HOMEBUYER sentiment continued to hold up over the weekend, with units of CapitaLand's The Wharf Residence selling fast.
The property giant launched 100 units last Friday, of which 85 were snapped up that same day.
The Wharf Residence is a 999-year leasehold condominium, located off the hip Mohamed Sultan Road, comprising four residential towers and 13 conservation shophouses.
Over the weekend, CapitaLand released more units and sold another 24. During its launch last year, 25 units were sold. The weekend sales bring the total number of units sold to 134, as of 4pm yesterday.
With 173 apartments in the development, CapitaLand has chalked up a respectable tally of nearly 80 per cent sold.
In a press statement yesterday, CapitaLand said that it sold the units at an average price of between $1,300 and $1,600 per sq ft (psf). Prices are down, lower than the range of $1,429 psf to $1,708 psf seen in the third quarter of last year.
Another selling point could have been the stamp duty absorption and interest absorption scheme.
Ms Patricia Chia, chief executive of CapitaLand Residential Singapore, said that four out of five of the homebuyers were locals. The rest of the buyers hailed from Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Canada and Vietnam.
She added that the heritage homes will be launched for sale soon.
The sales of The Wharf Residence suggest that the healthy performance of the property market, as seen by the strong showing in new private home sales last month, is set to continue.
Source: Straits Times, 18 May 2009