Shunfu Ville tries to en bloc again

Shunfu Ville has been re-launched for collective sale at the same reserve price of $688 million, or $791 psf ppr, said marketing agent JLL.

This is the second time that the 358-unit residential development built in the 1980s has gone en bloc after more than 80 percent of the owners agreed to the sale.

The first attempt at a collective sale in September 2015 attracted expressions of interest from two developers, but PropertyGuru understands that the offers were rejected for being too low.

Situated in the Bishan/Thomson area, the 408,927 sq ft site is zoned residential under the 2014 Master Plan and could yield over 1,100 units with an average size of 1,000 sq ft.

Yong Choon Fah, National Director of Capital Markets at JLL, noted that while the residential market continues to be bogged down by the property cooling measures, some positive signs are now emerging.

“With price moderation working its way alongside the continued rise in wages and the stabilisation of HDB flat prices, private housing has become very much affordable. We estimate that it now takes about 5.6 years of income to buy a home, close to the 5.9 years in 2003, which was a recession year. At the peaks of the market in 1996 and 2008, home prices were equivalent to nine to 10 years of income.”

With this, she reckons that developers will continue to press on with replenishing their land banks.

Moreover, there has been no Government Land Sales (GLS) site released for sale in the area since the Lorong Puntong land parcel (Thomson Impressions) was awarded to a Chinese developer in October 2014.

The Shunfu Ville site is also close to established schools, shopping malls and two MRT lines.

At $688 million, the estimated breakeven cost for the successful buyer stands at around $1,250 psf, with the new units expected to fetch between $1,400 psf and $1,450 psf, said JLL.

The tender for Shunfu Ville will close on 10 March 2016.

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