SINGAPORE: Private home prices and rents in Singapore property market increase in 2011 as compared from the previous year despite the government’s imposition of cooling measures, said property consulting firm DTZ.
The measures embraces the imposition of the seller’s stamp duty and a reduction in loan-to-value limit.
In its report publicized last Thursday, DTZ said resale prices of leasehold condominiums in suburban areasrose by 8.2 per cent on-year.
This makes it the fastest growing segment among non-landed housing according to a basket of completed condominiums trailed by DTZ.
Fourth quarter flash estimates also reflected HDB resale prices increased last year by 10.7 per cent.
But prices of luxury condominiums only saw a 1.0 per cent on-year growth in 2011.
DTZ explained that the global economic uncertainties reduced demand for luxury condominiums, dragging prices down by 0.7 per cent in the fourth quarter.
“As a larger proportion of purchases in the luxury segment are by foreigners who are now subject to the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) of 10 per cent, this segment is expected to see a sharper fall in prices than other segments in 2012,” said Ms Chua Chor Hoon, head of Asia Pacific Research, DTZ.
Moreover, home prices in the prime freehold segment also took a hit, growing only 4.6 per cent on-year, as compared to 8.3 per cent in 2010.
This contrasted with a sharp 12.8 per cent on-year increase in resale prices of freehold landed homes in prime districts. Leasehold landed homes in suburban areas also rose by 12.4 per cent last year.
The Rents on the other hand , were also higher in 2011, led by condominium rents which moved up by 8.9 per cent by reason of the demand from foreign professionals possessing much higher housing allowances.
However, rents for luxury condominiums only grew 1.3 per cent on-year.
From months of January to November, private home sales of 15,393 units in 2011 already surpassed the 15,288 units sold in the same period in 2010.
Volume is expected to fall in December and carry through in 2012 following the property cooling measures.
“Historically, significant price falls have been triggered by external events that affect the economy rather than cooling measures. The projected economic slowdown in 2012 will thus have a more significant impact on buyer sentiment and consequently on demand and prices,” said DTZ’s Ms Chua.
Overall, DTZ expects a take-up rate of 16,000 for 2012, slightly lower than the 16,292 units sold in 2010.