Well we’ve already slide into almost about 3 – 6 months of hourglass movement where the sellers’ market has eventually toppled over fully by the buyers. Inevitably this has uncannily become the same for the landlords to the tenants.
Buyers and Tenants are now the one with the say in the market.
We’ve seen newspaper reports on more retrenchments homing in after the Chinese New Year period which is about just 3 weeks away, which would cost more people to be distressed and worry about their mortgage loans; especially for those who have taken up Deferred Payment Scheme (DPS) for the new projects which are getting their TOP in 2009/ 2010.
Should the current crisis be affecting the buyers who bought on DPS, even if they have secured a loan with the bank, there might be still be chances these people might default. Again, those who would be in serious trouble are those who hasn’t secure a loan from the bank yet 3 months ago as local banks has taken their stances by already reducing their loan value of only up to 80% of the intended purchase property (The last I knew, UOB, OCBC and DBS is confirmed at 80% rate).
Buying/ Renting Opportunities
With property prices setting to slide further, this creates many possible opportunities of good buys as well as securing a good bargain for rental be it even for commercial or residential.
For the Residential Buyers
We’ll be seeing buying opportunities even in the prime districts like 9, 10, 11 affected. It probably would be a good time to buy for investment in Q2 of 2009 when we would see the full impact of the crisis after consumers cuts their spendings after Chinese New Year and more people losing their jobs. As gloomy as it is, those people who are in-the-money from the enbloc craze in 2006 – 2007 and hasn’t bought anything would have the last laugh.
I’ve seen good condominium units in Devonshire and Jervois going at very realistic and good price medians. Kudos to those who’re waiting.
For the Commercial Tenants
Business which are not affected badly by the crisis or are expanding could take this time to renew a decent tenancy with the landlord or look for even more bigger spaces to expand. Landlords are definitely in a softer position and would not be as skeptical as a year ago to listen to tenants’ proposals. If you have been a good tenant and punctual on your rents, they will definitely try to retain you.
Indeed the chinese phrase 危机 (the flip of two sides, the danger times and opportunities) has become imminently true for people who’re ready for the buying/renting to ride the next boom in at least 2011, 2012.