Private home prices expected to rise by 3-10% in 2018

Property prices in Singapore could rise at a median rate of 5.5 percent.

Analysts believe Singapore’s private housing market has indeed rebounded, with prices increasing for two straight quarters following a four-year slump.

In fact, a Bloomberg survey of 11 property experts revealed that private residential prices here are forecasted to rise at a median rate of 5.5 percent, or between three percent and 10 percent for the whole of 2018.

Moreover, the market recovery bodes well for the city-state’s home builders, which are set to report their financial statements next month. For instance, City Developments Limited (CDL) is expected to post an annual profit of $ 563.4 million, while UOL Group’s full-year net income is projected to rise by 9.4 percent.

“Despite the strong run last year, valuations are not yet stretched, particularly in comparison with past periods of a property upcycle,” said Janus Henderson Investors investment analyst Low Xin Yan, adding that the strong performance of property stocks will continue.

Meanwhile, Maybank Kim Eng Securities analyst Derrick Heng reckons that it is “far too early to be worried” over a potential supply glut due to ongoing en bloc sale frenzy, as the homes to be built on such sites won’t enter the market until 2020 at the earliest.

 

Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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