COV and CUV

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The tip of COV gave the impression to be lurking lengthy earlier than the announcement of its dismissal by Singapore’s Ministry of Nationwide Growth on Monday 10, 2014. Minister Khaw Boon Wan declared that the Singapore Housing and Growth Board (HDB) will solely settle for valuation requests after resale flat patrons are granted an Choice to Buy by sellers, which signifies that resale transactions negotiations will not embody Money-over-valuation because it has been used thus far.

However earlier than this modification of coverage, there was an elevated frequency of a phenomenon generally referred to as Money-under-valuation (CUV), the precise reverse of COV. Whereas with COV transactions patrons pay a money premium in extra of the valuation of a resale flat, CUV transactions are these by which patrons pay a worth beneath that established by skilled valuers.

Prior to now, property patrons typically paid as a lot as SGD 100,000 in extra of the valuation of a resale flat, however with the rising circumstances of CUV transactions, sellers in some circumstances settle for costs considerably beneath the skilled valuation of their flat.

January 2014 HDB information confirmed a 28.5 % of resale offers being closed beneath valuation, which emphasised the rising variety of sellers accepting offers beneath the value valuers counsel. Some Singaporean areas are affected by this phenomenon greater than others. Jurong West and Sengkang, as an example, have had half their resale transactions happen with unfavourable money premiums. An instance of the drop in resale costs is the PSF (per sq. ft) worth variations between 2013 and 2014, with this yr recording a 4.47 % decline in Jurong West.

Items situated in mature estates or in different good areas close to buying facilities or MRT stations have a higher likelihood of being in demand, particularly if they’re pleasantly designed. HDB information from final yr confirmed 105 models bought in October for a worth smaller than their valuation, which signifies that the quantity of CUV transactions in October was 4 occasions bigger than these occurring between January and June 2013. Many Singaporeans have skilled the frustration of not having patrons enthusiastic about their flats and of getting to chop their costs underneath valuation out of desperation and pressing want of cash.

Because the COV is a profit for sellers and the CUV a bonus to patrons, the newly imposed change of reverting to the unique function of valuation will hopefully convey some much-needed steadiness to Singapore’s resale market.

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