STRONG buying interest has boosted Wheelock Properties' confidence enough for it to significantly push up the selling price of the next batch of apartments at its Parc Royale development in Sha Tin. Buoyed by the enthusiastic response to the upcoming first batch sale, which was more than 10 times oversubscribed, Wheelock Properties yesterday announced it would put an additional 178 units on the market. Together with the original 60 units on offer, it brings the total for public sale on Sunday to 238. Wheelock did not disclose the price list for the extra 178 units, but it said: 'The selling price for the 238 units on offer is $4,156 per square foot.' Taking into account the price tag of $3,888 for the first batch of 60 units, estate agents said pricing for the extra 178 units was up about seven to eight per cent. The agents said the increase in prices for the project indicated the developer's confidence in the complex and the overall housing market. Ellen Cheung, supervisor of Centaline Property Agency's Tai Wai branch, said : 'Wheelock has successfully boosted buying sentiment by offering selling prices at a below-expected level.' The same strategy adopted by Swire Properties for today's sale of its Robinson Place project also reaped an encouraging response. Yesterday, eager buyers queued outside Swire Properties' sales office at Pacific Place for today's sale of 24 cut-priced flats at its Robinson Place project in Mid-Levels. Vincent Chan, senior sales manager of Midland Realty, said some buyers started queuing as early as Tuesday. He said today's sale should draw a strong buyer response after the developer cut prices. The 24 flats are being offered at an average price of $6,770 per sq ft. Buyers completing deals by the end of November are given a two per cent discount, effectively cutting the price to $6,634 per sq ft. The sale will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Baring Securities assistant director Nichols Pang said he expected Wheelock would achieve an encouraging response to the extra 178 units for public sale, taking advantage of improved buying sentiment. 'The selling price of $4,156 per sq ft is still in line with the market level, it will attract some buyers' interests,' Mr Pang said. 'If the developer achieves a good selling response from the second batch of units, it will help boost the buying sentiment for the boring housing sector.' The extra 178 units for public sale are from Towers 5, 6, and 12, with unit sizes ranging from 975 to 1,221 square feet. They also include 10 units, measuring from 1,603 square feet, in Tower 2.