Singapore home prices climb, defying virus restrictions

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Modern residential area in Singapore full of yachts parked in the marina. People live in small compact smart home apartments close to the neighbour, but yet surrounded by lush green tropical rainforest and ocean water. This aerial view shows the Keppel Bay area in the southern tip of Singapore.
Singapore private homes prices rise in Q3. (PHOTO: Getty Commercial)

By Faris Mokhtar

(Bloomberg) — Singapore home prices rose in the third quarter, showing resilience despite persistent coronavirus restrictions that have disrupted the market.

Private property values climbed 1.1% from the previous quarter, according to Urban Redevelopment Authority data on Friday. That’s higher than the flash estimate of 0.9% and the second quarter’s 0.8% growth.

While price gains have slowed from 3.3% in the first quarter, they reflect the property market’s resilience despite Singapore’s start-stop measures to counter Covid-19 infections. Like many other countries, the city-state has seen strong demand for homes during the health crisis, with buying from ultra-rich foreigners fuelling the trend.

Singapore is trying to live with the virus, but it’s reopening the country cautiously amid a surge in cases, with the daily tally surging past the 3,000 mark. It imposed a fresh round of curbs that were to end this month, but with infections showing no signs of abating, the government extended those restrictions until the end of November.

While home prices have grown, sales have declined for two straight months as the virus measures steered away buyers and deterred developers from launching new residential projects.

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