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HDB ownership debate: 4 differences between owning a HDB and a private property

In Singapore, the home ownership rate is close to 90%. It is something Singapore is lauded for globally and Singaporeans are really proud of. Despite this, we cannot ignore the fact that owning a private property, such as…

Biggest mortgage mistakes for home buyers to avoid

A home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make, which is why it is so important to avoid biggest mortgage mistakes that cause you to pay more than you should. Most home buyers make the biggest…

MacPherson at 50: Remembering the past and forging the future in one of Singapore’s first HDB estates

MacPherson’s facade may have changed over the years, but HDB estate still holds poignant memories for residents such as Mr Phua Soo Kiah. Formed as an electoral division during the first GE in post-independent Singapore, MacPherson celebrates its…

Newstead set to sell NuBox stores to Apple reseller

Recently liquidated electronics retailer Newstead Technologies will sell its 10 Nubox stores. The Singaporean firm was placed in liquidation in Oct after several of its stores abruptly closed and the sale agreement was reached on Fri. The confirmed…

Marcelo Burlon opens Orchard Road flagship

Italian fashion label Marcelo Burlon has launched a Singapore flagship store on Orchard Road. The Marcelo Burlon Singapore store – the brand’s first in SEA, will offer a comprehensive range of the brand’s most recent collections, as well…

Towering Tanjong Pagar Centre is now open

Singapore’s new tallest building, the Tanjong Pagar Centre, is now open. The mixed-use tower, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, is situated between the city’s CBD and historic Chinatown. It includes Grade-A offices, residential units, retail space,…

New facility in Redhill offers caregivers help and support

Retired principal Yong Cheng Huat and his wife have two sons, both of whom have special needs. It is tough being a caregiver, said Mr Yong, 62, who retired in 2010 to become Joel’s primary caregiver. “It was…

Multi-storey carparks could be better designed

There are some improvements that could be made to multi-storey carparks to make them more efficient. There should be a standard width and length for parking spaces in multi-storey carparks. Some have parking spaces that are so small…

Barring maids at private clubs an issue of exclusivity

Private clubs’ members pay a substantial sum to join such clubs and thus it is natural for them to demand privacy, especially as many of them use the club’s facilities to conduct business. Hence, the issue is not…

Going niche to drum up mall business

The future of strata-titled malls is fast taking shape: out go rows of old-school mom-and-pop shops selling textiles, shoes, clothes and provisions; in come gleaming art galleries, bustling co-working spaces and even boutique cinemas. This bright new retailing…

First-time buyers and displaced homeowners will drive housing demand

Singapore’s dismal residential property market is expected to receive a boost from first-time buyers and displaced owners looking for replacement homes as the dust settles following the government’s cooling measures in July, according to a report by ET&Co.…

Property curbs hit Chinese and Indian condo purchases in Q3

This chart from ET&Co shows that the cooling measures in July has mostly taken its toll on Indian purchasers amongst the four major foreign nationalities that buy condo units in Singapore. According to data from URA, condo purchases…

HDB to launch scheme to install ramps in flats with multi-step entrances on Dec 5

Seniors living in older flats with multi-step entrances will soon be able to enter and exit their homes more easily and safely. There are about 170,000 such homes in Singapore and from Wed, HDB will offer ramps for…

Orchard Road smoking ban: Better visitor experience or inconvenience?

The push to make Orchard Road a smoke-free zone has drawn a mixed reaction, with the business organisation that covers the area saying it will improve the visitor experience, but some smokers who work there expressed frustration about…

Don’t fall prey to the seductive lure of fancy co-working spaces

By now, most would have heard of co-working spaces – shared offices that independent knowledge workers, start-ups, small businesses, and increasingly, corporate employees use. In a recent CNA video which explored the growth trajectory of co-working in Singapore,…

Parkroyal on Pickering just got crowned the world’s best green hotel – Here’s the other Singaporean brands travellers loved in 2018

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Want to live in the lap of luxury while on holiday? Then take your pick from this newly-minted list of Singapore’s top hotels and travel brands, courtesy of the World Travel Awards (WTA). Over 20 hotels and locations…

Six-month trial for on-demand public buses to start Dec 17

LTA said on Mon that it will soon trial its on-demand public bus (ODPB) services, which allow commuters to request pick-ups and drop-offs at any bus stop within defined areas using mobile applications. The first part of the…

Former Midas chairman’s bungalow fetches S$30.8m in mortgagee sale

Some notable bungalow deals have taken place recently in Good Class Bungalow (GCB) Areas as well as in the Sentosa Cove waterfront housing locale. In a deal involving a mortgagee sale, a bungalow along Cluny Road owned by…

Commercial development site in Queenstown for $200 mil

A 99-year leasehold site at the corner of Commonwealth Ave and Margaret Drive is on the market for $200 mil. The site’s tenure started on Jan 1 1975, and the 32,305 sqft vacant plot used to be the…

Unit at VisionCrest going for $2.25 mil

A 1,324 sqft, two-bedroom unit at VisionCrest, on Oxley Rise in prime District 9, will be put up for auction for the second time on Dec 14, according to Knight Frank. This is an owner’s sale and the…

Ride into the new Honda motorcycle showroom at Alexandra

The partnership between motorcycle dealer Boon Siew and Japanese manufacturer Honda Motor began in 1957. Over the past 60 years, the partnership – the second-longest in Asia – has flourished, and the two companies have just achieved yet…

Family’s fond farewell to Toa Payoh Golf Range

With a hearty laugh, local professional golfer Poh Eng Teck recalled how he sometimes took half an hour to walk 15m from his Toa Payoh Golf Range office to the toilet. The 65-year-old MD of Poh Bros Golf…

Kampung Admiralty wins world’s top architectural award

An integrated retirement village in Woodlands has clinched one of the world’s most prestigious architectural awards. Designed by Woha Architects, Kampung Admiralty won Building of the Year at this year’s World Architecture Festival, considered the Oscars of the…

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