When is the best time to enter the market?

Resale prices for Housing Board (HDB) flats increased marginally by 0.1 per cent in September over the previous month, with observers saying that this points to a stabilised market.

While three-room and executive flats were sold at lower prices, overall prices were nudged upwards by a 0.8 per cent increase in the prices of four-room flats and a 1.2 per cent rise for five-room flats.  Recent executive condo launches include Treasure Crest and Northwave EC while existing ones include Terrace EC, Brownstone EC, The Vales EC, Parc Life EC , Sol Acres EC, The Visionaire,  Bellewoods EC, Signature at Yishun, The Criterion EC, Waterwoods EC, Skypark Residences, Wandervale EC, The Amore EC,  Bellewaters EC.

Last month, 1,666 resale flats were sold, according to latest flash figures from SRX Property released yesterday.

This is an 11.3 per cent fall from the previous month and 10.8 per cent year on year.

Mr Donald Yeo, head of agency at real estate firm DWG, said: “What we don’t want is for prices to go up too much, or go down too much.”

The fall in resale flat volume may simply mean that buyers have opted for other options like Build-To-Order flats and private homes, he said.

Last month’s resale prices are a 0.4 per cent drop over the same month last year. Resale prices have fallen by 11.4 per cent since a peak in April 2013.

According to the SRX Property data, in September this year, HDB resale prices in mature estates fell by 0.2 per cent, while those in non-mature estates increased 0.4 per cent.

Flash estimates released by the HDB on Monday showed that its resale-flat price index remained the same in the third quarter of this year over the previous quarter.

PropNex Realty chief executive Ismail Gafoor said the latest SRX figures are in line with market movement over the year.

The year-on-year fall in resale prices has declined from 6 per cent in 2014, to 1.6 per cent last year to less than 1 per cent in the first nine months this year, he noted.

“It’s a good time for people to enter the market. This is a period where sellers can look out for an upgrade opportunity, and buyers may be able to find good buys,” he said.

Waiting further may not mean prices will fall further, he added, as they are falling in a way that is “insignificant”.

In fact, he said prices may rise 1 to 2 per cent next year, “keeping pace with inflation as demand goes up”.

Mr Jason Fu, 28, a graphic designer, who wants to buy a resale flat with his girlfriend, said the figures may prompt him to start looking seriously.

“An increase of 0.1 per cent isn’t significant compared with a potential 1 to 2 per cent increase next year. This may be the best time to buy.”

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