Housing prices unlikely to sustain momentum of past three years: Desmond Lee

The government increase the building of new Build-To-Order (BTO) and exclusive housing units to stabilize demand and supply. Around 21,400 HDB apartments and 21,300 exclusive housing units were finished in 2023, amounting to 43,000. Lee notes that it is the biggest range of homes completed across both the HDB and exclusive industry in a certain year – as 2018.

Lee, for that reason, concludes that housing prices are less likely to sustain the momentum they have seen in the former 3 years. “So, I motivate customers to be sensible in their purchases to refrain from exhausting themselves,” he warns.

Property prices have likewise regulated, Lee observes. Based on the 4Q2023 flash quotes, the private household price index boosted at a slower speed of 6.7% in 2023, contrasted to 8.6% in 2022.

He includes that demand for private and public residential markets has actually revealed signs of moderating, and transaction volumes have actually decreased. The complete variety of nonpublic real estate and HDB resell transactions have dropped by around 13% and 4%, each, in 2023, contrasted to 2022.

The BTO application price amongst first-timer families for all flat varieties in 2023 was 1.9, less than the pre-pandemic level of 3.7 in 2019.

Residential home loan prices are at the moment between 3.7% and 4.4% and are expected to stay strong for an extensive period. Lee adds that it will influence existing home owners, possible buyers, and overleveraged and debt-laden firms.

After a high of 43,000 brand-new houses finished in 2023, one more 28,000 are arranged for completion this year, and an added 24,000 in 2025. The complete range of public and exclusive homes finished from 2023 to 2025 is just under 100,000 units.

The moderation in deal amount and cost development is anticipated to proceed in 2024, influencing existing and prospective property buyers, states Lee. “As PM Lee highlighted in his New Year’s message, we should be planned for our exterior setting for being less beneficial in the upcoming years.”

In his opening address at the Building & Construction Authority-Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore’s Built Environment and Property Prospects Seminar on Jan 15, Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-Charge of Social Services Integration, states that unmatched disruptions brought on by the pandemic over the past four years have resulted in a limited housing supply amidst solid need for mortgage.

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Likewise, HDB resale rates raised by 4.8%, less than half the 10.4% raise in 2022. The proportion of resale flat purchasers that bought cash-over-valuation (COV) also decreased considerably in 2023, halving to 15% in 4Q2023 from nearly 30% in 4Q2022. For this reason, most HDB resale buyers did not have to pay COV.

Geopolitical worries continue to haunt the worldwide economic climate, and Singapore will not be immune to these results, warns Lee.

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