CEO Morning Brief

Singapore Home Sales Decline for Second Month on Muted Demand

Publish date: Wed, 19 Jun 2024, 09:59 AM
TheEdge CEO Morning Brief

(June 18): Singapore’s new-home sales fell for a second month, as weak demand and a lack of major launches continued to weigh on the market.

Just 221 units were sold by developers in May, down from 301 in April, according to data released on Tuesday by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). From a year earlier, transactions slid 79%. Sales in the first half are on pace for the lowest in more than a decade.

High interest rates and government cooling measures have slowed Singapore’s once-booming residential market. The city state is also set to see an influx of new supply in the coming quarters, amid a drive by policymakers to tackle concerns about housing affordability.

It’s unlikely there will be a significant increase in new-home sales in June, when families typically travel due to a month-long school holiday, said Christine Sun, the chief researcher and strategist of real estate agency OrangeTee Group.

Realtor Knight Frank said it now expects fewer than 7,000 new-home sales this year, down from as much as 9,000 it earlier forecast, unless interest rates are cut or government measures are eased.

Still, prices have remained elevated despite the drop in transactions. Private home values have risen for three straight quarters, and some eye-popping transactions are still taking place. In May, an apartment at Skywaters Residences, a luxury development backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, was bought by a foreigner of unknown nationality for S$47.3 million (US$35 million or RM164.64 million).

Meanwhile, developers are holding back on launching projects. Just 248 new private homes were released for sale last month, down from almost 1,600 a year earlier, according to the URA.

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Source: TheEdge - 19 Jun 2024

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