Singapore’s housing market among the weakest: Knight Frank
Prices of private residential properties in Singapore continued their downward trend, falling by 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 from the previous year, according to Knight Frank’s latest Global House Price Index.
On a quarterly basis, prices slipped by 0.2 percent from Q3 2015. Singapore was ranked 51st out of the 55 housing markets tracked by Knight Frank, which puts it among the weakest performers, Ukraine and Greece.
Between 2009 and 2011, prices of private units surged by 62.2 percent, but have dropped by 8.41 percent since then.
Analysts believe that a number of factors will continue to put pressure on the property market, such as the large pipeline supply of units, weakening demand amid low economic growth, and the market cooling measures which remain in place.
Meanwhile, the world’s housing markets recorded three percent growth on average in 2015. Turkey leads the rankings with prices ending the year 18 percent higher, said Knight Frank.
The consultancy added that its outlook for the year is muted. “We expect the index’s overall rate of growth to be weaker in 2016 than 2015. The global economy is experiencing a potentially dangerous cocktail of low oil prices, a strong dollar and a continued slowdown in China,” said Kate Everett-Allen, Head of International Residential Research at Knight Frank.
Picture Source: Singapore sits close to the Ukraine and Greece as having one of the world’s weakest housing markets.
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