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Property Soul

Property investment tricks revealed

Recently, I received many messages from my blog followers asking me to comment on some social media ads promoting free property seminars and investment schemes. When the market is dead quiet, it is not surprising to see frequent appearance of such ads. Although Singapore’s real estate market is licensed by CEA and regulated by URA, cleaning up of the industry …

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The SOS Guide to breaking the lottery curse

Last Friday, two lucky winners split the $13.6 million prize money from the Toto Hongbao draw. If you were one of them, what would you do with the $6.8 million windfall? For Singaporeans, we would probably pay off our loans first. Then go buy a nice house and a luxury car. Afterall, we are a car proud and property obsessed …

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Developers have lowered prices. So what?

When everyone is busy with Christmas shopping and year-end travels, developers are trying one last shot to clear as many units as possible from their new launch projects before Christmas. Over the weekend, City Developments targeted young families with workshops for kids at Whistler Grand and The Tapestry sales galleries. The advertisement of Whistler Grand said units are “irresistibly priced …

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Property investment is all about timing

When I presented “When Is The Best Time To Buy or Sell?” in September’s SMART Expo, I talked about timing in property investment. I mentioned that property agents often tell you it is impossible to time the market. You may not be able to time the market. But you can never be too good if you can’t tell the difference …

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New launch returned units and 3 mysterious cases

It all started with long queues at the shopping mall roadshow. It took us some time to realize that people are not queuing for popular food or warehouse sale, but for the trackers of National Steps Challenge Season 4 – an initiative by the Health Promotion Board to encourage Singaporeans to be physically active. Getting fit or getting freebies? The …

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When developer’s new launch becomes emperor’s new clothes

In my latest youtube video “What Q3 Property Data Tell Us”, I mentioned that developers are not doing so well after the July cooling measures, even though they learn to face the reality that buyers are limited and start lowering prices at new launch. How bad are new launches doing? End of September, Qingjian Realty’s 27 percent sales (330 out …

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The 7 kinds of property investor animals

I totally enjoy the new property workshop on Finding and Managing Residential Rental Properties held last Sunday at the National Library. The participants were seated in cluster groups to facilitate interactions and discussions. We started by introducing ourselves to everyone and identified our property investing style with different animals. In general, there are seven common types of investor animals in …

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How to spot property gems and make them shine

Forget about what marketers bluff about hidden gems in the property market. We can never be too good doing anything for the first time, especially when it comes to investment. With lack of knowledge and experience, we can have all the money in the world, but still end up buying a lousy property which turns out to be an underperformer …

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When home ownership is a religion

Our Prime Minister said home ownership is Singapore’s key national policy. A high homeownership rate of 90 percent has improved the lives of Singaporeans significantly. It allows us to enjoy the fruit of the country’s economic growth. It also gives us a stake in the country and something to fight for. Did our leader have to emphasize this if all …

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Why you need to be contrarians in property investment

In the preface of No B.S. Guide to Property Investment, I mentioned the reason why I wrote the book. I bought my first few properties in the early and mid-2000s during the economic downturn. Back then, there was not much public interest or media coverage of properties. I couldn’t find any good book on buying properties in Singapore. I thought …

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