Some of my friends painfully resisted buying a flat for the past few years, hoping that the property bubble will pop when the global recession erupted. But to their disbelief, the prices and cash over value (COV) continue to defy gravity and broke new highs. This prompted me to take a closer look at this bubble, why is it so stubborn!?


Looking at the past prices (available data from 04 to present):

it can be seen HDB resale prices hit the bottom and remained there after ’97 Asia Financial Crisis to late 2006. Though this period included the dot com bust (2000 to 2002) and SARS crisis (2003), there is still generally good economic and population growth (local + foreign). Thus it is quite unthinkable that demand for flats will remain stagnant for nearly 10 years!


From HDB FAQ, it can …