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$1 million buys you 452 sq ft in Singapore

For US$1 million (S$1.4 million), you can purchase 452 sq ft of prime real estate in Singapore (or a small studio apartment), making it the world’s seventh most expensive place to buy luxury property, noted findings from Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2016.

The city-state fell two places from last year’s report due to property price declines. According to the firm’s Prime International Residential Index, luxury prices here dropped by 2.1 percent in 2015. This year, Knight Frank expects prices to slide further by 3.3 percent.

“Singapore luxury property prices have dropped for several years now. The reasons for the fall are still in place – overall slowing economy, volatile financial markets, rising rates, and government cooling measures,” said Tay Kah Poh, Executive Director and Head of Residential for Knight Frank Singapore.

In the report, Singapore was named the number two Asian city, behind Hong Kong, with the most number of super-rich individuals. In 2015, there were 2,360 ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) living here, with this figure expected to grow by 48 percent over the next 10 years.

Alice Tan, Research Head at Knight Frank Singapore, said “a conducive business environment, clear regulatory framework and a progressive ecosystem of financial and business services have augmented its status amongst the wealthy as a preferred location to live and do business in Asia”.

Despite the various measures put in place to curb excessive investment by foreign buyers, property investment remains a favoured asset allocation among the super-rich. In fact, 79 percent of those surveyed would invest in Singapore and UK homes.

The report also found that the three main concerns among UHNWIs in Singapore are succession / inheritance issues, the global economic situation, and stock market volatility.

The report polled 400 private bankers, including 30 from Singapore.


Unit at The Sail @ Marina Bay hits $2,999 psf

Residents of the 1,111-unit The Sail @ Marina Bay enjoy a spectacular view of Marina Promenade.

There has been a flurry of transactions at The Sail @ Marina Bay, with prices playing catchup with those at Marina Bay Residences (MBR).

Last month, a unit at MBR hit an alltime high of $4,368 psf. A 2,368 sq ft apartment on the 46th floor was sold for $10.3 million on April 15. This trumped the previous record of $3,790 psf, which was achieved when a 1,959 sq ft unit on the 46th floor was sold for $7.2 million in Sept 2010.

At the 1,111-unit The Sail @ Marina Bay, prices breached the $3,000 psf level for the first time this year, when a 1,184 sq ft unit on the 61st storey was sold for $3.6 million ($3,040 psf) on April 4. Prices peaked in April 2008, when a 1,033 sq ft unit was sold for $3.5 million ($3,387 psf).

The two condominiums are located along Marina Boulevard and enjoy spectacular views of Marina Promenade. MBR is a 55-storey, 428-unit luxury waterfront condo located within the Marina Bay Financial Centre, a mixed development built by the consortium of Hongkong Land, Keppel Land and Cheung Kong (Holdings). The condo was completed last year. Meanwhile, The Sail, developed by City Developments and AIG Real Estate, was completed in 4Q2008, at the height of the global financial crisis.

Desmond Tan, group director of Dennis Wee Realty, says, “There is strong demand for both The Sail and MBR, as they are the only two condos with a good bay view. MBR commands a better price than The Sail, as it is farther away from the financial centre and nearer to the integrated resort. MBR is also newer. In terms of monthly rental, a studio unit at The Sail can fetch about $4,000, while a one-bedroom unit at MBR can command between $4,500 and $4,800.”

According to a private investor who owns several units at The Sail, “there’s no doubt that The Sail currently offers the best value for money. That’s why it continues to be the most highly transacted of the properties in the area”.

Between April 29 and May 10, The Sail saw three transactions, with prices ranging from $2,503 to $2,999 psf, according to caveats lodged with URA Realis.

A 2,077 sq ft unit on the 59th floor was sold for $6.23 million ($2,999 psf) on April 29. This represents a 169% gain over the last transacted price of $2.3 million ($1,116 psf) in 2004.

Subsequently, a 1,797 sq ft unit on the 16th floor changed hands for $4.5 million ($2,503 psf) on May 4.

A third transaction was for a 613 sq ft unit on the 24th floor, which was sold for $1.57 million ($2,559 psf) on May 9. This represented a 50% gain over the last transacted price of $1.04 million ($1,701 psf) in April 2007. Prior to this, the unit sold for $921,000 ($1,501 psf) in January 2007 and $726,240 ($1,184 psf) in December 2005.

Tan says, “Asking prices at The Sail are $3,200 to $3,500 psf currently. Most buyers are foreigners. We see quite a few buyers from China and Hong Kong.” He adds that the strong prices at MBR will have a positive impact on condos at One Shenton and The Cliff, al- though it is hard to quantify the extent of the impact, as “there is a big difference” in the view from condos along Shenton Way and from those at Marina Boulevard.

The latest transaction at the 341- unit One Shenton was for a 581 sq ft unit on the 20th floor, which changed hands for $1.28 million ($2,202 psf) on May 9. Prices at the condo hit a high of $2,757 psf in 2007, when a 1,894 sq ft unit on the 44th floor was sold for $5.2 million. The condo was developed by City Developments and completed earlier this year.

Another project completed this year is The Clift along Mccallum Street, a short walk from the Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. The latest transaction at the 312- unit condo developed by Far East Organization was for a 527 sq ft unit on the 17th floor. It was sold for $1.05 million ($1,998 psf) on May 9, representing a 44% gain over the last transacted price of $727,000 ($1,378 psf) in 2007. Prior to that, the unit sold for $577,786 ($1,095 psf) in 2006.

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Source : TheEdge – 2 Jun 2011