Singapore Property Prices Poised to Plunge?

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Singapore Property Prices Poised to Plunge?

Postby Dennis Ng » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:07 am

Now, some analysts are starting to say the possibility of Singapore property prices falling in the years ahead. Of course, seminar graduates would know I've been saying for months that property prices can fall 10% to 30% in year 2013 during the next Global Financial Crisis.

30% is quite possible, it just means a suburban 99 year leasehold condo now selling for S$1,300 psf falling to S$1,000 psf.

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November 28, 2011, 4:12 PM SGT

Singapore Home Prices May Be Poised to Plunge

By Eric Bellman

Bloomberg News


If you’ve been waiting for a chance to purchase a property in Singapore, maybe you should wait some more.

The city-state’s red-hot residential real estate market could be poised to plummet 20% to 30% over the next three years – at least according to some analysts, who say demand is dampening just as a flood of new flats is hitting the market.

“We now expect a multi-year downturn in the residential market, with overall private home prices falling by 22% to 26%,” by the end of 2014 said David Lum, an analyst for Daiwa Capital Markets, in a recent report.

Analysts predicting a drastic drop in Singapore property prices are still in the minority. Yet a growing number of analysts are at least somewhat concerned that the conditions driving Singapore property prices and rents higher in recent years – notably brisk demand and tight supply – are about to be reversed.

The country’s gross domestic product growth is expected to slow this year and stay low. Meanwhile, recent government restrictions on migration are expected to crimp the population growth, which was also underpinning demand for homes.

“In 2005 to 2010, Singapore’s population grew by 21%, or 3.3% (per year). This is over three times faster than the 1% per year recorded in the previous four years,” said Standard Chartered Bank in a report last week. “Due to the high population growth and the low home completions, residential rents and prices have climbed 75% since 2005.”

As political pressure from concerned citizens has forced Singapore to make it tougher for foreigners to work in Southeast Asia’s financial capital, population growth will slow to less than 2% per year and residential property prices and rents could fall as much as 30% over the next three years, the report said.

While prices and sales of new flats are stable recently, there are some creeping indicators that demand and prices could tip soon. In October, pre-sales for lower-priced projects were stronger than for luxury projects, suggesting that consumers are becoming more price-sensitive.

The number of unsold properties is rising and expected to continue climbing, as more than 100,000 new residential units are scheduled to be completed by both public and private sector developers over the next three years, according to the Standard Chartered report.

“From late 2012 we believe the sector’s structural issues – rising levels of unsold inventory due to robust launch schedules coupled with a formidable pipeline of completions – will continue to depress rents and capital markets,” Daiwa’s Mr. Lum said.

Singapore has faced similar predictions of big declines in property prices, and slowdowns in population growth, that didn’t fully materialize. During the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, for example, some analysts worried about a potential swoon in the Singapore property prices, and while the market did turn down briefly, it snapped back quickly on the back of a strong economic recovery in 2010. Many analysts note that the government’s close regulation of Singapore’s property market, including oversight over releases of land for new construction, will help keep the market on an even keel in the long run.

The latest reports were analyzing the prices of stock prices and real estate investment trusts and were not intended as guides for home buyers. However, should their predictions on real estate prices turn out to be correct, it could be good news for families that have been waiting for a better deal before they buy – and of course bad news for anyone that has just invested in a home in Singapore.
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Postby jimmyl » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:39 pm

Hi Dennis,

Suppose current prices of a property is about $1000psf, but there is a firesale at $700psf, a 30% discount. Would it be prudent to invest now?

My analysis is the downside is at most another $100-$150psf but the upside is $300psf or more.

Current banking and interest rate environment is more favourable than 6 months later when banks perceive the environment as risky and interest rates go up.

So my take is to invest now. What do you think?

Thanks

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Postby Dennis Ng » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:12 pm

jimmyl wrote:Hi Dennis,

Suppose current prices of a property is about $1000psf, but there is a firesale at $700psf, a 30% discount. Would it be prudent to invest now?

My analysis is the downside is at most another $100-$150psf but the upside is $300psf or more.

Current banking and interest rate environment is more favourable than 6 months later when banks perceive the environment as risky and interest rates go up.

So my take is to invest now. What do you think?

Thanks

Regard
Jimmy Lim


fire sale 30% discount? So why wait?
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Postby ry9918 » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:56 pm

Hi

Sound a bit too good to be true at this moment. Be careful!

Pls note that for ground floor or penthouse unit which have large balcony or roof terrace will sell at a lower PSF. In a same development, normally smaller unit will sell at a higher PSF compare to bigger unit.

Pls make sure you have "apple to apple" comparison. Need to look at the type, level, facing, condition of unit, age, tenure etc



Dennis Ng wrote:
jimmyl wrote:Hi Dennis,

Suppose current prices of a property is about $1000psf, but there is a firesale at $700psf, a 30% discount. Would it be prudent to invest now?

My analysis is the downside is at most another $100-$150psf but the upside is $300psf or more.

Current banking and interest rate environment is more favourable than 6 months later when banks perceive the environment as risky and interest rates go up.

So my take is to invest now. What do you think?

Thanks

Regard
Jimmy Lim


fire sale 30% discount? So why wait?
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Postby jimmyl » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:02 am

Thanks Dennis for the confirmation.

It's truly a good deal ;-)

Over-analyse will become paralyse.
It's FH. Same development units selling for at least 25% more. I just need to bargain for another 5%

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Postby Dennis Ng » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:36 pm

I was sick. But as I have agreed to a "Live" interview on 22 Dec 2011 on Channel 8 Good Morning Singapore, instead of telling them I can't be there, I went ahead anyway.

I realise I derive so much joy and happiness sharing with the public...

And I was glad that I insisted on sharing my views on the Property Market outlook even though the TV hosts have moved on to another question...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcpd9mESVek
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