29 Jan '14, 7am

What does it mean when prices of both private & public housing recorded sharper than expected declines? #sg #sgnews

What does it mean when prices of both private & public housing recorded sharper than expected declines? #sg #sgnews

Evidence is mounting quickly that Singapore's housing market is slowing down on all fronts. Prices of both private and public housing recorded sharper than expected fourth quarter declines, with Housing Board (HDB) resale flat prices marking their first annual decline since 2005. Property analysts said cooling measures and stricter home loan rules are biting deeper. Prices of HDB flats fell more than for private homes in the fourth quarter. On the private home front, the fall was the first quarterly drop in about two years, while rents slid for the first time since 2009. Experts do not expect a turnaround this year, given a looming flood of new homes, an uncertain global economy and the continued impact of property measures. At the same time, loan curbs and softer flat prices will mean HDB upgraders have less to spend. Private home prices fell 0.9% in the fourth quarter, a...

Full article: http://www.iproperty.com.sg/news/8216/Singapore%E2%80%99s...

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