Window of opportunity to acquire homes at reasonable prices

SINGAPORE – The economic slowdown and the tough leasing market led to a jump in the number of residential properties put up for auction last year, said property research house DTZ.

Listings for mortgagee sale – which is when a bank puts a property up for auction when its owner cannot service the home loan – almost doubled to 87 units from 47 in 2014.

There were only nine properties under mortgagee sales in 2012, when the property market was growing. Upcoming executive condo include The Visionaire EC , Wandervale EC and Parc Life EC while existing ones include The Terrace EC, Brownstone ECWaterwoods EC, Signature at Yishun, Skypark Residences, The Vales EC, The Criterion EC, Bellewaters EC, Bellewoods EC.

DTZ also noted that more landed properties and large apartments were listed for auction last year.

More owners were also forced to put their properties under the hammer. Listings for owner’s sale rose to 135 properties last year from 77 in 2014.

Listings of landed homes rose to 53 units from 39 units in 2014, while those for apartments with strata area of more than 2,000 sq ft rose to 40 apartments from 17 units.

DTZ said with the recent stock market sell-off, there will likely be more choice homes put on the block.

Said Dr Lee Naijia, DTZ’s head of SEA Research: “Sudden shocks in the equity markets tend to be a precursor for more auction listings, as owners need to adjust their financial position. This will offer prospective home buyers a window of opportunity to acquire homes at reasonable prices.”

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