Category: Expert Corner

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Are 60-year leasehold residences here to stay?

We are reminded regularly that one in five Singaporeans will be over the age of 65 come 2030. Immigration policies and the mix of new Singaporeans can ...

Property sector may face stronger headwinds in 2014, say analysts

Singapore's property sector, which has benefited from rising home prices and loose monetary policy in recent years, could face stronger headwinds in 2 ...

Investors to return as Fed tapers

Now that the United States Federal Reserve has announced its long-awaited tapering of its stimulus, the 800-pound gorilla is removed and investors wil ...

Sale of adjacent sites doesn’t moderate prices

It was no surprise that some developers tried to secure adjacent private housing plots in two Government Land Sales tenders that closed simultaneously ...

Buyers are back in droves

Developers and their marketing agents for recent property launches must have heaved a sigh of relief as investors returned in droves to the private ho ...

URA’s plans for three prime areas ‘make economic sense’

The move to set aside three prime areas for private housing development under the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Master Plan makes economic sen ...

Freehold not always better than leasehold

Apart from location, the next most important question on a home buyer’s mind is probably the tenure of the property. There are generally two types ...

Developer sentiment weak, but turnaround expected

As expected, the recently-released Real Estate Sentiment Index weakened in the third quarter. This is not surprising at all, considering that devel ...

Low interest rates for decades?

Surprised by the strength in September new private home sales, some market watchers were hard pressed to explain the size of the rebound, especially a ...

Don’t blame it all on TDSR

Judging by the regularity with which property analysts have blamed the Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR) framework for the recent less-than-bullish pr ...
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