Resale prices of condominiums continued to rise

Resale prices of condominiums continued to rise last month, lending weight to talk of a recovery in the property market.

Values of resale condos rose by 0.9 per cent from May to hit a three-year high last month, according to SRX Property flash estimates yesterday. Upcoming executive condo launches include Anchorvale Lane EC, Rivercove EC while existing ones include Parc LifeSignature at Yishun,  Brownstone EC, Visionaire EC, Inz Residence, The Criterion EC and Northwave EC, The Terrace EC,  The Vales EC, Hundred Palms Residences EC, Sol Acres EC and The Bellewoods EC. Rivercove Residences floor plans and Rivercove Residences EC details will be available shortly.

Its resale index hit 171 last month, the highest since May 2014, when it registered 172.1.

Resale prices are up 2.2 per cent from June last year but down by 4.4 per cent from the last peak in January 2014.

Last month’s rise was an improvement from the revised 0.5 per cent increase in May, though a shade lower than the 1 per cent rise from January to February.

Mr Alan Cheong, senior director of research and consultancy at Savills, said: “The resale price growth in June was strong. Given that the resale market is typically a better reflection of the overall sentiment, it suggests there is some broad-based recovery in the market.”

However, OrangeTee head of research and consultancy Wong Xian Yang said: “Weak rents will continue to weigh on prices. This is especially so for the outside central region, where competition for tenants is expected to remain intense due to high volumes of completions in recent years.”

Last month’s price growth was driven by the core central region, where resale values rose 1.3 per cent from May, and the suburbs, which recorded a 1.1 per cent increase.

Resale prices in the city fringe remained unchanged last month, the SRX said.

Its estimates showed that resale transaction volumes fell by 12.5 per cent to 1,065 units last month from the 1,217 shifted in May.

But sales were up by 51.1 per cent from the 705 units sold in June last year.

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