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Outside Central Region (OCR) units most sought after in August

Sales in the Outside Central Region (OCR) made the greatest contribution to new home sales in August, according to an OrangeTee report.

Sales in the OCR totalled 223 units making up 51.6 percent, while sales in Core Central Region (CCR) went down to 44 units and the Rest of Central Region (RCR) also dipped to 165 units, translating to 10.2 percent and 38.2 percent respectively.

“In August, the aggregate number of sales eased 42.9 percent, compared with the same period of last year.”

The report also noted the bestselling project in August was The Panorama , which sold 40 units out of 54 units launched at a median price of $ 1,249 psf.

Best-selling projects in August 2014

Located at Ang Mo Kio, the 698-unit residential project is developed by Wheelock Properties Singapore and will be ready in 2019. The project is near CHIJ St Nicholas’ Girls School and is a short walk away from the upcoming Mayflower MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line.

Coco Palms in Pasir Ris was in second place, selling 23 units out of 30 units launched at a median price of $1,046 psf. “Noticeably, this development has seen quite decent monthly sales so far this year,” the report added.

The 944-unit project by City Developments Limited is slated to be ready in 2019.

Image source: thepanorama.org

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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