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Completed condo prices up 0.1%

Prices of completed condominiums edged up by 0.1 percent in January 2016 compared to the previous month, according to latest flash estimates of the NUS Singapore Residential Price Index (SRPI).

Based on the Index, prices of completed units in the central region (districts 1 to 4 and 9 to 11) dipped by 0.5 percent, while those in the non-central region rose by 0.5 percent. As for small units measuring up to 506 sq ft, prices climbed by 0.6 percent.

In comparison, the revised index for December 2015 shows that prices in all three segments fell on a month-on-month basis. Values in the central region fell by 0.8 percent, those in the non-central region posted a smaller decline of 0.6 percent, while prices of small units decreased by 0.3 percent. Consequently, prices across the island slid by 0.6 percent.

Notably, the revised index for December is based on the previous Basket 7, which covers a total of 78,877 units across 429 private non-landed developments in 26 postal districts completed from October 2003 to December 2013.

On the other hand, the flash estimates for January were derived from the current Basket 8, which covers a total of 111,811 units across 574 residential projects completed between October 2003 and September 2015.

According to a statement from the NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES), Basket 8 includes newer projects with better quality amenities compared to the previous basket. It also tracks 7,120 small units versus 3,092 units for Basket 7.

The usage of the new basket took effect on Monday (29 Feb), and the composition will be adjusted every two years.

Condo’s design may encourage mosquito breeding

More condominiums have unique water features, and some of these are turning into mosquito breeding areas, according to media reports.

The Association of Property and Facility Managers said one way to prevent mosquito breeding is to ensure areas are designed in a way that facilitates maintenance and cleaning.

For example, the contractor for the Arc @ Tampines ensures the ground on which the air-conditioner is placed slopes slightly, to prevent water retention.

There were also media reports on residents and workers at Ferraria Park condominium along Flora Drive being infected with dengue. To address the problem, the condominium management upped the maintenance budget by 20 percent, and increased the frequency of fogging to twice a week

President of the Singapore Institute of Architects Theodore Chan believes the whole industry should pay more attention to this issue, and hopes developers and the parties involved can see the value in investing in solutions for retention problems.

“When something becomes more difficult to maintain, there is always a cost implication. For example, you need to provide more covers for open drains – and any cover that you install will cost money,” he said.

“We live in very close proximity and Singapore’s environment is going to get even more dense. So everybody has got to play their part,” added Chan.