Author: PropInvestSG

300% return of share price with Suntec REIT

Suntec REIT has been a standout performer, with its share price rising from about S$0.5 in the depths of the financial crisis to about S$1.90 recently. With such a run up in prices, is there still room for growth in the future? How will Singapore’s and Australia’s retail and office market performance impact the REIT? This post looks through Suntec REIT’s 2Q 2017 results presentation and will make it simple for a first time investor thinking of purchasing the REIT or a seasoned professional looking to refresh on Suntec REIT’s performance. Let’s get started. Respectable 2Q2017 increase of 4.3%...

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More foreigners buying Singapore property

Foreigners have been buying Singapore property in a big way in the recent few years. This has come about because of Singapore’s status as an open, free and well-governed country. Furthermore, cooling measures in Hong Kong and Australia have driven some cross-border investors into Singapore in search for good purchases. This post will be a little more ‘meaty’ and heavy with multiple charts, but I will strip it down and make it as simple and relevant as possible. As much as I can, I will put in “this suggests…”, “this implies…” to make it relevant and down-to-earth for readers...

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2 properties for the price of 1 with dual key units

Dual key units have taken the Singapore residential property and investment market by storm in the recent years. Dual key units actually aren’t present just in Singapore but also in Australia, though it is a relatively new property type. For the uninitiated, dual key units in layman terms can be described as 2 units in one. The more technical explanation is where there are 2 homes sharing a common foyer in a single title. Dual key units were first introduced in the Caspain project by Frasers Centrepoint in 2009. Soon after, this housing format took off when owners and...

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22 charts showing 4 room HDB resale prices across Singapore

In Singapore, 80% of the residents stay in HDB flats. Some buy new launches while others buy resale flats. In any case, Singaporeans can’t be blamed for having the mindset of wanting to profit from their capital appreciation of their flats. In recent years starting from 2013, housing prices have started a decline when the government implemented multiple rounds of cooling measures. This came about because of various rounds of cooling measures ranging from Additional Buyer Stamp Duties (ABSD), Seller Stamp Duties (SSD) and Additional Conveyance Duties (ACD). The HDB resale market was not impacted as severely as the...

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10 condominiums with the most number of unsold units

For property investors interested to get involved in the market but don’t know where to start, this list of 10 projects with the most number of unsold units can be a good place to kick start your search. The list below has been ranked from most to fewest number of unsold units, with the highest being Marina One Residences and least being Gem Residences at 79A Toa Payoh Central. If you see the third column from the right having numbers fairly close to the second column from the right, this means the project has either been selling for some...

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28 condominium developments launching for sale in 2018

There will be a number of new condominium developments coming up for launch in 2018 after the spate of hotly contested bidding of government land sites and en-bloc sales in 2017. This post will provide a helpful compilation of the condominiums and apartments that are slated to be launched for sale in 2018. The basis for estimation are first the identification of sites that were sold in 2017, then the adding of a few months to account for closing of deal, preparation of land, appointment of consultants by the purchaser etc. Some of the projects do not have any...

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Popular executive condos sold in July 2017

Executive condominiums have been a fairly popular property type among home buyers in the recent past. This has come on the back of rising HDB and private condominium prices, leaving fresh graduates, HDB upgraders and those about 5-10 years in the workforce stuck in the middle. People like ECs because of the public to private conversion that happens after 10 years. In the shorter term, the EC behaves like a public HDB flat, with no subletting or sale allowed in the first 5 years. We take a look at how ECs have performed in July 2017. No doubt the...

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Top 10 most expensive properties sold by developers in July

Share this: The Singapore property market has been slowly picking up, with developers hotly contesting for en-bloc sites, a Chinese developer throwing down S$1b for a government land sale site at Sitrling road and buyers snapping up all 531 units in Hundred Palms EC within an afternoon. Interested in how the property market is faring? This post will show you where developers sold the most expensive units in July 2017. The S$3,000 psf pricing psychological barrier has not been broken, but it’s close to being broken with the highest priced unit at Lloyd SixtyFive going at S$2,842. On average,...

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Property investment potential in Sengkang and Anchorvale

Is Sengkang/Anchorvale in an ‘ulu’ part of Singapore? With a lot fun things to do, see and eat in Sengkang/Anchorvale, we’ll show you a side of it that you didn’t know. Besides things to do, see and eat, the Sengkang/Anchorvale area is being developed by the government. There are quite a number of residential and commercial developments coming up. For property investors looking to target this location, rentability should not be an issue. Prices would be something to look out for if an investor wants to enter with buffer to make capital gains on the upside. Sengkang and the...

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Condominiums with low asking prices

For property investors seeking to make a quick buck in the market, the purchase price is usually a big factor in determining how much capital gain the investor can make over the next few years. Let’s recap, in general, there are a few ways property investors can get a high return on their investment. I assume a non-landed residential condominium development. Rent out the unit with minimal vacancy in between tenants Sell the unit at a higher price than purchase Leverage up more Buy a run-down unit, refurbish it, then rent or sell it at a higher price than...

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Singapore property outlook 2017 and if forecasters got it accurate

Property market outlook What does the property market hold in store for investors and homeowners in 2017 and 2018? Who wouldn’t like to know? Singaporeans, and Asians in general, have this obsessive attitude towards property ownership, thinking that it can help them get rich. Get rich yes. Overnight? Rare unless you happen to own a unit in a development that is going to undergo en-bloc. Over time, likely. Returns for the property asset class have generally tended to be between equities and bonds over the long term. Figures are usually in the mid to high single digit or low...

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Living by the river at Rivercove residences new launch EC at Anchorvale

Missed out on Hundred Palms new launch EC which was the most oversubscribed in EC history? Don’t miss the next EC  that’s coming up – Rivercove Residences: Living by the river Hundred Palms EC recently made the news when all 531 units were sold out in 7 hours on 22 July 2017. At an average selling price of S$836 psf, the Hundred Palms EC was a hit due to its prime location at Yio Chu Kang. After the bumper sell out, ERA and Huttons said the fantastic response was due to a few factors Prime location in Hougang, a...

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S$1.6b Cromwell REIT Singapore review

SGX recently announced that Crowmell Property Group, a global real estate manager, is setting up a REIT in Singapore. This post lists reviews a few things before dropping some money in the IPO. At S$1.6 billion, the IPO is one of the largest REIT IPOs in recent times. Some REITs that listed recently include EC World, Manulife REIT and BHG Retail REIT. Honestly, I had never heard of Forchn Holdings (sponsor of EC World) and BHG (apparently not the same as the BHG department store in Clementi Mall and Bugis Junction according to BHG’s website). And when news broke...

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3 new launch condo units under S$1 million for investors and homeseekers

It’s true in the 90’s that many people have become rich the property route. I.e. Buying and flipping properties in the run up. Some have gotten rich through buying new cheap properties, sprucing it up and then reselling it on. Others have looked at properties below a certain price quantum e.g. S$1 million or S$600,000, bought them and then resold when the market realized the properties’ potential. So it’s not a wonder then that property investments is perpetually on the minds of Singaporeans young and old alike. At this point of time in 2017, with the market having run...

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1:500 trading leverage? Pepperstone trading platform review

Recently heard about the Pepperstone web trading platform and took a look at it to see if it’s any good. Seems like a pretty neat platform with most of the tools that one would need to trade across the world. Even though it’s an Australian broker, my experience using it for the past year shows that there’s no difference in currency funding, experience and breadth of instruments to trade compared with a local broker. Here’s a quick review on what the platform has to offer. Most indices around the world are available for trading. Precious metals available for trade though...

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