Collective sale of Dalvey Road apartment

The latest condominium to climb on the en bloc bandwagon is the Villa D’Este on Dalvey Road in prime district 10. The freehold site currently holds 12 apartment units ranging from 3,456 sq ft to 3,949 sq ft and 10 owners have already agreed to putting the site up for sale. And the asking price? $96 million.

Villa DesteThe pros for this site is that there are no development charges and with the $96 million price tag it comes with, that works out to be about $1,730 psf for the 55,480 sq ft land site. Land acquisition moves by developers have been aggressive this year and quite a few collective sales efforts have come to fruition and more mature residential establishments are feeling confident about putting themselves out there.

Other properties which have started their en bloc sales process recently are The Albracca, Serangoon Ville and Tampines Court with the latter 2 being former HUDCs. The Villa D’Este is a private property with relatively few units on site, which could mean each owner getting $7.5 to $8 million from the sale. And its location would attract developers since it is rare to find a site so close to a Good Class Bungalow (GCB) area. This could translate to promising sales of projects eventually launched here as the area is popular with expatriates and also provides the exclusivity of ambience and address. Other private land plots which were sold this year included One Tree Hill Gardens, Goh & Goh Building, Rio Casa and Eunosville.

The Dalvey Road site holds the potential to yield 1 to 3 GCBs or 24 new apartment units sized approximately at 2,000 sq ft. There was a previous collective sale attempt in 2015 for $115 million.

Woodleigh government land sales site attracts top bids

A 99-year leasehold site on Woodleigh Lane launched under the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme has drawn bids from 15 developers, with a top bid thus far of $700.7 million from CEL Unique Development, jointly owned by Chip Eng Seng Corp and Unique Real Estate. The latter is a joint venture between Heeton Holdings and KSH Holdings. About half of the 15 bids were above price expectations, one-third above the $1,000 psf plot ratio and the top 4 were within the 3.6% margin.

BidadariWith current market sentiments consistently improving and the potential for a market recovery not impossibly far away, when a choice piece of land comes along, developers have been seen to bid aggressively, especially of late. The 19,547 sq m Woodleigh site is primely located beside the Woodleigh MRT station and near the upcoming Bidadari township which many buyers and investors are keeping their eye on. The site has a maximum gross floor area of 58,641 sq m and residents of the new development may also enjoy the unblocked view of the neighbouring low-rise landed housing area.

8woodleighTaking into consideration the proximity to an MRT station and other amenities such as the NEX shopping mall, property experts are expecting selling prices of the future residential project on the site to be between $1,720 psf and $1,800 psf. The Bidadari township will prove to be both a boon and a slight disadvantage as the new HDB estate will bring life and activity into the area, but the recent sale of a mixed-use site nearby may bring on the competition. By the time both properties are launched, it will simply be a matter of whether the price is right.

Release of new land sites in H2 may not satisfy developer demand

After holding back for the past few quarters, 16 new land sites will be released under the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme in the second half of this year. That is in addition to other private land sites which might go on sale as well during the same period.

CUscadenResidencesDespite this ramped up supply of land plots, property analysts expect continued aggressive bidding from developers as they seem to be on the hunt for resources to replenish their land banks and especially as the demand for new homes has grown steadily in the last few months. As the nation’s population continues to grow, the authorities also recognise the need to keep up with the demand for new private housing in the years ahead.

The 16 sites from the GLS programme can potentially yield up to 8,125 private homes. And yet, analysts still consider this allocation inadequate in meeting developer demand. The sites most likely to draw the most number of bids are those in Jiak Kim StreetFourth Avenue and Cuscaden Road due to their locations. New record high bids are expected for these sites.

With  the possibilities of more joint ventures between developers and funds, the potential for higher bids for limited land plots may very well drive land prices up. Could that mean eventual increases in property prices, even if not now then sometime in the future? How would that then affect the market then?

Freehold residential land in Orchard sold for $72 million

Land in Singapore seems to be selling like hotcakes in recent months. As the flow of plots made available under the government land sales (GLS) programme languishes, developers have been eyeing and snapping up plots sold privately. En bloc deals have been monopolising the real estate scene and the latest private land sale was of 1 Draycott Park to Selangor Dredging to the tune of $72 million.

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What currently stands at the 17,422 sq ft site is a 7-storey apartment block with 8 apartments ranging from 860 to 6,200 sq ft. After a development charge of $15.3 million, the sale translates to $1,787 psf. As the site is zoned for residential development, it could potentially yield 36 new storeys of new apartment units.

Situated in the exclusive yet primely located Claymore Hill and Ardmore Park enclave, near Orchard road and the American Club, the new properties to be built on site are likely to go for between $2,700 and $2, 800 psf just to break even. Thus it will not be unusual to expect prices starting from $3,300 psf, about 10 per cent above recent transacted prices in the area, from the future launch of the new project.

TheClaymoreWhile foreigners account for about 50 per cent of the luxury property transactions in Singapore, the stamp duty rate which now stands at 15 per cent has somewhat kept demand at bay. However, from developers’ recent responses to en bloc and private land sales, the prices they are willing to fork out may signify a quicker than expected recovery to the high-end property segment.

2 more HUDCs try their hand at en bloc sales

On the back of successful collective sales this year, 2 more private residential developments are trying their hand at the process. Tampines Court and Florence Regency are both previous HUDCs, similar to the 2 other properties which sold recently – Rio Casa and Eunosville.

TampinesCourtThe lack of land sites made available under the government land sales (GLS) programme may be the reason behind the success of these recent en bloc sales. Developers’ hunger for land has been reflected in the the high prices paid for recent en bloc deals, and the latter could also be precisely what is bolstering the courage of residents of Tampines Court and Florence Regency.

There are a total 18 HUDC projects built since the 1970s and all have been privatised, with 9 sold thus far, including Shunfu Ville and Raintree Gardens last year. Shunfu Ville could essentially be what got the en bloc ball rolling and more successes were recorded this year. Rio Casa sold for $575 million and Eunosville for $765 million.

RioCasaHUDC HougangFlorence Regency is situated in H0ugang and has a land area of 389,000 sq ft. While it is still in the early stages of the en bloc process, Tampines Court on the other hand already has secured consent from 82 per cent of its residents. The asking price is currently set at $960 million for the 702,000 sq ft plot. At the moment, the property holds 432 maisonettes and 125 apartments. This is however not their first attempt at the collective sale process. The first attempt at $408 million was in 2008 and the second attempt in 2011. Property analysts expect home owners to seek higher prices following recent successes, but also warn against pricing too high as it may discourage developers from bidding.

Developers’ demand for land drives prices up

The lack of land plots available in the market or released by the government under the Government Land Sales programme has seen developers willing to bid an average of 29% more than what has been the usual winning bid in the past 5 years.

GrandeurPark2It may not be surprising as the market has just begun to turnaround this year and buyers’ confidence have boosted developers’ confidence. A healthy appetite for new and resale private homes, including executive condominiums (ECs) combined with the lack of new land plots made available under the GLS programme has pushed bids for land tenders up. Developers are bidding at prices about 13 per cent higher than the average premium paid in H2 of 2016. Not only are the bidding prices increasing, so are the number of bidders per land tender. An average of 13.3 bids were placed for a single land plot in the first 4 months of the year.

ClementiCanopyNew home launches have received warm and welcomed responses from the buying public in recent months. Projects such as The Clement Canopy and Grandeur Park Residences have experienced brisk sales at their launches and a total of 4,696 new homes were sold in the first 4 months of this year alone, more than double than 2016 in a year-on-year comparison.

Property analysts are however expecting more successful bids from foreign entities which could result in more private land acquisitions this year. Local bidders also tend to be more cautious and will not over-bid for a site. With prime plots being limited, they will naturally attract more and higher-priced bids,

Prime sites may yield high-demand homes

Should the sites currently earmarked for future residential use be put up for sale, the public can expect some juicy baits from developers as these sites are in prime locations near the city centre.

Tanglin ResidencesThe 2 sites which are particularly beguiling are the former Ministry of Home Affairs Phoenix Park site in Tanglin road and the former Overseas Family School plot in Paterson road. Both sites are under governmental ownership and while the location of these sites will excite developers and buyers alike, the government is unlikely to put them up for sale anytime soon. They have in fact been holding back on the release of land sites possibly contributing to the increased number of successful en bloc sales in recent months.

Paterson SuitesThese sites with their exclusive addresses are currently put up for interim use though should they eventually be placed for sale, they are likely to yield 450 to 700 homes in the Paterson road site and 850 to 1000 units averaging 800 to 1,000 sq ft on the Phoenix Park site. The latter is currently tenanted by LHN Facilities Management who will have the option of renewing till the end of 2020. The proximity of this site to various embassies in the Tanglin area will however mean restrictions may be placed on the height not to mention possible heritage conservation regulations.

 

Bullish bid for land may mean higher home prices

A bid $65 million above the expected offer for a land plot is not something to scoff at. It also points to the site as having tremendous potential, are at the very least possesses characteristics which the winning developer is confident will eventually bring in profits.

The Creek in Bukit Timah.

The Creek in Bukit Timah.

Malaysian developer, S P Setia has offered $265 million for a 18,721.4 square metre site on Toh Tuck Road. The location, while tucked away behind Toh Yi Drive, is near enough to the Beauty World MRT station on the Downtown Line, as well as the series of shopping malls and eateries in the vicinity. Property analysts consider the bid bullish though understandable as the prices reflect the potential of the site’s location and size. It is also near the Bukit Timah housing district and schools such as Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

The robust bid sets the benchmark for sites in the vicinity. Recent tweaks in the property cooling measures might have had developers in a slight tizzy over the procurement of land plots for future projects. While demand is strong, supply from the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme is slower this year.

For the consumer, the fierce bidding on recent land sites could be indicative of the direction home prices might be taking. The number of successful new launches this year could however account for the spending. The 99-year leasehold plot on Toh Tuck Road is expected to yield approximately 325 new private homes and is the first of 5 residential sites under the GLS confirmed list.