• Singapore’s Latest Population Statistics and Outlook for the Property Market
    Propwise.sg28 days ago

    Singapore’s Latest Population Statistics and Outlook for the Property Market

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) The best property analysis released these days is not about the red-hot en bloc fever, or the optimistic projection of possible growth for the property market in 2018. The only recent piece of analysis that leaves much food for thought is Ku Swee Yong’s three-part

  • Common Pitfalls for Buyers, Sellers, Landlords and Tenants Who DIY
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    Common Pitfalls for Buyers, Sellers, Landlords and Tenants Who DIY

    By Ku Swee Yong and Janice Chin (guest contributors) Infographic 1: Summary of the key points in the article (Image credit: HugProperty) Self-service property websites lure property buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants (let us collectively address them as “Clients”) with the bait of substantial savings

  • 4 Traits of Millennial Homebuyers that Will Change the Property Market
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    4 Traits of Millennial Homebuyers that Will Change the Property Market

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Millennials (not the yellow “minions” in the Despicable Me movie) are also known as Generation Y. The term generally refers to those born between 1982 and 2004 (or who are between 13 to 35 years old). Every serious industry stakeholder who cares about the future of

  • Unbiased New Launch Review – Artra
    Propwise.sg2 months ago

    Unbiased New Launch Review – Artra

    By KK Tong (guest contributor) Artra is one of the newest condominium developments located at the Redhill /Alexandra area in District 3. It is a 99-year leasehold mixed development with 400 residential units, 16 shops, a childcare centre and a supermarket. Despite the slew of condominiums in that area

  • 3 Disruptive Trends that Will Change the Property Industry
    Propwise.sg2 months ago

    3 Disruptive Trends that Will Change the Property Industry

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Earlier this year I spoke at the SMART Expo about ‘5 Disruptive Trends That Are Changing the Singapore Property Industry’.In my presentation, I shared with the audience how digital technologies like Big Data, Fintech, Virtual Reality and Smart Homes are reshaping

  • Propwise.sg2 months ago

    REITs or Physical Properties – Which One Makes a Better Investment?

    By Mr. Propwise 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 post I will share my opinion with you. The Key Difference

  • Important Rules to Finding Good Bargains at Auctions
    Propwise.sg2 months ago

    Important Rules to Finding Good Bargains at Auctions

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Auction sale of properties are on the rise in a lackluster market plagued by slow rental and high vacancy. Knight Frank Singapore saw mortgagee listings of 243 units in 2016 at a 5-year record high. Out of the total, 68 percent are residential properties. A mortgagee

  • Unbiased New Launch Review – Seaside Residences
    Propwise.sg3 months ago

    Unbiased New Launch Review – Seaside Residences

    By KK Tong (guest contributor) “The seaside is now called home” – this is the tag line for Seaside Residences, a new condominium development located at Siglap Link in District 15. Well, it seems that the tag line did ring true, as 392 units were sold at an average sale price of $1700 psf on [...]

  • Chinese Developers Have Been Buying Up Land in Singapore – Who Exactly Are They?
    Propwise.sg3 months ago

    Chinese Developers Have Been Buying Up Land in Singapore – Who Exactly Are They?

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Since the start of the year, cash-rich property developers from mainland China have been actively participating in Government Land Sales (GLS) tenders. Aiming to expand their footprint in Singapore, they have set new records in bidding prices for residential sites

  • The Big Singapore Market Upgrade – Hype or Reality? (Part 3)
    Propwise.sg3 months ago

    The Big Singapore Market Upgrade – Hype or Reality? (Part 3)

    By Ku Swee Yong and Shannon Aw (guest contributors) This is part three of a three-part article (you can read part one here and part two here). Infographic: Summary of the key points (Image credit: HugProperty) Will the increase in single-person households will drive up the demand for housing? The previously

  • The Big Singapore Market Upgrade – Hype or Reality? (Part 2)
    Propwise.sg3 months ago

    The Big Singapore Market Upgrade – Hype or Reality? (Part 2)

    By Ku Swee Yong and Shannon Aw (guest contributors) This is part two of a three-part article (you can read part one here). Infographic: Summary of the key points (Image credit: HugProperty) A doubling of dollar per sqft prices in the residential market from 2016–2030 implies an average of a 5% per annum

  • The Big Singapore Market Upgrade – Hype or Reality? (Part 1)
    Propwise.sg4 months ago

    The Big Singapore Market Upgrade – Hype or Reality? (Part 1)

    By Ku Swee Yong and Shannon Aw (guest contributors) Infographic 1: Summary of the key points (Image credit: HugProperty) 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

  • EnBloc Sales are Back – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Propwise.sg4 months ago

    EnBloc Sales are Back – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Spring Grove is the latest condominium jumping on the en bloc sale bandwagon. Almost every week, there is an announcement of a new privatized HUDC estate or old project being put up for sale.Recent candidates joining the collective sale craze include Braddell View

  • 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Your Home
    Propwise.sg4 months ago

    5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Your Home

    By Melissa Lim (guest contributor) 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 careful, buying a new home can become exhausting and

  • 4 Things We Can Learn From Cockroaches to Survive the Next Financial Crisis
    Propwise.sg4 months ago

    4 Things We Can Learn From Cockroaches to Survive the Next Financial Crisis

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Typhoon Hatolanded in Southern China a few weeks ago. Hong Kong and Macau were struck head-on with strong winds and heavy rain.A widely-shared Youtube video of Macau showed thousands of cockroaches getting out of their underground hiding places and crawling one after

  • Shoebox Condos – Can You Live in Them?
    Propwise.sg4 months ago

    Shoebox Condos – Can You Live in Them?

    By KK Tong (guest contributor) 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 actual unit for myself. Although I had visited

  • 3 Property Lessons Learnt from the National Day Rally 2017
    Propwise.sg5 months ago

    3 Property Lessons Learnt from the National Day Rally 2017

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Did you watch the recent 2017 National Day Rally?No, our Prime Minister didn’t mention the master plan or the property market. Nor did he cover any schedule to relax the cooling measures. As expected, there’s no mention of the MRT either. He only talked about e-payments

  • Why Unemployment Is the Real Killer in the Property Game
    Propwise.sg5 months ago

    Why Unemployment Is the Real Killer in the Property Game

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) In June, the Federal Reserve announced a quarter-point rate hike as the industry had expected. This was the second increase by the central bank this year. There could be a third round this year, most likely in September. Why the rate hike is not a big concern Who

  • 2 Deceitful Patterns of Dodgy Property Agents
    Propwise.sg5 months ago

    2 Deceitful Patterns of Dodgy Property Agents

    By Ku Swee Yong and Janice Chin (guest contributors) Infographic 1: Summary of the key points in the article (Image credit: HugProperty) 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

  • Housing Affordability is More than Your Salary – The 3-3-5 Rule and My 4 Models
    Propwise.sg5 months ago

    Housing Affordability is More than Your Salary – The 3-3-5 Rule and My 4 Models

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) Dollars and Sense recently published a blog post titled “Here’s the salary you need to earn to afford these homes in Singapore”. The writer of the article has the good intention to show readers what type of housing they can afford based on their monthly salary. However

  • Unbiased New Launch Review – Grandeur Park Residences
    Propwise.sg6 months ago

    Unbiased New Launch Review – Grandeur Park Residences

    By KK Tong (guest contributor) Grandeur Park Residences, a District 16 720-unit condominium launched in early March 2017, attracted 420 buyers on its launch weekend. This constituted 58% out of the total units available. Almost all the one bedroom units have been taken up. The condo, a mere 5-minute

  • 4 Types of Tenants from Hell and How to Deal With Them
    Propwise.sg6 months ago

    4 Types of Tenants from Hell and How to Deal With Them

    By Property Soul (guest contributor) What’s the biggest headache of first time landlords? A slow economy? Soft market? SIBOR rise? Bad agent? No tenant? Try again.If you have been a landlord before, you would agree with me that having no tenant is still better than having bad tenants. As the saying goes

  • Understanding the Current En-Bloc Buzz via the Property Life Cycle
    Propwise.sg6 months ago

    Understanding the Current En-Bloc Buzz via the Property Life Cycle

    By Eugene Huang 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, supply, inflation, immigration policies, infrastructure

  • MAS Makes Most Property Market Commentators Look Foolish Again
    Propwise.sg6 months ago

    MAS Makes Most Property Market Commentators Look Foolish Again

    roperty Soul (guest contributor) Recently, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Ravi Menon mentioned at the annual report media conference that it is “not time yet to ease the cooling measures”, “they remain necessary” and “easing the measures now would send a wrong signal.”

  • Unbiased New Launch Review – Clement Canopy
    Propwise.sg7 months ago

    Unbiased New Launch Review – Clement Canopy

    y KK Tong (guest contributor) Clement Canopy, a 505-unit condominium launched in late February 2017, attracted 195 buyers on its launch weekend. This constituted sales of 78% out of the 250 units released for sale, a number that is considerably healthy in today’s tepid market. The 99-year leasehold condominium