Property 2018 (March issue)

Mar 29, 2018 05:50 AM

Entering a brave new world

After four years of decline, the residential property market has switched direction and is now back on an ascent -...

Return of foreign buyers to S'pore property scene

YEAR 2017 was a watershed for the private residential market, with prices starting to recover in H2 2017.

S'pore luxury homes still in demand among foreigners

THE housing market recovery is, by now, firmly entrenched. After almost four years of tepid growth brought on by a series of cooling measures and a sluggish economy, housing unit sales and land prices have rebounded strongly since mid-2017 .

New condos can cost up to 13% more than existing neighbours

IN the current market upturn, prices and sales of private residential properties have risen across all market segments in Singapore.

Cluster housing is hot again

THE landed home segment has staged a positive recovery after being in the doldrums for the past four years.

Supply of executive condos needs to be increased to meet red-hot demand

BASED on increasing private property prices and the tender bid for the Sumang Walk executive condominium (EC) site of S$583 per sq ft per plot ratio (psf), we predict that EC prices will cross S$1,000 psf in the year 2019.

Mismatch in price expectations breaks sales

IN 2017, the market was astonished by the upswing in residential en bloc and private land sales when deals worth S$9.1 billion were sealed, second only to the record S$12.3 billion fetched in 2007.

Enhanced grants, HDB Resale Portal to boost resale transactions in 2018

HOUSING and Development Board (HDB) flats form the bedrock of housing for Singaporeans, with an estimated 82 per cent of residents living in more than a million HDB flats island-wide.

Proptech - the emerging disruption in real estate

LOOKING at the relentless wave of innovation in the past decade, it is not surprising that this trend will sweep over real estate, an age-old industry ripe for disruption.

Office, retail recovery may boost shophouse segment

THE private residential market enjoyed the limelight in 2017 with sales increasing and prices bottoming out. The revival of the en bloc market also fuelled the optimism as developers shored up land banks in anticipation of price increases amid a shrinking unsold inventory.

Technology, co-working led leasing demand in 2017

THE office market ended 2017 on a high note: Island-wide office net absorption as tracked by CBRE Research was 783,621 sq ft in Q4 2017, contributing significantly to a full-year net absorption figure of 2.1 million sq ft.

Co-working goes from fad to fixture

THE modern work places have come a long way, shifting from sterile fluorescent tube-lit and cubicle-filled offices to swanky spaces resembling a chic apartment or hotel lobby.

Clicks and bricks paving way for future of retail

SINGAPORE'S retail scene has been under the spotlight as structural shifts in consumer demand, competition and mode of retailing evolve faster than before.

Industrial property market thawing

THE Singapore industrial real estate market has been in the doldrums in recent years. However, there are signs that the industrial property market is finally reaching the bottom of the price and rental cycle.

Decentralisation a key long-term strategy

THE Urban Redevelopment Authority called for public feedback in late August 2017 on the master plan proposal for Jurong Lake District (JLD) as it looks to take one step closer to transforming the area into the country's second Central Business District (CBD).

HSR to generate multiplier effects on local economies

TRANSPORT infrastructure, such as the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore (KL-SG) High Speed Rail (HSR), plays a major role in opening access to a region's raw materials and labour.

Diverging outlooks for Japan's office and retail real estate

THE Japanese economy is in good health, having recorded seven consecutive quarters of GDP growth between Q1 2016 and Q3 2017.

For London prime housing buyers, a penny saved is a penny earned

AFTER three years of price falls, there are signs that housing values in prime central London may be bottoming out, according to the latest quarterly Savills prime London index.

Harnessing the potential of a new CBD

Plans are afoot to transform the Jurong Lake District (JLD) into a second CBD in Singapore, but the window to ride this transformational wave through strata commercial spaces may be fast closing.

The nucleus of investment

Choosing the home of one's dreams is never easy. Not only is it a substantial investment, but there are also many options to choose from.
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