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Sharp rise in private home purchases in Q2

Number of resale units up 41%; new sales by developers jumped 36.8%

[SINGAPORE] Here's a possible reason why the authorities are not inclined to remove any property cooling measures just yet: There was an across-the-board increase in caveats lodged for private home purchases in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter.

DTZ's analysis of URA Realis caveats database shows a 37.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase in the total number of private homes transacted to 3,369 units in Q2.

A segmental breakdown showed that the number of units picked up in the resale market climbed nearly 41 per cent or 386 units to 1,328 units in Q2 from 942 units in Q1 - ending three consecutive quarters of decline.

New sales by developers too rose by 511 units or 36.8 per cent...

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