08 Jul '11, 6am

After 3 rounds of cooling measures, what's next for Singapore property buyers?

Recently, I was on a panel discussion at Bank of America's Asian Stars 2011 conference. The topic that day was "Regional Housing Policy: How Bad Can it Get?", and panelists included the head of research of Centaline Group, the vice-chairman of Hong Kong Housing Society and the vice-president of Malaysia Property Inc. What was apparent from the panel was that despite strong government action, private residential property prices in major cities in Singapore, China and Hong Kong have continued to spike. As a result, governments face increasing pressure from middle- and low-income groups to ensure housing remains affordable. Thus, in Singapore as elsewhere, the prospect of more cooling measures should be taken as a given. The current property boom is a result of a potent mix of massive wealth creation in Asia over the past decade, the availability of cheap credit in recent yea...

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