Property Investment

Foreign buyers, family offices and funds hold up demand for shophouses

Following a significant surge in purchasing activity at the end of last year, continued interest from overseas purchasers, family offices, and institutional investors has maintained demand for shophouses in the first quarter of 2021. 51 transactions totaling S$328.3 million were registered in the first quarter of this year, as per data gathered on April 6. Despite the fact that this is less than the...

Retirement savings may best real estate returns in Singapore

In property-crazed Singapore, owning real estate isn't always the high-yielding investment you might think. The rate of return for private apartments in the city-state has slipped since 2011, when measures to cool the market were introduced by the government. In fact, some units now have a lower yield than Singapore's national pension plan, the Central Provident Fund (CPF), which has a minimum fixed...

Colliers forecasts Singapore property investment sales to cross S$31b in 2020

Singapore property investment sales could increase by 6 per cent to S$31.3 billion in 2020 from S$29.5 billion in 2019, real estate services firm Colliers International said in its latest report. Investment sales volumes fell 12.7 per cent last year "largely due to the pullback in the residential property sector as cooling measures continued to bite", said Colliers. The commercial property sector led...

Property investment volume ‘respectable’ despite 31.8% drop in 2019: CBRE

Singapore's total real estate investment volume fell 31.8 per cent to S$22.83 billion as at Dec 13, the lowest volume since 2016, according to CBRE on Thursday. This was due to a slower collective sales market this year compared with a year ago. The previous year saw a few large collective sale sites being transacted, along with the award of two Government Land Sale (GLS) sites worth over a billion...

Record M&A in Singapore property managers as investors pile in

Underpinned by a global hunt for yield, Singapore's real estate investment trusts are having a bumper year in deal-making as well as fundraising. The mantra that bigger is better will continue to drive capital market activity in the sector, analysts say. Singapore-listed Reits have forked out US$16.9 billion to purchase assets this year, already triple the previous peak reached in 2014. The sector has...

Singapore’s Q3 property investment sales surge to S$16.7b: Cushman & Wakefield

Real estate investment sales in the third quarter more than doubled to S$16.74 billion from S$6.7 billion in the previous quarter, on the back of a commercial sector surge from big ticket office transactions. This was also 49 per cent higher than the volume of the first and second quarter combined, said a Cushman & Wakefield report on Monday. The commercial sector led sales volumes with S$6.27...

Singapore was top destination for Hong Kong real estate investors in H1: report

Attracted by Singapore’s stable political environment and relatively strong office rentals, Hong Kong investors pumped a total of US$1.4 billion into the Republic’s real estate in the first half of 2019. This accounted for more than a quarter of the US$5.2 billion in total outbound real estate investment from Hong Kong during the period, making Singapore the top destination, Cushman & Wakefield...

Singapore is 3rd most innovative city globally; innovation key to property investment: JLL report

Singapore is the third most innovative city in the world, with innovation now an important part of real estate investment strategies, according to a new report from global property consultant JLL. The Republic, behind San Francisco and Tokyo, is supported by significant levels of foreign domestic investments, and a rapidly growing startup scene. It is a regional hub for R&D (research and development)...

Singapore’s real estate investment market is No 2 in Asia-Pac

Singapore's real estate investment market has been ranked second in the Asia Pacific region in a real estate forecast jointly published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). This is due to a large number of major office deals in the last 12 months, with domestic investors being the biggest buyers, ULI and PwC said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The forecast report...

Property investment sales surge to 3-year high

It's been a banner year for big-ticket property transactions of at least S$10 million each. As at Dec 23, the tally stood at S$22.5 billion - up 31 per cent from 2015's S$17.2 billion, going by Savills Singapore's figures. CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield have similar numbers. This year's tally of property investment sales, as these transactions are also known, is the highest in three years and has...

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