According to latest data, Grade-A office rents in the Central Business District (CBD) showed a marginal growth of 0.2% quarter-on-quarter in the second quarter of 2023. This slowdown in rental growth indicates a softening market, reflecting changing dynamics in the office sector. Analysts suggest that this trend may persist as the demand for office spaces continues to be influenced by ongoing economic uncertainties.
In a positive shift for the retail sector, rental prices have shown signs of a turnaround. After a prolonged period of decline, retail rents have experienced a modest 0.3% quarter-on-quarter growth in the second quarter of 2023. This represents a significant reversal in the trend and offers hope for the industry’s recovery. Experts believe that factors such as increased consumer confidence and improved economic conditions have contributed to this encouraging development.
Private home prices and rents experienced a rapid surge in the third quarter of 2022, indicating a strong real estate market. However, the growth in HDB resale prices showed signs of moderation during the same period. These observations highlight the ongoing dynamics of the housing sector, posing implications for homeowners, investors, and policymakers alike.