Q1 mortgagee sale listings in close proximity to 2008 anxiety level

Mortgagee sale properties in the initially quarter persisted at higher levels previous seen within the global financial crisis, as outlined by a report away yesterday.

An overall total of 70 mortgagee listings were made in the three months, the same as the fourth quarter of 2015, and up 25 per cent from a year back.

This was comparable with 71 listings in the second quarter of 2008.

Homes again formed the bulk of the listings, but the number of industrial, office and retail mortgagee sale listings have risen as well.

The year-on-year jump in (overall) mortgagee listings reflects the increasing difficulties that property owners are facing in servicing their monthly mortgages. It is especially tough for those owning multiple properties.

The number of industrial mortgagee listings rose from 11 in the fourth quarter to 13 in the first quarter, the highest in five years.

These were typically strata-titled factories, including units at Ubi Techpark, UB One and Entrepreneur Business Centre in Kaki Bukit and Ubi area; as well as at Pantech Business Hub in Pandan Loop and Pioneer Junction in Soon Lee Street.

Industrial leasing has been challenging, with industrialists generally cautious. Competition for tenants has intensified as well, due to ample supply.

In the first quarter, lenders put two offices and seven retail outlets up for auction – up from no office listings and three retail listings in the fourth quarter. A total of 48 mortgagee residential listings were put up, comprising 33 non-landed homes and 15 landed homes.

Of the non-landed homes, 15, or about 45 per cent, were larger and pricier apartments with floor area of above 1, 500 sq ft. Five of these were in the prime districts of 9, 10 and 11. Many of the landed homes were larger types, with some at over 3, 000 sq ft in land.

Eight properties were sold at auctions in the quarter, of which six were mortgagee sales, with a total sale value of $9. 6 million.