15 Mar '17, 8am

Singapore property prices seen easing despite relaxed property curbs: Fitch

Singapore property prices seen easing despite relaxed property curbs: Fitch

WHILE measures to cool Singapore's property market are expected to be gradually lifted in the coming years, home prices are likely to continue falling amid oversupply and rising interest rates, Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday. The rating agency said Singapore's efforts to curb property speculation in an environment of low global interest rates had been effective. Speculative purchases have declined as, from 2009, restrictions on mortgage lending were made progressively tighter and stamp duties were raised. House prices have now fallen in each of the last three years and housing loan growth has slowed steadily since 2011. "We expect further gradual loosening over the coming years, as the authorities balance supporting the market with guarding against risks,'' it said. Fitch said macro-prudential settings are still tight, while high vacancy ratios, a slower pace of immigrati...

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