SINGAPORE - Despite a Boon Keng five-roomer selling for a record sum, HDB resale prices remained pretty much stable last month, new figures show.
The 39th-floor unit at City View @ Boon Keng went for $1,205,000 - $5,000 more than the previous record for a HDB resale set by a five-room flat in Boon Tiong Road, in Tiong Bahru, in April.
It was the second time this year that a City View unit has claimed the record after another five-room unit in the adjacent Block 9 sold for $1,185,000 in January.
The 714-unit development was completed in 2011, and five of the nine flats there that were sold this year have gone for over a million dollars.
Analysts say it has proved popular because it is a new development located among ageing counterparts in a mature estate and is in close proximity to two MRT stations - Bendemeer on the Downtown Line and Boon Keng on the North-East Line.
Despite that record price, HDB resale prices in July decreased by 0.2 per cent from June, although the number of resale transactions went up by 11.9 per cent, according to data released by SRX Property on Thursday (Aug 8).
The prices of three-room and five-room flats fell by 0.9 and 0.1 per cent respectively.
Four-room prices remained flat while prices for executive flats saw an increase of 0.3 per cent.
Non-mature estate prices increased by 0.2 per cent while prices for mature estate flats were 0.8 per cent lower.
"What we are seeing in mature estates on one end is the value of older flats beginning to dip as the flats age, and on the other newer flats like those at City View starting to enter the resale market at higher prices," said property agent OrangeTee & Tie's head of research and consultancy Christine Sun.
Newer estates tend to be taller and flats on the highest floors can command very high prices, especially if new MRT stations have opened in the vicinity, said ERA Realty head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak.
"We are seeing more million-dollar flats now but it's important to bear in mind that they are still outliers and rarely seen," he added.
There were 71 HDB flats sold for more than $1 million last year, about 3 per cent of the total number of resale transactions which stood at 23,099.
The highest transaction price for a non-mature estate resale flat last month was for an executive flat in Hougang which sold for $908,000.
Overall, resale prices were 0.8 per cent lower than in July last year.
There were 2,120 resale transactions last month, up from 1,895 in June. This was 17 per cent lower than in July last year, but 19.7 per cent higher than the average volume in July for the last five years.
The increased sales volume can be attributed to a number of factors, said Ms Sun.
"Sales activities usually pick up after the June holidays," she added.
"Demand for resale flats, especially older units, may have increased after the recent CPF rule changes that allow buyers to use more of their CPF savings as well as get bigger HDB loans for older flats.
"But prices may remain weak due to the increasing supply of flats that have reached MOP (minimum occupation period), with more sellers vying for buyers."
SRX estimated in its report that 680 flats could enter the resale market within the next three months as these units approach their five-year MOP.
The overall median transaction over X-value (TOX) was negative $1,000 last month, a decrease of $1,000 from the previous month.
The median TOX measures whether people are overpaying (positive TOX) or underpaying (negative TOX) relative to the SRX Property X-value estimated market value for flats.
Only three-room flats had a positive median TOX of $2,000 last month. Four-room, five-room and executive flats saw a median TOX of negative $1,000, negative $1,000 and negative $7,000 respectively.
Kallang Whampoa saw the highest median TOX of $18,000.