Singapore's Declining Rental Trends

Singapore's Declining Rental Trends


In the dynamic realm of Singapore's real estate, the winds of change are blowing, especially in the private residential leasing sector. According to the recent findings by Savills Research, the leasing volume has experienced a significant 9.8% year-on-year decline in 3Q2023. This downturn, though part of a larger global trend, is not without its nuances and implications for both landlords and tenants alike.

Understanding the Landscape: Key Insights

  1. Volume Decline and Regional Variances:

    • Total leasing transactions for private homes in 3Q2023 amounted to 23,145, a notable drop from 25,657 in the same quarter of the previous year.
    • The Core Central Region (CCR) bore the brunt of this decline with a significant 10.4% year-on-year decrease. Other regions, including the Rest of Central Region and the Outside of Central Region, experienced declines of 10.1% and 9.0%, respectively.
  2. Factors Influencing the Decline:

    • High residential property supply and challenging global economic conditions are primary contributors to the decline. Savills Singapore predicts a continuation of these challenges into the next year, with an anticipated rental decline of about 5%.
  3. Rent Growth Trends:

    • The rental index of non-landed private residential properties showed a slow quarter-on-quarter growth of 0.2% in 3Q2023.
    • Notably, rents in the CCR declined by 1.7% quarter-on-quarter, indicating a potential plateau, particularly in the high-end market segment.
  4. Micro-Market Dynamics:

    • River Valley and Downtown micro-markets experienced a higher quarter-on-quarter drop compared to other areas, signaling localized challenges.
    • Despite these challenges, non-landed residential property rents are expected to see a 10% year-on-year rise due to a robust performance in the first half of the year.
  5. Supply-Demand Imbalance:

    • New residential property supply continues to outpace net demand, leading to an increase in the vacancy rate for private homes to 8.4% in 3Q2023.
    • With 17,000 new residential units expected to be completed by the end of the year and an additional 9,900 units projected for next year, the supply-demand imbalance is likely to persist.
  6. External Economic Influences:

    • Economic headwinds in Europe and Asia are impacting multinational companies, leading to increased cost-consciousness. This is expected to influence the number of foreign workers quartered in Singapore, further impacting the rental market.

The current trends in Singapore's private residential leasing market suggest a nuanced landscape, influenced by global economic conditions, supply-demand dynamics, and regional variations. As we navigate through these changes, it becomes crucial for landlords, tenants, and investors to stay informed.

Source: EdgeProp

Key Highlights:

  • 9.8% year-on-year decline in private residential leasing volume in 3Q2023.
  • Anticipated rental decline of about 5% in the coming year.
  • CCR experiences a 10.4% year-on-year decrease, leading the decline in leasing volume.
  • Slow quarter-on-quarter growth in rental index, indicating potential market plateau.
  • Supply continues to outpace demand, contributing to an 8.4% vacancy rate in 3Q2023.

Call to Action: If you are a landlord, tenant, or investor in Singapore's dynamic real estate market, staying informed is key to making strategic decisions. Connect with us to get the latest updates, insights, or to discuss any property inquiries you may have. In a market influenced by multifaceted factors, knowledge is your greatest asset. Let's navigate this together!

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