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Home prices on city fringe, suburbs still rising strongly

PRICE increases for high-end homes in the central areas may be easing, but not so for homes on the city fringe and suburban apartments – where prices are still rising strongly.

Urban Redeveloment Authority figures showed growth in the prices of uncompleted apartments in the central areas slid from 7.8 per cent to 7.6 per cent from October to December. Price increases for city fringe units, on the other hand, rose from 7.6 per cent to 8.3 per cent.

Growth in the prices of uncompleted apartments in suburban areas also crept up to 9.2 per cent from 9.1 per cent.

Dr Chua Yang Liang, head of research, South-east Asia, at Jones Lang LaSalle, said home prices in the suburbs would keep growing by 24 per cent to 26 per cent this year. This would be supported by home owners looking for new homes after being disloged by collective sales.

Last year, 14,811 new homes were sold.

Mr Li Hiaw Ho, executive director of research at CB Richard Ellis, meanwhile, expects price rises and sales volume to moderate this year.

‘Luxury prices are likely to stabilise at current levels, while mid-tier and mass market prices may have the potential to rise by 10 per cent to 15 per cent,’ he said.


Source: The Straits Times 26 Jan 08

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