Sales momentum to turn cold; en-bloc activity to wane as developers rethink strategies

By PC Lee / The Edge Singapore | July 6, 2018 2:56 PM SGT
After warning of “market exuberance” in the property market for the past six months, the Singapore government has finally raised Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates by 5 ppts and tightened Loan-to-Value (LTV) limits by 5 ppts.
In terms of demand, sales momentum is expected to turn cold. According to a Friday report by DBS Group Research, the combined impact of these measures raises the cost of ownership on an assumed $1.5 million property purchase by $75,000 for first-time buyer and $150,000 for investor.
With the increased upfront capital commitment, DBS expects demand from investors and foreigners to cool in the immediate term. In terms of sales momentum, total volumes is expected to fall to 9,000-10,000 units in 2018, and potentially even further if these curbs remain.
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On the supply side, the en-bloc market could potentially grind to a halt as developers to recalibrate their strategies to clear unsold stock acquired at high prices.
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