DEVELOPERS are rushing to put apartments on the market to take advantage of improving buyer sentiment. China Overseas Land & Investment announced yesterday it sold 44 apartments of its residential and commercial development, The Yanville, in Wan Chai, on the first day of sale. Sun Hung Kai Properties said it would put 50 houses in phase B at its Royal Palms in Yuen Long on March 23. Cheung Kong (Holdings) said it was considering offering extra apartments from its Laguna City development in Lam Tin after it received 656 registrations over the past two days for the forthcoming sale of 64 flats. Registration for Laguna City apartments ends tomorrow and sales begin on Saturday. Selling prices for the first 64 flats are pitched at an average of $5,209 per square foot, which represents a rise of 5 to 6 per cent on the previous sale of $4,900 to $5,000 per square foot in January. The 500-plus units available for sale overall are in the fourth and last phase of the eight blocks of the Laguna City development, which has been renamed Laguna Cove. Sun Hung Kai yesterday said registration for its 50 houses at Royal Palms would begin on Monday and end on March 20. Sales begin on March 23. The company did not disclose the selling prices of the houses.