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4 nostalgia-inducing en bloc exercises

1) Pearl Bank Apartments – After four attempts, the iconic horseshoe-shaped building was sold in 2018. Its residents were initially keen to conserve the multi-strata development due to its history and design. However, it was ultimately determined to…

A recap + full list of new launch condos in 2021

2021 has been an interesting year. Mask-wearing, SafeEntry and the changes in phases remind us the pandemic hasn’t ended yet. At the same time, looking at the robust property market this year, it doesn’t feel like we’re in…

Feb 2022 HDB BTO In-Depth Review: Geylang

Out of the 3,930 units to be launched in the Feb 2022 BTO launch, 440 units will be located in Geylang. We’ll only know the starting prices after the Feb 2022 BTO launch announcement. In the meantime, SRX…

Green office options aplenty in Singapore

As of 3Q21, close to 80% of the 69.7 million sqft of island-wide office space tracked by JLL is certified green. This green space positions Singapore’s office market well to ride the ESG wave that is hitting the…

SG building design firm launches with $2m

Digital Blue Foam (DBF), a Singapore-headquartered software-as-a-service (SaaS) building design startup, has launched its business after investing US$2 million in development over the last couple of years. The startup is also in late-stage talks to close its series…

Singapore’s Casa Mia nets $400k in pre-seed money

Singapore-based Casa Mia Coliving has raised US$400,000 in pre-seed funding from angel investors in Singapore, Italy, Qatar, and US. Casa Mia provides private bedrooms in ready-to-move shared homes in Singapore. It focuses on young professionals who want to…

Is Yew Tee the new Yishun?

If you were to ask any local to name the most notorious part of Singapore, there’s a pretty decent chance Yishun would be mentioned more than once. This comes as no surprise, considering the dozens of bizarre events…

What Singapore’s largest therapeutic garden teaches us about special needs

As soon as my colleague, Yulianna, and I stepped into the therapeutic garden, the cacophony of raucous laughter amongst picnic-goers outside dissipated into the air. Standing at the entrance on a Sun afternoon, we watched as families and…

7 stunning sea view condos in Singapore

1) Seaside Residences – Siglap’s Seaside Residences is a new 99-year leasehold condo built in 2021. It offers views facing East Coast Park; 2) Coastal View Residences – Located at Pasir Ris, a small condo with 40 units…

Multi-agency joint operation carried out at SkyVille @ Dawson to enforce safe management measures

In a FB post dated 14 Nov, Dawson RC had shared that they had conducted a multi-agency joint operation that day at the sky garden of SkyVille @ Dawson. Comprising personnel from HDB, MOM, NEA and Dawson RC,…

Are local women-only gyms the progressive bastion it aims to be?

Women-only gyms are not a novel concept. Essentially, women-only fitness facilities are seen as a safe space for women to exercise and build a cohesive community. It is salient, though, to note that in Singapore, different types of…

4 REITs ETFs on SGX

1) Phillip SGX APAC Dividend Leaders REIT ETF – Is the first REIT ETF to be listed on SGX in 2016. It’s listed in both SGD and USD and tracks the performance of the iEdge APAC Ex-Japan Dividend…

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…

6 things to know about River Peaks I & II In Rochor, the first PLH BTO

1) It is named for its location and height – River Peaks I & II comprises two adjacent plots of land, along Rochor Canal, thus the inclusion of “I & II” in the name. The project will have…

Will the easing of border restrictions like the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) bring more foreign buyers to buy CCR condos?

On 15 Nov, the government announced that it’s extending the VTL to six more countries such as India and Indonesia. As of writing, this brings the total number of VTL countries to 21. And for the property sector,…

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…

Price and sales volume changes in neighbourhood condos when an integrated-MRT condo comes to town

Pasir Ris 8, a 99-year leasehold development by Allgreen Properties and Kerry Properties, is a mixed-used condominium to be located adjacent to Pasir Ris MRT station/bus interchange and the White Sands shopping mall. Nearby, there are five 99-year…

5 things we need to know before taking a SORA-pegged housing loan

1) SORA isn’t new – MAS has been publishing daily SORA rates since 1 July 2005; 2) SORA is calculated from actual bank transactions – Unlike the SIBOR and SOR that is set by either local banks or…

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)…

Just how scientific is Singapore Science Park? A not-so-scientific investigation

The interest in scientific endeavours never waned, however. Sure, the actual work of empirical methods, recording hard data and remembering formulas is boring. But how can you not geek out AI, spaceflight and dog-shaped robots that can open…

Bus & train fares are increasing by 2.2%. How are public transport prices determined by the public transport council?

On 3 Nov 2021, PTC announced that bus and train fares will be increasing by about 2.2% from 26 Dec 2021. According to PTC, low ridership coupled with rising operating costs were reasons for the increase in fares…

Four easy ways to spot bad neighbours before buying an HDB Unit

1) Visit the property at different hours of the day – Nowadays, since many are WFH or having HBL, it’s a good idea to drop by in the mornings and afternoons to get a more accurate feel of…

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…

4 things about the CSOP iEdge S-REIT Leaders Index ETF (SRT/SRU) to know before investing

1) Components of the iEdge S-REIT Leaders Index – It consists of various notable names such as CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust and Ascendas REIT. As of 31 Oct 2021, there are the top 10 largest constituents in the…

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…

If a house is not a home, then what is an HDB flat?

For many queer Singaporeans, owning a HDB flat is little more than a pipe dream. By virtue of unmarried Singaporeans being unable to buy an HDB flat before the age of 35, the exclusion extends to many Singaporeans…

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…

A tale of two en bloc attempts

Over the past week, two en bloc-related news surfaced: Thomson View, which is up for collective sale at a reserve price of S$950m (its 3rd… 5th attempt?) and Ampas Apartment, where a cancelled en bloc sale resulted in…

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 Haw Par Villa selling out?

Roaming the grounds of the freshly relaunched Haw Par Villa, I experienced mild cognitive dissonance. I tried to reconcile what I was seeing with the gloomy and desolate Haw Par Villa of my memories. My mental discomfort worsened…

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