SINGAPORE: August saw the lowest number of home sales for the year, a sign some say that the property market could finally be slowing down.
Figures from the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Sept 15 (Friday) showed that 394 units of new private apartments were purchased in August, in stark contrast to July, when 1,412 units were bought, marking a one-year-high. This shows a 72 per cent decrease from last month.
However, it should be noted that there were a number of big launches in July, while there were hardly any in August. Also noteworthy is that 68 per cent of the new purchases of private homes were made before Aug 16, when Hungry Ghost Month began.
Some still adhere to the belief that buying property or moving to a new home or office should not be done during Hungry Ghost Months because bad spirits could follow a person to their new space and cause misfortune.
“The stellar sales in July were a tough act to follow in August, which coincided with the start of the Hungry Ghost month – a period when activity tends to slow due to fewer launches.
As more new projects come on, we expect buyers to return to some previously launched projects, should they perceive those units as offering more value,” The Straits Times quotes Ms Wong Siew Ying, PropNex’s head of research and content, as saying.
The slowdown in sales could be a sign that Singapore’s sizzling hot property market, which defied trends worldwide, could finally be cooling in the wake of new measures introduced last April that raised stamp duties.
“The property market could be showing signs of slowing down… partly due to the slower economic growth, stubbornly high interest rates, the effects of the cooling measures and the shadows of further policy risk,” Mr Nicholas Mak, the chief research officer at real estate platform Mogul.sg told Bloomberg. /TISG