Private home sales fall in January with fewer property launches

Sales of private homes fell 16 per cent in January from the previous month as developers scaled back property launches.

Excluding executive condominiums (ECs), developers sold 322 new units last month, down from the 384 units sold in December, data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority showed on Monday (Feb 15). Including ECs, 478 new units were sold last month, down from 508 units.

The fall in sales came as developers held back from launching new units, with 146 hitting the market last month, down from the 173 launched in December.

Commenting on the numbers, Eugene Lim, Key Executive Officer at ERA Real Estate, said that the current downturn in the stock market has had an impact on buyer sentiment, with property sales “somewhat affected”.

“Also, there were no major launches as the market was gearing up for the Lunar New Year festivities,” he said.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 15 Feb 2016

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