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Mature Estates Flats Are Still In High Demand

Photo from HDB
Photo from HDB

The bigger, and last launch of new Housing Board flats of the year has brought more than 4,100 people vying for 10,118 units in a single day. With captivating locations for some units, as well as the proximity of the projects in the mature estates to existing or coming MRT stations, analysts are expecting this launch to be quite popular.

This month’s Build to Order (BTO) launch features 5,110 flats across nine projects, of which 2,194 units are in Punggol, the only non-mature estate and the biggest batch of BTO flats offered this year. The nine projects comprise three in Punggol, as well as the rest in the mature towns of Bedok, Bidadari – a new estate that is part of the mature Toa Payoh town – and Kallang/Whampoa. Also not forgetting the upcoming residential Park Place Residences in Paya Lebar Quarter, the 2nd largest commercial hub in Singapore.

Despite the greater supply of flats through the offering of 5,008 flats in a simultaneous Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise which comprises of flats not sold in previous exercises, competition for units in mature estates is still expected to stay high. The SBF units range between two-room flexi units to executive flats which are no longer being assembled.

On the high demand, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong shared on a Facebook post on Tuesday (22 Nov) that “we’re trying our best to supply more choices for home-buyers. But given limited land along with the popularity of projects in these mature areas, we can expect the units to be exceeded by application numbers accessible.”

Programs for both BTO and equilibrium flats are open until 11.59pm on Monday.

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Top bid tendered for Martin Place of $595.1m

Martin-Place-sale-siteFirst Bedok Property, an unit of GuocoLand, submitted the highest bid of $595.1 million, or $1,239 psf per plot ratio (psf ppr).

This is the greatest psf price attained for an only residential site under the Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme, said Desmond Sim, Head, CBRE Research, Singapore and South East Asia.

This was followed by a $588 million ($1,224 psf ppr) offer from a consortium comprising Intrepid Investments, an unit of Hong Leong Holdings, Verwood Holdings (CDL), TID Residential and Garden Estates.

The lowest bid came from Multi Wealth (Singapore) at $402.8 million ($839 psf ppr).

According to Sim, “the number of prime, purely residential sites available in the marketplace is quite small, and developers are still eager for such websites as a result. The developers who participated in the tender were brought by the affordable quantum. They were planning forwards, encouraged by the recent success of Cairnhill Nine.

“The success will be able to take advantage of launching a product that suits the marketplace, at an opportune time when the market recovers, either as a result of a tweak in measures or when the market recovers. The last time a site was made obtainable in the vicinity was back in March 2011 at Robertson Quay ($938 psf ppr). In addition, the last site awarded in District 9 was at Mount Sophia back in September 2013 ($1,157 psf ppr),” he included.

Started the approximately 171,535, under the first half 2016 GLS Programme for sale on 28 April 2016 sq ft site has a maximum gross floor area of 480,307 sq ft. It could potentially produce about 450 condominium units.

The land lot is located close to the future Great World MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line. Nearby condominiums comprise Rivergate Martin Place Mansions and Martin 38 38.

A decision on the award of the bid will be made after the bids are assessed, said the URA.

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Resale condominium price down in May according to NUS index

Prices of completed non-landed private homes in Singapore dropped by 0.8 percent in May 2016, compared to a 0.2 percent increase in the preceding month, flash estimates of the NUS Singapore Residential Price Index (SRPI) showed.

Excluding little units, prices in the central region fell by 0.5 percent last month, after increasing by 0.4 percent in April. In the non-central area, costs fell by one percent, following a 0.1 percent hike previously.

Northwave-ECThe central region sub-basket comprises properties found in postal districts 9 to 11 and 1 to 4, while properties in the other postal districts fall under the non-central region sub-basket.

Meanwhile, prices of small units measuring 506 sq ft or below saw the biggest fall of 1.1 percent, after falling by 0.1 percent in April.

Side note: The new launch market sector has been performing better and upcoming executive condo, Northwave EC will be the next performing indicator.