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Returned Units - Slamming On The Brakes

Watertown

Forfeiting 1.25% of the property price seems like a high price to pay, but not when you feel prices are coming down, or you when find more attractive options elsewhere. See how today's returned units compare to the last crisis.

There is no official source for returned units. We imply the figures from developers' monthly sales data. As the data is based on the number of valid outstanding options, the actual returned units could be higher, as options are generally valid for 3 weeks and there could be cases where options are issued and unexercised within the same month.
 
Buyers who do not exercise their options forfeit 1.25% of the property price. In the last cycle, returned units peaked at February 2008 where there was a total of 127 units returned (Note that only non-landed properties are considered). Although returned units in May 2012 did hit 150, the total monthly sales in the current cycle is as much as 10 times more. If we express returned units as a percentage of total sales in the previous month, it breached 40% in February 2008 whereas today's level remains less than 10%, although it did spike up slightly in January 2012, presumably due to the new round of cooling measures introduced in December 2011.
 

Implied Returned Units Versus Property Prices

Note: Returned units are implied from developer sales data. Includes only non-landed properties.
Source: URA, http://www.squarefoot.com.sg
Note: Implied returned units are expressed as a percentage of total sales in the previous month.
Source: URA, http://www.squarefoot.com.sg

Implied Returned Units, Breakdown by Project

See returned units for a specific month

Note: Available for the last 12 months only
Note: Returned units are implied from developer sales data. Includes only non-landed properties.
Source: URA, http://www.squarefoot.com.sg
Project Name Project Type Region Total
Units
Returned
Units
Units Sold
Last Month
% Units
Returned
GRANDEUR PARK RESIDENCES Non-Landed OCR 720 11 26 42.3%
KINGSFORD WATERBAY Strata-Landed / Non-Landed OCR 1,165 5 34 14.7%
GEM RESIDENCES Non-Landed RCR 578 4 18 22.2%
NORTHWAVE Exec Condo OCR 358 4 15 26.7%
LE QUEST Non-Landed OCR 516 3 3 100.0%
THE CRITERION Exec Condo OCR 505 2 16 12.5%
SIGNATURE AT YISHUN Exec Condo OCR 525 2 23 8.7%
SOL ACRES Exec Condo OCR 1,327 2 3 66.7%
SYMPHONY SUITES Non-Landed OCR 660 2 4 50.0%
PARC BOTANNIA Non-Landed OCR 735 1 19 5.3%
DUO RESIDENCES Non-Landed CCR 660 1 3 33.3%
PARC LIFE Exec Condo OCR 628 1 24 4.2%
THE ASANA Non-Landed CCR 48 1 3 33.3%
PARC RIVIERA Non-Landed OCR 752 1 8 12.5%
ARTRA Non-Landed RCR 400 1 30 3.3%
FOREST WOODS Non-Landed OCR 519 1 5 20.0%
THE NAVIAN Non-Landed OCR 48 1 6 16.7%
THE SANTORINI Non-Landed OCR 597 1 1 100.0%
KALLANG RIVERSIDE Non-Landed RCR 212 1 5 20.0%

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