Private new home sales in March up 86% m-o-m

By Bong Xin Ying / EdgeProp Singapore | April 17, 2018 2:41 AM SGT
In March, developers sold 716 new private homes, an 86% increase m-o-m, but a 60% drop y-o-y, according to URA data. The y-o-y contraction in new home sales last month belies the strong underlying residential demand, with secondary sales in 1Q2018 at 3,518 units, up 50% y-o-y, says Credit Suisse.
The estimated number of private homes sold in 1Q2018 is 1,627 units, a 12.7% decline from 4Q2017, but 45.1% drop y-o-y, according to JLL. The tally for 1Q2018 home sales is lower than the 2,962 new homes sold in 1Q2017, mainly due to fewer launches, and therefore fewer sales.
Park Place Residences at PLQ, Phase 2 launch (Credit: Lendlease)
Still, the sales momentum that has picked up in March will continue to gather speed with more launches in the coming months, notes Desmond Sim, head of CBRE Research, Singapore & SEA.
This month, The Tapestry moved 329 units at a median price of $1,408 psf, considered a new benchmark price for a newly launched project in that area. Following the success of The Tapestry, the top selling private residential projects in March includes Grandeur Park Residences which was launched a year ago at $1,406 psf, and saw 40 units sold last month at a median price of $1,532 psf.
Parc Botannia, launched last November at a median price of $1,287 psf also raised selling prices with 30 units sold at a median price of $1,310 psf last month. Kingsford Waterbay sold 32 units at a median price of $1,377 psf, and Gem Residences saw the sale of 23 units at a median price of $1,513 psf.
Furthermore, high-end project Martin Modern saw 20 units sold in March at a median price of $2,772 psf, much higher than the launch price of $2,152 psf.
The Verandah Residences saw 129 out of a total of 170 units sold on the first weekend of sales at an average price of $1,800 psf (Credit: Oxley Holdings)
April is expected to see a surge in private residential units given the strong take-up rates at The Verandah (129 out of 170 units sold at an average $1,800 psf) and phase 2 of Park Place Residences at Paya Lebar Quarter (149 units sold at an average $1,900 to $2,000 psf). The 628-unit executive condo Rivercove Residences likewise saw strong sales of 80% last weekend at an average price of $965 psf.
Christine Sun, head of research and consultancy at OrangeTee & Tie, believes that the healthy take-up rate for these projects at new benchmark prices this month lend testimony that the higher selling prices are gaining market acceptance.
Upcoming launches include:
Project Name
Number of units
Targeted launch
Twin Vew
West Coast Vale
CSC Land
99 years
April 21 (Preview)
Margaret Ville
Margaret Drive
MCL Land
99 years
275 (estimated)
Amber 45
Amber Road
Source: ERA
On the back of these launches, Eugene Lim, key executive officer of ERA Realty is expecting private developer new home sales to reach 13,000 to 15,000 units this year.