Many people attended the sale of Nam Long’s new apartment project, Flora Novia in Thu Duc district, HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNS/VNA)
– Condominiums remain the best bet for people living in big cities thanks to their affordable prices, and not surprisingly the HCM City apartment market is showing signs of recovering after the slowdown caused by the Carina Plaza fire at the beginning of this year, insiders said.

A sales executive from TTC Land told Vietnam News that when her company sold its new project in District 4, Charmington Iris, last week more than 150 out of 200 units were snapped up.

All three-bedroom units were sold, she said.

Nam Long Real Estate Company told that the sale of its new Flora Novia project in Thu Duc district last week attracted 1,000 prospective buyers.

All 273 units in block A were sold, it said.

With prices ranging from 1.5 billion VND (65,700 USD) to 2 billion VND (87,700 USD), the project is in the most popular segment.

The second selling phase will be in September.

Not only the primary market but also the secondary market is witnessing a recovery, which is clearly shown through rising prices.

The prices of some new apartments have increased since the developer sold them.

Report from Sai Gon Giai Phong  (The Liberated Saigon) newspaper said that at Sunwah Pearl in Binh Thanh district prices are up 15 percent from the 45 million VND (2,000 USD) per square metre at which the developer had sold.

At The Sun Avenue in District 2, units are being sold at over 40 million VND per square metre. The developer had sold a year ago at 33-35 million VND.

Him Lam Phu An in District 9 with 1,000 apartments to be handed over by the end of this year is fetching original buyers a 15 percent profit now.

Florita in District 7 has seen prices increase by 30 percent.

The Ministry of Construction reported that condo prices rose by 1.4 percent quarter-on-quarter in the second quarter of this year.

Industry insiders attributed the price increase to a supply shortage even as demand remains high.

Most transactions are at projects by prestigious developers which are making good construction progress.

Studies by market researchers clearly show the shortage of supply.

CBRE Vietnam said in the second quarter, 6,200 condos were sold, down 36 percent from the previous quarter.

The HCM City Real Estate Association reported that supply fell by 44.5 percent in the first half.

Le Hoang Chau, its chairman, said from now through the end of this year, many new projects would come into the market.

After some difficulties, the condo market would see positive signs in the next few months, he said, pointing out that since the beginning of this quarter new projects are witnessing sales of 60-80 percent.

Condos priced at under 2 billion VND (87,700 USD) would make up the key segment, he said.

Property investment and management company Jones Lang LaSalle said in a report: “While the official new launches in the second quarter of 2018 totalled 6,947 units, down over 49 percent quarter-on-quarter and 11.5 percent year-on-year, the market also recorded a notable number of 6,000 units under soft launches.”

There were sales of 7,374 units in this period, down 19.4 percent, in line with narrowing new supply, it said.

Of them, 70 percent were in the affordable segment at prices of 1,000-1,200 USD per square metre, mainly in Districts 8 and Binh Chanh.

JLL said prices were higher quarter-on-quarter across all segments, with the affordable segment registering the highest growth of 2.6 percent.

The secondary market too saw an uptrend in the second quarter with a 1.7 percent rise in prices quarter-on-quarter against an average quarterly growth rate of 0.5 percent over the 2017-18 period, it added.-VNS/VNA