Thursday, September 22, 2011

Caution in the local property market

SINGAPORE - The drop in the number of bids for land sale sites appears to indicate that a degree of caution has settled in the property market.

A recent Urban Redevelopment Authority land tender for a commercial site along Robinson Road and Cecil Street closed with only three bidders.

According to a report by DBS Group Research, the "response was lukewarm" on the back of the global uncertainties and potential knock-on impact on the office rental market.

The winning bid for the commercial site was S$311.8 million, or S$882 per square feet per plot ratio (psf ppr). Still, DBS said the winning bid was "fair despite being below at the lower end of earlier market expectations of S$995 psf ppr.

Meanwhile, bids by developers for residential government land sales have also moderated.
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Source : MediaCorp Press Ltd  by Linette Lim


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