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New launch condo projects potentially launching in 2022

If you’ve been scouring the internet looking for a new launch condo to be launched next year, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of new launch condo projects that we think could potentially launch in…

LGBTQ+ Guide: Property planning in your 40s and 50s

In my last article, I wrote about the concept of planning early for homeownership for LGBTQ+ individuals. The 20s is all about developing great saving habits and setting the goal of buying a home, while the 30s is…

Couple sets aside lofty expectations to finally find their dream home

When 33-year-old Singaporean “Nellie” and his partner decided to settle down and jointly buy a new home together, he knew it would propel their relationship to the next phase of their lives. After working for 17 years in…

You can now appeal for BTO cancellation without penalties. But here’s why you should not do so

1) Resale flats are very expensive these days – Despite the pandemic, resale flat prices have been increasing for 15 straight months. In fact, prices have reached an all-time high in Sept, surpassing the previous peak in Apr…

Shaping modern architecture, building modern Singapore

A new exhibition and series of talks at Alliance Française de Singapour examines the influence of a French-Swiss design master, at work a century ago, on the city we inhabit today. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret aged 33 in 1920,…

Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST) — What is it?

MCST, which stands for Mgmt Corporation Strata Title, refers to the managing body of a condominium or any compound which has multiple owners and shared facilities. In Singapore, MCSTs are usually associated with private residential developments. When a…

Home-school distance new rule: Why we’ll see greater competition in some neighbourhoods

When MOE announced changes to the home-school distance (HSD) rule in early Sept 2021, there’s a general assumption that parent-hopefuls would scramble to secure apartments near their favoured schools. If you fall into this category, you might want…

HDB November 2021 BTO In-Depth Review: Tengah

In Nov 2021, HDB will offer 3,520 flats across seven projects in one mature and four non-mature estates. Accounting for nearly two-thirds of the units in this launch will be the two Tengah BTO projects, with a total…

HDB November 2021 BTO in-depth review: Kallang/Whampoa

In the next BTO launch in Nov 2021, HDB will offer 3,520 flats across seven projects in one mature and four non-mature estates. The only BTO project to be launched in a mature estate this time will be…

What factors are necessary for a possible en bloc or collective sale?

1) Age of the development – Older developments tend to be quite decrepit, requiring expensive ongoing maintenance, so replacing the building with something new and more profitable makes financial sense; 2) Location – Condominium development located in prime…

8 reasons why cluster homes or strata landed houses are worth buying

1) Condo-like facilities – They come with condo-like communal facilities such as a gym, jacuzzi, playground and swimming pool; 2) Good class neighbourhoods – Cluster homes are strata-titled properties that can be built in landed housing estates such…

How much do you need to earn to buy a new or resale Executive Condo (EC)?

Thinking of upgrading from an HDB flat, but find that buying a condo is too expensive? Your best bet is to get an EC. Just like HDB flats, you can take CPF Housing Grants to buy a new…

How a West Coast murder in 1984 changed condominium security

Did you know that in the early 1980s, condominium security was so lax that visitors can simply walk past security guards with a smile and use the swimming pool? Or that if you were driving a fancy car…

HDB November 2021 BTO in-depth review: Jurong West

HDB will offer 3,520 flats across seven projects in one mature and four non-mature estates in the Nov 2021 BTO sales launch. The Jurong West BTO will be one of the three projects to be launched in the…

LGBTQ+ Guide: Planning your home purchase in your 20s and 30s

Unlike their straight counterparts, who can get hitched and apply for a subsidised HDB BTO flat from 21 years old, the LGBTQ+ community can only wait with bated breath till they are 35 to get a flat of…

How 60,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in car parks may affect property demand (and Tesla sales)

In early Sept 2021, URA and LTA awarded the pilot tender for more than 600 EV charging points in 200 public car arks to two consortiums. This would definitely benefit homeowners living near these stations, particularly EV owners…

7 new launch condos with fire sale potential

Property prices may have been increasing over the past one year. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a bargain. Among the new launch condos with an approaching ABSD deadline, we’ve narrowed down a few…

HDB November 2021 BTO in-depth review: Hougang

3,520 flats will be offered across seven projects in one mature and four non-mature estates for the Nov 2021 BTO sales launch. It will also be the second time this year that HDB is offering BTO flats in…

Condo maintenance fees and unit sizes: how much is too much?

As of 2020, there are more than 300,000 condominium and private apartment units in Singapore, of which 16% of our resident population reside. It also means that every month, these households are paying anywhere between S$250 to S$1,000…

12 tallest skyscrapers in Singapore on Skyscraper Day (Sept 3)

Since today’s Skyscraper Day (Sept 3), where architects, planners, developers, engineers, historians and contractors commemorate the birth anniversary of Louis H. Sullivan (“father of modern skyscrapers”), 99.co thought it would be good to expand on our previous Singapore…

HDB November 2021 BTO In-Depth Review: Choa Chu Kang

In the upcoming Nov 2021 BTO launch, HDB will offer 3,520 flats across seven projects in one mature and four non-mature estates. One of the non-mature estate launches will be in Choa Chu Kang, where 60 2-room Flexi…

9 things about SORA for home loan interest rates (before it replaces SOR and SIBOR)

1) SORA is a robust interest rate benchmark based on the average rate of unsecured overnight interbank SGD transactions brokered in Singapore; 2) SORA is thus an accurate reflection of daily conditions in Singapore’s money markets; 3) SORA…

Sembawang landed house sold at S$5.7m, highest in D27 in two years

A detached house in Sembawang was just sold for S$5.7 million. This marks the highest transaction for a landed house in D27 in the past two years. Located at Jalan Serengam in Sembawang Springs Estate, the 999-year corner…

From city-living to Sentosa Cove condo: How a family’s love for golf made them uproot for a “resort” lifestyle

When Crystal Low and her husband started their first banking jobs 18-20 years ago, their matrimonial home was an HDB apartment. Today, after a successful career in the financial industry, the couple, who are now in their mid-40s,…

How much do you need to earn to buy an HDB resale flat?

If BTO wait is too long and getting a condo is too expensive, your best bet is to go for an HDB resale flat. Not only are there lots of resale options spread across the island, but they…

Good Class Bungalow (GCB) house-hunting: Confessions from agents

For Henry Lim, Head of GCB and Landed Division at ERA, the Chinese from China and Indonesia make up the highest proportion of the new citizen and PR buyers he’s encountered. Other types of clients include doctors, families…

LGBTQ+ Guide: Things you should know about buying an HDB flat

Many would agree that Singapore is leading the world in so many areas. However, one area it has much to catch up with is the attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community. With 80% of Singaporeans living in public HDB…

Singapore NDP 2021 animated film features HDB blocks, shophouses and landmarks

If you’re unaware, NDP 2021 celebrations will be held on Sat, 21 Aug 2021 from 6:05pm and broadcasted live from The Float @ Marina Bay. It was postponed due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions and comes after the…

Diversity-friendly property rentals in Singapore

Renting a property or even a room isn’t hard for most people as they are free to choose their preferred area with little constraint other than a budget. However, for the #LGBTQ+ community, rental opportunities are still much…

Tenancy agreement and security deposit in Singapore: What renters must know

A tenancy agreement (TA) is the more detailed, legally binding version of the letter of intent (LOI). The document states the rental terms agreed by the landlord and tenant. It also sets out each party’s rights and obligations…

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