Riding the 2021 trend of brisk home sales, a total of 1,547 new private units were sold in November, a 69.8% (m-o-m) increase, as compared to the 911 units (updated figures from URA) in the previous month.
On a yearly basis, this was the highest number of units sold for the month of November since 2011, when 1,702 units changed hands. Developers launched a total of 1,283 units in November, with 71.3% of units coming from the 2 new launches CanningHill Piers and The Commodore.
The top selling project for the month of November was the newly launched CanningHill Piers, it sold 82.8% of its 696 units at a median price of $2,887 psf. In addition, the highest transacted price in the month was also from CanningHill Piers. The project’s only penthouse was sold for $48 million ($5,360 psf).
Predominant demand for smaller sized units at CanningHill Piers
Notably, there was an increase in demand for smaller sized units in the project. The majority of the transactions were concentrated in the size range of 474 to 560 sq ft, which were the 1-bedders with study rooms. This accounted for about 38.0% of the 576 units that were transacted. Next most popular were the 2 bedders, which comprised about 29.0% of all transactions.
Significant number of CanningHill Piers transactions by foreigners
Despite a hefty percentage of 80.2% Singaporeans purchasing units at CanningHill Piers, there were at least 43 foreigners and 71 Singapore Permanent Residents purchasing these units as well. The project has an ease of accessibility to the CBD (Central Business District) and the downtown core, which will be attractive to these groups of buyers who could be commuting to work.
In terms of popularity, CanningHill Piers was the second best selling new launch condominium among foreigners for the 11 months of 2021,with the first being Normanton park, which had 59 units purchased by foreigners.
Over 70% of units sold for The Commodore and The Watergardens At Canberra
The second best selling project was The Commodore. It sold 74.9% of its 219 units at a median price of $1,513 psf. The Commodore is the third new development to be launched in the Canberra area this year. The previous other developments were The Watergardens At Canberra (launched August 2021) and Provence Residence-EC (launched May 2021).
Both The Commodore and The Watergardens At Canberra sites are next to each other, which were both awarded under the Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme. Buyers are spoilt for choice as average prices of both projects are very similar, and they share equal proximity to the Canberra MRT station (under 500m).
Not surprisingly, both projects have crossed the 70% mark in sales, but bigger families are more likely to be attracted to The Commodore as it offers more 4 and 5 bedrooms.
Continued robust demand in the new home sales market
It has been a favorable 2021 for the private new home sales market. Resilient demand accelerated the number of new home transactions to a record high.
The total number of new home sales for the first 11 months of 2021 rose to 12,467 units – a 24.9% (y-o-y) surge compared to the 9,982 units sold in 2020.
Greater number of months in 2021 with over 1,000 new homes sales
In 2021, a greater number of months had private new home sales above the 1,000-unit mark as compared to 2020. With Singapore gradually easing Covid-19 measures, private new home sales has seen pre-covid level performance resuming – as more demand for attractively priced projects continue to garner momentum.
Surge in new home sale transactions in District 5
District 5 has the highest number of new home sales transactions so far in 2021. The district enjoyed about 65.2% (y-o-y) increase in sales, growing from 1,389 units transacted in 2020, to 2,295 units sold in 2021. This is due to more new launches entering District 5, especially projects that have a higher quantum of units of more than 500 units. Normanton Park was one of the primary contributing new launch projects for the rise in new home sales in district 5. Other projects include Parc Clematis and Clavon as well.
We can expect sales in December to be moderate – as typically sales are lull due to the school holidays. However, we anticipate the new launches Perfect Ten, Mori and Zyanya will spur demand for the month.
Nevertheless, this will be the highest number of new home transactions since the previous high in 2013, when 14,948 units were transacted. As we look forward to 2022, we can expect the robust demand to continue, with a dwindling inventory of unsold units and a progressive pick up in en bloc sales.
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