29 Jun '17, 4am

Not time yet to ease property cooling measures: MAS chief Ravi Menon

SINGAPORE: The property market in Singapore has “substantially stabilised” over the last three years, but it is not time yet to ease the cooling measures, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) managing director Ravi Menon said on Thursday (Jun 29). Speaking at the release of MAS’ annual report for 2016/2017, Mr Menon said the cooling measures remain necessary amid strong demand for private residential properties from home buyers and investors. Over the medium term, property prices are expected to be aligned with broader income trends in the economy, Mr Menon said. Private residential property prices have declined by nearly 12 per cent over the last 14 quarters, following an increase of close to 60 per cent over 17 quarters. Ultimately, he said, residential property purchases are financed by buyers’ income, which is dependent on GDP growth. Advertisement Advertisement “If p...

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