Many Sentosa Cove Homes suffering losses

Sentosa Cove properties may have the Singapore’s most prestigious address, but they may not be the guaranteed money spinners many of their rich owners thought when they bought them.

Many of the Sentosa Cove transactions over the past year recorded losses. Of the total of 30 units recorded , 16 suffered losses when they were sold, and 11 notched profits.

The largest loss was at Seascape. A seventh-floor unit, which had been purchased for $12.8 million in June 2010, chalked up a loss of $6.6 million. The 378 sq m apartment was put up for auction in January and sold through private treaty to a buyer with a HDB home address for $6.2 million in February.

The next largest loss was also at Seascape – $4.65 million in the red, after the eighth-floor unit went under the hammer for $6.35 million in a mortgagee sale (Oct 2016). The previous owner bought the unit for $11 million in December 2011.

For those who have made profits in this prestigious location, on example includes a house in Ocean Drive. One savvy investor made a $4.1 million profit for his landed property at 184 Ocean Drive. The owner purchased it for just $2.7 million in February 2005 and sold the 316 sq m terrace house for $6.8 million in May last year.

Sentosa Cove is the only place in Singapore where foreigners need not be permanent residents in order to buy landed property.

The second-largest profit recorded was at The Azure, where a 294 sq m unit was sold in May last year for a profit of $1.158 million – 10 years after it was purchased.

The 30 properties were sold for between $1.68 million and $6.8 million. The average profit of the 11 profitable transactions was about $820,900, while the average loss of the 16 loss-making transactions was about $1.67 million.

Prices at Sentosa Cove have been falling. In the core central region, which takes in Sentosa, private non-landed home prices continued on a downward trend, falling by 0.4 per cent for the first quarter of this year, compared with a 0.1 per cent increase in the previous quarter. Overall, prices fell by 1.2 per cent in the core central region last year.

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