25 Jun 2024
The Office Segment: Market Dynamics and Outlook
Property Insight

Overview of the Singapore Office Market

The office market in Singapore is a vital component of the national economy, functioning as a hub for business operations, professional services, and corporate headquarters. In recent years, the market has undergone significant changes driven by economic shifts, technological advancements, and evolving work patterns. Singapore's dynamic and globally connected city environment continues to attract multinational corporations and startups, fostering a vibrant business ecosystem.

Impact of the Global Pandemic

The global pandemic accelerated the adoption of flexible work arrangements, leading companies to reassess their office space requirements. This has influenced the demand and supply dynamics of office spaces. Additionally, government initiatives, such as the decentralization strategy and the enhancement of business districts, have impacted the office market.

Economic Growth and Sector Performance

In Q1 2024, Singapore's economy grew by 2.7% year-on-year and 0.1% quarter-on-quarter. The real estate sector, specifically, showed a year-on-year growth of 0.6%. Significant growth was observed in sectors such as Information & Communications (6.3%) and Finance & Insurance (6.5%), driven by increased demand and higher transaction volumes.

Office Space Prices and Transactions

Office space prices showed signs of moderation, with the URA office price index indicating a reduction in the rate of price adjustments. Key transactions in the first four months of 2024 included significant deals such as the $33.3 million sale of a 21st-floor office unit at Vision Exchange in Jurong Gateway. This building is notable for its high-quality specifications and modern amenities.

Office Rentals and Vacancy Rates

The URA office rental index showed a moderation in office rents in the Central Region, with a slight decrease in Q1 2024. However, median monthly rentals increased in the Central Area and Outside Central Region. The volume of office rental transactions grew by 9.5% quarter-on-quarter, with a significant increase in the total leasing value. The island-wide vacancy rate for office space tightened from 9.9% in 4Q2023 to 9.6% in 1Q2024.

Future Outlook and Strategic Shifts

Businesses are exploring strategies such as moving out of prime locations, repurposing buildings, or investing in tech-enabled work environments. According to the Business Expectations Survey, business outlook remains positive, with a notable improvement in hiring demand. The number of business entities grew by 4.0% in the first four months of 2024.

Flexible Work Arrangements

Starting from December 2024, all employers in Singapore must consider formal requests for flexible work arrangements (FWAs). These guidelines aim to promote work-life balance while acknowledging that not all roles are suitable for FWAs. Employers are not obligated to approve every request, and the guidelines are not intended to influence business decisions regarding hiring practices or locations.

Conclusion

The report provides valuable insights into the current state and future outlook of the Singapore office market. It highlights the importance of understanding market dynamics, economic growth, rental trends, and policy impacts for strategic decision-making in the evolving office landscape of Singapore.

This summary aims to equip stakeholders with crucial information to navigate the office market effectively, ensuring informed business planning and investment decisions.

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Prepared By: 

Mohan Sandrasegeran 

Head of Research & Data Analytics  

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Resilient 1H2024 Growth in CCR Non-Landed Property Market

In the first half of 2024, the non-landed property market in the Core Central Region (CCR) showed resilient growth despite a slight moderation in the second quarter. Prices in the CCR adjusted by 0.2% in 2Q2024, following a 3.4% increase in 1Q2024. Overall, non-landed prices in the CCR rose by 3.2% during the first half of 2024, significantly outpacing the 0.8% increase seen in the first half of 2023. This growth was likely driven by an increase in transactions at the $10 million and above price point, highlighting the robustness and potential of the non-landed property sector in the CCR.

Top-Selling New Project Launches in CCR for 1H2024

The best-selling new project launches in the CCR for the first half of 2024 included:

• 19 Nassim: Sold 35 units at a median price of $3,334 per square foot (psf).

• Watten House: Sold 33 units at a median price of $3,246 psf, attributed to its location in a sought-after Good Class Bungalow neighborhood.

• Klimt Cairnhill: Sold 32 units at a median price of $3,402 psf.

• One Bernam: Sold 16 units at a median price of $2,690 psf.

• Enchanté: Sold 9 units at a median price of $2,821 psf.

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Skywaters Residences Leads High-Value CCR Launches in 1H2024

High-value new launch condominiums, particularly those priced at $10 million and above, saw notable transactions in 1H2024. Key developments included:

• Skywaters Residences: Achieved a record price of $47.3 million ($6,100 psf) for a unit, setting a new benchmark for luxury living.

• 32 Gilstead: Transacted three units at prices around $14.5 million.

• Watten House: Continued strong performance with units sold around $11.8 to $12.2 million.

These transactions underscore the enduring appeal of premium properties to wealthy foreign investors, with Skywaters Residences capturing significant interest due to its exclusive residential experience and prime location.

Underlying Presence of High-Value Resale Condo Transactions in 1H2024

The resale condominium market in 1H2024 also saw significant transactions, particularly those exceeding the $10 million threshold. Notable transactions included:

• The Ritz-Carlton Residences Singapore, Cairnhill: Two units sold for $16.5 million each ($5,397 psf).

• St Regis Residences Singapore: Sold a unit for $14 million.

• Hilltops, The Marq On Paterson Hill, Ardmore Park, and 3 Orchard By-The-Park: All saw high-value transactions.

These sales highlight the continued demand for luxury resale properties in prime locations.

Modest Increase in Foreign Purchases of Non-Landed Properties in 2Q2024

Foreign purchases of non-landed properties increased modestly in 2Q2024, rising from 21 units in 1Q2024 to an estimated 45 units. This marks the highest number of units purchased by foreigners since 2Q2023. Despite higher Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates, foreign buyers continue to be significant players in the property market, reflecting the enduring appeal of the CCR segment.

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The outlook for the CCR market in the second half of 2024 remains cautiously optimistic. The positive performance in the first half, coupled with high-value transactions and gradual growth in foreign buyer interest, suggests a resilient market. Upcoming projects like One Sophia/The Collective at One Sophia are expected to attract significant interest due to their prime locations and excellent accessibility. Investors and buyers are encouraged to stay attentive to market trends and emerging opportunities, particularly in high-value segments. The CCR's premium properties, with their strategic locations and exclusive amenities, are likely to maintain their attractiveness to both local and international buyers.

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Stability & Sustained Demand

In the first half of 2024, the landed property market in Singapore experienced a stable yet moderate growth trajectory. The Landed Price Index showed a 1.8% increase in the second quarter, a slight deceleration from the 2.6% growth observed in the first quarter. Overall, landed prices rose by 4.5% in the first half of the year, a slower pace compared to the 7.0% increase during the same period in 2023. This moderation reflects a balanced market with consistent demand, primarily driven by private home upgraders and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).

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High-value transactions in the landed property segment saw a notable increase. The number of transactions priced at $10 million and above reached 38 units in 2Q2024, up from 33 units in 1Q2024, marking the highest quarterly total since 1Q2023. This rise indicates strong demand for exclusive and luxurious residences, fueled by limited supply, investment opportunities, and the appeal of prestigious addresses.

Leading Districts and Transaction Volume

District 19 led the landed property transactions with 152 units in 1H2024, followed by Districts 15 and 28, each with 102 units. The total number of landed transactions reached 839 in the first half of 2024, up from 755 in the same period in 2023, reflecting an 11.1% year-on-year growth. The total transaction value also increased by 4.3%, reaching $4.5 billion.

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Private home upgraders significantly contributed to the market's dynamism. In 1H2024, 710 units were purchased by this group, compared to 635 units in 1H2023. This trend was particularly strong in 2Q2024, with 390 units bought, the highest quarterly number since 3Q2022. Factors driving this surge include the desire for larger living spaces and long-term investments.

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Outlook for 2024

The outlook for the landed property market in Singapore remains positive for the remainder of 2024. Steady price increases, robust transaction volumes, and strong demand from private home upgraders and HNWIs are expected to sustain market resilience. Buyers' preference for larger and more exclusive residences will continue to drive demand. The market's attractiveness to HNWIs seeking long-term investment opportunities and luxurious living spaces ensures its continued growth. Stable economic conditions are anticipated to further bolster this trend.

The landed property market in Singapore demonstrates a robust and resilient performance in 1H2024, supported by sustained demand from private home upgraders and affluent buyers. This sector's stability and moderate growth underscore its appeal as a prime investment and residential choice in Singapore's real estate landscape.

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2Q2024 URA/HDB Flash Estimates

URA Property Price Index:

The private residential index for 2Q2024 increased by 1.1%, a slight moderation from the 1.4% rise in 1Q2024. This growth is primarily driven by sustained demand for high-end properties and an increase in private resale transactions, particularly from private home upgraders.

Notable Transactions:

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Private Resale Transactions:

Private resale transactions from buyers with a private home address increased from 1,626 units in 4Q2023 to an estimated 1,788 units in 2Q2024. 

HDB Resale Price Index:

Flash estimates from HDB indicate a 2.1% increase in resale prices in 2Q2024, up from the 1.8% rise in 1Q2024.

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• Geylang: Increased from $531.1K in 1Q2024 to $600.6K in 2Q2024 (13.1% rise)

• Marine Parade: Increased from $541.9K in 1Q2024 to $604.0K in 2Q2024 (11.5% rise)

• Central Area: Increased from $643.9K in 1Q2024 to $703.7K in 2Q2024 (9.3% rise)

• Toa Payoh: Increased from $614.6K in 1Q2024 to $658.5K in 2Q2024 (7.1% rise)

• Pasir Ris: Increased from $677.0K in 1Q2024 to $714.0K in 2Q2024 (5.5% rise)

Million-Dollar HDB Resale Transactions:

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The HDB resale volume marginally increased, with 7,208 resale flats transacted in 2Q2024, compared to 7,068 in 1Q2024, representing a 2.0% quarter-on-quarter growth. Despite factors such as school holidays and the final Build-To-Order (BTO) launch before a new classification system, the resale market demonstrated resilience.

Outlook:

The second half of 2024 is anticipated to attract significant interest from buyers and investors with several new launch developments in the pipeline, such as Sora, The Chuan Park, Union Square Residences, Aurea, and Norwood Grand. These projects offer diverse living options catering to various preferences and needs, enhancing the attractiveness of the new launch segment.

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