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Weekly Kopi Talk (13/1/18 – 19/1/18)

15th Jan 2018 – Home loan gets pricier as banks hike interest rates again SPK: A 30 basis points increase for a S$1 mil loan would translate to an extra S$144 every month in mortgage repayment. For a household that earns S$12,000 a month, the increase is only 1.2% of their combine income. When interest rate approaches 3.5%, it is time to be cautious as banks may start to increase their stress-testing […]

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MAS puts more scrutiny on bank loans for property development. Is the party ending soon?

Just a week ago, SPK mentioned 2 possible ‘Black Swan’ events that might hinder or derail the property market recovery – 1) Tightening measures from the government and 2) More stringent loan approval criteria from banks. Extract from blog post – “Thumbs up or down for property market in 2018?” Coincidentally, it was reported in The Business Times this week that the Monetary Authority of Singapore is putting more scrutiny […]

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Fourth time unlucky for Pearl Bank owners?

Looks like it’s a fourth time unlucky for Pearl Bank owners. EdgeProp reported that public tender for Pearl Bank Apartments closed on 19th December and the collective sale committee had instructed marketing agent – Colliers International to enter into private treaty negotiations with interested parties. Owners were asking for S$728 mil, translating to around S$S$1,505 psf ppr after adding in a lease upgrading premium of S$195 mil. According to the […]

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Jackpot day for Vista Park owners

Yes, Vista Park owners have hit their jackpot this time round. Enbloc-King Oxley Group announced last night that owners of Vista Park had accepted its tender offer of S$418 mil to acquire all the units for redevelopment. Its tender price is almost 20% above the reserve price of the owners. After factoring in the S$72 mil lease upgrade premium, the offer price from Oxley translates to a rate of S$1,096 […]

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Why the 1H18 Government Land Sales announcement can be good for the market

This morning, the Ministry of National Development released the Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme for the first half of 2018. There were just 6 confirmed list sites and 9 reserve list sites announced for 1H 2018. These sites could yield about 8,045 new units and 63,960 sqm of commercial space. Despite the strong demand for development sites by developers, the government decided to keep the total supply of units for […]

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Who’s who at GLS Tender?

Two Government Land Sale tenders for sites at Jiak Kim Street and Fourth Avenue were concluded yesterday. Without surprise, the sites saw keen interests from developers, with the site at Jiak Kim Street setting a new benchmark.     Let us look at the different groups of bidders who were present at this round of GLS tender. 1. The Aggressor – Allgreen Properties After snatching up Royalville and Crystal Tower […]

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What are property developers’ actions telling us?

“Don’t ask barbers if we need a haircut.” – Famous quote by A Singaporean Stock Investor (AK) This simple quote by popular investment blogger – A Singaporean Stock Investor, makes a lot of sense. Most of us have this kind of skepticism, especially when we deal with the salespeople. When a property developer or agent tells you that new launches are selling fast and property market is going to move […]

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Going once…going twice…Crystal Tower sold!

Yes, it is a 3rd time lucky for Crystal Tower owners. It was reported on the Business Times that Allgreen Properties had emerged as the winning bidder to acquire Crystal Tower, in a fiercely contested tender that attracted a total of 12 bids. Allgreen Properties offered S$180.65 mil for the freehold site, reflecting a land rate of S$1,840 psf ppr. Allgreen’s offer price is a huge premium of 31% above […]

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