Condominium prices in Singapore to remain stable in 2017

Back in 2011, more than 30 private residential sites were put up on tender by the Singapore Government back in 2011 (and this was excluding those parcels meant for executive condominums!). Fast forward to 2016, it was a shadow of what was released in 2011 because there wasn’t even 10 private residential sites being sold – and this is the reason developers are hungry for for land albeit the influx of foreign developers are also in town trying to lay their hands on lands as well, resulting in even stiffer competition!

We have seen bullish bids with many new residential sites since the start of 2016 and GuocoLand’s bid for Martin Place tops them all. Singaporean list company, Guocoland, put up a top bid of $1,239 per square foot per plot ration for the land parcel released in 2016 at Martin Place, this is the highest ever transacted record for a land price sold in Singapore by the Government under the Government Land Sales Programme. It is therefore expected that the future project of this parcel will sell at over $2,000 per square foot!

Three months right after the sale of the land parcel at Martin Place, there was another private residential land parcel at Fernvale Road which was topped by Wee Hur and Sing Development at a bid of $517 per square foot per plot ration (psf ppr). This price obtained was more than 15 percent higher that its neighbour with is the site for High Park Residences. The land that High Park Residences sits on was sold for $443 per square foot per plot ratio back in August 2014. The new residential site at Fernvale Road will be forecasted to breakeven around $1,000 per square foot and therefore the likely selling price will be over $1,100 per square foot.

Perumal Road land parcel saw increased bids near Sturdee Residences

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Then moving on to the end of 2016 in December, another property big boy – MCL Land, took the land parcel at Margaret Drive for $998 per square foot per plot ratio which was more than 15 percent higher compared to the residential site that Queens Peak will be sitting on. It was also over 13% higher over Hong Leong’s Commonwealth Towers as its neighbour. The latest land tender headlines with China Construction taking over a site at West Coast Vale for over $592 per square foot per plot ratio – a 7 percent increment over its neighbours Parc Riviera of which EL Developments paid $551 per square foot per plot ratio for it.

Comparing the bids from 2016 to 2015, the overall sentiment by the developers was very much weaker. A good example would be the site for Grandeur Park Residences, it was sold for $761 per square foot per plot ratio, shockingly lower than its neighour, The Glades. This was also true for MCC Land, which took the site for Alps Residences in May 2015 at a 14 percent lower price than what it paid to take the site at The Santorini at Tampines.

Recent land sales paint a rosier picture for the Singapore residential market after more than three years of declining prices. The bullish bids would mean that the average development cost will be elevated and, under normal circumstances, this would translate into higher selling prices for new launches. Any upside in price, however, is likely to be modest as buyers remain price-sensitive, and the impact on the overall market may be limited as it is just one of the many variables in the equation.

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Hundred Palms Residences – EC at Yio Chu Kang launching this year.

This 99 year leasehold site was released back in the second half of 2015 under the Government Land Sales programmes was won by Hoi Hup Realty. The site sites on over 198,000 square foot with a plot ratio of 2.8 has the maximum allowable gross floor area of approximately 555,246 of which will translate to a yield of over a whopping 520 residential apartments.

The tender was held in Feb 2016 and was seen to be very attractive because of the response from the developers. There were a total of tens bids, the highest being over $183 million, which was by Hoi Hup Realty which amounts to approximately S$331.02 per sq ft per plot ratio. This 99 year leasehold parcel is seen by many to be very attractive because it is nestled in mature housing estate and has a pool of potential buyers sitting on the sidelines. Hundred Palms Residences is also close to amenities like Hougang 1 Mall and is within 1 kilometer to the renowned Rosyth School that offers the Gifted Education Programme.

Moreover, no EC sites have been released in Hougang in a long while.


What is so special about Executive Condominiums?

Executive Condominiums (ECs) are a form of hybrid public housing with the HDB rules regulations in place for the initial purchasers and that these HDB restrictions will be completely lifted 10 years after an EC project has been completed. Property analysts also pointed out that although the site is not next to an MRT station, it is a bus ride or short drive away from Serangoon Station and also enjoys good road connectivity with the Central Expressway within easy reach.

Unlike its private residential condominiums, the supply of ECs is very limited, and the only source of new EC sites is from the Government under their Government Land Sales Programme (GLS). There has been no new parcels that are released for Executive Condominiums (even on the confirmed list in the past two GLS exercises). Bearing in mind the 15-month waiting period from acquiring the site and market launch of the project that developers have to adhere to, ECs will be in short supply in 2017 and 2018. Only three new EC projects are expected to be launched this year, compared to five last year.

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Sluggish housing market still – Singapore

In the midst of a stoppage in Singapore’s economy, its private market stayed slow amid the second from last quarter of 2016, with home costs around 2.89 percent year-on-year taking after yearly decreases of 2.35 percent and 2.94 percent in the first and second quarters individually, uncovered a report from Global Property Guide.


In Q3 2016, property engineers sold 1,981 new private homes, a 12.2 percent drop from the past quarter, and a 17.8 percent decrease from a similar period a year prior. The quantity of uncompleted private units propelled additionally dove by about 34 percent on a yearly premise, information from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) appeared.

In the meantime, the neighborhood economy developed by only 0.6 percent year-on-year, in the wake of posting higher increases of 2.1 percent and 2.0 percent in the first and second quarters separately, indicated figures from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). New launch in District 9 – Sophia Hills
In the mean time, lodging costs fell year-on-year in other Asian markets, including South Korea (0.06 percent), Indonesia (0.3 percent), Taiwan (2.95 percent), the Philippines (5.14 percent), Hong Kong (5.9 percent) and Mongolia (6.66 percent).

Then again, China posted the most noteworthy worldwide value development of 24.32 percent, while Thailand and Japan saw additions of 1.13 percent and 6.56 percent separately.

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Victoria Park Villas launches at lower prices

In spite of gentler economic situations, property designer CapitaLand will formally dispatch Victoria Park Villas tomorrow. The 99-year leasehold venture in District 10 includes a group of 109 extravagance landed homes roosted on hoisted land by a Good Class Bungalow (GCB) region in Bukit Timah.

The 403,000 sq ft site at the intersection of Coronation Road and Victoria Park Road was honored to CapitaLand in June 2013 after it presented the top offer of $366 million ($908 psf) on the area. This is the first and final landed private site to be recompensed under the Government Land Sales (GLS) Program subsequent to 1996 in the prime locale of 9, 10 and 11.

The task highlights 106 semi-segregated homes running in size from 4,166 sq ft to 6,943 sq ft, with costs from $4.4 million to $5.9 million each for 100 of them. The other six semi-Ds are more costly ($6.3 million to $7.6 million) as they every component a swimming pool on the ground floor.

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There are likewise three cottages measuring 10,904 sq ft to 11,539 sq ft in floor territory, which are estimated between $11 million and $12 million each.

Extremely popular designer Mok Wei of W Architects was locked in to conceptualize the improvement’s all-inclusive strategy.
“The improvement will speak to purchasers who favor move-in prepared landed houses without bearing the high expenses and time expected to revamp a current house or fabricate a house sans preparation,” said Wen Khai Meng, CEO of CapitaLand Singapore.

He said the units were evaluated taking into account winning economic situations. “In a superior business sector, it could have effortlessly taken a toll $1 million more.”

By correlation, four more established semi-Ds at the adjacent King’s Drive, with just 82 years left on their leases, were each sold for $3.45 million to $3.85 million between August 2015 and May this year. Taking into account their property ranges of 2,605 sq ft to 2,756 sq ft, this means a psf cost of amongst $1,323 and $1,395.

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“(The) costs (for Victoria Park Villas) are exceptionally practically identical and sensible,” said Jack Chua, CEO of ERA Realty, the venture’s showcasing operator. Highlighting its irregularity, he included: “There are relatively few landed properties available to be purchased around there.”

The recorded costs incorporate a 12 percent prompt riser markdown. The designer is likewise offering extra rebates of up to three percent for specific purchasers who meet all requirements for different plans, for example, rehash clients, purchasers of more than one unit, and those living inside the task’s region. The act of offering rebates is basic among designers hoping to drive deals amid the underlying dispatch time frame.

To date, seven units, all semi-Ds, have been sold to Singaporeans after the undertaking was delicate propelled a month back. Outsiders are not permitted to purchase landed homes in terrain Singapore and should first look for endorsement from the Singapore Land Authority’s (SLA) Land Dealings Unit.

In the interim, in a first among landed lodging improvements in Singapore, CapitaLand is introducing shrewd home components that will permit property holders to remotely control the lighting, aerating and cooling and a security framework by means of their portable applications.

There will likewise be rooms on the storm cellar level, which can house elderly occupants. To further backing multi-generational living, private lifts which can hold up to five individuals every will be introduced in each home, interfacing the different floors. In Singapore, introducing lifts in landed homes can cost anyplace amongst $80,000 and $100,000. CapitaLand is putting forth one year of free support for the lifts. Be that as it may, proprietors will in this manner need to fork out their own particular money for support, which will cost about $2,000 to $3,000 a year.

Also, there will be protected auto patios associated with the storm cellars, which can suit no less than two autos each. Barring the auto park zone, costs for liveable space inside the task will normal between $1,200 psf and $1,400 psf.

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The advancement is near the Botanic Gardens, and in addition restaurants and shops at Coronation Shopping Plaza and Holland Village. Set up schools in the zone incorporate Nanyang Primary School, Hwa Chong Institution and National Junior College, and CapitaLand trusts the site’s vicinity to these establishments will draw in purchasers with school-going youngsters.

CapitaLand had beforehand uncovered that Victoria Park Villas would be dispatch prepared around Q2 2014, however moved back the dispatch date because of less positive economic situations at the time.

Remarking on the present condition of the business sector, Wen said it remains “for the most part entirely quieted, despite the fact that there have been a few indications of change as of late”. In spite of this, the “general business sector notion could have been more hearty”, he included.

This isn’t the initially landed lodging improvement attempted by CapitaLand, which likewise created Holland Green off Bukit Timah Road. Finished in 1998, the 99-year leasehold venture involves 53 extravagance cabins.

Wen noticed that landed properties represent five percent of Singapore’s lodging stock. In that capacity, their shortage offers a superior resale esteem, from a speculation perspective.

Victoria Park Villas is relied upon to be finished in 2018.

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Joint tender for HSR project – LTA

The KL-Singapore HSR is set to open in 2026.

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Malaysia’s MyHSR will require a joint delicate today (22 August) to select a Joint Development Partner (JDP) to help with the advancement of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) venture.

In a joint articulation issued on Friday, LTA and MyHSR said the JDP is required to give venture administration bolster, specialized exhortation and acquisition guidance identifying with the HSR frameworks and operations. The growth of Jurong Lake District with Lake Grande by MCL Land.

“It will likewise build up the specialized and security norms to be received for the task,” said the discharge.

Besides, the JDP will likewise help the joint venture group set up amongst Singapore and Malaysia to get ready records for prospective tenders. The delicate is interested in organizations who have prompted on huge open and private association foundation ventures, including HSR tasks of comparative size and many-sided quality.

It is additionally open to organizations with involvement in giving undertaking administration, and in addition specialized, business or lawful counseling administrations identifying with HSR and other rail ventures including more than 200km of track.

Spreading over 350km, the HSR venture is required to cut travel time between the two urban communities to only a hour and a half. The HSR line will have eight stops altogether — Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.

Development works for the undertaking are to last from 2018 to 2025, with the HSR line anticipated that would be in operation in 2026.

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Land heads sparkle at corporate division’s Oscars

Land industry boss secured a portion of the top honors at the current year’s Singapore Corporate Awards, considered the Oscars of the neighborhood corporate area. New property launch at Lakeside MRT – Lake Grande by MCL Land

Frasers Centrepoint’s Lim Ee Seng won the Best CEO honor for substantial tops, while William Liem of Tuan Sing Holdings and Kong Chee Min of Centurion Corporation won in the mid-top and little top classifications, separately, reported The Straits Times.

The expansive top class incorporates recorded organizations with business sector capitalisation of $1 billion or more; $300 million to under $1 billion for the mid-top classification; and under $300 million for the little top class.


Then, City Developments Limited (CDL) got a Special Recognition Award for being a good example in spearheading maintainability hones inside the building business. The recompense class was propelled for the current year to perceive extraordinary and praiseworthy behavior in corporate administration.

“The acknowledgment of CDL as a champion for maintainability for this first recompense is convenient, given speculators’ requirement for better perceivability on non-monetary data of recorded organizations and their part in manageability hones,” said Willie Cheng, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) and co-executive of the grants.

“CDL initially set out on its voyage to realign its business and operations with natural manageability in 1995, under the visionary authority of our late Deputy Chairman Mr Kwek Leng Joo,” CDL’s Deputy CEO Sherman Kwek uncovered.

Held at Resorts World Convention Center, the yearly occasion perceives recorded organizations and people who have raised nearby corporate divulgence measures and corporate administration.

“The recompenses give a multi-dimensional perspective of what constitutes a viable board: straightforwardness, responsibility, execution, great procedures and best practices,” said Torsten Linke, Head of Private Banking Southeast Asia and Singapore Branch Manager of Bank Julius Baer, the patron of the honors.

By and large, nine organizations were perceived for the high caliber of corporate administration in their board hones, 14 organizations were regarded for the exclusive expectations of exposure in their monetary reporting, 13 organizations were praised for fabulousness in their financial specialist relations, while one organization got an uncommon grant for commendable corporate administration.

Co-composed by the SID, ISCA and The Business Times, the recompenses were upheld by the Singapore Exchange and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority.

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Tycoon buys Orchard apartment for $21m

Indonesian head honcho Trihatma Kusuma Haliman is accepted to have purchased a seventh floor unit at the Le Nouvel Ardmore apartment suite close Orchard Road for $21 million, reported The Business Times.

This means $4,006 psf taking into account the 5,242 sq ft strata zone, which incorporates a strata void region of 280 sq ft.

Trihatma controls Indonesian property bunch Agung Podomoro Land, which has as of late been under the spotlight in Indonesia.
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This comes as the previous Vice President Director of the recorded organization, Ariesman Widjaja, was held in authority by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Indonesia’s hostile to unite office, pending examinations on a claimed gift case including an area recovery extend north of Jakarta, said media reports.

Agung Podomoro Land is one of the real speculators of the proposed Pluit City recovery venture.

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In the interim, the flat obtained by Trihatma will be the 6th unit sold by Wing Tai inside the freehold venture.

In 2015, Sun Tongyu, one of Alibaba Group’s organizers, purchased a penthouse situated on the main two levels of the 33-story venture for a record $51 million ($3,676 psf).

Planned by 2008 Pritzker Architecture Prize champ Jean Nouvel, the 43-unit condominium got its TOP in April 2014.

Wing Tai sold the primary unit at the task for $4,362 psf in 2011 to Edgar Cheng Wai Kin, the eldest sibling of Group Chairman Cheng Wai Keung. In 2013, it sold two a bigger number of units at more than $4,300 psf. See Goodwood Grand at Balmoral Road

This was trailed by Sun’s securing of the penthouse in April 2015, after which a fifth floor unit was sold for $15.84 million in July.

The engineer would have begun paying augmentation charges for the venture, as it neglected to meet the two-year due date from the TOP date to offer all units inside the task under the Qualifying Certificate (QC) rules, which is gone for keeping outside property designers from storing or hypothesizing in private area here.

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Shunfu Ville has stirred the enthusiasm on developers

The $638 million aggregate offer of Shunfu Ville has stirred the enthusiasm of engineers searching for potential redevelopment locales, and additionally mortgage holders planning to arrange their more seasoned properties, reported The Straits Times.

Found near the Marymount MRT station, the 358-unit privatized HUDC home changed hands in May, with every proprietor taking around $1.78 million, or a 50 percent premium over an ordinary unit’s cost. It is additionally the main en alliance exchange in right around a year, and the most costly since 2007.

“There is enthusiasm from designers, which is the reason we are venturing up our quest for appropriate tasks,” said Karamjit Singh, International Director at JLL.

Not long after the Shunfu Ville deal, property consultancies started accepting request from advancements that could be conceivably sold en coalition, while different bequests have begun the procedure.


For instance, a few inhabitants at The Capri apartment suite are trying things out for an en alliance bargain by welcoming gatherings to submit costs. In the interim, a privatized HUDC bequest in Potong Pasir Avenue 1 is social occasion marks from the proprietors. Purportedly, around 60 percent have assented to the deal, yet this is still shy of the 80 percent least endorsement required.

Advancements that have effectively endeavored this move twice however fizzled on both events are likewise attempting their fortunes once more. These incorporate the 84-unit Changi Garden, and additionally the privatized HUDC bequests of Eunosville and Tampines Court.

Truth be told, the en alliance deal advisory group of the blended use Changi Garden venture off Upper Changi North Road selected attorneys and a promoting operator in May for its most recent aggregate deals exercise.

In the interim, inhabitants at the 330-unit Eunosville are comprehended to restart the en coalition process, while those at the 560-unit Tampines Court are reviewing a business understanding.

As indicated by Lee Liat Yeang, Senior Partner in Dentons Rodyk and Davidson, “proprietors of privatized HUDC improvements are under weight as their domains become more established and the obligation of redesigning lays on their shoulders now. See the new Executive Condominimum – Sol Acres

“Over the long haul, the benefit of garnish up the lease (of site) will go up and, correspondingly, the measure of cash that goes to proprietors in an en alliance deal will descend.”

In addition, this is a fortunate time for aggregate deals, as the powers have decreased down the Government Land Sales (GLS) Program, noted Alice Tan, Knight Frank’s Research Head for Singapore.

Notwithstanding, bidders are relied upon to offer more practical costs in light of the business due dates under the Qualifying Certificate and Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rules, included Shaun Poh, Executive Director, Capital Markets at Cushman and Wakefield. Even so, Sturdee Residences just launched in earlier this year.

“Designers are low on their territory stocks so a significant number will be quick to restock. Be that as it may, they are likewise extremely aware of whatever business accumulation they may have.”

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Transient rentals in Singapore?

The open deliberation about whether transient rentals ought to be allowed in Singapore keeps on making news, after an open meeting directed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) gave no unmistakable agreement on the issue.

As of now, it is unlawful to lease whole flats or rooms to guests for under six months, however numerous property holders still go for broke, just to procure additional salary.

Airbnb and PandaBed are two case of transient rental sites that have prospered here lately, including several properties accessible for rent once a day, from humble looking rooms in HDB pads to extravagance lofts in Orchard Road.

The utilization of gay-situated site misterb&b has likewise been unobtrusively developing as of late. Demonstrated after Airbnb, it’s interested in all explorers and has, and permits you to book a room or a whole unit from a gay-accommodating host. Begun in Paris three years prior, the entrance as of now has a huge worldwide group.


A keep an eye on misterb&b appeared there are at present 35 postings in Singapore, with costs going from $28 every night for a room in the western piece of Singapore, to $279 for a night’s stay in a boutique flat in Bukit Timah.

Mortgage holders here who rent out their properties on misterb&b involve both local people and exiles. PropertyGuru gave achieving a shot to a misterb&b representative for further remark, yet didn’t get a prompt reaction.

A public statement for the site’s dispatch in 2013 uncovered that one of the primary explanations behind beginning misterb&b was to give a more secure and all the more inviting environment for gay guests.

French business visionary Matthieu Jost, fellow benefactor and CEO of misterb&b, said: “Having had experience leasing condo to people, I immediately understood the restrictions of flat rental destinations. I could once in a while see how loft proprietors felt uncomfortable with me staying with my sweetheart, and it made us feel uncomfortable as well.

“This is the reason I had the thought to make a loft rental site particularly customized for the gay group, where anybody can be suited in the most ideal conditions.”

There’s even a YouTube video highlighting a portion of the reasons why abroad has rent their places out on misterb&b. These incorporate having the capacity to pay for a rec center participation, shop more, eat all the more frequently in eateries, and even back a fantasy get-away to Paris.

40-year-old Johari Ahmad told PropertyGuru that given the dark laws on homosexuality in Singapore, he would be careful about publicizing his unit on misterb&b, as the powers may take action against such exercises.

“You never realize what the powers can do notwithstanding when they say they won’t meddle in the private existences of nationals,” the property operator said.

Promoting Manager Ryan Tan, 36, is more open to opening up his home for gay-situated fleeting sits tight. “It’s not illicit to be gay or to be amicable to gay explorers,” he said.

He additionally doesn’t comprehend why fleeting rentals are still illicit in Singapore. “Long haul rentals permit mortgage holders to make rental salary, so why can’t the same apply for transient rentals?”

Both men said they would utilize misterb&b to discover settlement when voyaging abroad.

“Realizing that the property holder is gay or gay-accommodating would mean I can allude to him or her for inquiries that are identified with my necessities, similar to where are the most occurrence gay bars and clubs, restaurants that are gay-accommodating, and even medicinal administrations that oblige gay people,” said Tan.

While Ahmad figures having a gay-accommodating landowner is a tremendous in addition, there are other essential contemplations too, for example, the area, value, availability and support of the property.

With the current year’s Pink Dot occurring this Saturday, 4 June, Paerin Choa, representative for the yearly flexibility to love rally, said: “LGBT voyagers have as much right to feel protected as different explorers, and such administrations to help LGBT individuals discover separation free spaces to stay in are precious.

“In spite of the fact that we do have a vocal however little gathering of individuals who victimize the LGBT people group, Singapore is a multi-religious, multi-social and multi-racial nation, and I trust that Singaporeans are for the most part tolerating of differing qualities and that they don’t fret about what other individuals may do in the protection of their homes,” he included.

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Private home transactions down in April notwithstanding more units propelled


SINGAPORE – Sales of new private homes a month ago fell 11.6 for each penny from March, as indicated by information from the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Monday (May 16).

Engineers sold a sum of 745 new private homes in the month, contrasted and 843 in the former month.

The drop in deals returned on the of less dispatches. There were two expansive activities propelled in March – Cairnhill Nine and The Wisteria – alongside a relaunch of The Poiz Residences.

Barring official condos (ECs), property engineers sold 745 units a month ago contrasted and the 843 units sold in March, information from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) appeared on Monday (May 16). Counting ECs, 1,291 units were sold, down from March’s 1,328 units.

Barring ECs, 900 units were dispatched in April, contrasted and 682 units the earlier month. Counting ECs, 2,160 units were dispatched, contrasted and 1,216 units in March.

The top offering venture in April was the Sturdee Residences in Jalan Besar, trailed by EC improvements The Visionaire and Parc Life, both in Sembawang.

In examination, only one new huge apartment suite venture, Sturdee Residences, and a littler one, The Asana, was propelled a month ago.

A month ago’s business figure was still higher than the 300-500 unit range in different months when there were no new dispatches. Walk’s new home deals had likewise been the most astounding in eight months.

Of the new private homes sold a month ago, 64 homes were in the center focal locale, 361 in the outside focal district or rural areas, and 320 in whatever is left of focal area.

A month ago’s deals were moored by Sturdee Residences, which was the top offering apartment suite venture with 126 units sold at a middle cost of $1,620 per sq ft (psf).

Counting official condos, engineers sold 1,291 new homes a month ago, 2.8 for every penny lower than in April.

Industry onlookers said they expect moderate movement in the business sector to proceed with this month and the following, with the dispatches of Gem Residences in Toa Payoh, Gramercy Park in Grange Road, and Stars of Kovan in Upper Serangoon.

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