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Developer sales down almost 23% from year ago

The best-selling project in February was The Panorama in Ang Mo Kio.

New private home sales in Singapore fell by 22.8 percent to 301 units in February 2016, from 390 units in the same period last year, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday, 15 March.

On a monthly basis, the sales volume fell by 6.8 percent from the 323 units sold in January 2016, even though new launches surged 31.4 percent to 209 units from 159 units previously.

According to JLL, the “slower developer sales were expected due to the Lunar New Year lull and the continuation of the volatility in the stock market from the previous month”.

By location, sales in the Core Central Region (CCR) fell to 25 units in February, just shy of the 26 units sold in the previous month, and the 30 units sold a year ago.

In the Rest of Central Region (RCR), transaction levels edged up to 82 units from 81 units in January 2016. But compared to the 185 units sold a year ago, this area witnessed the largest year-on-year decline of 56 percent.

Meanwhile, developers sold 194 units in the Outside Central Region (OCR). While this translates to a 10 percent drop from the 216 units moved in the month before, it is an 11 percent improvement from the 175 units sold in February 2015.

According to PropNex Realty, properties in the OCR accounted for 64 percent of total sales by developers, while those in the CCR and RCR made up nine percent and 27 percent respectively.

The best-selling private residential projects last month were The Panorama, where 18 units were sold at a median price of $1,211 psf, followed by Kingsford Waterbay and Principal Garden, which moved 18 and 16 units at median prices of $1,127 psf and $1,612 psf, respectively.

Looking ahead, new private home sales could fall by around 10 to 15 percent year-on-year to between 1,000 and 1,200 units in Q1 2016, the lowest level seen for the past three years, said Mohamed Ismail, CEO of PropNex.

Nevertheless, transaction volume could rebound in March due to the fairly good performance of two newly launched developments, Cairnhill Nine and The Wisteria.

For the whole of 2016, private home sales are expected to remain weak at around 8,000 units, as long as the property cooling measures remain.

Third mixed development in Yishun launched

As a sign of developers’ confidence in the growth potential of Yishun, a new mixed-use development comprising residential and commercial units will be launched on 12 March.

Located at Yishun Ring Road, The Wisteria and Wisteria Mall is the third mixed commercial and residential project to launch in the area since the end of 2013, following Nine Residences and North Park Residences, both of which are also integrated with shopping malls.

Zoned for commercial and residential use, the approximately 105,054 sq ft site was awarded for $185.09 million in January 2015.

Located on levels 4 to 12, The Wisteria condominium comprises three nine-storey towers of 216 one- to four-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 441 sq ft to 1,173 sq ft.

The residential units will incorporate several smart-home features, enabling homeowners to remotely control door access and air-conditioning via a smart device.

Northern Resi and Northern Retail, wholly-owned companies of NorthernOne Development, are the project’s joint developers. Array Realty, an entity of Keppel Land, is acting as a consultant.

To be launched in phases, the first phase will see 50 percent of the condominiums (108 units) being released to buyers, a spokesperson for Array Realty told PropertyGuru.

“The units will have an initial average price of $1,030 psf to $1,050 psf, inclusive of a five percent early bird discount,” she said.

Sources told PropertyGuru that the project’s average price is around 20 percent lower than North Park Residences, where recent transactions have been in the range of $1,300 psf to $1,400 psf. Units at Nine Residences have gone for an average of $1,100 psf.

A VIP preview of The Wisteria will begin this weekend at the project’s showflat at the junction of Yishun Central and Yishun Avenue 9. “We will have a better gauge of buyers’ interest levels after the VIP preview. As for the actual prices, they will only be released on the day of sales booking,” noted the spokesperson.

In addition, the residential component will adopt the Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) method, which helps to speed up construction significantly and minimize dust and noise pollution in the vicinity.

“This is one of the first projects in Singapore to use the prefab method,” the spokesperson said.

According to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), this is a new construction method that involves modules complete with internal finishes, fixtures and fittings being manufactured in factories, then transported to the site for installation in a Lego-like manner.

Meanwhile, the commercial spaces are about 40 percent leased, the anchor tenants being NTUC Finest and Kopitiam Food Court.

“This is the only commercial project in Yishun South,” said the spokesperson, adding that it will help cater to the growing number of future residents.

The 99-year leasehold project is expected to obtain TOP in end-2018.