Land Supply for Private Homes Remains Unchanged in H2 of 2018

The government has decided to launch 6 land parcels for sale in Singapore. These also happen to includea hotel site; a first in a few years. Apart from that, the parcels also feature land for 4 private residential sites and 1 white site in Pasir Ris Central.

Besides this Confirmed List of sites, there is a Reserve List as well. This contains nine sites and will be available for sale if the developers indicate a minimum price in their applications or the market shows enough interest. This list is under the Government’s Land Sale (GLS) programme for H2 2018.

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Seven bids marked the successful completion of tender offer for Central Government land in Sengkang (GLS) on June 21. Like tender offer for Hillview Rise GLS and Holland Road GLS site in May, this Sengkang tender is also for household and commercial cum industrial site launched under standard tender conditions.

Six bids out of seven were from joint venture parties. Far East Organization submitted two bids overall with two different underlying concepts. It submitted three bids with three different concepts for Holland Road residential-and-commercial site in May.

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Record Breaking Price For A Property In Orchard Sold Via Collective Sale

Yesterday, marketing agent CBRE revealed that the popular Orchard property Park House received the record-breaking sale price of $2910 per square foot per slot ratio (psf ppr). On the other side, freehold District 10 development was sold for 375.5 million dollars at 21 Orchard Boulevard. It clearly indicates the provision of maximum allowable gross floor area around 129,035 square feet for $2,910 psf ppr while excluding around 10% bonus for the balconies. Read more

Price of completed private developments slip 0.3%

According to a recent study, the private apartment prices are slipping. They had a 0.3% dip between March and April. This came after prices rose a tiny bit for the past month. Analysts believe that this is a small issue and nothing too much.

Despite the minor problem, the job market and economy in Singapore are still very healthy, and that’s a very important thing to keep in mind. The en bloc sale market is active, and the real estate market is very active. So that’s the thing that matters the most, as it delivers some great opportunities to the entire market.

The price drop was also driven by the fall in prices for the apartments in the central region. However, the small units did not see any price change in March. That’s a very important thing to keep in mind, but in the end that’s what matters, how the market grows and expands in ways you would not imagine.

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Singapore could be the ideal site for Asian LNG trading hub


Singapore is a leader when it comes to liquefied natural gas. And the interesting thing about it is that it does have all the necessary benefits and features required for a very important hub. Of course, it’s not the primary leader now, but it can become until 2023, which is still a huge lead. According to the Deloitte oil and gas regional leader, Singapore has all the criteria needed to become a hub right now.

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House of Tan Yeok Nee released for sale


The Tan Yeok Nee House is widely known for being a national monument. And while it did have an owner for a while, right now it’s back on sale. According to PropNex Realty, it seems that the indicative price is around $93 million. You have to realize that the establishment has 2 stories, and it’s the last traditional Chinese courtyard house that you can find in Singapore, so it’s an extremely special property.

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Great news for low-wage workers: they will receive higher salaries this year

According to the latest statements coming from the National Wages Council, more workers that are currently earning low wager will begin to enjoy bigger salaries starting with 2018. The council strongly recommended companies to start sharing their growths in the productivity and economic sectors with their workers. Besides this, the NWC also increased the minimum wage threshold from $1200 to $1300, recommending built-in increments with values from $50 to $70, at least. In comparison with 2017, 24,000 additional workers will be included in this scheme and will enjoy bigger paychecks soon. Overall, a total number of 150,000 workers will have bigger salaries starting with this year.

Francis Tan, an economist at United Overseas Bank, backs up the initiative of NWC, saying that an additional $50 increase to a worker that earns $1000, for example, is a good initiative. This means a 5% increase in his salary, which means that the increase will exceed inflation’s percentage, expected to be anywhere between 0.5 and 1% in 2018. According to Mr. Tan, the proposed raise is just right, as it is not too high to affect the profit margin of companies and not too low, risking to fall below last year’s raise.

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En Bloc Sale in Jurong


Here is one more addition to the list of collective sales with a price of two hundreds of forty millions; The Lakeside Apartments. This is a total area of 134,176 square feet. The tender for this property was released recently on Tuesday when around 80% owners of this site agreed for sale. It means that each owner of this development of 120 unit can earn around 2 million  dollars.

This site is located within the Jurong district along Yuan Ching Road and is zoned as a residential property with a plot ratio of 2.1. It has two residential blocks of 15 levelsand out of 99 years lease of this property, 58 years are left ahead. Developers also need to deal with the premium of slightly less than fifty-six million dollars for both the land use intensification as well as to top-up the lease to 99-years.

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The Rise of Job Vacancies in Singapore

According to the statistics by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) conducted on 13th of June, 2,320 workers were fired in the first six months of the year. The number of unemployment (4000) has decreased from the same quarter of the last year. The initial estimation made by MOM was of 2,100 and it is higher than this.

The situation was not the same in previous years. Earlier in March 2013, the retrenchment figure was 2,120. From 2015-2017, it has been 5,000. This year in March, the rate of long-term unemployment was 0.7 percent. It has come down from last year (0.8%). This figure includes the share of those residents who are not employed for minimum 25 weeks. Read more

The economic growth of the country might slow down this year

As specialists compared the numbers, it appears that Singapore’s economic expansion will continue this year as well, but at a slower pace this time. A report that was recently released by Oxford Economics, and backed up by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, predicts an economic growth of 3% for 2018, in comparison with the 3.6% growth that was recorded last year. This slight decrease happens due to the fact that the level of trade has decreased a little as well, together with the manufacturing demand. It is worth mentioning that this is not something that is specific to Singapore alone, as the entire south-east region of Asia is targeted by such changes. Thus, as exports slow down, the economic growth of the countries in this area will be supported by the demand generated by local markets.

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Foreigners grab homes in New Zealand while they still can

New Zealand is already facing a crisis concerning the affordability of houses on the island, so the government is determined to do something about it by adopting a set of measures. These measures will also keep foreigners from getting their hands on residential properties on the island, which will keep speculations at bay. This triggered an interesting phenomenon on the island, as investors coming from foreign countries are rushing to grab their desired homes while they still can. Soon, the new rules will become active and oversea home purchases will be severely limited.

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Sers is going to redevelop three of the MacPherson blocks

It is already known that the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme or SERS is active and started changing the face of Singapore by revamping old residential units. Recently, it was announced that blocks with numbers starting with 81 and up to 83, inclusively, located on the MacPherson Lane, will enjoy the Sers transformation.

For the residents of these three blocks, the news is more than welcome, as it means that they will soon have the chance to move into brand new flats. Edward Chong, for example, who is a 48-years-old machine operator and just moved in a 3-room apartment in block 81 six months ago, is excited by this opportunity. He said that the flat, obtained with the support of the Housing Board, was rather old at the moment of purchase, so he and his family are happy to know that they will receive a newly renovated apartment in a modern building. With 49 years still left on the apartment’s lease, the compensation provided by Sers came at the right time, giving Mr. Chong the chance to fully renovate the unit without getting a dime out of his pocket.
It is worth mentioning that this Sers project is the first one since 2016, a year when the month of August brought it the last initiative of this kind. But Sers is far from being over, the blocks on MacPherson Lane earning their position within the project due to their considerable ages. Thus, there will be 313 apartments included in the renovation plan, all of them having approximately 50-years-old. Besides this, the two eateries and 27 shops that are part of these blocks will go through the same transformation. The last time Sers unrolled, 8 whole blocks were revamped and made to fit in the latest standards, which were located on the West Coast Road.

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