Singapore luxury residential sales fall but prices stay firm: CBRE

Singapore’s luxury housing industry remained to soften in 1H2023 amidst aggressive rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve and a souring macroeconomic background, according to CBRE in a recent research study record. Transaction volumes for both Good Class Bungalows (GCBs) and also luxury condos declined in the first half of the year, mirroring activities in the general property market.

Within the Sentosa Cove territory, real estate sales also relaxed contrasted to 2H2022. 7 Sentosa Cove bungalows worth $139.4 million were sold in 1H2023, 32.8% lower than the 10 bungalows worth $207.5 million transacted in 2H2022. For Sentosa Cove condominiums, 50 units totaling up to $251.1 million switched hands in 1H2023, 29.8% less than the 74 units worth $357.6 million offered in 2H2022.

Looking forward, transaction quantities in the high-end residence market will likely remain subdued for the remainder of the year, anticipates Tricia Song, CBRE’s head of research study for Singapore as well as Southeast Asia. “This can be credited to a combination of considerations, including the prevailing air conditioning procedures, the uncertain macroeconomic overview, as well as raised rates of interest, that might leave capitalists adopting a wait-and-see method,” she says.

The Fangiono family group also got an additional GCB on Nassim Road in March for $88 million ($3,916 psf), the single largest GCB deal in 1H2023.

“Comparable to 2022, 1H2023 continued to view GCB interest from recently naturalised citizens along with primary executives of traditional companies, while the active buying by digital economy business owners last observed in 2021 stayed missing amid the financial downturn plus hard-hit technology sector,” CBRE includes.

In the GCB market, 13 real estates worth a collective $525.3 million were negotiated in 1H2023, which is a 14.4% decline from 2H2022 (18 GCBs worth $613.5 million), and a 30.1% fall y-o-y from 1H2022 (29 GCBs worth $751.42 million).

In the deluxe apartments market, 92 properties with an overall proceeding value of $964.7 million shifted possessions in 1H2023, relieving from the 106 units worth $1.085 billion marketed in 2H2022. While deluxe apartment sales increased in the first 4th months of the year right after the resuming of China’s borders in very early January, sales fell in May and also June taking after the doubling of additional buyer’s stamp duty (ABSD) imposed on international customers to 60% that worked from April 27.

However, prices held firm in spite of the decrease in deals. Based on CBRE’s basket of freehold luxury plans, average luxurious residence prices increased 1.1% to $3,463 psf in 1H2023 from $3,425 psf in 2H2022.

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CBRE accentuate that GCB rates remained firm, rising 31.1% compared to 2H2022 to get to $2,760 psf in 1H2023. The progress was sustained by a site transaction throughout the 1st part of the year when a trio of GCBs on Nassim Roadway owned and operate by Cuscaden Peak Investments were acquired by associates of the Fangiono family group behind Singapore-listed palm oil manufacturer First Resources. The 3 homes were purchased in April for a total amount of $206.7 million, that works out to $4,500 psf, setting a brand-new report for GCB land rates.

Average prices across both bungalows and apartments in Sentosa noticed rises in 1H2023 compared to 2H2022, with the former rising 11.9% to $2,214 psf and the latter rising 1.7% to $2,063 psf during the initial fifty percent of the year.

Track adds that existing luxury home owners are most likely to support rates, as healthy rental returns as well as a minimal supply of brand-new deluxe houses incentivise them to hold on to their assets.

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