Private residential prices rise 2.9% in 1Q2021: URA flash estimates

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April 1, 2021 1:38 PM SGT
SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Private residential prices in Singapore increased by 2.9% in 1Q2021, higher than that of a 2.1% q-o-q rise in 4Q2020, according to URA flash estimates.
URA - EDGEPROP SINGAPORE
(Source: URA)
The increase in prices in the first three months of the year was attributed largely to the price of landed homes, which rose by 5.6% q-o-q and 7.8% y-o-y, and non-landed homes in the Rest of Central Region (RCR), where prices rose by 6.1% q-o-q and 11.7% y-o-y.
A total of 2,527 non-landed homes were sold in the Rest of Central Region (RCR) last quarter, notes Christine Sun, senior vice-president of research and analytics at OrangeTee & Tie.
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New launches in the RCR also drove sales, say consultants. Normanton Park, which registered the highest transaction of 720 units last quarter, changed hands at a median price of $1,765 psf. This is higher than the $1,704 psf median price for non-landed homes in RCR in 4Q2020, notes Sun.
Other projects including The Reef at King's Dock ($2,257 psf, 337 units), Amber Park ($2,445 psf, 66 units), Avenue South Residence ($2,099 psf, 43 units) and One Pearl Bank ($2,407 psf, 34 units) were transacted above $2,000 psf.
URA - EDGEPROP SINGAPORE
(Source: URA)
“New launches continue to churn sale volumes, with demand fuelled by HDB upgraders as a result of the buoyant HDB resale market (the HDB Resale Index rose by 2.8% q-o-q and 8.0% y-o-y in 1Q2021 according to HDB flash estimates), recycled capital from those with prior property capital gains transiting their children into the private market, as well as retiree downgraders faced with empty-nest syndrome,” says Leonard Tay, head, research, Knight Frank Singapore.
Meanwhile, prices for residential homes in the Outside of Central Region (OCR) rose 0.9% while prices dipped by 0.3% in the Core Central Region (CCR).
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“Despite the improving economic outlook and expectations of higher inflation, interest rate hikes are unlikely to occur in the near term,” says Sun. “Singapore’s economy is expected to see a strong rebound this year which will help to lift buyer sentiment and lend support to Singapore’s property market.”