Here’s What Property Prices In 2010 Can Teach You In 2020
- February 16, 2020
- 4 min read
There’s a famous saying that goes,
History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.Kurt Vonnegut
Talk about an astute saying.
Especially so when you hear the same usual comments every property cycle.
“Property prices are too high! There’s no way it can keep going up!”
“$900 PSF for Punggol? Siao, who will pay that kinda price!?”
Here’s a teaser of a property pessimist that you would usually encounter.
But look at what has happened since then, the cycle has moved on – the value of properties in Singapore has risen up and up.
For those of you who’ve been around for long enough, you’ll know that the property market operates in cycles.
This means that while you have periods of long growth, there are also periods where prices are stagnant, or worse still, dips.
Sure, you might think that property prices now are way out of line. It might seem unsustainable, but the truth is – we’ve all been there before.
So since we are currently in the year 2020, let’s just take a walk down memory lane and look at prices (and pieces of news) back in 2010.
It’s quite fascinating to see what the consensus of the market was a decade ago.
Would you be surprised at where prices were back then?
It might have sounded like a crazy price back then, but in hindsight 10 years on, does it suddenly look reasonable to you?
Let’s look at the Lakefront Residences, launched in 2010 and setting a record PSF for the area then at an average price of $1,020 PSF.
Bear in mind, this was after a period where there were significant cooling measures that were set earlier during the year.
- Introduction of seller stamp duty (SSD) for property and land sold within 1 year.
- Loan to Value (LTV) lowered to 80% from 90% for all mortgage loans.
- Holding period of SSD increased to 3 years from 1 year
- Minimum cash payments raised to 10% from 5% for buyers with one or more housing loans
- LTV lowered to 70% from 80% for second property
Here’s another example, the Minton – Launched in 2010 at an average price of $850 PSF
At those prices back then people were still finding it difficult to adjust as it only sold about 180 out of 300 in its first weekend – basically it underperformed on launch day. With a 2 bedroom at the Minton currently going for at least $1 million, I’m sure those prices today would be a no brainer.
Lastly, Terrene at Bukit Timah is currently transacting at an average of $1,500 PSF. Not mind-blowing, but it has appreciated nonetheless.
2010 to 2019 District PSF Comparison
Let’s now take a look at how much property prices have increased on average by PSF since 2010.
District 1 was a real surprise, but we’ll get to that in another article!
And just to keep things interesting – properties that have the highest appreciation since 2010, sorted by district.
|Condo Name||2019 PSF||2010 PSF||District||Change|
|EMERALD GARDEN||$ 2,017.50||$ 1,461.90||1||38%|
|CRAIG PLACE||$ 1,757.50||$ 1,164.00||2||51%|
|ENG HOON MANSIONS||$ 1,100.00||$ 717.67||3||53%|
|TELOK BLANGAH HOUSE||$ 1,642.00||$ 1,150.00||4||43%|
|PALM MANSIONS||$ 1,160.50||$ 685.50||5||69%|
|HERITAGE PLACE||$ 1,701.00||$ 1,243.00||7||37%|
|SOHO @ FARRER||$ 1,437.00||$ 939.33||8||53%|
|336 RIVER VALLEY||$ 2,462.00||$ 972.25||9||153%|
|Royal Court||$ 1,100.00||$ 698.25||10||58%|
|CORONATION GROVE||$ 1,570.00||$ 875.00||10||79%|
|MINBU VILLA||$ 1,176.50||$ 734.00||11||60%|
|ST FRANCIS LODGE||$ 1,100.00||$ 634.00||12||74%|
|SOMMERVILLE LOFT||$ 1,091.00||$ 595.00||13||83%|
|KINGSTON TERRACE||$ 1,093.00||$ 646.50||14||69%|
|TAIPAN JADE||$ 1,110.50||$ 463.00||15||140%|
|CASA FLORA||$ 897.00||$ 556.40||16||61%|
|AZALEA PARK CONDOMINIUM||$ 910.33||$ 608.58||17||50%|
|DOUBLE BAY RESIDENCES||$ 1,070.81||$ 756.40||18||42%|
|CHOON KIM HOUSE||$ 1,000.00||$ 567.00||19||76%|
|MARYMOUNT VIEW||$ 1,328.67||$ 769.56||20||73%|
|IVORY HEIGHTS||$ 901.28||$ 538.93||22||67%|
|NICON GARDENS||$ 644.00||$ 323.00||23||99%|
|ROSEWOOD||$ 733.08||$ 603.40||25||21%|
|HONG HENG MANSIONS||$ 857.00||$ 557.17||26||54%|
|SELETARIS||$ 815.00||$ 611.90||27||33%|
|MIMOSA PARK||$ 996.50||$ 587.50||28||70%|
Let me just take the time to highlight something very important – I am in no way advocating that every property will make money. There are some that will have lost money, even if you had bought them way back in 2010.
But it’s really common knowledge that the value of a property will increase over time.
It might not grow consistently, but in general, you should expect to see it increase.
So looking back at property prices, in a way, helps you to look forward.
Some might say, of course! Who wouldn’t want to buy houses at prices of yesteryear?
Let’s be honest, if that were possible, we could all bag some absolute bargains.
But you know what they say, hindsight is 20/20.
When all is said and done, as long as you take the time to do the right research, and follow a proper strategy, your long-term outlook will be favourable.
This will be true no matter how unsure the market seems to be, or how high current property prices are.
After all when you look back at prices in 2010 with a feeling of remorse, just imagine – how much prices could possibly be at a few decades from now!