Delays in new project launches as Phase 2 heightened measures return
SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Market sentiment took a beating following the government announcement that Singapore will be returning to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from July 22 until August 18. (See also: Residential resale rebound widens price gap between new launch and resale market)
The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) informed property agents that in line with the tightened restrictions, the number of visitors per group for those visiting project sales galleries or properties, will once again be reduced from five to two. Door-to-door marketing and flyer distribution to businesses and households will have to cease from July 22 until further notice.
Some developers have been swift to act.
The sales booking date for The Watergardens at Canberra, which was scheduled for July 31, has been deferred until further notice (Photo: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
The Watergardens sales launch deferred
Joint venture partners, UOL Group, Singapore Land and Kheng Leong Co., announced their decision to close The Watergardens at Canberra’s sales gallery from July 21. The move is to ensure “the safety of our buyers and partners”, according to a media statement on July 20.
The Watergardens at Canberra, a 448-unit private condominium development at Canberra Drive previewed on July 17. The reopening of the project sales gallery, and sales booking date scheduled on July 31, “will be deferred, pending further announcements from the government,” the statement added.
“Visitorship to The Watergardens at Canberra showflat has been healthy since our launch preview over the weekend,” said Jesline Goh, chief investment & asset officer at UOL. “However, we believe that closing the showflat given the latest government announcement is the right thing to do as safety is our utmost priority.”
The Watergardens was poised to be the first new project launch since the Canberra MRT station opened in November 2019, Goh had said at the project’s media briefing a week ago.
Located within a five minute walk of the Canberra MRT station on the North-South Line, The Watergardens sits on a 296,722 sq ft, 99-year leasehold site with 16 five-storey residential blocks. Units are a mix of two- to four-bedroom units, with sizes ranging from 646 to 1,528 sq ft. Two-bedroom units will start from below $920,000, three-bedroom units from under $1.3 million, and four-bedroom units from $1.8 million.
Overall prices will start from $1,382 psf. “We believe The Watergardens at Canberra will be the most affordable new launch in 2021 at the doorstep of an MRT station,” said UOL’s Goh.
Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex concurs. “It is hard to find new OCR [Outside Central Region] projects with prices starting from under $1,400 psf,” says Gafoor. “As the number of affordable homes available in the Outside Central Region is limited, The Watergardens should see good take-up.” Beyond this short-term uncertainty and tightened measures, Gafoor remains confident that Watergardens will see “reasonably good take-up at launch”.
Artist's impression of the 50m lap pool at Parc Greenwich (Photo: Parc Greenwich website)
E-application of Parc Greenwich postponed
Frasers Property and CSC Land, the joint developers of the 496-unit Parc Greenwich executive condominium (EC) at Fernvale Lane in Seletar, is also said to be postponing its e-application date, which was scheduled for July 22.
According to a notice sent out to property agents, the developer said: “In accordance to the revised safe management measures announced today, our commencement of e-app for Parc Greenwich will be postponed till after August 18, 2021”.
Demand for Parc Greenwich is expected to be strong as the last EC project to be launched was in 2013, points out Lee Sze Teck, head of research at Huttons Asia. It was Lush Acres, which saw 76% of its total of 380 units snapped up on the first day of launch in August 2013.
Parc Greenwich will be the third EC project to be launched this year, and the only one in 2H2021. The first two EC projects were launched in 1H2021. Right off the bat was the 700-unit Parc Central Residences at Tampines Street 86, off Tampines Avenue 10. Launched in January, the project is over 86% sold at an average price of $1,171 psf. The second EC launch was Provence Residence in May. The 413-unit EC at Canberra Crescent is about 62% sold to date, with average price at $1,155 psf, based on caveats lodged as at July 20, 2021.
A three-bedroom premium showflat at Pasir Ris 8, where the developer, Allgreen Properties and Kerry Properties, have decided to go ahead with the launch this weekend, after it previewed a fortnight ago (Photo: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
Pasir Ris 8 proceeding with weekend launch
Meanwhile, Pasir Ris 8 by Allgreen Properties and Kerry Properties is expected to go ahead with its launch this weekend (July 24-25). The 487-unit private condominium is located within an integrated development that includes a direct link to the upcoming Pasir Ris Mall, Pasir Ris MRT and future interchange station, as well as bus interchange. Pasir Ris 8 is expected to see units priced upward of $1,500 psf.
“We will honour our obligations to our buyers, and we will make sure that we conduct our launch in the safest manner for our buyers, agents and staff as their safety is our utmost priority,” according to an Allgreen spokesperson.
Despite concerns about the pandemic, Pasir Ris 8 is still expected to see relatively strong sales, says Gafoor. “Last month saw 872 new homes sold, despite not having any new project launches,” he observes. “Even if Pasir Ris 8 is the only new launch for the month of July, I expect the number of new homes sold to be comparable or even higher than it was in June.”
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