Author: Property Soul

Achieving sustainable financial freedom: What works and what doesn’t

It is OGIM (Oh God It’s Monday) again! You somehow manage to drag yourself out of bed and leave home in a hurry. You squeeze into an overcrowded train, praying that the MRT lines won’t have Monday blues like you. Or you drive turtle speed on the highway that takes forever to reach the office. You sit in front of the computer with your mind completely blank, wondering how to survive that sales meeting coming up next. You suddenly recall today is the deadline for a big project. Yet a demanding customer chooses to call you the first thing...

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Property Great Singapore Sale: To buy or to wait?

The annual GSS (Great Singapore Sale) may have started only on May 25. But for property new launches, the GSS started much earlier. The sale is now on With the steam of an overheated property market dying down, the buzz has now shifted to developers playing discount games to push new projects or clear old stock. With so many ‘great deals’, buyers are spoiled for choices. 1. MCL Land cut prices for Hallmark Residences in Bukit Timah and sold 39 units in February and March. 2. CapitaLand’s Sky Habitat in Bishan managed to move over 100 units after relaunched...

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Property Auctions and Mortgagee Sales Education Seminar

Everything You Want to Know About Property Auctions and Mortgagee Sales An education seminar by Property Club Singapore Synopsis Do you know why some seasoned investors like to buy and sell their properties at auctions? What are the differences of selling your property at an auction versus selling by a property agent? Which are the ideal types of properties to sell in an auction? How can buyers find bargains at auctions? Are auctions for first-time buyers? How to play the ‘bidding game’? Are you aware of all the legal implications when you buy or sell at auctions? What are...

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Why we buyers and investors need a club of our own

When I first started blogging about property investment in August 2010, some readers asked me whether I was a property agent. I was puzzled. If property agents can have webpages to market their listings, if property developers can put up websites to showcase their projects, why can’t we property investors set up our blog to share experiences among ourselves? Why this blog doesn’t have to woo the crowd Two weeks ago, a journalist from Straits Times asked whether I have ever bought followers and page views for my blog. Frankly, I don’t bother much about followers and pages views....

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Book review by Financial Bookwormer

Below is a book review published in Financial Bookwormer: This book was written under the pen name of Property Soul, who also has her own website. It covers guidelines to property investment and information pertinent to the local property market. Topics run the gamut from goal-setting to agent selection and buy and sell strategies. True to its name, this book really has no bullshit. Each chapter is succinct enough to cover the facts and nothing more. There is little beating around the bush or debating of theories. The author unreservedly shares her experiences in the market and the book...

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Book review by SG Wealth Builder

Below is a book review published in SG Wealth Builder: Many Singaporeans are obsessed with property investments but not many have been successful. Some have made a windfall, while many have lost a lot of money. Those who have become rich through property investments are reluctant to share their experiences and prefer to keep a low profile. This is understandable as who would want to reveal their secrets to being rich? Therefore, I was a bit skeptical initially when Property Soul asked me to do a book review on her newly launched book “No B.S. Guide to Property Investment...

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The day I found you

Paperbacks are available in stores now. All pre-orders have been sent. Please look out for it in your mail. Thank you for all your support! Happy...

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The resurrection of property prices

The past Easter holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death on the third day, a critical belief in Christianity. By coincidence, the past Easter holiday also marks the resurrection of the purchase price for a private property bought in the mid-1990s by a friend of my father-in-law. I am not surprised that it takes him almost 20 years to break-even. I just wonder how many people are comfortable telling others how long it takes for their overpriced property to ‘return to life’ again. Why PPI can be deceiving? The Property Price Index (PPI) does show that the...

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My conversation with SG Young Investment

SG Young Investment is a blog that documents a young guy’s journey to financial freedom. I was interviewed by the blogger recently and below is a summary of the Q&As. You can read the full version here. Q: How and when did you get interested in property investment and what got you started? I come from a very humble background and I have dreamed of owning my own place from a very young age. I started researching about private properties after I relocated myself to Singapore in my 20s. And I finally bought my first private property for rent...

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An interview by BigFatPurse.com

Below is an abstract from a recent interview by BigFatPurse.com, a reputable Singapore financial website that provides sound stock investing advice to retail investors. Why the name Property Soul? I wouldn’t expect “Soul” to be related to property. I am an idealist. I wish all stakeholders in the property industry – including the developers, agents, marketers, lawyers, bankers, sellers and landlords – will ‘have a soul’ in their undertakings in property matters. What got you started in property investing? I am a property enthusiast. From a young age, I have been dreaming about owning my own place one day....

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“No B.S. Guide to Property Investment” Book Trailer

  Paperbacks and ebooks are available for online pre-order now (until April 12 by 12 pm). Below are the purchase points and available dates: 1. Paperbacks ($25) at PropertySoul.com Meet the Blogger Session on Apr 27 2. Pre-order online available till April 12 by 12 pm – Paperback (S$26.90) – eBook (S$23.90) – Paperback + eBook (S$29.90) 3. Paperbacks in bookstores (S$29.96) availability to be confirmed...

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PropertySoul.com Meet the Blogger Session

Dear readers, It has been a while since our first “Meet the Blogger” event. I am happy to announce that we are organizing our next meeting, with details as follows: Date: 27 April 2014 (Sunday) Time: 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Venue: Marketing Institute of Singapore 51 Anson Road #03-53 Anson Centre Agenda 14.00 Registration and networking 14.30 Investment traps and tricks in today’s property market 15.30 Tea break (with light refreshment) 16.00 Secrets of successful property investors 17.00 End of event Content Topic: Dirty tricks and profitable secrets in property investment We will kick off the session with...

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It’s not easy to profit from your home

From 10 March 2014, the Housing Development Board only accepts valuation requests from resale flat buyers or their property agents after granting the Option to Purchase by the sellers. The Revised HDB Resale Procedure is believed to encourage buyers and sellers to focus their price discussions on the recent sales transactions, rather than the Cash Over Valuation (COV) that sellers expect buyers to pay on top of the flat’s value. Since when have HDB flats become a goldmine? Back in 1996, 2007 and 2010-2013, the media liked to pick up stories of HDB sales transactions that came with very...

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