Top Stories


    Jun 05, 2015

    Prices of resale flats unchanged last month: SRX

    CALVIN Koh has been watching the resale Housing Board (HDB) market for about six months, eyeing the right time to buy a five-room resale flat.

    Prices have been falling but the 36-year-old engineer has held back - until now.

    "I've been eyeing a five-roomer in a few places such as Clementi and Ghim Moh. Prices have been falling but the decline has been slower over the past month," he said. "I'll probably make an offer next week. Fingers crossed."

    The latest data on the resale HDB market seems to back Mr Koh's observation that the sharp resale HDB market downturn could be nearing its end.

    SRX Property data released yesterday showed that resale prices were unchanged last month, as compared with April, when prices rose 0.2 per cent over those for March.

    Volumes declined slightly by about 2.2 per cent, with 1,575 flats changing hands last month, compared with the 1,610 sold in April.

    But compared with May last year, the number of flats sold was nearly 20 per cent higher - a firm sign that buyers are back on the hunt.

    Overall, resale prices are about 5 per cent lower, compared with those of May last year.

    The market has generally been on a downward slide, but experts are expecting the market to stabilise and even bottom out soon. They point to the combination of slowing declines in prices as well as steadily rising volumes as reasons for believing that the worst is over for a slowdown caused by policy measures.

    ERA's key executive officer Eugene Lim said resale prices have flattened out.

    "This may be an indication that market prices have begun to stabilise," he said. "As the market continues to stabilise, buyers will have more confidence and we may see the increase in resale transaction volume become sustainable."

    But SLP International executive director Nicholas Mak believes that there is still downward pressure on prices.

    "We could see a bottom emerge towards the end of the year and this is largely because the government-induced cooldown will take a while to work its way through the system," he said.

    National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan had previously said that he expects the market to fall further this year, although at a slower pace than last year.

    Resale prices have fallen by about 11 per cent since their peak in 2013, said SRX.