Popular executive condos sold in July 2017


Executive Condominiums remain popular

Executive condominiums have been a fairly popular property type among home buyers in the recent past.

This has come on the back of rising HDB and private condominium prices, leaving fresh graduates, HDB upgraders and those about 5-10 years in the workforce stuck in the middle.

People like ECs because of the public to private conversion that happens after 10 years. In the shorter term, the EC behaves like a public HDB flat, with no subletting or sale allowed in the first 5 years.

We take a look at how ECs have performed in July 2017.

No doubt the standout project is Hundred Palms Residences at Hougang/Serangoon. All the units in this development were sold out within an afternoon given its fantastic location.

The developer likely knew reception would be strong, given the 2,000 e-applications submitted for the 500+ units there, and priced it at the higher end of ECs around Singapore.

Regardless, the project was well received. Buyers paid a median price of S$843 psf, the highest among all ECs sold in the month of July in 2017.

Project No of units sold Median price S$psf
Hundred Palms Residences 531 843
The Vales 2 836
The Visionaire 65 830
The Terrace 1 802
The Brownstone 24 798
Westwood Residences 33 798
INZ Residence 65 796
Sol Acres 42 794
Parc Life 63 790
Northwave 43 776
The Criterion 62 768
Signature at Yishun 45 765
Bellewoods 2 695

At the lower price end of the spectrum is Signature at Yishun and The Criterion.

Signture at Yishun

Signature at Yishun is located about 1-2km from the nearest MRT station Khatib, though one of its selling point is the view of lower Seletar reservoir.Signature at Yishun

Signature at Yishun view of lower Seletar
Signature at Yishun view of lower Seletar

The Criterion

Right beside Signature at Yishun is The Criterion which also posted one of the lowest selling prices in July 2017 of S$768 psf.

The Criterion clubhouse
The Criterion clubhouse

Long story short, location plays a big factor, regardless of the view one has of a reservoir or beach for that matter.

But for those looking for bang for buck and a lower-than-average purchase price, the Signature at Yishun and Criterion will tick those boxes.

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Somewhere in the middle

For those looking for an EC that is decently located with average prices, Sol Acres provides good value for money.

With a sun-shiny tag line, “365 days of Happiness”, and a cheerful color scheme, Sol Acres does give the other ECs a run for its money.

Sol Acres EC is located in between Keat Hong and Teck Whye LRT station, which are both respectively 2 and 3 stations from Choa Chu Kang MRT station.

Median prices in July 2017 came in at S$794, which was right in the middle for all ECs where there were units sold in the month.

Sol Acres Logo

Sol Acres
Sol Acres

Graphical sale prices

For the month of July 2017, this is how the sale price of EC units look like graphically.

At the higher price end is Hundred Palms residences while Bellewoods is at the lower end.

Median price EC units sold July 2017

Sought after property type

ECs continue to be a sought after property type among Singaporeans. The unfortunate thing is that there are very few ECs left for purchase due to the government reducing the number of GLS sites for sale in the second half of 2016 and first half of 2017.

From HDB’s website, the next upcoming EC is at Anchorvale Lane.

Anchorvale Lane EC from HDB
Anchorvale Lane EC from HDB

The property is already being marketed as Rivercove Residences. Taking reference from the sale prices in July 2017, the likely starting price of Rivercove Residences is likely to be around S$79x to S$8xx.

Further ahead, there is only one EC site put up for sale by HDB named Sumang Walk.

This site will be put up for sale in Dec 2017. For those who are thinking of buying, the winning developer can only start marketing it after 15 months i.e. Feb 2019.

This is a really strange government policy, but who knows what they’re thinking.

In the meantime, those desperate for a house, no luck for you. :'(

Sumang Walk HDB
Sumang Walk HDB GLS

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  1. ECs continue to be favoured by buyers in the market
  2. Location plays a big factor in popularity. See Hundred Palms Residences for example.
  3. There’s only 2 more ECs visible in the pipeline, Rivercove Residences and one GLS at Sumang Walk.

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