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City fringe homes drive rental growth

Leasing demand in the private residential market remains healthy, according to a new Savills report today.

Rental volumes islandwide increased by 4 percent year-on-year, as the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) showed there were 13,077 leases of private residential homes, excluding executive condominiums, in Q1 2014.
37 percent (or 4,839 leases) of these were in the city fringe areas, higher than the 30.6 percent and 32.4 percent recorded in the Outside of Central Region (OCR) and Core Central Region (CCR) respectively.

Residential properties in the city fringe areas are probably more appealing as expatriates in Singapore try to balance tighter rental budgets with accessibility factors.

“These housing options likely fit better to their current budgets, yet still remain conveniently accessible from the city area. Tenants these days are also offered a wider variety of locations in the Rest of Central Region (RCR) to pick from, as there is an increasing number of newly completed developments,” the report explained.

Rental volumes by market segment, 2004–Q1/2014

The overall rental index of private residential properties continued to ease 0.7 percent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) in Q1 2014.

The vacancy rate climbed to 6.6 percent from 6.2 percent in the previous quarter, which translated to 19,284 vacant units out of the current 293,283 private homes available throughout Singapore. The increase was mainly due to the spike in the East region, whereas vacancy rates either remained flat or declined in the other regions.

More pressure on residential rents is expected this year, especially in the high-end market, as expatriates’ housing allowances continue to be trimmed, as well as the increasing number of newly completed high-end projects.

However, the expected rise in Singapore’s economy should help to support the pace of growth in private residential leasing demand although rents could remain flat or soften due to increasing supply and the tighter rental budgets.

Alan Cheong, Senior Director of Savills Research, said, “A stalemate has developed wherein increasing new supply and tighter rental budgets face off against an improving economy.”

Source : PropertyGuru

Private home prices will not decline in Q3, says Knight Frank

A total of 8,247 new private residential units were launched by developers from January to May this year. Of these, a total of 8,368 units (excluding executive condominiums) were sold, according to Knight Frank’s latest Residential Bulletin.

In Core Central Region (CCR), prices of high-end non-landed properties fell 0.2 percent in Q2 compared to Q1’s increase of 0.6 percent. However, the sales proportion in RCR rose by 14.3 percent in Q3 2012, 22.7 percent in Q4 2012 and 24.9 percent in Q1 2013.

In addition, property prices in Outside Central Region (OCR) set a new benchmark as it rose 0.3 percent in Q2. Notably, private home prices in Singapore rose 0.8 percent quarter-on-quarter and 3.9 percent year-on-year in Q2, or the highest increase since Q4 2011, based on flash estimates from the URA.

Meanwhile, average rents of high-end and mid-market homes declined by 1.8 percent and 0.2 percent to S$5.79 psf and S$5.12 psf per month, respectively, in Q2. Rents of mass market homes slightly inched up by 0.1 percent on average to S$3.34 per sq ft a month.

Sales volume of new sale and resale private residential properties will likely decline by 10 percent to 15 percent in Q3, due to “the existing property cooling measures and the latest MAS ruling on debt servicing framework that was announced on 28 June 2013.”

However, Knight Frank noted that overall prices are not expected “to decline at least for Q3 2013, as long as the housing market is supported by genuine demand from local buyers in particular first-time home buyers with no major existing loans, and should low interest rates continue to prevail in the near term.”

Source – PropertyGuru – 5 Jul 2013