Record 82 HDB resale flats sold for $1 million last year
HDB resale price rises also eclipse those in 2019, and experts tip market to remain strong
The number of Housing Board (HDB) resale flats sold for at least $1 million hit a new high last year amid a strong showing by the market despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to flash data from real estate portal SRX released yesterday.
There were 82 million-dollar flats transacted last year, compared with 64 for 2019, after 10 more of such transactions were recorded last month. They make up about 0.35 per cent of the total number of HDB resale flats sold last year.
Resale prices also rose for the sixth consecutive month last month, bringing the total price rise for last year to 6.4 per cent, much more than the 0.3 per cent increase in 2019.
ERA Realty head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak said: "The performance of the HDB resale prices and transaction volume illustrates that the adverse impact of Covid-19 and economic recession is like water off a duck's back."
HDB flash estimates released earlier showed that resale prices rose 2.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, marking the biggest quarterly increase in more than nine years.
For the whole year, resale prices rose 4.8 per cent.
Mr Mak said: "The resale transactions of HDB flats that recently completed the five-year minimum occupation period continue to exert their influence on the HDB price index.
"These newer flats are usually sold at higher prices than older flats in the same vicinity."
Some of the locations with new resale flats transacted at higher prices are in Dawson, Punggol and Boon Tiong Road, he said.
Meanwhile, SRX estimated that monthly sales hit 2,489 units last month. This was the seventh straight month where resale flat transactions surpassed the 2,000-unit mark, mitigating the sharp drop in sales in April and May during the circuit breaker.
The string of strong monthly sales took the total resale flat volume to 23,427 units for the whole of last year, and this is 4.3 per cent higher than in 2019.
Mr Mak said the pandemic may have fuelled that expansion of the HDB resale market.
"Before Covid-19... applicants for HDB Build-To-Order (BTO) flats may have had to wait about three years to get the keys to their new flats.
"The pandemic led to bottlenecks and delays in the construction of many public housing projects. As a result, some potential HDB BTO applicants are turning to the resale market for their home purchases."
Areas like Bishan Street 24 and Dawson Road saw some of the million-dollar HDB resale transactions last month. The highest transacted price for a resale flat last month was achieved at $1,218,888 by a five-room Design, Build and Sell Scheme unit at Natura Loft in Bishan.
The HDB resale market is likely to stay strong this year, experts said.