Singapore luxury residential sales fall but prices stay firm: CBRE

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

Singapore’s high-end residential market continued to lighten in 1H2023 in the middle of aggressive price hikes by the US Federal Reserve and also a souring macroeconomic background, according to CBRE in a current research study record. Deal volumes for both Good Class Bungalows (GCBs) as well as luxury apartments declined in the very first half of the year, mirroring movements in the general property market.

“Comparable to 2022, 1H2023 remained to see GCB interest from newly naturalised people and key execs of conventional services, while the active buying by digital economy entrepreneurs last observed in 2021 continued to be missing amid the financial slump plus hard-hit technology field,” CBRE adds.

Common prices across both bungalows and apartments in Sentosa found increases 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 throughout the first half of the year.

CBRE accentuate that GCB rates stayed company, increasing 31.1% contrasted to 2H2022 to reach $2,760 psf in 1H2023. The buildup was supported by a spots deal during the initial part of the year when a trio of GCBs on Nassim Road owned by Cuscaden Peak Investments were bought by associates of the Fangiono family group behind Singapore-listed palm oil manufacturer First Resources. The three homes were acquired in April for a total of $206.7 million, that turns out to $4,500 psf, establishing a brand-new report for GCB land rates.

Tune adds that existing luxury home owners are most likely to support costs, as healthy leasing returns and a minimal supply of new luxury houses incentivise them to hold on to their assets.

In the deluxe residences market, 92 buildings with a total transaction value of $964.7 million shifted possessions in 1H2023, easing from the 106 units worth $1.085 billion sold in 2H2022. While deluxe flat sales increased in the early fourth months of the year right after the reopening 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 overseas shoppers to 60% which worked from April 27.

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The Fangiono family group in addition got another GCB on Nassim Road in March for $88 million ($3,916 psf), the sole largest GCB sell 1H2023.

Within the Sentosa Cove territory, real property sales additionally relaxed compared to 2H2022. 7 Sentosa Cove bungalows cost $139.4 million were sold in 1H2023, 32.8% lower than the 10 bungalows worth $207.5 million transacted in 2H2022. For Sentosa Cove condos, 50 units amounting to $251.1 million switched hands in 1H2023, 29.8% lower than the 74 units worth $357.6 million sold in 2H2022.

Nevertheless, rates held firm despite the decrease in purchases. Based upon CBRE’s basket of estate luxury properties, common high-end residence prices rose 1.1% to $3,463 psf in 1H2023 from $3,425 psf in 2H2022.

Looking ahead, deal volumes in the high-end residence market will likely continue to be subdued for the remainder of the year, anticipates Tricia Song, CBRE’s head of research for Singapore and Southeast Asia. “This can be credited to a combination of factors to consider, including the prevailing cooling measures, the unpredictable macroeconomic expectation, and elevated interest rates, that might leave investors embracing a wait-and-see strategy,” she states.

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