26 Apr '13, 7am

HDB resale prices grow at slower pace #PR

The HDB Resale Price Index (RPI) climbed 1.3 percent to 205.5 in the first quarter of 2013 from 202.9 in Q4 last year. But this signifies a drop from the 2.5 percent growth seen in the last three months of 2012. Resale transactions also declined by 23 percent to 4,335 units in Q1 from 5,631 in Q4 last year. Mohamed Ismail, CEO of PropNex Realty, attributed weaker Q1 growth to the five percent ABSD, the additional five percent cash outlay for permanent residents (PRs) purchasing a resale flat and the revised Mortgage Servicing Ratio (MSR). “The latest revised MSR has impeded many potential buyers from the ability to buy as it had reduced the quantum that they can borrow. With this latest policy introduced in January, home sellers are cautious of the risks as they may not be able to secure sufficient loan for their next home purchase.” “We are starting to see the desired eff...

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