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Jones Lang LaSalle’s Perspective: Urban Redevelopment Authority Private Residential Property Transactions for October 2012

Home loan tenure curbs by MAS contributes to fall in private home sales



SINGAPORE, 15 November 2012 – The URA monthly sales volume for private residential units (excluding executive condominiums (ECs)) decreased 26% m-o-m from 2,621 units in September to 1,948 units in October. This followed curbs on housing loan tenure by the MAS in early October, which appeared to have slowed demand and sales take-up. However, the 1948 units sold during the month still outstripped the 1633 units launched, indicating that the measures have merely slowed the market without stalling it.

Broken down into regions, island-wide sales in the Outside Central Region (OCR) fell, 28% m-o-m from 2,062 to 1,482 units. Sales in the region were driven mainly by Skies Miltonia (309 units sold) and Sky Green (145 units sold). Faring slightly worse, sales in the Core Central Region (CCR) dipped 43% to 144 while that for the Rest of Central Region (RCR) was fairly stable, rising 4.5% m-o-m to 322. 

Table 1: Total island-wide (landed & non-landed excluding ECs) units sold
 
The major proportion of units sold remains in the OCR which accounted for 76% of total sales compared with 7% and 17% in the CCR and RCR respectively. Proportion of units sold last month was 79% in the OCR and 9% and 12% in the CCR and RCR respectively. There were not as many fresh launches in October as there were in September, with a total of 659 units launched compared to 1,420 last month. Skies Miltonia and Sky Green together formed the bulk of units launched at 65% while Eden Residences Capital accounted for 19% of all new units launched.  

Mr Ong Teck Hui, National Director, Research & Consultancy, Jones Lang LaSalle comments:
“The loan curbs implemented in early October has contributed to the lower sales of 1948 private homes in October, 26% down from September’s 2061 units. However the measures have merely slowed the market to a moderate extent without stalling it, as many buyers re-adjust their loan tenures and purchase prices. Others, who had to stretch, both in terms of cash down payment as well as loan periods would have dropped out of the market following the imposition of the loan curbs. The sales take-up for the rest of the year is unlikely to be as upbeat as originally anticipated before the measures were announced. Nevertheless it is still headed for a record year of developer sales exceeding 22,000 units. The low volume of only 659 units launched from fresh projects reflects caution on the part of developers due to uncertainty following the MAS measures”















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