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Short Term Rentals of Less than 6 Months are Illegal in Singapore

This has been illegal under URA rules for short term rentals less than 6 months in duration but is now legislated. Such homes are being listed on popular websites like Airbnb. Owners of private properties violating this law face a maximum fine of $200k and up to 1 year jail time. A major factor in this decision has to do with privacy and the sanctity valued by owners of private properties and complaints have gone up by 60% according to a CNA report. But the government is studying the option of creating a new category of homes that can be used for short term rental but for now its illegal.

To read more:

Channel News Asia Report: Short Term Rentals of Private Property Illegal but Govt Mulling

Straits Times Report: Parliament - Short Term Home Rentals Illegal Under New Law

New Paper Report: Short term home rentals like Airbnb now illegal, government looking at changes 

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Resale Prices of Private Property Fall Further in June 2014

A tentative report by the Singapore Property Exchange showed that resale prices of private property dropped another 1.4% in June. Prices are at the lowest over the last 1 1/2 years since Dec 2012. Starting at the Core Central Region (CCR) and moving outwards through the Rest of Central Region (RCR) and Outside of Central Region (OCR), the prices fell 1.7, 3.2 and 0.3% respectively. The OCR prices dropped the least because the properties here have lower prices. The CCR and RCR properties have to deal with unsold units and curbs on resale such as ABSD. Encouragingly, the number of resale units that exchanged hands has increased 7.9% to about 452 units. 

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Sales of New Launch Private Homes Fell in June 2014

Sales of new launch private homes which almost doubled from April to May 2014 has decline 68% in June. Only 482 units were sold compared to the 1488 units in May 2014.  This partly due to the fewer units (418 units) launched compared to the previous month (1819 units).

 

Month No of Units Comments
Dec 2013 259 15k homes sold in 2013 
Jan 2014 565 2028 in Jan 2013
Feb 2014 739
Mar 2014 480
Apr 2014 745 Lake ville Condo (207), Sky Habitat (130, 1377psf avg)
May 2014  1470  Coco Palms (OCR, 590, $1018psf),  Commonwealth Towers (RCR, 275 units, $1626 and Panaroma (OCR, 100 units, $1241 psf, relaunch)
Jun 2014 482 Fewer units launch

* Year to date sales 4445 units, Jan to Jun 2014.

Interestingly, units at developments such as Thomson Three have been quietly moving.

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Sales of New Launch Private Homes Doubled in May 2014

 

Sales of new launch private homes almost doubled from April to May 2014 with 1470 units sold according to the URA. If ECs are included, the total units sold last month would be 1528 units compared to 797 in April 2014. This has been attributed to the larger number of new homes launched in May - 1790 which is greater than 3X the number launched in April (600 units).

Sales in the Core Central Region was 2%, Rest of Central Region (RCR) 34% and Outside Central Region (OCR) 64%. Three developments - Coco Palms, Commonwealth Towers and The Panorama made up 65.6% of sales. Two points may be noted for these properties - lower psfs and location. Last month Sky Habitat and Laveville were the top sellers.

In June, several factors may lead to lower sales - school holidays and World Cup Fever and although developers may launch ahead of the lunar 7th month period in August.

 

Month No of Units Comments
Dec 2013 259 15k homes sold in 2013 
Jan 2014 565 2028 in Jan 2013
Feb 2014 739
Mar 2014 480
Apr 2014 745 Lake ville Condo (207), Sky Habitat (130, 1377psf avg)
May 2014  1470  Coco Palms (OCR, 590, $1018psf),  Commonwealth Towers (RCR, 275 units, $1626 and Panaroma (OCR, 100 units, $1241 psf, relaunch)

* Year to date sales 3963 units, Jan to May 2014.

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One Third of Home Buyers Do Not Understand TDSR

The TDSR or Total Debt Servicing Ratio cooling measure has been highly effective in cooling down the market. According to this article by PropertyGuru - http://www.propertyguru.com.sg/property-management-news/2014/5/37778/1-in-3-home-buyers-do-not-understand-tdsr-survey, a UOB survey has shown that one out of three home buyers do no understand TDSR. Borrowers know less about how TDSR affect them than they think. TDSR takes into account all personal debt including vehicle loans and credit card bills when determining how much a borrower can loan to invest in property.

Without this understanding, buyers may find that they don't qualify for a loan for the property they desire and have to consider downsizing their investment or even give up the idea altogether. They may aspire to own a property in a good location and growth potential only to find that its out of their financial reach. The best way to start the property search is for buyers to visit their banker and get a better idea of how much they can borrow for a new property based on their current debt situation and to consider their overall financial plan carefully.

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