POSTED: 01 Oct 2013 10:40 | CNA


Private residential property prices rose 0.4 per cent – that is according to the flash estimate of the price index for private residential property for the third quarter 2013 released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

The private residential property index rose 0.8 points from 215.4 points in Q2 2013 to 216.2 points in Q3 2013.

URA said this is a moderate increase compared to the 1.0 per cent increase in the previous quarter.

URA said prices of non-landed private residential properties in both core central region and the rest of central region declined in the third quarter.

In the core central region, prices fell 0.5 per cent, more than the 0.2 per cent decline in the previous quarter.

Prices in the rest of central region decreased for the first time since the first quarter of 2012 by 1.1 per cent. In the previous quarter, prices increased by 0.2 per cent.

Analysts attribute the dip in prices of homes in these segments to lower demand as recent property loan curbs affected potential buyers’ ability to afford these higher-priced units.

In the outside central region, prices increased by 2.1 per cent in the third quarter. This is lower than the 3.8 per cent increase in the previous quarter.

Looking ahead, experts see the market stabilising in the next quarter.

Chua Yang Liang, research head at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: “Typically, you see that initial contraction. If anything, the market would have stabilised by the next quarter or so.

“Right now, we are at 0.4 per cent. Going by the last few quarters, I think it is going to average about 0.5 per cent to 0.6 per cent for the next quarter. Going forward in the next few months, we are probably going to see a more stable market.”

– CNA/ac/ms