In Nov 12, when i was analyzing Q3 prices, i mentioned a bubble forming in the industrial zone and that cooling measures round 7,8,9 and 10 are on its way.
On my blog post on D Leedon on Jan 3rd, i said the government will probably need to step in again.
Well, here you go. On Jan 11, the government introduced one of its most "comprehensive" property cooling measures, covering HDB, ECs, Industrial units and Condominiums with effect from 12th Jan.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam said: "The reality we face is that interest rates are extraordinarily low, globally and in Singapore, and continue to add fuel to our property market. We have to take this further round of measures now, to check recent market trends and avoid a more serious correction in prices further down the road."
Will it work this time? Frankly your guess is as good as mine.
In my post on 24 Nov 2012, i mentioned that you need another global financial crisis for prices to retreat. My view remained the same. The prices will not fall unless we see a sharp drop in the stock market due to company failures. Only a drastic fall in investors sentiments will we see a meaningful correction. Alternatively, you need a dramatic increase in borrowing costs (i.e. interest rates) but I don't see that happening soon either.
Will Round 7 will be effective in killing off the investors' demand, especially those who already owned one property? My gut feel is "Don't Count on it". The government has not plugged one loophole in preventing current one home owners from getting more "loan" out of their first property to pay the down payment for the second property but it may dampen sentiments in a "knee-jerk" reaction.
The Car is foaming as well!
Not only are we seeing bubbling record prices in property, we can witness that in COE prices where Cat A prices hit a record high of $92,100.With BMW and Mercedes trying to game the "CAT A" category and a falling quota, it is no wonder that Cat A prices are where they are right now! In my view, the government should not allowed loans to be "borrowed" against the COEs. It just doesn't make sense and a car bubble is foaming right now....if the government don't stop that, the prices will cross the $100k soon and that will exceed the value of my entire SRS portfolio as of 31 Dec 2012? It's pretty crazy.