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Older HDB Flats don’t depreciate as quickly as you think. Here’s what the numbers show

Common wisdom holds that, because of their 99-year lease, older HDB flats should see a steeper depreciation than newer ones. For many homeowners, it’s a good reason to sell and upgrade early. It was even a big point…

The untold impact of Golden mile complex conservation on en-bloc sales

On 22nd Oct this year, the unthinkable happened: Golden Mile Complex, long assumed to be next for demolition after Pearl Bank, was slated for conservation. A win for Singapore’s architectural milestones to be sure; but with regard to…

5 tell-tale signs to look out for when evaluating a resale property purchase

1) The unit mix of a property – If a quarter of them are penthouse and PES units, there’s a higher chance that these could be sold consecutively, thereby dragging down the average psf for the development; 2)…

Are higher floor units better in terms of profitability? We look at 3,569 transactions

Increasingly, tall buildings are being regarded as a sign of luxurious accommodation. It’s commonplace that the higher up you go the more money you’d have to pay. This is why the conventional wisdom and sales pitches from property…

An introvert buys property in Singapore: Going it alone (part 1)

Buying property can be daunting, and more so if you’re single. And even more so if you’re an introvert. It took me a full year to get my four-room resale flat. The Internet is an enabler for introverts…

5 new launch condos with unusual selling points (floating swimming pool, anybody?)

Every now and then, we put together this list to highlight interesting and overlooked details in new condo launches: 1) Got multiple children in NS? Need to wash a mountain of bedsheets? If your washing machine can’t handle…

An early morning tour of Pasir Ris: Landed houses by the beach under $2.9 million

When you watch property videos on YouTube or Netflix, beachfront houses are always portrayed as the creme de la creme in real estate. I’ve always thought that we’d already destroyed all the beautiful waterfront landed houses in land-scarce…

Is a PLH model flat worth buying? We break down the pros and cons

With the new PLH model housing unveiled, the question on everyone’s mind seems to be: is it worth it? 1) Disproportionate risk to the first batch of buyers – Due to the sheer number of unknowns, the first…

Freehold doesn’t always mean it’s better: A case study between Jardin and Gardenvista

Let’s start with a scenario. Condo A – freehold, nearer to an MRT station, and new. Condo B – leasehold, further away from an MRT station, and 6 years older in age. Now, based on these characteristics, which…

7 qualities you want in a property for asset progression

1) Transaction history with sufficient volume – This is an important factor if you have a definite intent to resell in a few years, and want to ensure resale gains can bridge the gap to your next home;…

7 key requirements to make your property a retirement asset

1) You must know the role your property plays after retirement – If the rental money isn’t going toward your retirement, and you’re counting on resale gains, it’s not a great idea; 2) You know how you’re going…

We asked: Is the new PLH model fair? Here’s the collated response from 175 people

The PLH model is one of the biggest changes we’ve seen to the housing market, since the first cooling measures. When news of the new model came out, we ran a poll on whether or not our followers…

7 key factors to consider if you’re buying a property before 35

1) Before buying a private one-bedder, consider your future needs – If you want to settle down and start a family, a one-bedder can be tougher to sell, as they appeal to niche buyers; 2) If you buy…

4 possible locations of future prime BTO flats under the PLH model

1) Jalan Kubor/Victoria St site – The land plot along Victoria St/Jalan Kubor falls within the Central Area. This land plot is slated for residential development and has a GPR of 4.9. This is similar to the GPR…

New Launches near the 5-year ABSD deadline in 2021: Will we be seeing developer discounts?

As condos come close to their five-year ABSD time limit, homebuyers and investors start to pay more attention. There’s every chance that, with a handful of units left, the developer will decide to give deep discounts rather than…

10 key factors to help you pick the ideal new launch condo unit

You’ve found your ideal condo development – it’s near to the MRT, there’s a 50m infinity lap pool, and the clubhouse has a karaoke room, lounge area, and even a foosball table. What more can you ask for?…

Landlord and tenants take note: How Singapore’s rental market has changed in 2021

2020 and 2021 have been some of the most unusual years in Singapore’s history. The combination of WRH arrangements, to the impact of the Circuit Breaker, have sent many scrambling to find their own place as soon as…

An ultimate guide to using your CPF to buy property: How much can you really use?

Most Singaporeans will use their CPF in some form, to purchase their property. This has resulted in some debates over the years, regarding how much of our CPF we should use; or whether HDB upgraders should be using…

How does having fewer big property agencies affect homebuyers?

It was just in 2017 that OrangeTee and ET&CO announced a new JV called Orange Tee and Tie (OTT) to form the third biggest property agency in Singapore with more than 4,400 agents. How things have changed though.…

The costs of development: Is property development unsustainable in Singapore?

There’s a common misconception today that property developers are the cause of higher property prices in Singapore. After all, it seems obvious that developer pricing is the main factor in a condo’s cost. Perhaps that may have been…

10 iconic condos in Singapore’s history (and present!)

1) People’s Park Complex (1973) – Its residential was built around the concept of being “streets in the air”; 2) Golden Mile Complex (1974) – Best known for its “terraced” design with unobstructed sea view; 3) Beverly Mai…

25 en bloc sales sites up for grabs in 2021: The return of en bloc fever?

According to some news reports, there are now around 25 en-bloc sales sites in 2021; this is more than double the 11 sites last year. On the one hand, this was expected due to the last tranche of…

Buying Leedon Green VS Hyll on Holland: Which should you pick?

Despite how property prices are climbing everywhere else and demand seems to be insatiable, there’s an area in Singapore that seems to be bucking that trend – Holland Village. In fact, competition is intense enough that – despite…

Could prime CCR condos start surging in demand after Q3 2021?

Overall home prices continued their steady upward pace in 2021; but property analysts have tipped private property prices to continue their rise as 2021 comes to a close. Prime region properties, which were lagging far behind fringe region…

9 upcoming new launches to look forward to as 2021 comes to an end

As we enter the last quarter of 2021, demand for private homes continues unabated. Covid-19 has pushed many buyers to look at the resale market because of construction delays. There’s also a bigger focus on size, sometimes even…

Is there still a chance of cheaper resale HDB flats in 2021?

1) HDB’s response to construction delays will play a major role – The worries about construction delays have gotten more intense; from initial six to nine-month delays in around 85 per cent of projects; 2) If private housing…

Parc Greenwich vs Ola EC shootout: Which should you pick?

ECs are the top choice for HDB upgraders; and right now two of the hottest names are Parc Greenwich and Ola. Situated in districts 28 and 19 respectively, both are fringe region properties with highly competitive price points.…

Freehold vs leasehold landed property: Exploring the gap and how prices have moved over the years

Over the past year, demand for landed homes has gone through the roof. Around $2 billion in transactions have already been recorded for 1H 2021, with 245 sales. This is the highest amount we’ve seen since the last…

Will my condo en bloc? 7 commonly overlooked reasons why it may fail

1) Last-minute policy tweaks and changes – First, it affects developer confidence. Second, it affects the willingness of existing owners to agree to the en-bloc deal; 2) Complex ownership dynamics – There must be consent from owners with…

11 new launch condos that are close to TOP in 2022 (part 2)

Time flies, doesn’t it. It’s crazy to think that we have been living with the pandemic for nearly 2 years at this point. The glut of en bloc and land sales from 2017/2018 seems like such a long…

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