Property 2018 (September issue)

Sep 13, 2018 05:50 AM

Navigating choppy waters

The cooling measures relating to residential properties announced in July have caused many market participants to...

Creating niche living spaces in desirable locales

Boutique property developer TEE Land has always focused on quality, niche developments. And it is confident both its upcoming freehold projects – Lattice One and 35 Gilstead – will live up to its promise of homes that are “Designed for Living”.

The making of a star real estate agent

When Yuna Lim made the decision to leave her low-paid office job to dive into the world of real estate, she did so out of necessity.

New normal for buyers, investors of residences

ON JULY 5, 2018, the Singapore government raised the additional buyer's stamp duty rates and lowered loan-to-value limits for residential property purchases "to cool the property market and keep price increases in line with economic fundamentals".

Condos embrace accents on lifestyle

AFTER a 10.2 per cent decline in the URA non-landed residential property price index from Q3 2013 to Q2 2017, property prices rose by 9.3 per cent between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018.

Will CCR see clearer skies?

WITH effect from July 6, 2018, Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) buying their second or subsequent residential property have to face a 5 percentage point increase in additional buyer's stamp duty (ABSD), while loan-to-value (LTV) limits have been lowered by 5 percentage points for all housing loans granted by financial institutions.

Plan B: Hitting the sweet spot in response to curbs

IN A surprise move, the government announced fresh cooling measures on the evening of July 5 just as the Singapore property market was finding a firmer footing - an attempt to quell what was thought to be euphoria in the private residential sector.

Communal appeal of co-living

WITH co-working space growing by leaps and bounds in Singapore, the development of co-living seems like a natural progression in our new, disruptive world. However, the speed of growth of the co-living market in Singapore has fallen behind expectations until recently.

Right time to buy landed property

WITH the scarcity of land in tiny Singapore, landed homes have long been perceived as one of the most resilient assets with the greatest upside in the local private residential market.

The rise and rise of exec condos

NEW property measures were recently announced to cool the market and keep price increases in line with economic fundamentals. Potential buyers of executive condominiums (ECs) may emerge relatively unscathed from the property curbs.

HDB resale flats to receive much-needed boost

HOUSING and Development Board (HDB) flats were in the limelight again earlier this year, when the matter of lease decay became a hot-button issue.

Decentralisation to dominate office market in next decade

ANOTHER development cycle has passed and all the metrics show Singapore's office market is on another upward cycle. Historically, the Singapore Grade A office market runs on a two-to-three year range rental cycle.

Taking a home loan amid rising interest rates

A RESIDENTIAL property is the biggest financial asset most of us will own. Before purchasing a property, it is important to know how much you can borrow, understand the types of mortgage packages available, and what your options are when interest rates rise.

Shophouses: Investing in Singapore's heritage

MY CHILDHOOD days were spent in a pre-war shophouse owned by my great-grandparents, who operated a traditional Chinese medical hall on the ground floor, and resided on the upper levels. I spent many a carefree afternoon playing with other children in the rear court, roaming along the five-foot way and hiding, up in the attic.

Getting bullish on central kitchens and offices

THE July 6, 2018, cooling measures will put a dampener on residential collective sales, which have been driving big-ticket property transactions since the second quarter of last year.

Woodlands: Industry's magnetic north

GIVEN the recent cooling measures affecting residential property purchases in Singapore, some investors could turn to alternative real estate investment classes such as industrial properties.

Retailers bank on tech for footfalls

SINGAPORE'S retail sector has been subdued since Q4 2011 when retail rents peaked; just as the famed integrated resorts were freshly completed, tourists from China came in droves and suburban malls flourished as they began to showcase similar offerings as those in the prime district of Orchard Road.

Experience landed living beyond convention

For over half a century, leading developer Bukit Sembawang Estates Limited (BSEL) has built over 2,500 residential homes in Seletar Hills, over 1,000 homes in Sembawang Hills and more in other locations.

What powers Australia's residential market

OVER the next few years, Australia's residential outlook is varied, both geographically and by product. Markets generally are entering a period of either more subdued price growth or price correction, with detached dwelling markets generally expected to outperform apartment markets in the short term.

Malaysia's market recovery augurs well for investors

THE Malaysian residential property market has experienced five consecutive years of slowdown in terms of declining sales volume since its peak in 2012. However, the falling sales volume did not drive down the total value of transactions until 2015.

London adjusts to higher taxes

THERE are clear indications that trading activity in the prime London residential property market has stabilised as prices have adjusted to a series of tax changes in recent years.

Do your homework when venturing overseas

FOR those investing for inter-generational wealth transfer, the abundance of overseas properties with freehold tenure is a big draw. The spread of overseas property investment options is staggering.
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