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Property market finally on the upturn
After three years of falling prices, 2018 is looking like the year that the Singapore property market’s long-awaited turnaround finally gains traction. Analysts reckon that a trough has been reached though they are careful to tamp down excessive optimism.
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It’s almost 2018, and if this year was anything to go by, things are about to get crazy. Everyone’s expecting an upturn in the property market – but the question is when. On top of that, we have some new fads that are popping all over the place. Here are some of the things to brace for:
Singapore Property 2018 Forecast
It can be useful to have a quick summary of what happened in the economy and markets in the week before. Here are some of the important developments and data that emerged last week.
Will Singapore head into a housing bubble soon?
Analysts weigh in on whether the conditions are ripe for a housing bubble or not.
Half a decade has passed since Singapore’s last housing bubble in 2010-2013. In 2017, the property market was abuzz due to record-high bids for properties that weren’t witnessed in years. As prices are expected to trend even higher this year due to higher land cost, stronger economic growth, and higher housing demand, many may wonder if a housing bubble is forming now.
Private property prices to increase up to 2% in 2018
The flash estimate of the URA PPI indicates a 0.7% increase in prices in Q4 2017. According to ERA Realty Network, this is the second consecutive quarter of increase in the URA PPI, following Q3 2017’s 0.7% increase.
A peek into the 2018 property market
2017 proved to be a happy one for owners of older private properties which have gone en bloc. The sheer volume of collective sales, which were mostly successful, last year was a boost for the real estate sector. How will the market perform this year?
Chinese developers continue to find our country attractive for investments and this may invariably distort the Singapore property market. China’s biggest corporates are increasingly flexing their global muscle as the country’s economic and geopolitical influence accelerates. According to real estate consulting firm JLL, Chinese businesses are now expanding their global footprint through targeting emerging markets, acquiring overseas firms and making strategic investments in new technologies.
Foreign Demand Returning To Singapore Property
The surprisingly strong sales momentum witnessed at the recent launch of New Futura, in which foreigners accounted for close to 60 percent of the 48 units sold, indicates that foreign demand is returning to Singapore, reported Singapore Business Review citing DBS Equity Research.
This comes as the city-state is considered more attractive than other global markets, said Ong Teck Hui, national director, research at JLL.
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The prospects for the Singapore property market are bright, with investment volumes to remain strong and home prices forecast to rise, revealed a 2018 Asia Pacific Property Outlook report released by Colliers International on Wednesday (10 January).
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Overall transaction volumes are at their highest levels since TDSR was introduced mid-2013, and resale transactions surged 71.8% in 2017, as compared to 2016’s figures. Volumes are expected to remain robust in 2018 due to a large expected pipeline of new project launches, as well as potential incoming demand from displaced owners of successful en bloc projects looking for replacement units.
The question we always ask is, “Are you buying to invest or to stay in?”
If you are buying to invest, then you need to study the cash flow, rental, vacancy rate, Masterplan, future development and so on. And of course, you also want it to be in an area that appreciates over time.
If you are buying to stay, then you should instead not ask us if this is the right time to buy a property.
The answer is, “Anytime is a good time to buy, it depends on what price.” and also answer the questions below truthfully, you will know if now is the best time to buy or not
Why NOW may be the best time to buy property
Property prices have fallen across the board, but home owners still aren’t biting. In some cases, this is an effect of a weak economy, and rising interest rates. In other cases however, some may have taken the route of property investors – they want to wait for prices to drop, and time the market. But rather than being prudent, this could be a mistake.
When is the best time to buy a property?
Questions you should ask yourself if you are buying a property in Singapore to stay in: –
- Can I afford the property?
- Can I raise the down-payment amount?
- Is my CPF sufficient to cushion the monthly installment?
- Am I renting or staying with parents?
- Am I moving house to stay near my work place?
- Am I moving house to stay near my parents?
- Am I moving house to stay near my child’s school?
- Is this a convenient place for the whole family?
- Can I wait to buy a property?
- Is my job and income stable? Should I buy a smaller one instead of a bigger one?
- Will my wife/girl friend husband/boy friend leave me if we do not have a place?
- Do we need a place to start a family?
- Are the kids outgrowing their space?
- How much is it costing me to rent a place now?
- How much rental can I save if I buy my own place?
- Am I staying with the parents or in-laws? If yes, is it bearable? (If staying with your parents or your in-laws is painful, how much rental are you willing to “pay” to move out?
- When do I need to move in order to qualify for 1km for the schools admission?
Stop being greedy and do stop asking, “Is this the right time to buy?” or “When would be the lowest price?” or “Will this area appreciate in value?”.
Singapore’s Property Market: Is 2018 The Right Time To Start Investing In Private Properties Again?
Having endured a lacklustre market for four years, there is finally good news for property experts and real estate developers to get excited about. But should you, as a retail investor, be looking to jump back in to the market now that sentiments are slowly starting to pick up?
Of course, this is the million-dollar question on everyone’s mind. Should we buy a private property now in the hopes that we can strike it rich when the market takes off, or do we risk missing out on the cycle?
Is it a good time to buy property in Singapore?
Now’s an ideal time to buy private property: experts
The supply of new residential units is expected to reach 182,506 during the period from 2014 to 2018, but this figure is expected to drop in 2019 and 2020. Despite the economic slowdown, statistics show that 2016 recorded the highest supply of 52,290 public and private homes.
Meanwhile, Singapore’s GDP growth eased to 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017 and remains positive.