By Somluck Srimalee
Meanwhile, unit prices of the new condominium have risen by 10 per cent from 2016 when the luxury project was launched in the market, he said.
SC Asset Corporation Plc introduced 28 Chidlom in 2016 at a starting price of Bt320,000 per square metre but it has since soared to an average of Bt351,000 per square metre, he said.
The demand for condominium units among foreign investors has seen slight growth as the baht strengthens, Prayongyut added.
Thais accounted for 91 per cent of buyers in the project with overseas customers from Hong Kong, China and Singapore making up the balance.
“Most foreigners have delayed making a decision to purchase this year whereas overseas buyers of 28 Chidlom had to settle a down payment equivalent to more than 20 per cent of the unit's price,” he said.
28 Chidlom comprises two buildings, worth a total of Bt8 billion. The first, the Villa, consists of 20 floors, of which 40 per cent of the 182 units have been sold. Unit types in the building range from one to three bedrooms with usable space from 37-132 square meters.
The other building, the Tower, houses 47 floors and 243 units. Unit types range from one to three bedrooms and penthouses with the usable space from 40-200 square meters. 80 per cent of all units in the building have been taken up. .
The company has started the transfer of units to buyers and expects to hand over properties worth a total of Bt3.5 billion by end of this year.
The company will transfer condominium units worth a total of Bt6.5 billion this year. Units with Bt3 billion in value were handed over to buyers in the first half, he said.
According to a survey by Colliers International (Thailand) Co Ltd, the new supply of condominiums in the second quarter of this year totalled 26 projects,offering 9,632 units worth Bt74.87 billion. An average 38 per cent of these projects have been sold since booking started.
However, demand to buy luxury residential units for investment has continued to grow, given the capital gain from investment in posh condominium units averages five per cent and 6.5 per cent per year - higher than the interest rate on a bank deposit. With the rental yield at an average of 4.5 per cent and 5.5 per cent per year, it remains attractive for investors looking for high gains from rental, the research said.