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Botanic Gardens waiting for Unesco decision

Singapore could welcome its first World Heritage Site this year, when Unesco decides on the Botanic Gardens’ nomination. The 155-year-old park was nominated in 2012 for Unesco status, and official documents for the bid were submitted last year.…

Single-digit price slide set to continue for private homes

Most property market watchers expect private home prices to continue slipping in the single-digit percentage range this year, following the 4 per cent full-year drop last year, although much will depend on when and how the government starts…

15 more trees here given heritage status

Tall and majestic, more than 200 trees have made the Heritage Tree list in the past 13 years. The special title is conferred by a panel consisting of NParks staff as well as landscape and plant experts in…

4-room Pinnacle@Duxton flat sold for $900,000

The first Pinnacle@Duxton flat to be sold on the resale market has gone for a princely price, less than a month after most home owners of the iconic HDB project were allowed to put their units up for…

Short-term home rentals changed estate’s character

I know of a private condominium in town where some home owners rent out their units while living elsewhere (“URA to seek feedback on short-term home rentals”; Dec 17). Some of these owners are oblivious to how their…

Social impact of subletting flats

I agree with Mr Francis Cheng that “HDB should review its rules to prevent master tenants from subletting their flats to other tenants” (“Step up checks on flat subletting”; Thurs). Master tenants who choose to sublet part of…

Fairer way to settle ceiling repair costs

I support the move to empower the HDB to gain access to flats to carry out repairs on ceiling leaks (“HDB should have access to flats for ceiling repairs: Khaw”; Dec 23). I have lived in my HDB…

Vicious circle of littering

As a co-founder of the Keep Singapore Clean Movement, I am appalled that this year’s countdown party generated more rubbish than those in the preceding three years, according to a cleaner (“After the party… comes the cleanup”; yesterday).…

Punitive measures not the answer to illegal parking

I applaud Mon’s editorial (“Tackling illegal parking holistically”), which called for taking a holistic approach to tackling illegal parking. As someone teaching organisational behaviour, I must say that trying to effect a desired behavioural change by taking punitive…

Fifth-level supermart not ideal

At the newly renovated Eastpoint Mall, the FairPrice supermarket is located on the fifth level, which is not customer-friendly. Shoppers are unable to hold on to the handrails of the escalators while carrying bags of groceries in both…

More enforcement on idling engines

We thank Miss Victoria Lim for her letter (“Bad idea to leave engines idling”; Dec 24). NEA urges motorists to switch off their engines when their vehicles are stationary, in order to safeguard public health and improve air…

Smoking offences: Outsource checks

The number of smoking violations seems to be getting out of hand, due largely to lax enforcement. Smoking can be observed in prohibited areas such as bus stops, covered walkways and lifts, just to name a few. Recently,…

Police cameras helped solve more than 300 crime cases

Our experience with police cameras has been positive (“Review funding for CCTV cameras” by Mr Ravi Philemon; Sun). Since May 2012, when the cameras were first installed, more than 300 crime cases have been solved using the video…

Property launches last year: What’s hot, what’s not

A difficult year for property developers has likely resulted in new home sales last year sinking to their lowest level in six years. Consultants who spoke to ST said only 8,000 to 9,000 new units were likely to…

Sharp drop in prices of city-fringe homes

Steep discounting at city-fringe projects could be a reason that home prices in the segment fell by the most last year. Values of apartments in city-fringe areas declined by a sharp 5.3 per cent last year, after registering…

Private home prices ‘may fall by up to 8%’

The slide in private home prices will likely continue this year, possibly at an even greater pace than last year, say property consultants. They noted that the falls could be as much as 8 per cent markedly more…

IRs looking beyond gaming for revenue

While gamblers account for the lion’s share of revenue at the two mega resorts here, there is another rich source of income that does not involve Lady Luck – well-heeled shoppers. A stroll through the swank Shoppes at…

Private and HDB home markets slip further in Q4

Singapore’s cooling property market ended 2014 with fresh evidence of tumbling prices in both the private and public markets. Analysts expect more of the same for this year. Private home prices fell 4 per cent over the past…

Coming up in 2015: Resale flat prices likely to fall further

After a sluggish year in the public housing resale market, prices are expected to continue their slow slide into 2015. But the number of deals closed might pick up, as buyers are lured back by low prices. Experts’…

Fewer strata-titled industrial sites for sale

Two industrial sites that can be used to build strata-titled units have been put on the confirmed list for sale in the first half of next year, one fewer than the allocation in this six-month period. The move…

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