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Resale prices of non-landed private residential units up 1.8 per cent in June: SRX

Resale prices of non-landed private residential units showed an overall increase of 1.8 per cent in June 2013. This is according to a flash report by the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX).

An estimated 605 non-landed units were transacted in June. SRX said this is a 21 per cent drop from the volume of 762 units in May 2013. When compared to June 2012, it is a 38 per cent decrease in resale transaction volume.

HDB resale prices slipped 0.1 per cent in June. SRX said this is the second consecutive marginal monthly drop in resale prices.

According to flash estimates, 1,210 HDB flats were sold in the resale market in June — about nine per cent less than May, where there were 1,324 resale cases. It is 32 per cent less than the resale volume in June 2012, where 1,790 HDB resale flats were transacted.

Overall HDB cash-over-valuation (COV) in June dropped S$3,000 to end at S$24,000. This is lower than the COV of S$25,000 registered in February and April 2012.

Overall rental prices for non-landed private residential in June slipped 0.2 per cent from May. This marks a fifth consecutive monthly drop in overall rents.

Overall HDB monthly rental rates in June remained unchanged at S$2,400.

An estimated 1,410 HDB flats were rented in June, 9 per cent less than May’s 1,554 rental transactions. It is slightly less than the 1,480 flats rented in June 2012.

Source – CNA – 5 Jul 2013


COV for resale flats could continue downward trend

The HDB resale market may be showing signs of cooling, according to the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX). The overall median cash-over-valuation (COV) for HDB resale flats reached a peak of S$35,000 in January but that figure has come down to about S$27,000 in May, the lowest since April last year.

According to some analysts, this could be a sign that January’s property cooling measures are biting.

Mr Nicholas Mak, executive director for research and consultancy at SLP International Property Consultant, said: “Limiting the mortgage servicing ratio has actually reduced the purchasing power of some of these HDB upgraders. As a result, the demand for larger HDB flats has fallen. So as some of the owners see that the number of potential buyers has fallen, some of them have also softened the amount of COV they are demanding.”

According to SRX, executive flats registered the largest absolute drop of S$10,000 – from S$55,000 in January to S$45,000 in the first three weeks of May. Percentage-wise, three-room flats saw the largest drop of 32 per cent. The overall median COV for three-room flats fell S$29,500 in January, to about S$20,000 in May.

Some observers, like PropNex CEO Mohamed Ismail, said the downward COV trend could continue for the rest of the year.

He said: “I reckon the COV is likely to hit by the year-end in the region of about S$20,000… What has caused the high COV is purely demand and supply. It is tapering simply because of lesser demand with cooling measures as well as greater supply of BTO. In next two years, we will not even be surprised if COV may well be below S$20,000.”

While COVs may be trending downwards, the overall median resale price of HDB resale flats is still going up. However, some analysts said this increase will not be like the double digit growth of previous years, but instead could moderate to about two to three per cent this year.

SRX data also showed that the volume of resale flats transacted could continue to be low in May.

There have been 599 transactions in May so far, but SRX said the final number could reach 1,200 by the end of the month. This would be a 35 to 40 per cent drop compared to the same period last year.

Source : CNA – 26 May 2013