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Should we be concerned about the recent increases in car park charges

On 30 June 2016, URA and HDB issued a joint statement announcing the increase of public car park fees. Beyond the actual breakdown in car park fees, the statement only mentioned that this was the first hike in…

4 factors affecting a property’s resale value

Imagine yourself at a hawker centre. Assume that 80 percent of the stalls are selling the same type of dish – say, chicken rice just because it is unanimously a local favourite. Now, how would you decide which…

10 people flee fire in Geylang shop

He was driving home early on Wednesday morning to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri when he saw thick black smoke coming out from the first storey of a shop unit at Geylang Road. “I was driving on the lane…

Fire at Eunos coffeeshop; no injuries reported

A fire broke out at a Eunos coffeeshop on Fri afternoon but no one was injured. SCDF said it was alerted at 2.51pm to the fire at Blk 7, Eunos Crescent. The fire involved the kitchen exhaust ducting…

BCA announces new safety regulations for escalators

Under new rules to improve safety, escalators here will have to be maintained at least once a month, and their owners will have to apply for a Permit to Operate from BCA. This is similar to regulations for…

Glass panels crash from 5th floor of Whampoa condominium; no injuries reported

Glass panels from a condominium Cradels @ Whampoa’s swimming pool off Balestier Road crashed from the fifth floor to the ground on Fri afternoon. BCA spokesman told ST: “Upon arriving at the site, BCA engineers found that a…

Consortium that built MRT trains ‘had top score for quality’

The Chinese-Japanese consortium which built the 26 MRT trains that developed hairline cracks had the highest quality score among those who tendered for subsequent contracts, said LTA yesterday. Responding to queries on why it continued to award contracts…

HDB resale volume stays flat

HDB resale market continued its long stagnation last month, with prices falling 0.6 per cent and virtually no change to the number of flats changing hands, according to SRX Property flash figures yesterday. June’s dip was in contrast…

Duplication of work on Punggol East accounts: AHTC

Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) and HDB on Fri went to the Court of Appeal for clarification on its previous ruling relating to accounts when AHTC was AHPETC. AHTC is of the position that two accounting firms appointed by…

BCA tightens requirements for lift and escalator maintenance

New safety regulations for lifts and escalators will kick in on Jul 25, BCA announced on Fri. Alongside a revised lift regulatory regime announced last month, the regulatory framework for escalators has been tightened to enhance escalator reliability…

US-made LRT trains also had cracks

The defective China-made MRT trains in the news are not the only ones to have developed cracks here. The entire first batch of 19 US-made Bombardier trains on the Bukit Panjang LRT also developed cracks during their service…

Dead dolphin at East Coast to be preserved?

The fate of the dolphin carcass that washed ashore at East Coast Park on Wed remains unclear as of yesterday, as a local museum looks into whether it is suitable for preservation. The Lee Kong Chian Natural History…

Trapped in lift? Wait for help, don’t tamper with the doors

I empathise with the residents trapped in the Yishun lift when it broke down (“Renovation debris may have caused lift breakdown in Yishun”; Wed) as I had on a few occasions been trapped in HDB lifts. Whenever we…

Exploring Singapore’s northern gateway

When compared to the Tampines and Jurong regional centres, Woodlands has yet to fully realise its potential as a decentralised commercial hub versus its eastern and western counterparts. Tampines, which was first developed as a regional centre in…

Singapore is second in the world for green buildings

Paris and Singapore have taken the top two spots in a ranking of global cities for green buildings in a White Paper published by consultancy firm Solidiance, while London is in third place. The report sought to compare…

Will laser show spark sales at The Crest?

If you happen to walk or cycle past The Crest condominium this weekend, keep a lookout for the development’s latest attraction – a free laser light show happening four nights a week. The five-minute laser show started on…

Hawker woes

Hawker centres are an integral part of Singaporean culture. Located across the island, they offer convenience, good food at affordable prices, and serve as important places for community bonding. There are more than 100 hawker centres in Singapore,…

First impression

In Singapore since 1998, Zuo Haibin has worked on several projects that dot our skyline, building homes for many. PG speaks to the man at the showroom of his latest collaboration, Thomson Impressions. Zuo, a native of Shandong,…

Eye on Farrer Park: Perks of the Park life

A historic estate located in central Singapore, Farrer Park is part of the Rochor planning area and is juxtaposed against the colourful landscape of Little India. Throughout most of Singapore’s history, Farrer Park was known for being the…

The rejuvenation of Beach Road

Many Singaporeans, including this writer, have visited Kampong Glam several times over the course of our education as part of the NE programme. Then, we were brought into Sultan Mosque, and learned about the history of the area.…

Northwave and Treasure Crest ECs oversubscribed

Hao Yuan Investment’s EC project in Woodlands, Northwave, received 240 e-applications for the 358 available units by the close of its e-application period on Wed. Another EC project by Sim Lian Group in Sengkang, Treasure Crest, was already…

Centrium Square retail units sold in a bulk deal

Thirty-two retail units at Centrium Square with a total strata area of 16,738 sqft could have been sold through a bulk purchase for $70.1 million. The project, which was the former Serangoon Plaza, is being developed by Feature…

Deal swoon in prime residential segment

The proportion of unprofitable deals in the high-end segment continued to climb. One in three sellers, or 33% of the segment, incurred losses in 2Q2016, up from 30% in 1Q2016. In the city fringe, however, the proportion declined…

Sentosa Cove condo changed hands at $1,368 psf

A 2,777 sqft unit at Turquoise in Sentosa Cove changed hands on June 23 for $1,368 psf. In the project, only one transaction fetched a lower price psf historically – a 2,185 sqft unit which sold for $1,327…

Continued uptrend in number of mortgagee listings, says Colliers

In a report on July 1, Colliers Intl says 142 (39%) of the 367 properties put up for auction in 1H2016 were mortgagee sales. The number of mortgagee listings was 4.4% and 35.2% higher than in 2H2015 and…

Brexit might spur private home buying in Singapore, says report

With interest rates likely to stay lower for longer after the Brexit vote, analysts expect homebuyers to become more keen on snapping up condominium units in order to lock in low mortgage rates. “The immediate Fed rate hike…

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