Covid-19 Latest: Condo showflats to shut from 7 April to 4 May 2020

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Following the Singapore government’s ‘circuit breaker’ measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)’s Controller of Housing has informed all developers with sale licences that all condo showflats must be closed for one month from 7 April (Tuesday) until 4 May (Monday) inclusive. 

Previously, condo sales galleries were allowed to continue with viewings, but only on the condition that developers implement a by-appointment only schedule with 10 or fewer attendees for every timeslot. Developers are also required to ensure safe distancing between showflat visitors who are not related (e.g. non-family members).

Possible buyer “rush” for new launch condos

Buyers who are interested in new before the nationwide suspension of condo showflat operations have a limited opportunity to view their favoured project and, if they choose to, lock-in their preferred units with a deposit before the new rules kick in on 4 April.

At the time of writing, 99.co understands that appointment slots for Kopar at Newton have been fully booked. Despite the Covid-19 situation, the District 9 new launch condo has received keen interest from buyers since developer CEL brought forward its launch to 25 March 2020 to accomodate more prospective buyers on an by-appointment basis.

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The carpark at Kopar at Newton was nearly full on the afternoon of 3 April 2020 (Friday) when we visited.

From now up until the day of closure of condo sales galleries, the Controller of Housing has reminded developers to “comply strictly with the prevailing safe distancing measures in accordance with MOH’s advisory”.

Agents whom 99.co spoke to predicts that the more popular newly launched projects may see a spike in visits to their sales galleries before their closure from 7 April onwards. Their message? Do not to turn up at showflats without an appointment.

“Making an appointment beforehand will help us ensure the safety of all and facilitate contact tracing if needed, and will also ensure that interested buyers aren’t turned away,” said an agent from PropNex who declined to be named.

Showflat viewing etiquettes

  1. Make an appointment before visiting the showflat
  2. Inform the sales representative of the number of people in your party when making a booking, you might be able to bring a ‘plus one’ but no more than that
  3. Do not visit a showflat if you’re feeling unwell
  4. Wear a mask if you have one
  5. Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  6. Sanitise your hands regularly at the showflat
  7. Keep a minimum of one metre from other visitors and sales representatives throughout the viewing; take turns to view smaller spaces in the showflat

 

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    • Hi there,

      I am a tenant looking to rent a new condo. During lock down period will we still be allowed to do property viewings? Like existing listed condos for rent will continue or effected?

      • Ajen Kay

        Hi Hammad, all viewings in person is suspended from 7 April to 4 May inclusive. Agents may however conduct virtual or livestream viewings. Agreements may be signed digitally, IRAS e-services for stamp duty remain open.

    • gkb

      These things need to be postponed for at least 3 month’s after the covid situation becomes better.this will help in making wrong deals. apartments or.condos are long term investments meaning 10+ yrs and these investments must be made in clear investment situations

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