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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, https://www.squarefoot.com.sg
Note: Implied returned units are expressed as a percentage of total sales in the previous month.
Source: URA, https://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, https://www.squarefoot.com.sg
Project Name Project Type Region Total
Units
Returned
Units
Units Sold
Last Month
% Units
Returned
STIRLING RESIDENCES Non-Landed RCR 1,259 43 89 48.3%
PARK COLONIAL Non-Landed RCR 805 30 80 37.5%
RIVERFRONT RESIDENCES Non-Landed OCR 1,472 15 56 26.8%
RIVERCOVE RESIDENCES Exec Condo OCR 628 13 3 433.3%
THE TAPESTRY Non-Landed OCR 861 12 30 40.0%
AFFINITY AT SERANGOON Non-Landed OCR 1,052 7 31 22.6%
JADESCAPE Non-Landed RCR 1,206 5 327 1.5%
THE JOVELL Non-Landed OCR 428 5 41 12.2%
PARC BOTANNIA Non-Landed OCR 735 5 7 71.4%
NORTHWAVE Exec Condo OCR 358 4 4 100.0%
GEM RESIDENCES Non-Landed RCR 578 3 3 100.0%
BUKIT 828 Non-Landed OCR 34 3 9 33.3%
PARK PLACE RESIDENCES AT PLQ Non-Landed RCR 429 2 5 40.0%
MAYFAIR GARDENS Non-Landed RCR 215 2 82 2.4%
THE GARDEN RESIDENCES Non-Landed OCR 613 2 5 40.0%
GRANDEUR PARK RESIDENCES Non-Landed OCR 720 1 1 100.0%
SEASIDE RESIDENCES Non-Landed OCR 841 1 9 11.1%
HARBOUR VIEW GARDENS Non-Landed RCR 57 1 1 100.0%
JUI RESIDENCES Non-Landed RCR 117 1 31 3.2%
KANDIS RESIDENCE Non-Landed OCR 130 1 3 33.3%
PARC LIFE Exec Condo OCR 628 1 2 50.0%

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