Hong Kong, Shanghai Luxury Residential Prices Dip in 4Q

Hong Kong, Shanghai Luxury Residential Prices Dip in 4Q

Residential News » Asia Pacific Residential News Edition | By Michael Gerrity | February 6, 2012 10:27 AM ET

Hong-Kong-asia-pacific-wpcki.jpg Based on Jones Lang LaSalle's latest Asia Pacific Residential Index, which tracks eight luxury residential markets in the region, found that average capital values rose marginally by 0.2 percent in quarter four 2011, compared to the previous quarter.

Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta and Mumbai saw an increase in capital values during the quarter, prices remained stable in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and declined in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Jane Murray, Head of Asia Pacific Research at Jones Lang LaSalle tells World Property Channel, "We expect a multi-speed luxury residential market in the Asia Pacific region in 2012.  We think prices in China will soften further, though developers are likely to introduce only moderate price discounts due to limited supply in prime locations.  Prices in Hong Kong and Singapore are expected to decline over the year due to projected rental correction, tighter credit and government measures; that said generally low holding costs will limit the extent of price correction. Whilst prices in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok are expected to stay flat, we anticipate Jakarta prices to be boosted by Indonesia's strong economy."

Key highlights of Q4 2011 include:

  • Hong Kong - prices edged down by 3.3 percent quarter-on-quarter in 4Q 2011, due to tighter credit and weakening investor sentiment.
  • Singapore - average prices in the city state's luxury prime market remained stable for the sixth consecutive quarter despite slight rental correction.
  • China - with tightening policies remaining in place and falling sales volumes in the China Tier I markets, capital values for luxury apartments in Shanghai fell by 0.5% q-o-q, while average prices in Beijing were largely flat.
  • Jakarta - high end residential prices saw growth of over 14 percent over the full year 2011 boosted by the country's strong economic growth


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