- Any developer buying a Government Land Sale (GLS) residential site had to complete development in 5 years (no time limit on sales).
- When buying a private sector residential site, foreign developers have to obtain a Qualifying Certificate, which requires 5 year limit for the TOP (development) and another 2 year limit on sales. Any developer with even a single foreign shareholder is considered 'foreign', hence CDL, Capitaland & Wheelock face these limits. Only local, privately owned developers (Far East, Hoi Hup) were except.
- For any site bought after Dec 8th, must develop and sell all units within 5 years. Otherwise they must pay a 10% additional buyer's stamp duty (ABSD) at the end of the 5 year period (with interest).
- Levels the playing field between private and publicly owned property developers.
- Forcing developers to sell during a downturn may exacerbate it. Every last unit must be sold within the timeframe. Would these measures be removed? Retroactively?
- I used to like Wheelock due to their astute market timing. As they have no undeveloped property in its landbank: they are now restricted to developing and selling any new land withing 5 years (previously it was 7).
- SC Global may benefit, as they have a large bank of prime freehold land bought before the restrictions came into force.