Investment sales of real estate are often seen as a gauge of developers and property investors’ confidence in the medium to long-term prospects of the property market. Investment sales of Singapore property – big-ticket deals of at least $10 million – continued to languish at around $3.5-3.6 billion this quarter so far . The year-to-date tally of around $8 billion is down from around $12-plus billion in the first-half of last year.
Industry player CBRE predicts that this year will end with around $12-15 billion of transactions, while Savills’ forecast is $16-18 billion — significant declines from last year’s $30 billion.
Industry players attribute the lacklustre showing in the first half to the overall cautious sentiment in the Singapore property market following the introduction of the total debt servicing ratio (TDSR) framework. As well, both foreign and local investors are being drawn to overseas markets. The cut-back in Government Land Sales (GLS) also contributed to the pullback in investment sales here.