In terms of speed, the property cooling measures have certainly put the brakes on the growth of city fringe private apartments. Investors are not coming to the buffet table of apartments in areas such as Balestier, Thomson, Outram and Rochor, despite the substantial number of choice units for the picking.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority data indicated zero growth in the non-landed home prices for city fringe areas. City centre apartments on the other hand has increased by a slight 0.4 per cent. The higher stamp duty and tighter home loan limits have detracted many a property investor. In fact, growth in this sector in particular has be flattening since April 2012.
SLP International’s head of research, Mr Nicholas Mak, thinks that part of the reason for the flat-lining sales could be that recent launches have been targeted at investors. These include Echelon near Redhill MRT station, Seasuites in Pasir Panjang and Spottiswoode Suites near Outram Park MRT station. Projects such as these has a significant number of one and two-bedders, which have been the hot favourites of real estate investors for sometime.
Have residential home prices in this area reached a saturation point and what will it take to get the buyers back into the market? Will there be spillover interest from the suburban private home market which is doing exceedingly well for the moment?