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Singapore to remain major real estate investor on the world stage

SINGAPORE is a wealthy country with an abundance of investment capital and a limited domestic investment universe. As a result, Singapore-based investors are one of the most active sources of outbound capital globally, targeting the world’s most liquid real estate … Continue reading

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Stability returning to suburban condominiums

AS a result of many rounds of cooling measures, the private residential real estate market has been weakening for the past three years. However, according to the latest quarterly statistics released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), private home prices … Continue reading

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Who’ll benefit from new MRT stations?

AN old adage in real estate investment – “location, location, location” – suggests that real estate investors should focus more on the location than the physical attributes, tenure and stage of the market cycle. Given that each property is a … Continue reading

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High-end homes see price uptick

BEING the crème de la crème of the non-landed residential market, homes in the Core Central Region (CCR) are commonly referred to as high-end or luxury homes. According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the CCR comprises postal districts 9, … Continue reading

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Buying a home: Beat the crowd or wait it out?

In this column, Bernard Tong, managing director of The Edge Property, assesses the advantages of buying a new condo as soon as it is launched versus waiting for the initial buzz to die off. Gem Residences was the most-talked about … Continue reading

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Makeshift patching will not fix defects of S’pore’s housing market

THE first part of this article (“Singapore property may be heading for long-term drop in value”, BT, April 20) touched on three of the six “defects” in our property market that might lead to a long-term decline in property values. … Continue reading

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Is your time running out to grab a property bargain?

While it is true that it is a fool’s errand to try to time the property market, you can certainly buy at a dip. In fact, that is what you are supposed to do: Buy low and sell high. It … Continue reading

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ECs: Gaining value over the long term

Demand for Executive Condominiums (EC) has slowed sharply in the past two years, following the introduction of cooling measures by the Government. Demand for the hybrid housing type was red hot in 2012 to 2013, when 14 out of 16 … Continue reading

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Are ECs a better long-term investment than condos?

Prices of executive condominiums (ECs) do catch up with private condos after the initial five-year minimum occupation period (MOP), and even more so when they are fully privatised 10 years after purchase. A study by OrangeTee has found that the … Continue reading

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Cooling measures unlikely to ease without big price drop: Analysts

For those holding out for a rollback of property curbs after an election victory by the People’s Action Party (PAP), the wait may be longer than anticipated. The pace of decline in home prices will need to double the 6.7 … Continue reading

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