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Chinese developer Qingjian Realty conducted a re-balloting exercise for 10 units at its fully-sold Bellewaters executive condominium (EC) in Sengkang last Saturday (8 April).

The 651-unit project comprises three- to five-bedroom units with sizes ranging from 926 sq ft to 1,528 sq ft. It is expected to be completed by this quarter.

PropertyGuru understands that a mix of unit types were resold and demand was particularly strong. “The ballot units were more than four times oversubscribed with a total of 43 applications,” said Yen Chong, Deputy General Manager at Qingjian Realty.

“These units became available when the original buyers did not meet the eligibility requirements (of the Housing and Development Board) for an EC purchase,” she noted, without going into specific details.

One industry expert who chose to remain anonymous, said that in such cases, a change in family nucleus is the main contributing factor. This could be due to the breakup of an engagement, divorce or death of a family member, with the first two scenarios being the most common reasons. Thus, they must pay a five percent cancellation fee, down from 20 percent in 2013.

Calling it a common issue faced by EC developers, the source added: “The developer will have to actively re-market such units to avoid incurring the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD).”

Under the ABSD rules introduced in December 2011, developers must build and sell all units at their projects within five years of acquiring the sites. Failure to do so will incur a 10 percent levy on the land price, plus a five percent interest. Subsequently, the levy was increased to 15 percent for sites purchased from January 2013 onwards.

Alvin Tan, Executive Director of Local Projects at PropNex International, said that in some instances, the affected units could be resold at higher prices, but this depends on which stage the units were released for sale.

“If it is just after launch, it could be sold at launch price. If sales are good, the price would possibly be higher. Only when the project is nearing completion are developers maybe under pressure to offload the units, which could possibly see some discounts coming in,” he said.

Qingjian would not disclose pricing details for the re-balloting exercise, but URA Realis data shows that the total median transacted price of units at the 99-year leasehold project is $795 psf

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Australia-based developer Lendlease sold 215 (50 percent) of the 429 available units at Park Place Residences in Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) during the first day of launch last Saturday (25 March).

This represented over 100 percent of the planned sales under the first phase, making it one of Singapore’s most successful private condominium launches in recent years.

Lendlease had originally intended to release only 40 percent of the units last weekend, but due to overwhelming response from buyers who queued from early morning, an additional 10 percent of the condo units were launched for sale.

Prices of the units ranged from around $800,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to $2.1 million for a three-bedroom premium unit, which works out to $1,600 psf to over $2,000 psf.

“The strong sales show our buyers confidence in the quality of the project and in Lendlease,” said Tony Lombardo, CEO for Asia.

One of the buyers was Patrick Yap, 39, who purchased a one-bedder for investment purposes. “Park Place Residences is part of an integrated development (PLQ) with an upcoming retail mall and offices. Together with its convenient location, I am confident that it will attract many tenants,” he said.

Similarly, 31-year-old Huang Zhenbiao and his wife bought a two-bedroom apartment after being attracted to the project’s strategic location.

“The development is on the Paya Lebar MRT interchange, and we can get to the Central Business District (CBD) quickly. There is potential development around the area too, which is another plus point.”

Meanwhile, prices of the remaining units at Park Place Residences are expected to increase when details of other upcoming developments in the vicinity are announced, especially in the greater Paya Lebar Central area.

The location is also emerging as a new vibrant hub in Singapore, given its position on the double MRT Interchange and proximity to the CBD and Changi Airport.

Following the successful launch, Lendlease will now temporarily close the showflat. Details on the next phase of sales are expected to be revealed later this year, while construction of the entire development is expected to be completed by early 2019.

 

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Pollen & Bleu, an eight-storey condominium in District 10, has attracted keen interest since its relaunch in February, with 83 percent of the units released sold, revealed CBRE, which is jointly marketing the project with Huttons and Savills.

In fact, buyers have taken up all the one+study and two-bedroom units, as well as three penthouses at the 99-year leasehold project.

With this, new stacks of units facing the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be released for sale this weekend by developer Singapore Land (SingLand) at an average price of $1,800 psf. Sizes of the one- to four-bedroom units range from 549 sq ft to 1,593 sq ft.

Located at Farrer Drive, the 106-unit Pollen & Bleu is a short drive away from Orchard Road, Holland Village and Dempsey Hill. It is also close to several established schools including Nanyang Primary School, Raffles Girls’ Primary School, Hwa Chong Institution, Nanyang Girls’ High School and ACS International.

A deferred payment scheme is being offered for the project, in which the remaining 80 percent of the purchase price will be deferred 24 months from the day the buyer exercises the option to buy the unit.

“It is a deliberate strategy to launch the project only after its completion. We are confident in the product and the value which we have created for the buyers,” said Peter Wee, Assistant General Manager for Business Development and Residential Marketing at SingLand Development.

“It is very rare to find a development like Pollen & Bleu surrounded by lush foliage of the Botanic Gardens and landscape in the heart of District 10. Buyers are seeing the true value of Pollen & Bleu and the strong response seen in the last few weeks demonstrated that.”

 

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Even with only one new project launch, the number of private residential units (excluding ECs) sold by developers rose 155.8 percent to 977 units in February 2017 from 382 in the previous month, according to data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

On a yearly basis, private homes sales soared 222.4 percent from the 303 units sold in February 2016.

The Clement Canopy, which was the only new launch in February, emerged as the best-selling project, with 207 units sold at a median price of $1,343 psf. It was followed by Parc Riviera and The Santorini, with 200 units and 51 units sold at median prices of $1,281 psf and $1,041 psf, respectively.

Rounding up the top five best-selling projects are The Glades (30 units) and The Venue Residences (28 units).

Sales of ECs also increased 78.8 percent to 329 units in February, despite the lack of new projects.

Sol Acres topped new EC sales with 82 units sold, followed by The Terrace and The Visionaire, with 40 units and 39 units sold, respectively.

Analysts noted that the healthy figures indicated significantly better market sentiments from the previous year and an early start to the buying momentum this year.

“There is a greater sense of confidence in both developers and buyers,” said Ong Teck Hui, JLL’s National Director for Research and Consultancy, adding that 770 of the 977 private homes sold in February were from previously launched projects.

“This tells us that with more positive sentiments, buyers are not just attracted by newly launched projects but also drawn to those launched previously, reflecting a more broad-based improvement in demand,” he said.

“The recent easing of the Seller’s Stamp Duty and the Total Debt Servicing Ratio would be a favourable enhancement on a market that is already on a buying uptrend.”

Meanwhile, Desmond Sim, Head of CBRE Research for Singapore and South East Asia, believes the sales levels “reinforce the current trend of buyers favouring projects with units priced at a palatable quantum”.

Sim revealed that he does not expect the trend to change even with the recent tweaks to the property curbs.

 

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There are signs that Singapore’s private residential market may have bottomed out in 2016, with the sector recording a higher deal volume, revealed Edmund Tie & Co.

Citing data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the property consultancy noted that the combined sales of new and resale private homes increased sharply by 15.5 percent to 16,378 units last year from 14,183 units in 2015. Specifically, transactions in the primary market rose marginally to 7,780 units from 7,703 previously.

The URA’s statistics also revealed that prices of private homes stabilised in 2016, with the sector posting a softer price drop of 3.1 percent compared to the 3.7 percent decline seen in the preceding year.

Moreover, the private residential market may benefit from the higher transaction volume of HDB resale flats, which rose 7.8 percent to 20,813 units last year. This is because upgraders tend to sell their public housing units before moving into private properties.

Looking ahead, the company expects sales of new private homes to trend upwards to 8,000 to 9,000 units for the whole of 2017. New developments that are expected to sell well this year include Guocoland’s 450-unit Martin Modern in Martin Place, UOL’s The Clement Canopy with 505 units in Clementi Avenue 1, the 720-unit Grandeur Park Residences by CEL Development in New Upper Changi Road, and the 840-unit Seaside Residences by Frasers Centrepoint in Siglap Road.

 

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DBS Bank and United Overseas Bank (UOB) are offering mortgages with zero percent spread to compete for the chance to fund the purchase of a minimum of 1,225 homes in this year’s first two property launches, reported the Business Times.

DBS’ special-promo is based on the 18-month fixed-deposit home-loan rate (FHR), while the benchmark for UOB is the 36-month FHR. As the current rates are 0.6 percent and 0.65 percent respectively, these are the effective lending rates until the project obtains its temporary occupation permit (TOP), which is usually in three to four years. Thereafter, DBS will charge a one percent spread for its loan, while UOB’s spread is 0.9 percent for the first year after TOP and 0.95 percent subsequently.

Based on a $1 million loan with a 25-year tenure, the amount to be repaid for a DBS loan at FHR + zero percent ranges from $5,193 to $5,947 per annum, but after TOP at FHR + one percent, it amounts to $19,207 for the fifth year.

According to some experts, banks offering such housing loans are suffering a loss, unless they can cross-sell other financial products, like mortgage insurance. While there is no lock-in period, this type of housing loan only applies to developments under construction and comes with one-time free conversion for a limited time only. The promo from DBS ends next Monday (6 March), while UOB is believed to be mulling over the expiry date.

This means there is enough time to take advantage of the offer to buy a unit at the two projects. In fact, DBS and UOB personnel were present last weekend during the launch of the 505-unit Clement Canopy condominium. They are also expected to be on hand at the launch of the 720-unit Grandeur Park Residences this weekend.

 

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Chinese developer Qingjian Realty, through its smart home solutions provider hiLife Interactive, has teamed up with Singtel to launch iNz Residence, the first internet-ready executive condominium in Singapore.

With this partnership, home buyers can expect their units to be fitted with 1Gbps Singtel fibre broadband. Singtel will also provide WiFi services within the development’s facilities, such as the gym, clubhouse and pool area.

“This will clearly be a boon to the smart lifestyle – they will be able to continue to access online services soon after they are handed their new homes, and be at ease planning and designing their new lifestyle in their new homes in a smart and efficient way,” said Yen Chong, Deputy General Manager at Qingjian Realty.

The property developer revealed that homeowners at the 99-year leasehold development will enjoy energy-efficiency trackers like the smart leak sensor and smart energy meter, as well as more smart security systems like the smart digital lockset, smart contact sensor and smart motion sensor.

Located on a 1.6ha site, iNz Residence EC is located along Choa Chu Kang Ave 5, and comprises nine blocks of high-rise apartments. Unit sizes at the 497-unit project range from two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom maisonettes.

Prices for the two-bedroom units start from $500,000, $600,000 for the three-bedders and $1.1 million for the maisonettes, reported TODAYonline.

“We believe that the public will continue to be interested in the smart living concept at iNz Residence, just as we have seen at The Visionaire,” said Yen, adding that the latter has seen a consistent stream of buyers and is almost 60 percent sold.

E-applications for iNz Residence will start this Friday (24 February).

The showflat at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 6 (along Brickland Road) will open on the same day, with bookings commencing on 11 March. The project is expected to obtain its TOP in 2019.

 

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The Clement Canopy, a 505-unit condominium at Clementi Avenue 1, drew large crowds at the start of its preview last weekend. More than 5,000 people crammed into its showflat over two days to view the two- to four-bedroom apartments.

Spread across two 40-storey blocks, the units range from 635 sq ft to 1,539 sq ft, with prices starting from $850,000 for the smallest units. The average price of the project is in the range of $1,330 psf to $1,360 psf.

Jointly developed by UOL Group and SingLand, the 99-year leasehold project is the first condo to launch in 2017. It is located close to NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and Nan Hua High School.

Anthony Wong, General Manager of Marketing at UOL, said: “We see a very strong interest for The Clement Canopy as there has not been any launch within the vicinity for some time. I believe the price is the key to the excitement that we see amongst the crowd.

“Moreover, buyers recognise the value of the project, given the attractive pricing and location, which is near one-north and the education hub. Riding on the improved market sentiment, buyers who have been staying on the sidelines are now actively seeking out affordable properties with good location and design.”

In line with Singapore’s vision to become a Smart Nation, UOL has joined a long list of developers to incorporate smart home technology in its latest project. For instance, future residents of The Clement Canopy will be able to book common facilities such as the tennis court and clubhouse through a mobile app. Using the same app, homeowners can also remotely control door access, air-conditioning and lighting in their units.

Meanwhile, the preview period for The Clement Canopy will stretch for another weekend, while balloting starts on 25 February.

Giving an update on sales figures at its previous launches, UOL said it has seen an increase in transactions since the start of the year.

Thomson Three and Seventy Saint Patrick’s in Marine Parade are now fully sold, while Botanique at Bartley, a 797-unit condominium, is left with just nine units. Over in Sengkang, the 555-unit Riverbank @ Fernvale project, which comes with bike-sharing facilities, is left with 18 units, while Principal Garden at Prince Charles Crescent has sold more than half of its units.

This improved sentiment in the housing market carries on from a good year-end take up of 7,972 private units in 2016, up 7.2 percent from the year before, noted analysts.

 

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New private home sales are expected to get a boost with four project launches expected by April, reported the Straits Times.

These are Clement Canopy in Clementi by Singland Homes and UOL Group; Park Place Residences at Paya Lebar Quarter by Lendlease; Grandeur Park Residences in Tanah Merah by CEL Development, a unit of Chip Eng Seng Corporation; and Seaside Residences in Siglap by Frasers Centrepoint Singapore.

This comes as developers sold just 367 new units in December, when only 90 new units were launched. On an annual basis, however, new home sales increased by seven percent from 7,440 units in 2015 to 7,972 units last year.

This year, Knight Frank expects developers to sell about 8,000 to 9,000 units amid “gradually returning interest” from local and foreign buyers.

“With more people believing that the market is now close to the bottom of the down cycle, interest in new launches will likely be sustained,” said Christine Li, Research Director at Cushman & Wakefield.

Analysts noted that pent-up demand for homes remains resilient despite the property cooling measures and weaker economic outlook.

Nonetheless, home buyers are expected to remain price-sensitive and selective, opting for competitively priced and well-located projects.

“They will transact only when they perceive a good deal… However, a rapid rise in interest rates would impact market sentiment, which may cause demand to retreat,” said Wong Xian Yang, Head of Research and Consultancy at OrangeTee.

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Falling prices, rents, rising vacancies, but robust sales in some parts of the property market

At first glance, Singapore's broader property market appears decidedly gloomy, with vacancy rates in offices and malls climbing and residential prices falling relentlessly.

But according to analysts, various sectors of the market are showing signs of life, with increased office investments, robust luxury residential sales and a rejuvenated collective sales market.

Still, one of the starkest signs of gloom - unless you are a patient buyer - has been the fall in private home prices.

Including the third quarter this year, private home prices have sunk 10.8 per cent in 12 straight quarters since the peak of the third quarter in 2013. Rents have dropped to almost the same extent, by 10.7 per cent, according to Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) data.

However, the sales volume has been rising, even though November saw a slightly cooler take-up. A total of 11,993 private residential units (excluding executive condominium units) were sold in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 9.8 per cent year on year.

Falling prices have, in fact, been a boon for the luxury residential property market.

As of last Thursday, there were 2,601 private home transactions in the area defined as the "core central region", 42.6 per cent higher than that of the whole of last year, said Savills Singapore research head Alan Cheong. This area includes Orchard, River Valley, Bukit Timah and Novena.

"Clearly, this shows that there has been a strong revival of interest in the luxury segment of the private residential market," he said. He attributed this to developers' creative payment schemes, such as OUE Twin Peaks' and d'Leedon's deferred payment schemes.

Analysts also singled out the return of collective sales as a cause for optimism. After a long dormant period, three deals were sealed this year, racking up more than $1 billion in value. Last year, there was just one $380 million deal and none in 2014.

The biggest collective sale of the year was of Bishan estate Shunfu Ville, bought by Chinese developer Qingjian Realty for $638 million. The sale is awaiting High Court approval.

The Straits Times understands that at least 10 collective sales committees have been set up in response to these successes.

Dr Lee Nai Jia, head of research at Edmund Tie and Co, is confident more collective sales will be sealed next year.

"This is because sellers have dropped their asking prices, while developers are keen on well-located smaller sites," he said. "It is good for the property market, as it helps to renew the stock of sites available."

However, the star performer of the property market this year was office investment sales. According to data from research firm Real Capital Analytics, the value of office investments in Singapore so far this year was US$4.9 billion (S$7.1 billion) as of Dec 14, rising 54 per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Foreign investment in local real estate hit its highest level in nine years.

Two mega deals made up the bulk of the $8.85 billion of foreign money. One was the sale of Asia Square Tower 1 for $3.38 billion by sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority. The second was Malaysian developer IOI Properties Group's unit Wealthy Link's record-setting bid of $2.57 billion for a "white" multi-use site in Central Boulevard. Both properties are in Marina Bay.

The bullish buying of commercial assets contrasted with the pressure being put on rental prices. Office vacancy rates continued to rise. They were up last quarter to 10.4 per cent, one of the highest in recent quarters, while office rentals and prices continued to decline last quarter.

In the retail and industrial segments, business remains woeful as rents have softened across the market, said Mr Cheong.

The median rental rate for retail spaces in the third quarter was the lowest on record, falling to $9.82 per sq ft per month for the Orchard area - the first time it fell below $10, according to URA data.

Meanwhile, average prime monthly rent for the factory and warehouse sector slipped 6.3 per cent quarter on quarter, having declined since the fourth quarter of last year.

Most analysts think that the residential market has bottomed out, and that there is cause for optimism next year, as they believe that the Government will release more Government Land Sales (GLS) sites.

Mr Cheong said next year will be a "watershed" year.

"Not only are we likely to see more GLS sites being listed on the confirmed list for residential development, it is also a year like in 2016 where those who, despite the restrictions imposed by the TDSR (total debt servicing ratio), still have the wherewithal to purchase, (and) will start sauntering back to the market," he said.

Ms Christine Li, director of research at Cushman and Wakefield, said that the optimism ahead was primarily in Singapore's commercial and high-end residential markets.

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Despite the continued drop in private home prices, Singapore’s property market has showed signs of life, with a rejuvenated collective sales market and robust luxury residential sales, reported The New Paper.

Data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) showed that private home prices fell by 10.8 percent over 12 consecutive quarters, while rents dropped by 10.7 percent.

Nonetheless, the sales volume for the first nine months of 2016 increased by 9.8 percent year-on-year to 11,993 private units (excluding executive condominiums).

In fact, the falling prices have helped boost the luxury residential segment.

As at 15 December, the Core Central Region (CCR), which includes Orchard, Bukit Timah and Novena, registered 2,601 private home transactions, up 42.6 percent from last year, revealed Savills Singapore Research Head Alan Cheong.

“This shows there has been a strong revival of interest in the luxury segment of the private residential market,” he said.

Cheong attributed the revival to developers’ creative marketing schemes, like the deferred payment scheme offered at OUE Twin Peaks.

Another bright spot is the return of collective sales. Three deals worth over $1 billion were sealed this year, compared to one $380 million deal in 2015 and none in 2014.

The $638 million sale of Shunfu Ville to Chinese developer Qingjian Realty emerged as the biggest en bloc sale of the year.

Edmund Tie and Co. Research Head Dr Lee Nai Jia is confident more sales will be sealed in 2017.

“This is because sellers have dropped asking prices, while developers are keen on well-located smaller sites,” he said.

 

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Property developers in Singapore sold 860 units in November 2016, down 31.4 percent from the 1,253 units in the previous month, reported Channel NewsAsia, citing data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Including executive condominiums (ECs), developers sold 1,110 private homes, down from the 1,542 units sold in October.

The number of units launched by developers also fell from 1,467 units in October to 1,363 units last month.

Most of the sales took place at the Parc Riviera project in West Coast Vale, which sold 128 of the 200 units launched, and at Queens Peak in Queenstown, which sold 271 of its 736 units.

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Stronger home sales in Singapore and China and contributions from serviced residences and commercial properties lifted CapitaLand's third-quarter earnings.

Net profit for the three months to Sept 30 rose 28.4 per cent to $247.5 million from $192.7 million a year earlier.

Revenue was up 27.7 per cent to $1.37 billion, thanks to increased contributions from development projects here and in China.

The developer said yesterday that higher rental income from its commercial properties here and its serviced residences business also boosted turnover.

China and Singapore remained CapitaLand's core markets, accounting for about 83 per cent of its revenue.

"CapitaLand's operating performance has remained robust thanks to our optimal asset mix that provides us with stability and a strong recurring income stream despite a volatile market," said president and group chief executive Lim Ming Yan.

Its development projects The Nassim and Cairnhill Nine in Singapore, Riverfront in Hangzhou, New Horizon in Shanghai and Vermont Hills in Beijing all contributed to higher revenue in the quarter.

CapitaLand sold 206 homes here between July and September, bringing the total units sold in the first nine months of the year to 510, with a total sales value of $1.24 billion.

Sales hit 2,903 units in China in the quarter, taking the nine-month total to 9,176, with a value of 14.8 billion yuan (S$3.04 billion).

CapitaLand gave an update of the extension fees payable in this half of the year for unsold units at The Interlace and d'Leedon as at the "sell-by date" in its third-quarter earnings report.

These fees relate to Qualifying Certificate (QC) rules applying to foreign developers - including Singapore developers listed here but with foreign shareholders.

It estimated an extension fee of $2.36 million for The Interlace, which had 56 unsold units as at Sept 13, and $2.72 million for d'Leedon, assuming the 87 units still available at the end of September remained unsold by the Oct 21 deadline. The developer noted that these fees will have limited financial impact.

Quarterly earnings per share was 5.8 cents, up from 4.5 cents in the third quarter a year ago. Net asset value per share came in at $4.01 as at Sept 30, lower than the $4.21 at Dec 31, 2015.

Net profit for the nine months to Sept 30 dipped 7.1 per cent to $759.8 million, largely due to lower fair value gains from revaluation of properties and portfolio gains. Revenue was up by 12.5 per cent from the previous year to $3.4 billion.

CapitaLand expects property cooling measures to continue to weigh on the residential market here while the outlook for office occupancy and rents remains muted. Its portfolio of malls here is expected to continue to offer stable recurring income.

The counter closed three cents lower to $3.03 yesterday, after the earnings were announced.

 

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Property developer UOL Group is planning to launch two new residential projects in Clementi and Potong Pasir over the next two years, reported Singapore Business Review, citing a report from OCBC Investment Research.

The Clement Canopy, a 505-unit condominium in Clementi in which UOL owns a 50 percent stake, is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2017.

Raintree Gardens in Potong Pasir, which was acquired by the group via an en bloc sale with UIC Ltd, will be redeveloped into a 750-unit project that will hit the market in 2018.

UOL has seen healthy sales at its previously launched Singapore projects. The 797-unit Botanique at Bartley recorded a take-up rate of 96 percent, while Principal Garden and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">Riverbank @ Fernvale are 43 percent and 78 percent sold, respectively.

The three projects obtained their Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) in September 2015 and May 2016, respectively.

With this, the group’s revenue for the quarter climbed 11 percent year-on-year to $393 million, on the back of higher topline contributions across its hotel, property development and property investment segments.

Property development revenue, for instance, jumped 19 percent year-on-year to $207 million due to higher progressive recognition from Botanique at Bartley, Riverbank @ Fernvale and Principal Garden, said OCBC.

 

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Singapore developers posted mixed results in the third quarter of 2016, with City Developments Limited (CDL) reporting a profit increase and UOL Group registering a decline.

CDL saw its net profit for Q3 soar 60.1 percent to $170.3 million, from $106.4 million over the same period last year.

The group attributed the increase to robust sales in the property development segment, as well as gains from the divestment of its entire 52.52 percent stake in Hong Kong-listed City e-Solutions Limited.

Revenue climbed 14 percent to $922.8 million, driven by the property development segment, including maiden contributions from the Gramercy Park project in Singapore and Hanover House in the UK, as well as contributions from Coco PalmsD’Nest and The Venue Residences and Shoppes projects in Singapore.

As at 30 September 2016, CDL’s net gearing stood at 27 percent, excluding any fair value surpluses on investment properties, with $3 billion of cash and cash equivalents.

To enhance shareholder returns, CDL Executive Chairman Kwek Leng Beng revealed that the company is reviewing its asset portfolio and business model.

“We are accelerating our diversification initiatives and will continue to focus on improving the group’s performance wherever possible, across all segments – property development, hotel operations, investment properties and funds management,” he said.

“We have an exceptionally robust balance sheet and are building our war chest to capture attractive opportunities during this period of market dislocation.”

Meanwhile, UOL posted a 14 percent drop in net attributable profit to $87.1 million in Q3, due mainly to lower gross profit margin and contributions from joint venture companies.

The share of profit from associated and joint venture companies declined 35 percent to $29.1 million on the back of lower contribution from Archipelago and Thomson Three, which were completed in September 2015 and May 2016, respectively.

Group revenue, however, rose 11 percent to $393.4 million with the property development segment witnessing an increase of 19 percent to $206.6 million due to higher progressive revenue recognition from Botanique at Bartley, Principal Garden and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">Riverbank@Fernvale.

“Although new loans were secured to fund the group’s acquisition of 110 High Holborn in London and for advances to a joint venture company to fund The Clement Canopy at Clementi Avenue 1, these were largely offset by repayments with funds from operations,” the company said in an SGX filing.

 

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Property developer CapitaLand posted a total net profit of $247.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, up 28.4 percent from $192.7 million in the previous year, on the back of better operating performance.

Group revenue during the period also jumped 27.7 percent to $1.374 billion.

In an SGX filing, the group attributed the increase to higher contributions from CapitaLand’s residential business in China and Singapore, shopping malls in Malaysia and China, its commercial portfolio in Singapore, and newly acquired serviced residences.

The residential projects which contributed to higher revenue in Q3 included The Nassim and Cairnhill Nine in Singapore, New Horizon in Shanghai, Vermont Hills in Beijing and Riverfront in Hangzhou.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) also rose 7.7 percent year-on-year to $494.4 million in Q3, with Singapore and China remaining as key contributors.

Looking ahead, Lim said the group will continue to grow its assets under management through capital recycling, portfolio optimisation, fund management and management contracts.

 

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Queens Peak, Hao Yuan Investment’s 736-unit condominium project at Dundee Road, has been warmly received by buyers, with 242 units sold during its launch on Saturday (5 November).

One- and two-bedroom units accounted for 90 percent of all the units sold, while the project’s average price stands at $1,632 psf. The lowest transacted price was $1,406 psf.

The developer attributed the encouraging sales to the project’s good connectivity to the nearby Queenstown MRT station, as well as the fact that all units are at least eight storeys above ground.

“We have received feedback from buyers that Queens Peak is an attractively priced city fringe project made affordable for mass condominium buyers,” said Tan Zhiyong, Managing Director of MCC Land, the project manager for Queens Peak.

Meanwhile, the 752-unit Parc Riviera at West Coast Vale sold more than 100 units on Saturday, offering a “one-tier pricing scheme” for units found on the lowest floor to the 15th floor, reported The Business Times.

With the average price at $1,150 psf, more than 95 percent of units sold are those that come under the one-tier pricing scheme. Around 80 percent of buyers opted for the one- or two-bedroom units.

The scheme, which was originally planned to be offered only on Saturday, did not generate further interest when it was extended to Sunday, with only a few more units sold.

While location may have played a role in the project’s sales performance, EL Development Managing Director Lim Yew Soon noted that the manner by which smaller units were distributed in the project may have also been a factor.

The smaller units at Queens Peak are concentrated on the lower floors to keep the quantums low for investors, while Parc Riviera has similar unit types from the lowest to the highest floors. The developer kept the unit-type composition consistent on each floor due to the use of prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC).

Lim explained that it would be challenging for a project using PPVC to have different unit types stacked on top of another as this would require transfer beams and columns to be erected on each floor.

He also revealed that the project will revert to its original price list.

“We took quite a steep discount for the units on the higher floors so we can’t keep doing it all the time,” he said. “We are not planning for further discounts now. Based on the original pricing, it’s still attractive.”

 

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Property developer EL Development will offer a one-tier pricing scheme for its Parc Riviera condominium during the project’s soft launch this Saturday (5 November), reported The Straits Times.

The scheme will see units of the same type from the second floor to the 15th floor carrying the same prices.

A 603 sq ft two-bedroom unit, for instance, will be priced at $725,000, regardless of whether it is located on the second floor, the 15th floor, or anywhere in between. Units located higher up in the two 36-storey towers will have higher prices.

EL Development Managing Director Lim Yew Soon revealed that he came up with the novel strategy to give early buyers ‘maximum benefits’.

Typical early bird promotions that advertise units going for ‘$5xx,000’ usually leave buyers guessing a unit’s price as well as its level. He describes this approach as clichéd and ‘a bit old-fashioned’.

“We are telling people that the price starts from $550,000 for the one-bedroom (unit). We feel that $550,000 is an attractive price, even at the lower levels. But now that we have extended the price to 15 floors, it will be even more attractive,” he said.

Located near Pandan Reservoir, Parc Riviera comprises two 36-storey towers and a four-storey carpark. Sizes for the units range between 463 sq ft for a one-bedder and 1,711 sq ft for the biggest four-bedder. Around 64 percent of the development contains one- and two-bedroom units, said EL Development.

Lim noted that the price difference for units on the 15th and 16th levels will be ‘substantial’, by around five percent.

Meanwhile, property experts are optimistic about the scheme. In fact, PropNex Realty CEO Mohamed Ismail expects the strategy to be effective.

“This is one of the first times when a developer has dangled this type of carrot. This strategy will likely get greater interest from consumers as they have an incentive to come early to make up their minds, to get discounted prices for higher floors. There are real savings for the buyer,” he said.

Ong Kah Seng, Director of R’ST Research, on the other hand, said the strategy’s main purpose is to encourage buyers to ‘snap up’ units on the higher floors.

He added that units located on the higher floors of a 20-storey condominium are typically more expensive by up to 15 percent, compared to those located within the middle levels.

Although the scheme could mean that lower floor units may remain unsold for a while, this is immaterial since “the project would already have achieved a fairly good sales rate, resulting in the project achieving good break-even sales or even marginal profits”, said Ong.

 

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To entice early-bird buyers, the developer of West Coast condominium Parc Riviera is taking a novel one-tier pricing approach.

EL Development is offering units of the same type from the second to the 15th levels for the same price.

For example, a 603 sq ft two-bedroom flat will be priced at $725,000, regardless of whether it is on the second or 15th level - or anywhere in between.

Most developers charge higher prices for flats on higher floors because higher flats tend to be more popular for the views.

While flats will be priced the same between the second and 15th floors, flats higher up the two towers of 36 storeys at Parc Riviera will be offered at higher prices.

Mr Lim Yew Soon, EL Development's managing director, said he came up with the strategy as he wants early buyers to enjoy "maximum benefits".

Typical early bird promotions which might advertise units going for "$5xx,000" leave buyers guessing about the price and the level of the flat.

He said this approach was "a bit old-fashioned" and cliched. "We are telling people that the price starts from $550,000 for the one-bedroom (unit). We feel that $550,000 is an attractive price, even at the lower levels. But now that we have extended the price to 15 floors, it will be even more attractive," he added, saying this will get buyers to come in earlier.

The one-tier pricing scheme will be available only on Saturday at the condominium's soft launch.

Parc Riviera, located near Pandan Reservoir, comprises two 36-storey towers with a four-storey carpark. Unit sizes range from 463 sq ft for a one-bedroom unit to 1,711 sq ft for the largest four-bedder. EL Development said that about 64 per cent - are one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Mr Lim said the price difference between the 15th and the 16th floor will be "substantial", by about 5 per cent.

Property experts were optimistic about the move.

PropNex Realty chief executive Ismail Gafoor said that the strategy is likely to be effective.

"This is one of the first times when a developer has dangled this type of carrot. This strategy will likely get greater interest from consumers as they have an incentive to come early to make up their minds, to get discounted prices for higher floors. There are real savings for the buyer."

Mr Ong Kah Seng, director of R'ST Research, said that the main purpose of the strategy is to encourage buyers to "snap up" the higher floors.

Typically, units on the higher floors of a 20-storey condominium are more expensive by up to 15 per cent than those in the middle levels, he added.

While this might mean lower floor units could be unsold for a while, Mr Ong said that this is "immaterial" as "the project would already have achieved a fairly good sales rate, resulting in the project achieving good break-even sales or even marginal profits".

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Parc Riviera, Queens Peak aim to tap buyer interest amid good showing at other launches

Two new condominium projects - in West Coast and Queenstown - will open their showflats this weekend in the hope of capitalising on good sales at recent launches.

Prospective buyers can visit the showflat of EL Development's Parc Riviera in West Coast Vale over the next two weekends, ahead of its sales launch next month.

The other project vying for buyers is Queens Peak in Dundee Road, in Queenstown. It will open for preview on Saturday, with the sales launch scheduled for Nov 5, its developer Hao Yuan Investment said.

EL Development told The Straits Times the average selling price for units at the 752-unit Parc Riviera - a 99-year leasehold development - will be about $1,250 per sq ft.

"We want to price (the units) low at the start to attract early-bird buyers... If demand is there and the market improves, maybe we can consider raising the price slightly," noted Mr Lim Yew Soon, managing director at EL Development.

Parc Riviera comprises two 36-storey towers with a four-storey carpark. It is near the Pandan Reservoir and park connector. Key features include a panoramic deck with jacuzzis and pavilions on the rooftops of both blocks.

Unit sizes range from 463 sq ft for a one-bedroom unit to 1,711 sq ft for the largest four-bedder. EL Development said 480 of the 752 units - or about 64 per cent - are one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Mr Lim said: "Recent sales at The Alps Residences and Forest Woods are very encouraging... I think as long as the project is well designed and reasonably priced, there'll be takers."

Hao Yuan Investment's Queens Peak - also a 99-year leasehold project - appears to be better located, being near the Queenstown MRT station. It has 736 units, comprising one- to five-bedroom apartments and penthouses.

The sizes of the units at Queens Peak range from 431 sq ft for the one-bedroom unit to 2,002 sq ft for the five-bedder, and 4,768 sq ft for the largest penthouse.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments make up 62 per cent of the total units available there. The developer said premium units will have private lift lobbies, and all four penthouses will come with private pools, jacuzzis and private roof terraces.

"While market sentiment is buoyed by the recent recovery in sales, Queens Peak has very strong qualities... and as such, we have improved confidence at this moment," said Hao Yuan Investment, adding that selling prices have not been set yet.

The two upcoming showflat openings follow the positive response to new projects rolled out this month.

Forest Woods, a project by City Developments, Hong Leong Holdings and TID, in Lorong Lew Lian sold 65 per cent of its 519 units on its first launch weekend on Oct 8.

MCC Land's The Alps Residences in Tampines moved 280 of 626 units in a single day when it was put on the market on Oct 2.

Investor Eileen Gwee bought a two-bedder at The Alps Residences in Tampines for under $750,000, in the hope of leasing it out. "I am still confident about Tampines. It is a mature estate and a regional centre; an international school is nearby... so there should be rental potential," said Ms Gwee, a sales manager.

Newly launched projects such as Cairnhill Nine near Orchard Road, Gem Residences in Toa Payoh and Lake Grande in Jurong have also sold well.

"New projects have launched at reasonable price levels this year... In addition, several of the projects are relatively well located and have attractive characteristics, such as a retail podium and proximity to an MRT station," said Ms Alice Tan, Knight Frank Singapore research head.

Both Parc Riviera and Queens Peak are expected to get their temporary occupation permits at the end of 2020.

 

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