Resale properties on the march

Resale prices have risen more than 1 per cent every month since the start of the year, indicating that buying interest has returned to all market segments.
Resale prices have risen more than 1 per cent every month since the start of the year, indicating that buying interest has returned to all market segments.ST FILE PHOTO

Collective sales continue to push up prices of private condominiums and apartments

The upswing in collective sales continued to boost the private home market last month, with prices of resale condominiums and apartments up again.

Real estate portal SRX Property, which released the data yesterday, also noted that the monthly price change for April was revised sharply up to 1.2 per cent from the earlier estimate of 0.6 per cent.

Resale prices of non-landed private property rose 1.2 per cent last month compared with April and were a significant 10.8 per cent higher than May last year.

The prime district, or Core Central Region, increased 1.3 per cent over April, while the Outside of Central Region (OCR) rose 1.8 per cent. Prices in the Rest of Central Region (RCR) remained unchanged.

The three regions were up between 9.9 per cent and 11.4 per cent over May last year.

"We can attribute the strength in the resale market partly to the spillover effect from the en bloc sale fever where a significant number of collective sales of properties in the OCR and RCR were concluded in the past year," said ZACD Group executive director Nicholas Mak.

  • PRICES ON THE RISE

    1.3%

    Rise in prices of non-landed private property in Core Central Region.

    1.8%

    Rise in prices of non-landed private property Outside of Central Region.

    0%

    Prices in the Rest of Central Region remained unchanged.

Ms Christine Sun, OrangeTee & Tie's head of research and consultancy, noted the "strong upswing" in the market, with resale prices having risen consistently by more than 1 per cent every month since the start of the year. "The broad-based price recovery indicates that buying interest has returned to all market segments," she added.

Last month's resale volume was just 0.6 per cent lower, or 10 units fewer than the 1,560 units resold in April. But this was still 25.5 per cent higher than the 1,243 units resold in May last year.

Overall median Transaction Over X-Value (TOX) was positive $18,000 last month, a decrease of $2,000 compared to the previous month's showing.

TOX measures how much a buyer is overpaying or underpaying on a property based on SRX Property's computer-generated market value.

Among areas with more than 10 resale transactions last month, District 9's Orchard, Cairnhill and River Valley posted the highest median TOX at positive $80,000, which suggests that a majority of the buyers in that district purchased units above the computer-generated market value, netting a hefty profit for sellers.

SPILLOVER EFFECT

We can attribute the strength in the resale market partly to the spillover effect from the en bloc sale fever where a significant number of collective sales of properties in the OCR and RCR were concluded in the past year.

'' MR NICHOLAS MAK, executive director of ZACD Group.

Meanwhile, the Kranji and Woodgrove areas that are part of District 25, recorded the most negative median TOX of minus $7,000.

Ms Sun said: "We foresee that resale prices could experience more upside in the coming months, largely driven by the higher new launched prices from pricier land acquisitions."

She added that prices of some homes in RCR and OCR may rise further as owners whose properties have been sold en bloc are currently looking for smaller private homes in the mass market or fringe areas for investment.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Resale properties on the march'. Print Edition | Subscribe