26 May '14, 7am

Property players vanishing from market - Property Auctions News, Property Investment | PropertyGuru

With hardly any new projects or land bids in recent years, some developers have disappeared from the scene due to financial woes and tougher competition, media reports revealed. These boutique developers, such as Raffles Medical Group's Esquire Land and Indonesia-oriented Sinarmas Land, were active in the 1980s and 90s, when freehold land costs less than $100 million and profit margins exceeded 20 percent, said Chesterton Singapore’s Managing Director Donald Han. Another example is Waterbank Properties, former transport group DelGro Corp’s property division, which left the property industry in September 1998. On the other hand, some property players are only active when the market hits rock-bottom, such as Ho Bee Land and Lippo Group. “These are the early movers who read the market well, tend to take risks and generate the highest returns,” Han explained. “When the market ...

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