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Paying S$1,300 psf for a EC in future? Are you serious?

How much hotter can the Singapore property market get? Few days back, CDL put in a top bid of S$583 psf ppr for an Executive Condominium site at Sumang Walk in Punggol. It was not just CDL’s tender price that set a new record price for an EC land. In fact, all the 17 bids were above the previous record price paid for the Lake Life EC site in 2013. […]

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Growing Optimism over Singapore Property Market

What are Singaporeans’ views on the local property market? Below is an extract of the findings from PropertyGuru Consumer Sentiment Survey: 46% of Singapore’s home buyers anticipate prices to rise further this year Satisfaction levels in the Singapore residential market have gone up (37%) but unsatisfaction levels are still higher (42%). About 21% of respondents are neutral. The record satisfaction level is due to the anticipation of long-term capital appreciation […]

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Weekly Kopi Talk (17/2/18 – 23/2/18)

21st Feb 2018 – Implicit message in buyer’s stamp duty hike SPK: As mentioned in my earlier blog post, this increase in BSD rates is not going to hurt most of us unless you are going for a high-end property. In fact, prior to the Budget, the market was expecting the government to introduce more drastic measures to cool the heated enbloc market. This mild measure seems to be a good news […]

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Buyer’s Stamp Duty has just been raised. What should I do?

Oh no! The government has just raised Buyer’s Stamp Duty for residential properties! What should I do? Should I exercise my option now before the clock strikes 12? More cooling measures coming up? Is the market going to CRASH??? Fret not. I am here to give you (my) answers! First of all, let’s not get confused. The additional 1% BSD is applicable for property value in excess of S$1 million. […]

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Weekly Kopi Talk (3/2/18 – 9/2/18)

8th Feb 2018 – Singapore budget not expected to target property upswing SPK: I agree. As of now, there is already a very stringent set of rules and penalties (Qualifying Certificate extension charge and Additional Buyer Stamp Duty remission clawback) if developers cannot sell all their units within 5 years from the date that they acquire the site. Even though the Singapore government is getting concern on the activities in the collective […]

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5 things to expect with the legalization of short-term home sharing in Singapore

The wait is finally over (soon)! Yesterday’s Sunday Times reported that the proposed home-sharing rules will be released before April for feedback. Looks like short-term home sharing is here to stay. Despite the recent clampdown by authorities, the number of listings for homes as well as single rooms and shared rooms has risen from 7,781 in May 2017 to 8,601 in December the same year, an 11 per cent increase […]

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Weekly Kopi Talk (27/1/18 – 2/2/18)

1st Feb 2018 – Singapore an emerging hot market for private equity real estate funds SPK: Good and bad piece of news for Singapore office REITs. If CBRE’s projection turns out to be correct, more funds will flow into Singapore, resulting in more transactions in Singapore office market. This is likely to push up office property prices and resulting in further yield compression. It is good for raising the capital value of […]

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5 important takeaways from yesterday’s GLS tender closure that you need to know

The Government Land Sale tender for 3 residential sites closed yesterday evening. Without much surprises, the demand for land remains strong and developers are still willing to pay good prices for land. CDL turns out to be the biggest winner in yesterday’s land tender, submitting the highest bids for 2 out the 3 sites.     Below are 5 important takeaways from yesterday’s GLS tender closure that you need to […]

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Weekly Kopi Talk (20/1/18 – 26/1/18)

26th Jan 2018 – Private home prices recovered in 2017, occupancies improved, says URA SPK: Recovery in property market had been evident, but an important takeaway from the URA data is the improvement in residential occupancy rate and tapering of new supply completion over the next 2 years. This is what the property market really needs to sustain the recovery momentum. As long as owners are able to rent out their properties, […]

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