Auction property sales hit S$63.1m

Auction sales in Singapore have hit approximately S$63.1 million so far this year, down 27 percent compared to the S$87 million recorded in June 2010, according to a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Auction House report.

The number of mortgagee sales was less than half the total sales registered over the same period last year, mainly attributed to the improved economy. Meanwhile, the proportion of owners’ sales has surged, as auctions are now accepted as a good, transparent method of sale.

“Many owners are also taking advantage of the auction process and are attracted to the higher level of 10 percent upfront deposit required. Commercial property is still in favour with investors as evidenced by the latest auction on 23 June 2011 where properties sold were mainly commercial,” said Mok Sze Sze, Head of Auctions at JLL.

The global real estate services firm also reported that it achieved total sales of S$16.21 million during the 23 June 2011 auction, a record amount in a single auction since early 2010.

“The inherent advantage of having no cooling off period and the opportunity to achieve optimum price through this competitive auction process is a deciding factor for owners using this method of sale,” said Mok.

JLL’s July auction will be held on 21 July 2011 at the Amara Hotel.

Source : PropertyGuru – 30 Jun 2011

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