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Sengkang Central Site Attracts Seven Tenders

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 23rd June 2018 in Blog
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Location map of the land site at Sengkang Central. Source: URA

The tender for a residential and commercial site in Sengkang Central measuring approximately 401,008 sq ft closed on Thursday (21 June), said the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

The 99-year leasehold site with a maximum gross floor area of 842,125 sq ft could yield some 700 housing units. It also has strong potential to become a landmark in the area, said CBRE research head Desmond Sim.

The confirmed list site was launched for sale last December via the concept and price tender system, whereby envelopes containing the concept proposals are opened and evaluated first.

The criteria includes the design concept, quality of public realm and the developers’ track record.

Thereafter, the envelopes containing bid prices will be opened, but only those with qualifying concept proposals will be considered, with the site awarded to the highest bidder.

Overall, six parties submitted seven concept proposals. These include a joint venture between CapitaLand and City Developments Limited, Perennial Real Estate Holdings and Qingjian Realty, Wing Tai Holdings and Keppel Land, and Singapore Press Holdings and Kajima Development.

Property consultancy JLL noted that the site received fewer bids compared to the 247,214 sq ft Holland Road site, which was awarded in May to Far East Organization.

Nevertheless, it said the land parcel next to Buangkok MRT station attracted “fair interest” from companies with “no shortage of capability and experience in successfully designing and developing the subject parcel”.

CBRE’s Sim agrees. “The six consortia who have thrown in the bids comprise experienced developers with proven track records. We expect the selection process to be challenging and very comprehensive.”

credits: propertyguru


Singapore’s Ultra-Rich Increased 11.5% Last Year

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 21st June 2018 in Blog
Singapore’s ultra-rich increased 11.5% last year

The wealth of HNWIs in Singapore grew by 12.8% to $858.42 billion in 2017.

Singapore now has more high net worth individuals (HNWIs), whose wealth also grew by 12.8 percent from $761.24 billion in 2016 to $858.42 billion in 2017, reported Singapore Business Review citing consultancy firm Capgemini.

The number of HNWIs in the city-state rose 11.5 percent to 122 in 2017 from 109 previously.

Based on Capgemini’s World Wealth Report 2018, their wealth was driven by the growth in GDP which climbed 3.6 percent in 2017, the recovery in real estate prices (up 1.1 percent), and national savings which stood at 46.5 percent. Market capitalisation also rose in 2017.

The consultancy noted that MAS core inflation averaged around 1.5 percent last year and is expected to hit the upper half level in the 1.0 to 2.0 percent range.

With government spending on security, healthcare and other social schemes expected to reach 3.0 percent of the GDP in the next 10 years compared to 2.2 percent in 2017, the Singapore government decided to increase taxes in order to meet the demands.

Globally, the wealth of HNWIs breached the US$70 trillion (S$94.9 trillion) mark for the first time. Posting its sixth year of gains in a row, HNWI wealth jumped 10.6 percent – making 2017 the second-fastest year of growth since 2011.

credits: propertyguru


New Private Home Sales Jump 53% In May

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 20th June 2018 in Blog
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Thousands of buyers turned up at the showflat of Twin Vew during the launch in May. (Photo: CSC Land)

Sales of new private homes in Singapore reached 1,121 units in May 2018, representing a 53.1 percent jump from the month before and a 7.9 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Urban Redevelopment Authority data published on Monday (18 June).

Last month’s sales volume is also the highest since August 2017, when 1,246 new private units were taken up. Moreover, launches by property developers soared by 60 percent and 186 percent to 1,060 units on a monthly and annual basis respectively.

“The market pick-up in May is mainly due to increased launches with five new private residential projects launched, accounting for 71 percent of the total launch volume, which in turn contributed to stronger sales performance during the month,” said Ong Teck Hui, national director of research and consultancy at JLL.

New project launches last month included Twin Vew in West Coast Vale, which released all of its 520 units, with 454 units sold at a median price of $1,385 psf. The 139-unit Amber45 at Amber Road launched 100 units, of which 86 were sold at a median price of $2,378 psf.

Sixteen35 Residences in Geylang released 60 units, with 45 units taken up at a median price of $1,511 psf. 120 Grange along Grange Road launched 50 units and held back six. Although it posted no sales last month, caveats show that there were 37 deals recorded at a median price of $3,141 psf. Lastly, Sea Pavilion Residences on Upper East Coast Road put up 24 units for sale, with 14 finding buyers at a median price of $1,852 psf.

The top-selling projects in May were Twin Vew and Amber45. Previously launched developments secured the remaining spots in the top five. They are Le Quest, which sold 73 units at a median price of $1,462 psf, The Tapestry (59 units at $1,388 psf) and Seaside Residences (59 units at $1,896 psf).

Ong pointed out that Twin Vew alone accounted for nearly 41 percent of new home sales in May, attributing the robust demand to its attractive price.

“In the current market, suburban projects priced around $1,400 psf have been achieving steady sales progress, even if they are not near MRT stations,” he said.

But he added that private home sales only amounted to 3,434 units from January to May 2018, down from 5,568 units in the same period last year. This means sales must pick up strongly in the second half of the year for it to match or surpass the 10,566 units sold for the whole of 2017.

Meanwhile, Huttons Asia research head Lee Sze Teck expects property developers to launch 800 to 1,200 units in June.

“These will include Affinity at Serangoon, Margaret Ville and The Garden Residences. For mega launches, developers will probably launch in phases to manage the options for buyers and allow leeway to increase prices in subsequent phases,” he said.

credits: propertyguru


Singapore Private Home Prices May Surge 20% This Year: Savills

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 19th June 2018 in Blog
Singapore private home prices may surge 20% this year: Savills

Official data shows that over 100 private units were sold for at least $3,000 psf in Q1 2018.

Property consultancy Savills reckons that private home prices here may rise 15 to 20 percent for the whole of 2018 – up from its previous forecast of between 12 and 15 percent, reported Singapore Business Review.

It raised its estimates after 22 units were sold for a minimum of $10 million each over the past few months, with 102 units taken-up for at least $3,000 psf in Q1, according to data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Moreover, the island-wide private home price index increased 3.9 percent quarter-on-quarter in Q1. This is the highest growth in nearly eight years since Q2 2010, following lower quarterly gains of 0.7 percent and 0.8 percent in the third and fourth quarters of 2017 respectively.

In particular, luxury condos tracked by Savills posted quarterly price gains of 2.9 percent in Q1. Following a cumulative growth of 5.7 percent over four straight quarters since Q2 2017, the average price of these properties reached $2,383 psf in the first three months of the year, and that amount is only 1.9 percent lower than the recent peak five years ago.

One factor driving the healthy growth in private home prices is that baby boomers are helping their children climb the property ladder, said Alan Cheong, senior director of research and consultancy at Savills Singapore. 

“Visits to show flats leave a discerning observer with the impression that an increasing number of buyers at new launches are funded in part by their parents’ money,” he noted.

credits: propertyguru


S’pore Returns To Top 20 List Of Most Expensive Cities For Expats

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 15th June 2018 in Blog
Singapore Cityscape

Singapore has been ranked as the 20th most expensive city globally in the latest survey by ECA International.

Singapore has once again returned to the top 20 list of most expensive cities for expats, reported Channel NewsAsia citing the latest survey by ECA International.

The city-state was ranked 20th most expensive globally and ninth in the Asia Pacific region.

“The price of goods and services included in our basket of goods has only seen modest increase in Singapore over the past 12 months, in line with other similar economies in Asia,” said Lee Quane, regional director for Asia at ECA International.

“However, the rise in the rankings has been due to the relative strength of the Singapore dollar versus the US greenback in the past year.”

In December, Singapore was listed 21st most expensive in the world and ninth in the Asia Pacific. It was ranked 24th most expensive globally and 10th in Asia Pacific in June 2017.

The city-state achieved its highest ranking in 2016 when it settled in 18th place.

In the latest survey, Caracas in Venezuela topped the global rankings, mainly due to skyrocketing inflation, followed by four Swiss cities – Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern. The Angolan capital Luanda, which emerged as last year’s most expensive, came in next at sixth place.

In the Asia Pacific region, Tokyo was ranked the most expensive destination for expatriates, followed by Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Hong Kong’s global ranking fell significantly from second to 11th place, or its lowest since 2015, mainly due to the drop in value of the US dollar, against which the Hong Kong dollar is pegged.

Aimed at helping companies determine the cost of living allowances for their overseas employees, the twice-yearly survey compares a basket of like-for-like consumer goods and services commonly purchased by expats worldwide, said ECA International.

However, certain living costs like school fees and accommodation were excluded from the basket since they are usually covered by separate allowances.

credits: propertyguru


Increased Activity In Luxury Condo Market

Posted by Singapore Property Launch on 13th June 2018 in Blog
Luxury apartments in Singapore.

View of luxury apartments in Singapore.

The luxury private condominium segment has sprung back to life over the past few months, with the price quantum almost hitting a nine-year high when a total of 22 units were snapped up for at least $10 million each during the first quarter, reported Singapore Business Review citing Savills.

This is just shy of the peak of 23 units in Q3 2010.

Topping the list was The Nassim with 10 units sold, followed by Leedon Residence at Leedon Heights (three units) and Tomlinson Heights at Tomlinson Road (two units), revealed the Savills report.

Based on URA Realis data, 102 units were sold at $3,000 psf or higher in Q1, marking the highest quarterly number since Q4 2007. Of these, 40 units were from New Futura at Leonie Hill Road, 13 from 8 Hullet, 12 from Gramercy Park at Grange Road and 11 from The Nassim at Nassim Hill.

During the quarter, Singaporean buyers accounted for 73 percent of the total transactions (with 3,419 units bought), while non-Singaporean buyers including permanent residents (PRs) and foreigners made up 26.5 percent (1,241 units). Companies accounted for the remaining 0.6 percent as they purchased 26 units.

Savills noted that the percentage of non-Singaporean buyers rose for the second quarter in a row, climbing 1.5 percent from Q4 2017.

“Non-Singaporean buyers continued to be more active in the primary market,” said Savills research and consultancy senior director Alan Cheong.

“For Singapore PRs, the top projects on their purchase lists included The Tapestry, Parc Botannia, and Queens Peak, whilst foreign buyers preferred Martin Modern, Highline Residences and Queens Peak.”

credits: propertyguru