Property Soul

What recession means for properties

Last week, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah told the media that Singapore hasn’t slid into recession yet. However, bad news keeps pouring in: Our manufacturing and exports contract sharply in August. Factory outlook from PMI falls to 3-year low in September. 2019 GDP growth is revised further down to between zero and 1 percent. A technical recession …

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Can this ‘CPF Key’ truly unlock the value for old flats?

(Article contributed by Ku Swee Yong, CEO of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd.) In May 2019, the government relaxed rules for older people looking to buy old flats using more money from their CPF accounts. The aim of amending the rules was primarily to improve the demand for older flats, so that the value of older flats may be maintained …

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Will Hong Kong people buy Singapore homes?

Some readers ask me whether there will be more Hong Kong people buying Singapore homes, and whether this will raise local property prices and sales volumes. Maybe they know I was from Hong Kong two decades ago. Or they have seen too many media reports on riots in Hong Kong. Like many foreign countries, protests and strikes to Hong Kong …

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3 property statements that don’t hold water

I always believe that there are things best leave it to the professionals, such as legal and taxation matters. On the other hand, there are things best to be managed on your own, especially when it comes to finance and investment. I immediately struck a chord with Andrew Craig when I read his book How to Own the World: A …

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Case Study: A curious case of “no money down” property schemes

We present the case of John and his parents. John is an undergraduate student who has taken finance and investment classes that cover a range of asset-types, including real estate. During a family dinner, when discussing a module that John was taking in the university, Real Estate Investments and Finance, his parents divulged that they have made a real estate …

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Buying trophy properties in a country

Before Chinese New Year, hubby told me he had prepared new banknotes and red packets like what he did every year. I also passed him the red packets from my relationship manager. “We can’t use those. Mine are special ones. I have to schedule an appointment at their priority banking branch in Orchard to collect these. See, they are all …

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The journey to financial freedom: My personal story

I just read the book Financial Freedom: Talks With People Who Don’t Have To Work Anymore. The author Gisela Enders interviewed seven Germans who generate enough income from investments to cover their living expenses so they no longer have to work for money. It was originally written in German and being translated into English. (Which European will talk to strangers …

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Is home ownership for everyone?

The Singapore government is planning to reach out to 1,000 HDB rental-flat families to help them buy their own flats. The scheme aims to mitigate income inequality and uplift lower-income families because “home ownership is key to providing stability and progress for families in the long run”. A Home Ownership Support Team will be set up to provide stronger, personalised …

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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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