Credit Bureau just recently release a report on consumer credit behaviour and how people use credit balances, as well as their payment delinquency and default rates in both secured and unsecured credit facilities. Home loans are examples of secured facilities, while unsecured debt refers to loans with no collateral, like those racked up on credit cards or overdrafts.
The highlights are as follows:
1. Mortgage loan applications rose 20 % in the three months to March 31 from the preceding quarter. The average mortgage for people aged between 21 and 29 had the greatest quarter-on-quarter change among several age groups, rising 3.4 %.
Home loan applications could have been given a boost after the Government tweaked some property cooling measures in early March since the curbs were implemented in 2009. For example the seller’s stamp duty holding period for homes bought from March 11 was shortened to three years from four years. Subsequently the sales of new private homes surged to a near four-year high in March.
2. Motor vehicle loan applications rose 4.13 %. Consumers aged between 30 and 34 had the most significant change in motor vehicle loans, with average borrowings up 5.1 %.
3. Credit card applications fell 5.97 %, while those for personal loans dropped 5.94 %. Credit card applications still made up 72 % of about 331,600 new credit applications across all facilities in the first quarter, with home loans next on 14 %. People aged between 35 and 39 were doing better than others when it came to paying off debts, with their delinquency rate for credit cards falling 5.4 % quarter-on-quarter, while the personal loan rate dropped 8.74 %.
Home owners at The Albracca in Meyer Road are hoping to cash in on the hot collective sale market. The property is up for sale for about $62 million to $65 million, which works out to about $1,262 to $1,323 per sq ft per plot ratio for the 11-unit freehold development near Tanjong Rhu, located opposite the upcoming Katong Park MRT station slated to be ready in 2023.
Apartment sizes at the 10-storey The Albracca range from 1,658 sq ft to 3,972 sq ft, thus each owner may get from $3 million to over $7 million from the enbloc sale.
The 23,400 sq ft Meyer Road site is zoned residential, with an allowable gross plot ratio of 2.1 under the 2014 Master Plan. The property’s prime location being near Katong Park MRT station, excellent views and a lower price quantum should attract to a wide pool of developers.
The site can potentially be redeveloped into a high-rise project, housing 65 apartments with an average size of 70 sq m or about 750 sq ft.
The four en bloc deals with a combined value of $1.5 billion sealed so far in 2017 were: One Tree Hill Gardens of District 9, Goh & Goh Building of Beauty World area as well as former HUDC estates Rio Casa and Eunosville.
The value so far has already surpassed the three deals worth $1 billion done for the whole of last year.
The resale volume for Housing Board (HDB) flats fell by 11.6 % last month from May, with 1,753 HDB resale flats were sold last month (June), compared with 1,984 in May.
At the same time, resale prices last month fell slightly, by 0.1 %, compared with May. The resale prices for the types of flats are as follows:
– three-room flats slipped 0.2 %.
– four-room flats fell by 0.3 %.
– five-room HDB flats fell by 1.5 %
– executive flats rose by 1.7 %
Across the board, HDB resale prices have fallen by 11.7 % since their peak in April 2013. Since June last year, prices have fallen slightly, by 0.2 %.
In June, HDB resale prices in mature estates rose by 0.8 % from May, compared with a 0.9 % dip in non-mature estates.
538 landed homes were sold in the second quarter – this is the highest quarterly volume since the fourth quarter of 2012. Overall, the number of landed homes sold has increased, driven by falling prices and limited supply of landed homes. URA flash estimates released recently indicated that prices of landed residential properties fell further by 0.4 % for Q2, down from a 1.8 % drop in the previous quarter.
The market for good class bungalows (GCBs) is lukewarm although the market for smaller bungalows in GCB areas is on a rise. Good class bungalows (GCBs) are the most prestigious segment of landed property in Singapore.
In a first for residential properties in Singapore, 191 private terraced houses in Geylang Lorong 3 will be returned to the state when their leases run out at the end of 2020, with no extension allowed.
For the 33 home owners who are still residing there, time is running out. They will have to hand back vacant units to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) when their leases run out in 31/2 years, with no compensation.
Only 33 units are owner-occupied. The remaining units are used for religious activities or are rented out to foreign workers when the homes’ original owners moved out over the years.
This is the first time that a residential plot of land will reach the end of its lease. The 2ha plot of land in Geylang Lorong 3 will be earmarked for future public housing, but the SLA did not give a timeline for when the redevelopment process will start or be completed.
Keppel Group has put 112 Katong, a mall in Katong/Joo Chiat area, up for sale, expecting offers around $500M. The mall, which is on a site balance of 61 years, has NLA of 207,160 sqft of retail space, plus 300 plus car park lots in the basement. The mall was first put in the market in April, with an asking price of $559M. The occupancy rate is 84%, with some units left vacant for possible refurbishment.