HDB resale prices fall in March from year ago

Resale prices of Housing Board flats rose 0.8 per cent last month from February, the month of Chinese New Year, but dropped by 1.9 per cent from a year ago, according to flash data from real estate portal SRX Property yesterday.

For the first quarter of this year, resale prices were down by 0.6 per cent from the previous three months, said SRX.

Prices have also declined by 12.8 per cent since their peak in April 2013.

On a month-on-month basis, March resale prices of four-and five-room flats, and executive flats were up by 1.4 per cent, 0.2 per cent and 0.8 per cent respectively, while the price of three-room flats decreased by 0.4 per cent.

In mature estates, prices increased by 1.4 per cent, while in non-mature estates, this went up 0.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, there was a 58.5 per cent increase in resale flats sold last month - from February's 1,195 units to 1,894 units.

The volume of resale flats, however, dipped by a marginal 0.8 per cent year on year, compared with 1,910 units resold in March 2017.

Last month, the overall median Transaction Over X-Value (TOX) was negative $2,000, down $3,000 from the previous month's positive TOX of $1,000.

TOX measures whether buyers are overpaying or underpaying compared with SRX Property's computer-generated market value.

Flats in Bedok look to be in demand, with the highest median TOX of $7,500 in March, followed by units in Geylang at $3,000.

In contrast, Queenstown posted the most negative median TOX of $16,000, followed by Jurong East at $10,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2018, with the headline 'HDB resale prices fall in March from year ago'. Print Edition | Subscribe