Why some new launches will nonetheless do nicely regardless of the newest cooling measures

The most recent cooling measures on 27 April 2023 had the largest influence on international consumers, who noticed their ABSD (further purchaser’s stamp responsibility) charges double, from 30% to 60%. Some new launch condos, like Newport Residences, postponed their launch after the cooling measures have been imposed. 

However Blossoms by the Park, one other new launch apartment, determined to proceed with its gross sales launch regardless of the cooling measures. And it looks like the developer’s resolution paid off, because it offered virtually 75% of its items (205 out of 275 items), which can be the very best take-up charge for brand new launches this yr.

We analyse why some new launch condos are nonetheless almost definitely to do nicely regardless of the newest cooling measures. (We’ll use a number of examples from Blossoms by the Park and different new launches). 

Profile of goal consumers

The cooling measures aimed to dissuade native and international funding and prioritise housing for owner-occupiers. Therefore, if a brand new launch is focused at first-time Singaporean consumers and householders, it’s unlikely that its gross sales can be affected by the cooling measures. 

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4-bedroom showflat unit at Blossoms by the Park

This was the case for Blossoms by the Park, the place about 96% of consumers have been Singaporeans and everlasting residents (based on the developer). Mark Yip, CEO of Huttons Asia, attributes the optimistic gross sales to the depend of properties owned by consumers, “Huttons estimated that extra than 90% have been first-time consumers therefore unaffected by the cooling measures.” 

The profile of goal consumers of latest launches can be tied to its location. On Blossoms by the Park’s gross sales, Marcus Chu, CEO of ERA Realty Community, says, “Usually, greater than 80% of the homebuyers within the RCR are Singaporeans; they usually might not be affected or too affected by the latest enhance in ABSD charges.”

Based mostly on caveats from URA Realis in Q1 of 2023, the proportion of international consumers within the CCR was 15.6% in comparison with 5.7% within the RCR and a couple of.4% within the OCR. 

This would possibly clarify why Newport Residences, situated within the CCR, determined to carry off on its launch. However we foresee that new launches within the OCR and RCR will proceed with their previews as deliberate. 

Low provide of latest launches

If a brand new launch is in an space with a low provide of latest condos in recent times, it has a greater likelihood of doing nicely. 

Blossoms by the Park launched two years after One-North Eden, which offered 85% of its items in the course of the launch weekend and is already absolutely offered. Earlier than that, there had been no new launches since 2009, when One-North Residences was accomplished. Therefore, Blossoms will fill the provision hole of condos within the one-north space. 

We additionally noticed excessive take-up charges of latest launches in 2022 in areas with a low provide of personal condos. These included Lentor Fashionable (84%), AMO Residence (98%) and Sky Eden@Bedok (75%), all of which broke the worth benchmark of S$2,000 psf for brand new launches within the OCR. These tasks have been additionally the primary new launch of their respective neighbourhoods in additional than 8 years. 

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Picture supply: Screenshot from URA

Based mostly on URA’s real estate statistics in Q1 of 2023, the CCR had the very best provide of uncompleted items, which have launched however are unsold, at 1,003 items. In the identical interval, the RCR had a provide of 625 items, whereas the OCR had 554 items.

If there continues to be a dwindling provide of items within the RCR and OCR, new launches in each areas are almost definitely to see greater take-up charges than these within the CCR. 

Enticing launch value

Within the wake of rising rates of interest, inflation and GST hikes, consumers are more and more extra cautious in buying their properties. Worth is a vital think about swaying their resolution.

In keeping with Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex, Blossoms by the Park’s launch value ranging from S$2,183 psf is “delicate pricing in right now’s marketplace for an RCR growth.” The undertaking had a median psf value of S$2,434. 

new sale transactions of condos in RCR

Based mostly on 99.co’s Researcher information, the typical psf value of latest sale transactions of 99-103-year tasks within the RCR was round S$2,442 in March 2023 (earlier than the launch of Blossoms). This meant that Blossoms by the Park’s common psf value have been usually decrease than the typical for the RCR. 

If we have a look at different new launches in recent times, there have been comparable instances of attractively priced new launches having a excessive take-up charge. For example, Jervois Mansion had beginning psf costs of round S$2,200, whereas common psf costs of latest sale condos within the space have been round S$2,700 to S$2,900 a couple of months earlier than its launch. 

However it’s not simply a gorgeous value that issues. Consumers shall be extra assured if their month-to-month mortgage funds are inside attain.

Blossoms by the Park offered out its 1-bedroom + Research, 2-bedroom and 2-bedroom + Research items. The common quantum for its 2-bedroom unit is S$1,662,750, and S$1,759,979 for its 2-bedroom + Research items. 

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Instance of mortgage calculations for Blossoms by the Park’s 2-bedroom + Research unit

Let’s say a dual-income no children (DINK) family needs to reside in a 2-bedroom + Research close to their office at one-north. Based mostly on 99.co’s Mortgage Calculator, the downpayment for his or her 2-bedroom + Research unit shall be S$439,994, whereas the month-to-month funds are round S$6,301. Taking TDSR of 55%*, the overall month-to-month family revenue wanted is round S$11,456 (S$5,728 per particular person). 

Singapore’s median household income in 2022 was S$10,099. Therefore, the typical costs for Blossoms by the Park’s 2-bedroom + Research unit would appear cheap for a major group of first-time consumers. 

*This assumes a full financing mortgage of 75%, with a 30-year tenure and a 4% rate of interest every year. For illustration functions, there are not any different loans to service, together with property loans, automobile loans, private loans and scholar loans. 

Location and comfort

With or with out cooling measures, a superb location is one main issue for the recognition of condos. This consists of proximity to an MRT station, facilities like purchasing malls and/or good faculties. 

Blossoms by the Park is a 3-minute stroll to Buona Vista MRT interchange, malls like The Star Vista and the one-north tech hub. Therefore, it’s engaging for each owner-occupiers and traders. 

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Showflat of a 3-bedroom unit at Sceneca Residence

Equally, Sceneca Residence, which launched in January, additionally appeals to each teams. The mixed-use growth linked to Tanah Merah MRT has offered over 60% of its items. All its 1 and 2-bedroom items have been absolutely offered in the course of the launch weekend.

Up to now two years, built-in developments like Lentor Fashionable, Piccadilly Grand, Canninghill Piers and Pasir Ris 8 additionally had excessive take-up charges. Based mostly on OrangeTee & Tie’s Analysis & Analytics Market Watcher collection report in August 2022, consumers don’t thoughts paying as much as 27% extra for built-in developments within the OCR. Not solely are these developments handy for owner-occupiers, however additionally they have long-term funding advantages. 

So there’s a chance that built-in developments will proceed to see wholesome take-up charges this yr. Nevertheless, we really feel they may nonetheless should be sensitively priced to draw consumers. Two upcoming built-in developments are The Reserve Residences in Magnificence World and the Tampines Ave 11 GLS website which shall be related to Tampines North MRT station. 

Availability of dual-key items

With the rise in ABSD charges, one pattern that may be making a comeback is dual-key items. Whereas this doesn’t straight trigger a excessive general take-up charge, new launches providing these items will attraction to potential traders who wish to keep away from paying ABSD. 

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An instance of a dual-key unit structure

Twin-key items comprise a bigger essential unit and a smaller studio unit sharing a lobby and deal with. Therefore, there’s no ABSD payable because it’s legally thought of one unit. 

In keeping with PropNex CEO Ismail Gafoor, practically 70% of 3-bedroom items at Blossoms by the Park have been offered throughout its launch, together with the dual-key items. 

With the ABSD hikes, a dual-key unit appears extra beneficial for {couples} or small households who need a facet revenue from rental however don’t wish to incur ABSD for purchasing a further unit. 

Traders may also take into account a dual-key unit as they’ll get a wholesome rental yield from each “items”.  

We’ve additionally seen instances the place foreigners purchase items in bulk, normally for big multi-generational households. Therefore, dual-key items would possibly assist soften the blow for the quantity of ABSD incurred in these situations (though we predict it wouldn’t matter a lot to the super-rich). 

The most recent cooling measures are anticipated to dampen property funding from native and international consumers. However many property analysts have expressed that it won’t necessarily lower property prices considerably as there’s nonetheless usually a low provide of latest launches. For now, it stays to be seen what different measures the federal government will undertake to chill the non-public property market. 


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