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Property price divide between new and resale private homes anticipated to remain substantial in 2020

In 2018, the price gap between new and resale private homes stood at a considerable 35%. New homes in the CCR averaged out at $2,756 psf, while their resale counterparts commanded a substantially lower $2,048 psf. In 2019,…

Is it better to rent out rooms separately or the whole property?

Some landlords only ever want to rent the whole unit; others swear they can get more rental income / better rentability by letting out separate rooms. Which is the better deal? 1) Renting out the whole unit requires…

Coronavirus: Singapore General Hospital to convert part of carpark into fever screening area

With the number of Covid-19 patients rising in the past week and going up by double digits in recent days, a carpark at SGH will be used to screen patients for fever, to help alleviate the load. On…

S’poreans offer to house stranded Malaysian workers, as S’pore authorities step up patrols to look out for them

Less than 24 hours after Mr Armel Sharil was sleeping rough at Kranji MRT Station where TODAY met him, he now has a roof over his head for the next two weeks. He has been matched to a…

24-hour operations at govt-managed columbaria brought forward a week ahead of Qing Ming festival: NEA

Government-managed columbaria have been operating 24 hours a day since Tues ahead of the Qing Ming festival, one week earlier than usual, said NEA on Thurs. The step has been taken at the columbaria, which include Choa Chu…

Cinemas leave gaps between patrons; some moviegoers undeterred by Covid-19 outbreak

Of late, moviegoers may have noticed empty seats between them and other patrons in cinemas. Those buying tickets online may have also been prevented from booking seats next to other patrons. Cinema operators here have enforced gaps between…

Arrangements being made for Malaysian workers who slept at Kranji MRT station after travel restrictions kicked in

More than a dozen Malaysian workers who were found sleeping rough at Kranji MRT station have been taken to an “evacuee assistance centre” in Jurong East, MOM said on Thurs. Since the travel restrictions came into force, MOM…

Queenstown to get new community heritage museum

When a Queenstown stalwart, Dr Chan Khye Meng, 87, retired last year after more than 50 years of service to the community, patients young and old shed tears. Soon, those who miss the 55-year-old general practice in Tanglin…

What really causes high water use?

Careful reporting of survey findings is important. Focusing disproportionately on the observation that households with foreign domestic workers use 20 per cent more water than those without on a daily, per-capita basis – and attributing the higher water…

15% of 548-unit OLA to be priced below $1mil

Anchorvale, the developer of OLA EC in Sengkang, has revealed that about 15% of the units at the Spanish-themed development will be priced below $1 million. This comes as nearly half the units at the 548-unit EC will…

Virgin Active shuts outlet after two positive virus tests

The Virgin Active Singapore gym chain closed its Tanjong Pagar outlet for four days from Thurs after two members tested positive for the coronavirus. It said the facility had carried out a “deep clean and thorough disinfection”, and…

Start of Malaysian lockdown not affecting Singapore public transport: Khaw Boon Wan

The start of Malaysia’s two-week lockdown has not affected public transport, with train and bus services running normally, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. In a post on FB on Wed night, he added that LTA, public transport…

ArtScience Museum closed temporarily after employee has Covid-19

The ArtScience Museum, within the integrated resort of MBS, said that it will be closed temporarily for extensive cleaning from Thurs. The museum announced the closure on FB, prompting an online user to enquire if a staff member…

Average rents in City Hall, Marina Center fell 12% from 2014 peak

This chart by UBS shows that average rents in City Hall and Marina Center continue to drop as it now crashed 12% below its previous peak in Q4 2014. UBS noted that whilst Singapore’s retail sector appears to…

Retailers adapt to survive Covid-19

As Malaysian government announced its countrywide lockdown on Mar 16, snaking queues quickly formed in Singapore’s grocery stores as shoppers snapped up goods for fear that the flow of goods between the two countries would be disrupted. The…

Diversified tenant base, supportive sponsor to help ESR-REIT tide over market sell-off

ESR REIT has been a victim of the global REIT sell-off, with its share price plunging some 56% since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak on Jan 24. Although S-REITs have only shed some 30% in comparison, analysts…

Asian Civilisations Museum closes temporarily after staff member contracts COVID-19

The Asian Civilisations Museum will be closed for two days after a member of staff was confirmed to have COVID-19, NHB said on Thurs. The board was informed on Wed that the staff member was infected and is…

Mice sector hurting from scrapped events, seeks forms of relief

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings about social distancing and unprecedented travel restrictions, Singapore’s event organisers have been rushing to keep up with fast-changing rules. All these event cancellations have dealt a fresh blow to an already-weakened Mice sector.…

With no place to stay, some Malaysian workers sleeping rough near Kranji MRT Station

Past midnight, Mr Armel Sharil waited until the metal gates of Kranji MRT Station were pulled shut at 1am before he carefully laid a cardboard on the floor to lie down and rest his eyes. He has just…

Crowd at Woodlands Interchange dwindles after lockdown kicks in

On the first day of Malaysia’s lockdown yesterday, the crowd at the normally bustling Woodlands Interchange dwindled. The bus bay for service 950, which goes to JB, had a barricade set up in front with a notice saying…

Columbariums adopt safety measures for upcoming Qing Ming Festival

For the first time in 99 years, the air-conditioned columbarium and ancestral tablet halls in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Bright Hill Road near Upper Thomson is closed to the public for the upcoming Qing…

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