Prices of small condo units up again

Prices of small condo units up again

Prices of small completed private apartments (up to 506 sq ft) climbed for the second month in a row to hit a new peak in August, according to the latest flash estimate from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Market watchers agree that the data - the Singapore Residential Price Index (SRPI) for small units rose one per cent in August, following a 2.1 per cent climb in July - suggests that buyers are gravitating towards smaller homes.

The brisk sales witnessed at CapitaLand's Sky Vue attests to this. The development, which was launched the previous weekend, saw 410 of the 505 units released for sale snapped up on the first day. The most popular units were the one-bedroom and two-bedroom units; the average price of a one-bedroom unit was $750,000, while a two-bedroom unit averaged $933,000.

The SPRI for Non-Central Region (excluding small units) rose one per cent, following a 0.4 per cent gain in July.

Conversely, the SPRI for Central Region (excluding small units) slipped 1.1 per cent, reversing a 0.4 per cent gain in July. Central Region is defined as districts 1-4 (including the financial district and Sentosa Cove) and the traditional prime districts 9,10 and 11.
The Overall SRPI was up 0.1 per cent in August, after gaining 0.4 per cent in July.

Based on URA caveats, resale transactions of non-landed private homes fell 27 per cent month-on-month to 388 units in August from 529 units in July. This was the second-lowest monthly resale transaction volume since the beginning of the year; the lowest was in February, after the higher Additional Buyer's Stamp Duties (ABSD) and tighter financing restrictions were introduced.

Source: Business Times –1 October 2013