By THE NATION
“Owners of property projects have been cutting prices to increase sales in the hope they can regain liquidity due to the economic contraction caused by the Covid-19 crisis,” said Wichai Wiratkapan, deputy director of GHB’s Property Data Centre.
“Condos in Samut Pakarn are selling at 36 per cent cheaper than last year’s prices, while townhouses are going for around 32 per cent cheaper to attract customers. Prices of detached houses have also gone down by 12 per cent,” he said.
“Decreased demand and increasing availability of new homes are causing the price war to escalate, and could adversely affect the second-hand property market in the second half of the year,” he warned. “If this trend continues, financial institutes will suffer from decreased earnings from property sales and could reduce loans granted to home buyers.”
GHB reported the house price index in Bangkok and its surroundings at 128.3 in the second quarter, a 1.9 per cent increase year on year, but a decrease of 0.1 per cent from the previous quarter. The condo price index in Bangkok and its perimeter is 153.2, a 1.8 per cent increase year on year, but a 0.1 per cent decrease from the previous quarter.
“Although projects along the MRT Green Line are slashing their prices, those along the now-being-built Yellow Line and Orange Line tend to jack up their prices in response to an increased population in inner Bangkok,” Wichai added.