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Now that HSR is cancelled, what’s the land going to be used for?

1) Housing projects – Spanning 67ha, the former Jurong Country Club is large enough for BTO and condo projects. This is especially since there hasn’t been a BTO project in Jurong East in a long time; 2) Retirement…

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…

Why do some former school sites get torn down for housing?

As a land-scarce country, balancing between setting aside land for development and conserving old sites is challenging. Over the years, we’ve seen many old buildings get demolished to make way for development. Even the old National Library at…

Note found in a condo lift complains about noise, but what if it’s not from the neighbour upstairs?

The sad thing about living in a flat or condo is that sometimes we have to deal with a lot of noise coming from our neighbours. And it can get very irritating, especially when the noise is heard…

Non-mature vs mature HDB estates: What’s really the difference?

About the only time we come across the terms “mature” or “non-mature” HDB towns or estates is when we want to buy a BTO flat. This is when we see which estates are being offered, as well as…

MOS Burger at One Fullerton: Why do brands like MOS Burger have different F&B outlet concepts

Launched in Jan 2021, MOS Burger at One Fullerton is the latest outlet (48th) opened by the Japanese fast food conglomerate in Singapore. Ever since the first outlet opening at Isetan Scotts in 1993, MOS Burger has expanded…

All units of entire EDEN condo at Ardmore-Draycott enclave sold: A closer look at transactions along the billionaire’s belt

Last week, a report grabbed headlines when all 20 units of EDEN, a freehold condo at 2 Draycott Park, were sold. The purchase amounted to S$293 million, which translates to S$14.65 million per unit. At over 3,000 sqft…

Rejuvenating the Core Central Region: URA’s Master Plans for Orchard and Novena

The URA Master Plan is what savvy property buyers look at when researching a potential property for either homestay or as an investment option. Orchard and Novena are the most popular districts in CCR, and we take a…

Four sites in Balestier, Toa Payoh, Bedok and Jurong East to be cleared for housing: A closer look at what it’s like living there

A few weeks ago, it was reported that four sites at Balestier, Toa Payoh, Bedok and Jurong East will be cleared to make way for housing. We wonder how it will be like to have a home there.…

What is the average salary in Singapore and the flat sizes you can afford in the different estates in Singapore

It can be said that the Singaporean dream is own a property (or more properties if you already own one). In a time of rising property prices, the question becomes: what property can an average Singaporean afford? Using…

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…

Will Singaporeans be priced out of private property in the future?

EdgeProp reported earlier today that “word on the street is that all 20 units at Swire Properties’ luxury condo Eden at 2 Draycott Park have been sold to a single buyer”. Commenting on this news on his FB…

HDB will not give larger loan amount based on buyer’s pre-Covid19 income

MND Minister has confirmed that the maximum loan amount granted to a flat buyer is derived based on flat buyers’ current income to provide flat buyers with a realistic indication of their housing budget, and to prevent them…

The plight of Dover Forest, and one secondary school teacher’s fight to save it

Though he’s wearing a threadbare military tee from his NS days, it’s hard to imagine Chua Chin Tat crawling through the mud with a semi-automatic weapon. He is calm and deliberate when he plods, heron-like, towards Dover Forest.…

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…

I, a millennial Singaporean, became a fish farmer for a week

Admittedly, there had been a slight sense of romanticism and a considerable chunk of cheekiness when I pitched this assignment. What a fish out of water tale it’d be, I laughed. Joke’s on me, though — I was…

3 things about the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme that might interest you

For first-time married, Singaporean couples who need interim housing while waiting for their new HDB flat to be built, they have a few options for temporary affordable living arrangements. An available living arrangement is the PPHS, which is…

10 reasons why we’re seeing an uptick in HDB resale transactions lately

1) Construction delays for BTOs due to COVID-19 – BTO projects are now expected to be completed in four to five years; 2) Oversubscription of BTOs – The balloting process doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get a flat; 3)…

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…

Sadly, farming games can never match up to real life farming

For most of us, life often goes something like this: work, eat, sleep, repeat. In this game of life, unfortunately, much of our time is dedicated to the pursuit of money. Increasingly though, people are seeking meaningful and…

The secret beauty of Ubi, uncovered in 24 hours

Industrial parks are commonly misunderstood for being utilitarian urban jungles, a stark contrast to the glamorous glass towers and accompanying nightlife of downtown Singapore. Word on the street is that things have changed—quaint cafes and hip stores have…

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…

Neighbourhood estate guide: Could Kallang Be the best estate in Singapore to live in?

Located in the South-eastern of the Island, Kallang and Whampoa HDB Town, is home to around 105,200 HDB residents and 39,391 HDB units, giving it an average household size of 2.67; making it well below the national average…

Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap secures series E funding

Sunseap Group said it has secured its series E round from Dubai conglomerate Dutco Group. Dutco operates in construction, integrated modular technology solutions, manufacturing, real estate, oil and gas, freight and logistics, and hospitality sectors. The investment comes…

3 things worth noting about Feb 2021 HDB resale transactions, including the million-dollar flats

Feb 2021 was a notable month for HDB resale transactions, setting the record for the highest number of million-dollar flat transactions in a month with 23 flats. So we took a closer look at these transactions and found…

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