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5 tips for Singapore property investors in 2021

1) Know your market – It is imperative that you research the housing markets of the specific neighbourhoods where you are looking to buy or sell. A start would be to look at current prices and compare to…

Mr. Propwise’s 2021 Singapore property market outlook

2020 was the year of a “surprisingly stable market.” After a 1% decline in the URA’s PPI in 2020Q1 due to Covid fears, as of 2020Q3 we’ve seen a recovery past the 2019Q4 levels (153.8 vs. 153.6). And…

Covid-19 phase 2: To buy or not to buy property, that is the question

We’ve finally entered the Phase 2 of Circuit Breaker re-opening! While this news has brought about much-needed cheer and optimism, many property investors waiting on the sidelines caution that this does not fundamentally change the fact that we…

New temporary relief measures for the property industry – How will this impact the market?

Finally, some much-awaited good news came in for the property market. The 6 months grace period is highly welcomed by all married couples worried about missing their sell by deadlines. Great news for many couples who had failed…

Amid COVID-19, what’s driving the property market and all that buying recently?

With the daily negative news outweighing positive ones, you can bet that fear is currently the order of the day and sold to everyone consuming any form of media. It is hence crucial that we pay attention to…

Mr. Propwise’s thoughts on the Singapore REITs bloodbath

If you’re an investor in Singapore REITs you will no doubt have been hit by the rapid collapse of REIT stock prices over the last few weeks. In just a period of two-plus weeks, many counters were down…

Factoring in COVID-19, is there an oversupply risk & how’s the market situation? (part 1)

The recent months of fear and panic has seen much focus and attention drawn towards COVID-19 related news and content. As of today and counting, Singapore has seen zero to a handful of new cases per day, and…

Singapore’s shoebox condos are not so bad

I think there has been some misconception about these so-called shoebox condos. These shoebox condos are nothing new. But many property reports and research analyses have missed some important points, and they don’t do justice to these smallish…

Geylang shoebox condos – a comparison

House sizes in Singapore are shrinking – for both HDB flats as well as private apartments. Although the government has recently taken steps to ensure that apartment sizes do not fall below a certain size, there are still…

Making $1.7 million in an en bloc – Was it location, location, location?

I am in complete agreement with Property Soul that you should not buy property based on FOMO. Property is a long-term investment and one has to be very careful when buying property. I would like to share my…

Conversation with a veteran Valuer

When you think of property valuations in Singapore, the name David Ng comes to mind. As a veteran valuer, he has come a long way in the local real estate scene. To many of us, the word ‘valuation’…

Cluster housing – the best of both worlds?

Should you buy a condominium, or a landed property? When shopping for private property, buyers may well be torn between these two choices. In Singapore, landed housing is deemed more “elite” as statistics from 2016 show that there…

Common pitfalls for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants who diy

Self-service property websites lure property buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants (let us collectively address them as “Clients”) with the bait of substantial savings in agents’ fees. The proliferation of self-service portals and mobile applications has resulted in an…

REITs or physical properties – which one makes a better investment?

Are physical properties or REITs better investments? I have over a decade of experience investing in the stock market, and also have experience buying and selling multiple properties (in addition to writing a property blog), so in this…

The big Singapore market upgrade – hype or reality? (part 3)

The previously mentioned report stated that the “growing number of single person households — which comprised one in eight Singapore resident households in 2010 — has been a key contributor to housing demand. Given rising singlehood rates, we…

The big Singapore market upgrade – hype or reality? (part 2)

A doubling of dollar per sqft prices in the residential market from 2016–2030 implies an average of a 5% per annum increase in prices. To make up the 5% growth, the authors of the report Property Prices Inflecting…

The big Singapore market upgrade – hype or reality? (part 1)

Positive news in the real estate sector started to stream in early in 2017. We began the year with promising data from the manufacturing sector. The value of imports and exports also rose. Several new properties geared up…

5 common mistakes to avoid when buying your home

Buying a dream place to call our own can be a daunting task, especially if it’s our first home. We find ourselves on an emotional roller coaster, with emotions ranging from excitement to uncertainty. If we are not…

Shoebox condos – Can you live in them?

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a shoebox unit in The Inflora, a recently-completed condominium in Pasir Ris. Having heard plenty about shoebox units and how terribly small they are, I was looking forward to seeing an…

2 deceitful patterns of dodgy property agents

In today’s competitive services market, real estate agents are not only caught in the strife of industry competition, they also have to grapple with being made redundant by technology. To say that there are many real estate agents…

Understanding the current en-bloc buzz via the property life cycle

Properties have life cycles, just like us. We know that property prices are largely driven by demand and supply. When we examine the correlation between the price and age of a property, we exclude external influences like demand,…

Buying a new EC vs a resale condo – A case study

Many people think ECs are a good buy. Even Minister Khaw Boon Wan likened the EC scheme to offering buyers an upmarket Lexus ata much lower price of a Toyota Corolla. But are ECs really such a good…

7 Singapore home financing myths that are making you poorer

In this article I want to shed some light into several misbeliefs we often have about home loans. I hope it’ll help make property financing and refinancing decisions easier for everyone.

Should you rent or buy a property in Singapore? 7 factors to consider

A real estate purchase is a huge financial commitment, and is probably the biggest purchase many of us will make in our lifetime. This is especially so in Singapore where homes do not come cheap; it’s one of…

What is Buyer Stamp Duty and Additional Buyer Stamp Duty (ABSD)?

Stamp duty is a tax on documents relating to the purchase or lease of a property. It is to be paid by the buyer within 14 days after the date of the document (e.g. Sale & Purchase Agreement,…

Has the long awaited property easing measures finally come?

It’s finally happened – or so it seems. While steadfastly claiming that the property measures are here to stay, the government has finally eased the property cooling measures. These new measures took effect from Mar 11. So does…

En-bloc sales in Singapore – What you need to know

Private property is a precious commodity in land-scarce Singapore. Yet in some cases, the government and property developers can take over the land your property sits on, compelling you to sell your house. Of course, the reality is…

4 reasons why Hong Kong’s new stamp duty can’t save Singapore’s property market

Bloomberg recently published an article on how ‘Hong Kong property tax may help end Singapore’s housing slump’. The journalist cites the remarks of a Cushman & Wakefield spokesperson that foreign buyers may turn to Singapore after the 15…

Yishun property shopping – which of these three condos would you buy?

Some time back, we did a review of three Woodlands condominiums which we thought were worth looking at. We are back with an article on condos worth considering in Yishun, an estate located in the Northeastern Singapore. Yishun…

4 cooling measure you must consider before buying a property

So you made your first foray into real estate some years back and are now sitting pretty on a property that has appreciated. You pride yourself on that smart decision. With the current depressed property market, as a…

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