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Keen interest in Tampines EC penthouse.

Keen interest in Tampines EC penthouse.

SINGAPORE – The penthouse at an executive condominium (EC) in Tampines that sparked controversy over its lavish appointments seems to have attracted plenty of interest.

The 514-unit EC itself, City- Life @ Tampines, was more than three times subscribed with more than 1,700 applications received by the deadline yesterday.

Mr Jeffrey Hong, chief executive of marketing agent Global Property Strategic Alliance (GPS), noted that about 30 per cent of sales hotline inquiries it received were geared towards either the 4,342 sq ft penthouse or the six skysuites.

The skysuites are four- and five-bedroom units with a living or dining room that opens out to a wrap-around open terrace just below the penthouse floor.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan earlier said in a blog post that developers should remember the policy intent of ECs: to help Singaporean families earning $12,000 or less a month buy a condo for a price under the market rate.

His post came on the back of reports about a string of ECs sold at sky-high prices.

The developers, a consortium comprising Amara Holdings, Kay Lim Holdings and SingXpress Land, added that the dual-key and larger-sized units drew the most interest.

Amara Holdings chief executive Albert Teo noted that the response was “overwhelming” in the light of the project’s December launch, which is typically quieter due to it being the school holidays and festive period.

CityLife opens for booking on Dec 29.

Applications for The Topiary in Sengkang, a 700-unit EC, also closed this week.

Kheng Leong, who is developing the project in a joint venture with Qingjian, told The Straits Times that just over 600 applications were received during the five-day application period which closed on Tuesday. Sales start tomorrow.

The Topiary will have units ranging from 753 sq ft to 2,476 sq ft, with prices ranging from $580,000 for a two-bedroom unit to an expected minimum of $1.28 million for penthouses.

Experts said location is key to why an EC in a mature estate like Tampines attracts more interest than in Sengkang, which also has a larger supply of ECs in the pipeline.

OrangeTee head of research and consultancy Tan Kok Keong noted that CityLife also received a lot more hype and had fewer units.

But there is likely to be a saturation point for the EC market and the turning point could happen some time next year, he added.

“There have been a record number of new EC launches and the Government can consider putting more EC sites on the reserve list of the land sales programme for the first half of next year instead,” Mr Tan said.

One applicant, senior manager Alvin Leow, hopes to secure a three-bedroom unit at CityLife.

“I’m surprised at the response. I chose CityLife as it was in a mature estate and close to the MRT station and shopping malls,” he said.

“But it looks like my chances are slim now, since I’m also a second-time applicant.”

(Source: The Straits Times)

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in General, Residential

 

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Developers rolling out fresh projects as year ends

Liberte @ Sarkies Road - Freehold new launch next to Newton MRT

Liberte @ Sarkies Road – Freehold new launch next to Newton MRT

THE property market usually puts its feet up as Christmas and New Year approach, but this year looks to be an exception with a string of new launches planned.

Forget the school holidays and festive wind-down; developers are keen to push out their projects while the housing market is still healthy.

They have prepared landed and non-landed projects with thousands of units slated for release.

Launches that could be pushed out by the year end, market conditions willing, include The Whitley Residences in Whitley Road, Liberte in Sarkies Road, Kingsford @ Hillview Peak, Village @ Pasir Panjang, Echelon near Redhill MRT station, Michaels’ Residences in Chestnut Avenue, Trilinq in Clementi and Spottiswoode Suites in Spottiswoode Park Road.

At least three other executive condominium projects – CityLife @ Tampines, Forestville in Woodlands and The Topiary in Sengkang – are also expected this month alone.

The launches range from landed to non-landed homes, and mass market to high-end apartments, so home buyers with a range of budgets and preferences will be spoilt for choice.

Marketing materials for freehold strata-landed housing project The Whitley Residences in district 11, for instance, put prices at $850 per sq ft (psf) and above.

The Hoi Hup Realty development consists of 58 semi-detached homes of 5,199 sq ft to 7,104 sq ft and three terraced houses of between 4,801 sq ft and 6,620 sq ft.

The 700-unit suburban executive condominium project The Topiary will have units ranging from 753 sq ft to 2,476 sq ft. Prices range from $580,000 for a two-bedroom unit while penthouses are expected to fetch at least $1.28 million.

Online applications opened last Friday while sales will start on Friday.

SP Setia’s 483-unit Eco Sanctuary along Chestnut Avenue in Bukit Panjang recorded almost 200 sales since its preview two weekends ago, and is expected to be officially launched over the weekend. Prices start from $900 psf, say marketing agents.

But some developers have chosen to delay their launches until next year.

Tuan Sing Holdings’ Sennett Residence in Potong Pasir will be released next month, said chief financial officer Chong Chou Yuen, although marketing agents are already collecting interest.

He cited the slower festive and school holiday period as part of the reason for the later launch.

Sennett Residence will have 338 units comprising one- to five-bedders and penthouses. It will also have three 18-storey towers and a five-storey block with an Olympic-size pool at the top. Market watchers expect prices to start from about $1,400 psf.

Experts note that developers are keen to ride on the wave of robust new home sales this year.

Mr Lee Sze Teck, senior manager of training, research and consultancy at Dennis Wee Group, said: “Buying sentiment is still good and we are headed towards a record year of sales, so developers are keen to continue building on that momentum.”

Low interest rates are also supporting the market, he added.

There were 19,507 private homes sold in the first 10 months of this year – easily eclipsing the record of 16,292 sold in the whole of last year.

HSR Property Group special adviser Donald Han said prices at new launches are likely to plateau in the short term given the October cooling measures.

“But if you look at how land prices have been moving over the past few months, it looks like there could be further price upside for certain launches that take place in the second or third quarter next year after this period of stabilisation,” he added.

(Source: The Straits Times)

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in General, Residential

 

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