Mandarin Gardens Collective Sale Committee raises reserve price to over $2.9 billion in a bid to win over more owners who have not consented to the condominium’s en bloc sale yet.
Just one month before its collective sales agreement is set to expire, Mandarin Gardens has raised its asking price to a new record of $2.927 billion. The Mandarin Gardens Collective Sales Committee (CSC) has raised the reserve price at least three times – from $2.48 billion, to $2.79 billion, to the current price – in an effort to get 80 per cent support from owners in their en bloc bid.
The Straits Times reported that as at March 12, only 67 per cent of owners have agreed to the Mandarin Gardens collective sale. 13 per cent short of the mandated 80 per cent for the sale to get through.
In a letter to owners on Feb 21, the CSC said it raised the reserve price by 5 per cent and adjusted total land cost to the developer to $1,250 psf ppr from $1,191 “to better help achieve the 80 per cent consensus required.”
“As the validity of the CSA ends on March 24, 2019, we appeal to all (owners) who are still considering, to make an immediate decision to sign the CSA,” the CSC said.
“If the 80 per cent consensus is not achieved by March 24, the whole en bloc sales process will come to a halt. … However if we achieve the 80 per cent, we are given a 12-month period to find a developer/buyer for our land,” it added.
If this new reserve price for Mandarin Gardens collective sale goes through, owners of the smallest unit (732 sq ft) can stand to get $1.86 million, while the largest unit at 3,800 sq ft can get $5.98 million. Owners of 1,500 square-foot to 2,000 square-foot units can get between $3.016 million and $3.5 million.
Paul Ho, chief mortgage consultant at iCompareLoan, said the Mandarin Gardens Collective Sale site, with 1,006 units, sitting on sites close to or over one million sq ft, is so big that given the current market conditions, even the big boys may not have a risk appetite for.
“Developers interested in bidding for collective sales of Mandarin Gardens have to be mindful of other cost factors like development charge and Additional Buyers’ Stamp Duty, which may push up the actual costs for them even higher,” Mr Ho said. Adding: “With the upgrading premium, the actual bill for the developer could be pushed to be in the region of $3 – $4 billion.”
The attempt to sell Mandarin Gardens en bloc failed 10 years ago when the sales committee pushing for the collective sales of the condominium was accused of trying to control the management council running the estate and voting down proposals to upgrade estate facilities.
Mr Ho asks if Mandarin Gardens Collective Sale will be the single biggest uniting force to let property developers come together and work together?
“Previously, it was a case of too many developers and too few Government land sales plots. As no developer want to wind down their business, they bid increasingly higher to win land bids. The ability to price higher depends on whether there is a recession or not and whether people have sufficient choices of units to choose from. This is like 3 or 4 projects worth of condominium in 1 deal.
Are we trying to fish for a giant developer such as Century Garden or maybe Forest City type. These kind of developers could hail from China. They could easily move many units to Chinese buyers. In a new twist, the new condominium would go from “Mumbai” Gardens to “Chinese” Gardens. This is like an entire town in one condominium project, maybe it can have it’s own school, it’s own clinics, own police stations, own cinemas, own LRT tracks within the compound.
Fancy the new project being able to house 3,000 to 5,000 units? And each house having 4 people. That’s like an entire Electoral ward in a condominium. And maybe you can have your own MP stay within your condo as well. And the Condo manager is also your Management committee chairperson and your MP.
But it could also signal the start of developers cooperating to share bigger projects and consolidate their work force. There are too many developers and too many units in Singapore, least we want another property glut which we believe is coming, developers can work together and prevent bidding over the top. The only beneficiary is the Singapore government, not the people, nor the developers.”
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