Brunei’s Residential Property Price Index (RPPI) stood at 92.8 in the first quarter of 2021, showing an increase of 1.9 per cent year-on-year compared to Q1 2020, and an increase of 2.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter compared to Q4 2020.

This was shown in the latest RPPI that was released recently released by Brunei Darussalam Central Bank (BDCB).

The index is compiled using data sourced from banks in Brunei Darussalam and is published with close cooperation from the Ministry of Development, in particular the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi).

Based on mortgage data obtained from banks, there were 112 transactions for private residential properties in Q1 2021, compared to 132 transactions in Q4 2020.

Most of these transactions were for detached houses (60.7 per cent), followed by semi-detached houses (20.6 per cent), terrace houses (8.0 per cent), apartments (8.0 per cent) and land (2.7 per cent).

The median purchase price for all types of private residential properties was $247,000 in Q1 2021, lower by 0.8 per cent compared to Q1 2020 and higher by 0.8 per cent compared to Q4 2020.

The median purchase prices for specific types of properties were $283,000 for detached houses; $185,000 for semi-detached houses; $215,000 for terrace houses; $220,000 for apartments; and $150,000 for land.

The central bank in a statement said that the published statistics and index should be treated as general information only and one should not rely solely upon these data to draw specific conclusions on a particular private residential property as property values vary with location, land size and floor area, among others.

Image: Yusri Adanan

For more information on RPPI, members of the public may refer to the technical notes on the methodology and statistics which can be obtained from the BDCB website at www.bdcb.gov.bn and follow updates on RPPI through BDCB’s Instagram @centralbank.brunei – Analisa Amu

This article was first published on 18 September 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 159

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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