Singapore home prices climbed to a record in the second quarter as gains in suburban housing values accelerated, leading to new government measures on property loans at the end of last week.
The island state’s private residential property price index rose 0.8 percent to 214.9 points in the three months ended June 30, extending a 0.6 percent increase in the first quarter, according to preliminary estimates released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority today. The pace of gain in suburban home prices more than doubled from the previous three months.
Record home prices amid low interest rates raised concerns of a housing bubble and prompted the government to widen a four-year campaign in January to curb speculation prices in Asia’s second-most expensive housing market. Singapore on June 28 unveiled new rules governing how financial institutions grant property loans to individuals, extending efforts to curb excessive price increases.
“In the immediate-term, there could be some negative impact on property sales as buyers and banks alike take time to digest how the new framework impacts them,” analysts Desmond Ch’ng and Wilson Liew at Maybank Kim Eng Securities said in a note to clients today. “We maintain our view that the mass market residential segment is the most vulnerable to downside price pressure.”