07 Apr '11, 10pm

Home Business Property Are completed properties bearing brunt of cooling measures?: by Colin Tan The latest flas...

The latest flash estimates showed private property prices rose by a slower 2.1 per cent in the first quarter from the preceding three months while HDB resale prices increased just 1.6 per cent. I must admit that I did not think it was possible to rein in HDB resale price rises so soon. This is because the problem here is not so much of dealing with strong demand but the lack of supply. Owners have to occupy their HDB flats for five years before they can be sold on the resale market, so the supply of such flats is almost completely inelastic. However, there will always be an inelastic core who need their flats urgently. You can close the door to investors and persuade others to apply for BTO (Built-To-Order) flats with more attractive pricing plans. You can clamp down on abuse and get existing owners to think about selling off their HDB investments. Once all of this is done...

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