31 Jul '13, 7am

Prices of HDB resale flats expected to moderate further in 2013: #sgproperty

Data released by the housing board for Q2 2013 revealed that prices in the resale flat market are easing, according to a report from wealth management firm Religare. In Q2, the Resale Price Index (RPI) rose 0.5 percent to 206.6 compared to a growth of 1.3 percent in the previous quarter. Aside from it being the second consecutive quarterly decline, the RPI for Q2 is also the lowest since the start of the global financial crisis in Q1 2009. “Analysts were unanimous in pointing out the particular impact of a tighter mortgage servicing ratio (MSR),” Religare said. Banks were required to cut the MSR for HDB housing loans at 30 percent of a borrower's gross monthly income. Moreover, the MSR cap for loans granted by HDB was also trimmed from 40 percent to 35 percent. “The MSR limit also meant lower loan quantum, which affected home seekers' ability to pay the cash-over-valuation...

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