13 Jan '13, 5pm

Singapore Home Prices May Post First Drop in 5 Years on Curbs - Bloomberg

Singapore rolled out the most “comprehensive” housing measures since it started cooling the market in 2009 and may drive prices lower for the first time in five years, Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. and Barclays Plc said. Homebuyers had to pay 5 percentage points to 7 percentage points more in stamp duties starting Jan. 12, the government said in a statement a day earlier. It also added a levy for sellers of industrial buildings, whose values have doubled over three years, and imposed a tax of as much as 15 percent if the properties are sold within a year, it said. The latest measures follow government efforts that started almost four years ago to rein in residential property prices. Those steps have included barring interest-only loans for some housing projects and barring developers from absorbing interest payments. The new rules may limit gains for the stocks of Singapore’s...

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