Daily Archives: February 18, 2014 (13 Articles Found)

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Exemption of the TDSR rules – tweaking or loosening?

On Feb 10 2014, MAS broaden the existing exemption from the TDSR rules introduced in June last year. Market watchers have debated whether this just a tweak or a sign that the government is loosening its cooling measures…

Tax rule on property traders lacks clarity

I have been investing my savings in residential properties, earning rental income and making capital gains, thanks to a buoyant property market. Last year, I was shocked to find that Iras had taxed my capital gains from my…

New launches set to lift Feb-Mar home sales figures

New property launches in the coming weeks are expected to give a fillip to developers’ private housing sales this month and next, following a lacklustre Jan which saw 565 units being sold in the primary market. Although the…

New private home sales may fall 20-30% in 2014

Developers launched more residential units and recorded higher sales last month compared with Dec 2013. However, the numbers remain relatively low say experts, an indication that the market is still reeling from the impact of the TDSR framework.…

Golf course redevelopment could yield 16,000 housing units

The government’s move not to renew the leases of Marina Bay Golf Course and Keppel Club is not down to land scarcity, but is about freeing up land in the prime and central areas. “In my opinion, land…

Expect 5-15% drop in home prices by 2015: Barclays

According to Barclays, it expects prices to fall by an average of 5% in 2014 and by a further 5-15% in 2015 as interest rates rise, and Barclays estimates the vacancy rate could reach an unprecedented 9.9% by…

Primary sales volume for Feb pegged to hit 600-900 units

According to Colliers Intl, with developers expected to launch more projects after the Lunar New Year lull period, primary sales volume is expected to improve to the region of 600-900 units in Feb. Notwithstanding the improvement in launch…

Check out these 5 best-selling residential projects in Jan. They were from the OCR and RCR

Jan developer sales failed to break 5-year lows. According to Barclays, Jan developer sales rebounded m/m but remained at five-year lows. Trends show increasing price sensitivity among genuine buyers, resulting in significantly lower sell-through rates for high-priced new…

In its latest outlook for residential developer sales, Knight Frank said that given the ongoing dampening impact of current property cooling measures, it envisage private home sales in 1Q 2014 to decrease further by around 20 to 35…

Bouncing back from a bad beginning

Mr Wilson Ang lost a few hundred thousand dollars in his first foray into property investing in 1998. He was just 33, and the loss came as quite a blow. He and a few friends had pooled their…

Demand for new private homes weak despite Jan sales rise

New private property sales more than doubled last month after falling to a near-five-year low the previous month, but demand remained tepid as developers held back from launching new projects and buyers stayed on the sidelines as various…

LTA allowed to build commuter facilities on State land adjoining railway area

Under the new laws passed yesterday, LTA can build commuter facilities such as bicycle racks on all State land adjoining the railway area, and rail operators are required to maintain these installations as part of the MRT stations’…

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