The Ritz-Carlton Residences deal worth S$16.5million is the top Q1 gainer; the seller makes S$4.9million profit

The five biggest transactions in Q1 by value are all in the Core Central Region.

The seller of the 3,057-square-foot (sq ft), unit at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Singapore Cairnhill, made a tidy S$4.9-million profit.

Cushman & Wakefield’s data for The Business Times shows that the 33rd-floor unit in the District 9 freehold luxury development was sold in January for S$16.5m or S$5,397 psf. BT reported that this was the first time in 2023 since the prices of prime residential properties had exceeded S$5,000 per square foot.

The seller made a profit of S$4.9m or 42 % over the original purchase price of S$11.6m (S$3,795 per sq ft).

A seller who held the property for nearly eight years made a profit of 4.5% per annum.

Data also revealed that all five of the top-performing transactions in Q1 by dollar value were sales in Singapore’s Core Central Region (CCR). The data showed that the prices and unit sizes were higher in this area.

Four of the five were freeholds, which are usually more expensive

The Q1 data shows that prime properties were the most affected by the loss of value, both in terms of percentage and dollar amount. The biggest losses ranged between SS$381,000 to S$983,555. These units were purchased at different times in the market cycle.

The CCR deals were also the most loss-making transactions in the last two quarters. In Q4 2023 the losses ranged between S$281,000 and S$2.39million, while in Q3 they ranged from S$267,000 up to S$700,000.

In terms of both quantum and percentages, the deal that spewed out the most red ink during Q1 was a freehold condo Robinson Suites located in District 1. In January, it was sold for S$1.8m or S$1,922 per sq ft. It was 35% lower than the original price in May 2013 of S$2.78m (S$2,972psf). This translates into a loss of 4 percent per year based on a 10-year holding period.

Executive condominium (EC), in terms of gains in percentage, continued a trend which began in Q1 2023

Treasure Crest EC was the top seller of resale units, with sellers making up to S$921,000.

The five 99-year leasehold apartments in Sengkang in District 19 were held on average for around eight years, before they were sold at a high profit between 98 and 106 percent.

The top-selling unit was a 1,249 square foot Treasure Crest apartment, sold in January for S$1,79 million (S$1,434 per sqft). The unit was originally sold for S$869,000 ($696 per sq ft) in July 2016, which is 106 percent more. The annualised profit was 10.2 percent, based on a holding period of seven years.

Four of the top five percentage gainers, excluding ECs were units located in the suburb Outside Central Region. The unit located in the Rest of Central Region, also known as the city fringe or RCR, was the most profitable by percentage.

In March, a 1,346 sq. ft. unit in the Eastwind Mansions freehold condominium along Joo Chiat Terrace (District 15) was sold for a little more than S$2,000,000 (1,487 S$ psf). The seller made S$900888 or 82% profit over the original price of S$1.1m (S$818psf) for April 2017. This translates to an annualised gain of 9.1% based on holding period of 6 years.

Cushman & Wakefield’s study examined caveats on non-landed homes

Cushman & Wakefield’s study examined caveats on non-landed homes purchased between January 2012 and February 2024. The analysis excluded transaction fees and taxes such as stamp duties for both buyers and sellers.

According to caveat data for landed and non landed private homes, 55 percent of all loss-making transactions in the first three months of this year were prime CCR properties. RCR properties accounted for 36% of these deals and OCR properties for 9%, according to caveat data.

Although the CCR had a higher share of losses, the majority of CCR deals – 84 percent – were profitable.

Due to the strong local demand and property owners’ high holding power, there was a low proportion of losses in both landed and non-landed deals. The low unemployment rate and the strong balance sheets of households helped to support these.

Analysts predict that despite the fact that buyer affordability is still a problem and buyer resistance will likely grow because of high interest rates and rising housing prices, overall loss-making deals are expected to remain low over the next few quarters.

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