Martin Lee @ Sg
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Additional Property Cooling Measures

The government yesterday announced more measures to cool the property market.

With immediate effect, an Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) will be imposed on certain categories of residential property purchases:

  • Foreigners and non-individuals (corporate entities) buying any residential property will pay an ABSD of 10%;
  • Permanent Residents (PRs) owning one and buying the second and subsequent residential property will pay an ABSD of 3%; and
  • Singapore Citizens (Singaporeans) owning two and buying the third and subsequent residential property will pay an ABSD of 3%

The decision to impose a high stamp duty on foreign buyers is in view of the large pool of external liquidity and strong buying interest from abroad, and the relatively small size of the Singapore market. Foreign purchases account for 19% of all private residential property purchases in 2H2011.

I think this is something way overdue.

The 10% ABSD could have a psychological as well as financial impact on foreign and corporate buyers, especially those short term speculators. People might not feel a 1, 2, 3, or 5% stamp duty but when it crosses the double digit mark, the feeling is somehow different.

The full press release of the announcement can be found here:

Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty for a Stable and Sustainable Property Market

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AK71 says 7 years ago

Hi Martin,

I like this development and I recently wrote a piece on this too:

http://singaporeanstocksinvestor.blogspot.com/2011/12/selling-private-property-just-got.html

Lower prices in the next few years are a given. It is going to be a buyers’ market once more. 🙂

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VSL says 7 years ago

As usual, this govt does things too late too little. Perhaps there should be a differentiation between PRs and sg citizens. PRs should pay 5% ABSD, as there are too many PRs who refuse to take up citizenship. Not being xenophobic, I view PRs as half-foreigners, who want to have their cake and eat it.

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