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Singapore Property Prices Likely to Drop Again: Finance Minister

Singapore's Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said he expects property prices to fall further, three days after data showed home values in the city-state dropped for a third consecutive quarter. Photographer: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said he expects property prices to fall further, days after data showed home values in the city-state dropped for a third consecutive quarter.

“I don’t think the cycle is over,” Shanmugaratnam said yesterday at a conference hosted by DBS Group Holdings Ltd. in Singapore. “I think further correction would not be unexpected.”

The Singapore government has taken steps since 2009 to curb speculation in the property market. An index tracking private residential prices in Singapore fell 1.1 percent to 209.3 points in the three months ended June 30, following a 1.3 percent decline in the previous three-month period, according to preliminary data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority on July 1.

Among measures introduced to cool the property market, lenders must consider a borrower’s debt when granting mortgages, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said in June, 2013. Home loans should not lead to a borrower’s total debt-servicing ratio rising above 60 percent of his or her income, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sanat Vallikappen in Singapore at vallikappen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chitra Somayaji at csomayaji@bloomberg.net Khalid Qayum, Dick Schumacher

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