HOMEBUYERS were out in force yesterday for the sale of Henderson Land Development's Fairview Height in Mid-Levels, prompting the release of more units at higher prices. After all 36 flats offered in the original batch sold out, the developer put 18 more units on the market and raised prices by five per cent to $6,273 per square foot. The move appeared to check buyers, with only six of the extra units sold up to yesterday evening. The strong response for the initial batch of units at $5,982 per sq ft came after Swire Properties sold almost all of the 21 remaining units in its Robinson Place on Monday. Hutchison Whampoa sold more than 100 flats at Oasis in Ap Lei Chau after sales began on Saturday. Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) yesterday said it would release 60 more flats at its Woodland Crest in Sheung Shui, after selling more than 80 per cent of 156 units. The price of the extra units was $3,528 per sq ft. SHKP released the first 96 units at $3,498 per sq ft and a further 60 units at $3,639 per sq ft. Estate agents said strong buyer response for recent sales indicated a turnaround in the residential market as more people believed the market had bottomed out. Home-buyers remained cautious, especially after developers raised prices. Agents said the slower response for the additional units of Fairview Height was not a surprise, considering the price increase. Louis Ho, sales manager of Centaline Property Agency's west Mid-Levels branch, said the price increase was 'relatively aggressive' and buyers would feel uneasy about accepting immediately. He said Henderson's aggressive pricing for Fairview Height would be a test of the market's strength and the project's attractiveness. Agents said Fairview Height provided smaller units measuring 470 to 681 sq ft next to the escalator linking Central and Mid-Levels. Mr Ho said buying interest was strong for the project because of the limited number of smaller units in Mid-Levels. Donny Lau, assistant sales manager at Bonham Road branch of Midland Realty, said the latest rally in the residential market would last longer, with increased activity in the primary and secondary markets.