Singapore Real Estate Market: Trends and Investment Opportunities

The Singapore property market has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years, with its constant evolution and government intervention to ensure stability and sustainability.

The Singapore Real Estate Market is on a trajectory of significant growth, projected to expand from USD 46.58 billion in 2024 to USD 64.04 billion by 2029.

This represents a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.57% over the forecast period from 2024 to 2029. This market expansion is primarily fueled by the implementation of affordable housing projects across the nation. Additionally, the increasing demand for logistics and industrial real estate is significantly contributing to this upward trend.

In August 2023, Experion Developers, a real estate firm fully funded by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and backed by Singapore’s Experion Holdings Pte. Ltd., made a significant move by acquiring a land parcel in Gurgaon’s Sector 48. The acquisition, valued at approximately Rs 550 crore (USD 660 million), was executed through a government auction. This strategic purchase not only marks a substantial milestone for Experion Developers but also underscores its commitment to the growth and development of India’s real estate market.

In a strategic development in July 2023, Bain & Company announced its intention to acquire the Asia Pacific branch of Rainmaking, a global venture-building and start-up development studio. This acquisition is aimed at enhancing Bain & Company’s capacity to assist companies across the region in innovation, as well as in the launch and scaling of new business ventures. This move signifies the company’s commitment to fostering growth and entrepreneurial ventures in the Asia Pacific region.

International Investment Trends

In the second quarter of 2022, Singaporean investors demonstrated a strong preference for international investments, particularly in office and industrial developments. Notable transactions included the acquisition of high-value assets such as a logistics complex in the United Kingdom by Frasers Logistics & Commercial Trust for USD 171.7 million, and a commercial asset in London purchased by Sinarmas Land for USD 334 million. According to Real Capital Analytics, Singapore’s total outbound investment sales reached an impressive USD 13.5 billion during this period.

Sector-Specific Dynamics and Outlook in Singapore’s Real Estate

Office Sector Dynamics

The office sector in Singapore is witnessing a shift in trends, with occupiers increasingly considering locations outside the city center to attract talent. This move is complemented by efforts to redesign real estate footprints to facilitate less dense working environments. Large technology firms are emerging as key drivers of demand for office and co-working spaces, underscoring Singapore’s growing reputation as a technology hub.

Hospitality Sector Dynamics

In the hospitality sector, the Singapore Tourism Board has launched the BOOST initiative, a USD 90 million program designed to enhance tourist inflow. This initiative, coupled with the prominence of Business Travel, Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions (BTMCE), is bolstering the hotel real estate industry’s revenue.

Industrial Real Estate Outlook

The persistently low-interest-rate environment in Singapore is enhancing the appeal of commercial real estate, particularly those offerings that promise stable returns. The anticipated improvement in the property market, coupled with affordable loan options and the availability of relatively inexpensive smaller apartments, is attracting a plethora of investors. The industrial real estate sector is experiencing robust growth, with a surge in new warehouse supply, especially in the western region of Singapore. Projects like Logos EHub are notable for their versatility in accommodating a broad range of e-commerce applications.

Residential and Retail Market Segments: Trends and Growth

Rise in the Residential Segment

The residential real estate market in Singapore, particularly in the Housing and Development Board (HDB) sector, is experiencing a noticeable upward trend in rental costs. In the first quarter of 2022, the Rental Price Index for HDB apartments stood at 185.69 points, a significant rise when compared to the overall Rental Price Index of 145.22 points. This increase in rental demand is attributed to several factors: individuals seeking independence and privacy are moving out of family homes, and couples facing delays in Build-To-Order (BTO) housing projects are opting for rentals as a temporary solution.

2022 witnessed the launch of 41 new private residential projects, accounting for a total of 5,389 units. These new developments were distributed across Singapore, with 22% located in the Core Central Region (CCR), 37% in the Rest of the Central Region (RCR), and 41% in the Outside Central Region (OCR). Notable projects such as Gem Residences in the RCR and Stars of Kovan in the OCR have heightened expectations for increased sales activities, particularly in the mid-tier and mass-market segments.

Growth in the Retail Sector

The latter half of 2022 marked a robust recovery phase for Singapore’s retail market. The Orchard Road retail belt, a prime shopping area, experienced a significant revival in foot traffic, street activities, and overall vibrancy. This resurgence was especially prominent during the holiday season, with the festive decorations and public events attracting both local and international shoppers. This resurgence was a clear indication of the pandemic’s ebbing impact, revitalizing confidence among both retailers and landlords.

In terms of rental rates, prime retail rentals across Singapore averaged USD 26.10 per square foot per month (psf pm), reflecting a quarterly increase of 1.7% in the fourth quarter of 2022 and an annual growth of 2.6%. Suburban malls outperformed those in the Central Area during the pandemic, with the Orchard neighborhood experiencing the highest rent increase of 3.1% year-over-year to USD 29.10 psf pm in the fourth quarter. This was closely followed by the Marina Centre, City Hall, and Bugis regions, where rents rose by 2.6% year-over-year to USD 23.90 psf pm, largely due to the steady flow of foreign tourists. The continued global reopening and return of workers to offices throughout 2022 have further buoyed the retail sector.

Competitive Dynamics of Singapore’s Real Estate Market

Singapore’s real estate market is characterized by a moderate level of competition, featuring a mix of well-established domestic players and a significant number of foreign investors. Key industry participants include UOL Group Limited, CapitaLand, City Developments Limited, GuocoLand Limited, Far East Organization, among others. One notable example of the vibrant market activity is the Chuan Park Show Flat, which has been attracting considerable interest from potential buyers and investors, reflecting the market’s dynamic nature. The market is buoyed by a generally positive sentiment, with investors actively seeking prime locations within the country, much like the Chuan Park area. Following the pandemic, there is an anticipation of numerous forthcoming projects presenting real estate companies with attractive opportunities for investment and construction. The rise in property prices has made Singapore’s real estate market a highly competitive arena for developers, buyers, and investors alike.

Overview of Singapore’s Real Estate Market Segmentation

The Singapore real estate market encompasses a wide array of services offered by various entities such as organizations, sole traders, and partnerships. These services include the renting, leasing, and utilization of buildings and land. An extensive background analysis of this market has been conducted, which takes into account the broader economic landscape, the contributions of different sectors to the economy, and a comprehensive overview of the market itself. This analysis includes the estimation of market sizes for key segments, identification of emerging trends within these segments, understanding of market dynamics, and examination of geographical trends. Additionally, the impact of COVID-19 on the market is a critical component of this report.

The market segmentation in Singapore’s real estate sector is primarily based on two criteria: property type and value. The property types covered in the segmentation include residential, retail, logistics/industrial, hospitality, and office spaces. In terms of value, the properties are categorized into three segments: premium, luxury, and affordable. The report provides detailed market size forecasts in U.S. dollars for each of these segments, offering a comprehensive view of the Singapore real estate market.


In conclusion, this report provides a thorough understanding of the Singapore real estate market by delving into its various segments. It offers valuable insights into the different types of properties available, their respective values, and how they contribute to the overall dynamics of the real estate sector in Singapore. With its detailed market size forecasts and analysis of emerging trends, this report is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of Singapore’s real estate market.

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