Author: Property Soul

The naked truth of Singapore’s property porn

(Disclaimer: This blog post contains mature content and is restricted to adults age 21 and above. Readers under 21 or immature in sexual or financial intelligence are advised to seek parental guidance before continue reading.) According to HSBC’s 2019 survey, Singaporeans spend an average of over three hours per week on property-related window shopping, reading… [read more] The post The naked truth of Singapore’s property porn appeared first on Property...

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3 common lies property agents tell you

Last month, a PropNex agent was fined S$30,000 and suspended for 12 months by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) for being unprofessional and unethical in a property transaction (The Straits Times, Oct 21). The agent in question was found to be telling lies and faking offers and counter-offers in order to pocket a higher… [read more] The post 3 common lies property agents tell you appeared first on Property...

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How to Buy Good Quality Properties Workshop

A Workshop by Property Club Singapore Learn how to pick the best in any condo, EC, BTO or landed project Do you know how to pick the best unit in a condo/EC/BTO project or the best house in the area? Do you know why you can sell or lease your home higher and faster with the right fengshui, direction, facing and layout? Many home buyers have no clue. Are you one of them? The trainer will share with you how to pick good quality properties from her knowledge and experience of seeing a hundred new launch projects and hundreds...

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Podcast Ep#39: Old Wives Tales About The Residential Property Market (Part II)

Thanks for waiting. Here is the second half of the presentation by Mr. Ku Swee Yong, CEO of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd, at the SMART Expo on October 5, 2019. Again the presentation “Old Wives Tales About The Residential Property Market” is busting the six biggest property myths in the industry: – 1st Myth:… [read more] The post Podcast Ep#39: Old Wives Tales About The Residential Property Market (Part II) appeared first on Property...

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Podcast Ep#38: Old Wives Tales About The Residential Property Market (Part I)

Episode 38 is the recording of the first half of the speech delivered by Mr. Ku Swee Yong, CEO of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd, at the SMART Expo on October 5, 2019. His presentation “Old Wives Tales About The Residential Property Market” is busting the six biggest property myths in the industry: – 1st… [read more] The post Podcast Ep#38: Old Wives Tales About The Residential Property Market (Part I) appeared first on Property...

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Podcast Ep#37: Finding Gems In The Property Market (Part II)

Episode 37 is a recording of the second half of my presentation “Finding Gems In The Property Market” at the SMART Expo on 5 October 2019 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. I will touch on the following in Part II of my presentation: 1. When were the two times I was passionate about buying in the property market?2. How did people respond to my optimism in property purchase?3. What happens now for new launch projects that had good traffic at preview?4. What are the similarities between going to ROM and visiting sales galleries?5. Can buyers find gems...

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Podcast Ep#36: Finding Gems In The Property Market (Part I)

Episode 36 is a recording of the first part of my presentation “Finding Gems In The Property Market” at the SMART Expo on 5 October 2019 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. I will touch on the following in Part I of my presentation: 1. Why are there so many gems in a soft market?2. Who are sharing those “property secrets”?3. What happens to private residential transaction volume?4. What a typical month of HDB and private transactions tells us about property agents?5. How are property agencies contradicting themselves with their quarterly results?6. Why most property buyers only settle...

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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 (two consecutive quarters of fall in GDP) can be avoided if we do some adjustment on the GDP of this quarter or the previous quarter. Other industries are doing fine if we are not looking at manufacturing and retail...

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See you at SMART Expo on October 5

Dear readers, I will be speaking at the SMART Expo next Saturday, with details as follows: Event: SMART Investment & International Property ExpoDate : 5 October 2019 (Sat) 5 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.Venue: Hall 405, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition CentreTopic: Finding Gems In The Property Market– There are more gems in a soft market. Why and where?– Why most buyers go for average deals– Telling good buys from lousy ones– How to find hidden gems and make them shine Registration is free. Get your free pass here and see you next Saturday! Share...

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Podcast Ep#35: How BTO Fares Against Condo

These days BTO projects and condo projects share a lot of similarities. Putting their pricing aside, let’s examine how they look alike in three areas: 1. Product Packaging; 2. Buyer Incentives; and 3. Sales Performance. You can now watch the podcast below. The video comes with full script or subtitles. If you are watching from your mobile, ensure that the “Caption” function is on. If you are on your desktop, turn on the “cc” button – the leftmost button at the bottom right hand corner. If you like this video, please give me a “Like” and subscribe to my...

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Podcast Ep#34: Who’s The Loser of New CPF Grants

On September 10, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong announced higher CPF grants and higher income ceilings for HDB and EC homebuyers. The new policies make it more attractive to buy new BTO flats and HDB resale flats. Can old HDB resale flat owners really benefit from the additional CPF grants? Who are the biggest loser the new changes? Let me tell you the three main reasons in this video. You can now watch the podcast below. The video comes with full script or subtitles. If you are watching from your mobile, ensure that the “Caption” function is on....

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Will buying a home make us happier?

This week the government announced higher CPF grants and a raised income ceiling for first-time HDB buyers. More citizens are now eligible to buy new BTO flats or resale HDB flats. A recent advertisement from the CPF Board is seen at MRT platforms with a headline that reads, “In 2018, nearly one million Singaporeans used CPF for their housing and found what really sparks joy.” Did you remember the joy you had when you bought your first HDB flat? Are you happy that you can use your CPF money to pay off your home loan? Is owning your home...

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Members’ Networking Event (19 Sep 2019)

Join us for a networking evening with fellow property buyers, investors and owners. Date   : 19 September 2019 (Thu) Time   : 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Venue  : (restaurant in Bugis) Fee    : $49 per pax with dinner (limited to 40 members only) Speaker: Ku Swee Yong, CEO, International Property Advisor Pte Ltd Topic  : Old Wives Tales of the Residential Property Market The misconceptions in the residential market has been building up ever more quickly in the recent past. Old wives tales from decades ago get propagated exponentially due to information pushed through social media and ever more convenient broadcast channels. Join...

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Quick Poll: Pick the topic at coming SMART Expo

Dear readers, I will be speaking at the next SMART Expo this October. Please mark your calendar! Event: SMART Investment & International Property ExpoDate : 5 October 2019 (Sat) 5 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre As usual, I have 3 presentation topics in mind. I would be very grateful if you could let me know which one you prefer me to cover at the event. Please cast your vote on the table below by next Tuesday (Sep 3). Thank you in advance for your participation. 1st Topic: Finding Gems In The Property Market– There are more...

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Podcast Ep#33: Impact of Greater Southern Waterfront

During the 2019 National Day Rally, our Prime Minister shared more details about the future Greater Southern Waterfront project. With 30 km coastline and 2,000 hectares of land, how will it impact the existing and future landscape of properties in the South? In this episode, I will ask Ku Swee Yong, CEO of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd, the following questions: 1. What will be the impact on housing with 9,000 more homes added in the area? 2. How will existing projects, including Corals, Caribbean and Reflections at Keppel Bay be affected by the new plan? 3. Will there...

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