launched in Q1. Big projects were released in Q2 in good locations and at attractive prices – such as Commonwealth Towers, Lakeville, Coco Palms and The Sorrento – resulting in relatively good sales.

Moreover, some previously launched projects saw renewed interest after new units were released at lower prices in Q2. For instance, the developers of The Panorama and Sky Habitat sold another 149 units and 153 units, respectively in Q2 after median prices were reduced by 10-15 per cent since these developments were first launched in Q1 2014 and Q2 2012, respectively.

Because Singaporeans’ share of private home purchases rose at a faster clip in Q2 compared with the more modest increases in buying by PRs and foreigners, the proportion of units bought by Singaporeans rose four percentage points quarter-on-quarter to 74 per cent.

Conversely, PRs saw a two percentage point retreat in their share to 17 per cent in Q2. Foreigners too posted a three percentage point fall in their share to 8 per cent.

Another finding is that 58 per cent of private homes picked up by Singaporeans in Q2 were new sales by developers. Among foreigners, the figure was 62 per cent. For PRs, however, it was a roughly equal split of the source of units between new sales and resales. Of the 574 units PRs acquired in the second quarter, 47 per cent comprised new sales, and 46 per cent resales, with the balance 7 per cent involving subsale transactions.

Credits: Business Times 

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