02 Jun '14, 7am

Some tough decisions await #HDB upgraders #housing #home #upgrade

FOR a health check of the private residential market, an investor needed only to check out the sales at an upmarket condo project in Ang Mo Kio when it was relaunched recently. The developer attracted scores of buyers in a flat market - but only after slashing prices by 12 per cent. The discounting lends credence to the forecasts made by some property analysts that private residential prices may fall by between 10 and 15 per cent over the next two years. There are a range of issues feeding into this narrative, from both the supply and demand sides of the equation. On the demand side, Nomura analyst Sai Min Chow recently noted home buyers' waning appetite for mass market condos. She estimated that of the 12,200 unsold homes built on land sold by the Government since December 2011 - when the additional buyer's stamp duty (ABSD) was introduced to cool the buying fervour - 8,2...

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