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First time home buyer story: Buying a condo after the 2007 financial crisis and lessons learned

It’s certainly been some time since our last buyer story. This time, we look at the first-home purchase of Andy (not his real name). What’s unusual about this case is the timing of the purchase – Andy bought…

Analysing the gap between new condos and household income (all 28 districts): Which are still affordable to Singaporeans?

There’s a list of “coffee shop complaints” that we hear all the time. A perennial favourite on the list is the issue of housing affordability, especially in the private market. Of late, there have been worries about a…

Why old, strata malls matter more than you think

Queensway Shopping Centre, Katong Shopping Centre, Golden Mile Tower… these old malls are often disregarded, or even considered eyesores. When it comes to “important old buildings”, Singaporeans tend to think of shophouses or historic bungalows; the concept of…

10 free property research tools to boost your chances of buying the right property

1) URA transaction data – The caveats lodged become a good research tool indicating the property actual transaction price; 2) Square Foot Research – It highlights all the surrounding alternatives (or competition, if you’re a landlord); 3) 99.co…

How do the new EGM rules for en-bloc affect you? (it’s bigger than you think)

Starting in Jan this year, the Land Titles (Strata) Act (LTSA) saw a small but important amendment: a limit to the number of proxy voters during en-bloc sales. This will forever change the nature of EGMs for collective…

Analysing unprofitable condos: 3 reasons why Stellar RV has performed poorly

You might have read our recent article on the 13 condos with the most unprofitable transactions. In the first 2 days it racked up nearly 50,000 page views – a sure sign if ever that there needs to…

5 special old features of HDB’s in Singapore that are hard to imagine today

1) Superstitious Structures – In older estates, it was not uncommon to see structures built for decorative, or even fengshui intents. One such structure is the dragon fountain in the Whampoa estate that was built in 1974; 2)…

5 commonly overlooked factors when buying a resale condo

One of the most common questions from new home buyers is “will there be gains?” This usually sets off a long spiel on where the closest MRT station is, how many malls are nearby, etc. We probably don’t…

68 new launch 1 bedroom condos and their worst case possible rental yields

2021 will prove to be an interesting year. In the aftermath of Covid-19, it’s not certain if and when foreign tenants will be returning to Singapore. At the same time, a new surge of HDB upgraders means there…

Top 5 hottest HDB towns by resale volume (Q1 2021)

1) Punggol – Following the end of the Circuit Breaker, it has managed to maintain transaction volumes exceeding 200 units for every month except Aug 2020. One reason is simply the number of flats reaching MOP in this…

13 condos with the most unprofitable transactions (by region)

You’ve read dozens of stories about property tycoons and how housing is the best asset – but at the same time, you’ve heard whispered stories about properties sold at a loss. In Singapore, the former is louder than…

SERS: What is it, where has it happened, and what are your odds?

The SERS is often considered the next big “HDB lottery winner”, next to a central region BTO flat. In fact, one of the reasons many Singaporeans want a central region flat is because they believe there’s a higher…

Why ABSD for developers needs to be tweaked and how it affects you as a home buyer

Most home buyers are familiar with the concept of ABSD as it applies to them. What’s less commonly known is that property developers also have to pay ABSD, and this added tax shapes multiple decisions. From the way…

5 handy ways to use your property for retirement planning

1) Sell and downgrade at retirement – This is probably the most common approach: the idea is that at retirement, you’ll sell your home, move into a smaller one, and then use the remaining sale proceeds for retirement;…

HDB a detailed list of 13 DBSS projects and their prices today

DBSS is controversial to this day. Depending on who you ask, DBSS flats were either great, or a wasteful form of housing. Whatever the opinion, one thing is clear: there are people willing to pay for DBSS flats.…

A complete list of 23 Executive Apartments and where to find them + price and size

Every decade in Singapore, our flats and condos alike seem to grow smaller. So here’s another rare-but-desirable HDB flat type to consider: the Executive Apartment (EA). It first came about in 1984. While they didn’t have two storeys…

August 2021 HDB BTO: Can you afford a flat in Queenstown or Jurong East?

Aug 2021 will be one of the most exciting and contested HDB launches to date, for one reason: two of the HDB towns involved are Queenstown and Jurong East. These are two of the most popular neighbourhoods; and…

The last tranche of “En-bloc Fever” homes from 2017: Here’s how they’ve performed so far

You may recall that a few weeks back, we mentioned there’s a chance of a new en-bloc surge in 2021. This is because the last tranche of en-bloc purchases from 2017 will be completed by this year or…

URA changes development charges: What does it mean to property buyers?

For most home buyers, DC are not something we’d consider important. This is something the property developers pay for, right? But long-time investors and market watchers know better – not only are developer costs ultimately passed down in…

Ultimate list of 23 HDB Executive Maisonettes: Location, price, size, and are they worth buying?

HDB executive maisonettes (EMs) or, as we’re fond of calling them, the “penthouse of public housing”, are full of mystery. This week, we’ll shed some light on where these units tend to come from; and whether they’re worth…

Shoebox versus Resale Flat: Which is a better first home?

So you’re a “sandwiched Singaporean”, and earn enough to buy a small private home or a resale flat; but not a BTO. It’s a common conundrum for those who earn just above the income ceiling for new flats.…

How bad is the price gap between new launch and resale condos? An analysis of 13 OCR districts (Part 2)

Last week we looked at the price gap between new and resale condos in various districts. This week we’re continuing on from that, as well as examining why the gap between absolute prices (the quantum) may not match…

If you invested $10,000 in Bitcoin, Tesla or the ‘Best’ Singapore REIT 2 years ago, what would that be today?

“Passive Income” or in other words, investing in assets and making free money while you sleep. To the weathered tycoons, this very sentiment is the driving lifeforce behind massive oceans of wealth. Of course, there are so many…

6 tips to maximise your profits when selling your HDB flat

1) Check the median price for your flat type and location – You need to know this, before you can set your asking price. COV is no longer published by HDB. This doesn’t mean that COV no longer…

How bad is the price gap between new launch and resale condos? An analysis of 13 OCR districts (Part 1)

“Price gap between new and resale units in this region (OCR) stands at 47%, widest in 25 years”. With such a statistic, there’s only going to be two trains of thoughts here. One, new launches are overpriced. Or…

Buying 4 reasons why resale condos may be more popular in 2021

2020 was dominated by a slew of new condo launches. If you were listening to the radio or browsing property portals, there wouldn’t be a single day where you wouldn’t come across two or three ads – minimum…

What’s behind the surge of new launch condo purchases in January 2021?

At this point, the prediction of new cooling measures may have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. New condo sales surged m-o-m, between Dec 2020 and Jan of this year; and while the reasons are varied, one of them may…

HDB 8 considerations when picking a resale HDB flat for future upgrading

1) Quantify how much you’ll need to upgrade, before any other decisions – As a general point of reference, at least five per cent of your future private property will have to be paid in cash (unless policies…

An in-depth update of 88 new launch condos: Have prices risen or fallen?

“You’ll make instant profit”, the sales team will tell you, “if you buy at a discount now, and then the prices rise in a few months”. It’s a familiar sales pitch in many show flats; and to Singapore’s…

All 5 new launch Executive Condos on the market in 2021 (February update)

1) Parc Canberra – The last known developer pricing was at a median of $1,101 psf, with a high of $1,165 psf and a low of $1,068 psf. It is one of the closest residential units (350m) to…

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