Author: PropInvestSG

Singapore REIT ETF Comparison

This post will compare the 3 REIT ETFs in Singapore Phillip SGX APAC Dividend Leaders REIT ETF NikkoAM-StraitsTrading Asia ex Japan REIT ETF Lion-Phillip S-REIT ETF I personally won’t invest in REIT ETFs because I can create my own basket of REITs and avoid paying a recurring management fee. The advantage of a REIT ETF is the ability to gain overseas exposure. However, I can do that via InteractiveBrokers which charge very little in terms of brokerage fee (Singapore should do something about the trading fee). That said, the establishment of 3 REIT ETFs listed on the SGX is...

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6 reasons why real estate helps people get rich

For most people living in Asia, real estate has been one of the ways they made their riches. Just look at the number of property developers in the top 100 lists of richest people and companies, and you can see why owning land, pouring concrete on that land and building a high rise apartment on it can yield riches. So why exactly is real estate such an attractive asset class to invest in? Owners of any type of property have the right to rent out spaces in the property to tenants in exchange for rental income. This stream of...

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En bloc market updates 2017 Sept

Ever since the en-bloc market sprang to life in late 2016, there has been a flurry of activity. Developers have been bidding and gunning for sites aggressively, and owners are fast-tracking their sales committees to get to market and take advantage of the upturn. How has the en-bloc market developed so far? A research house has so kindly compiled a list of en-bloc deals that have happened, is happening and might happen. On the left, the government didn’t release a lot of land for the 2H17 land sales programme. Result: developers can’t replenish their land bank. They become desperate...

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Does war have an impact on real estate prices?

What effect does war or large scale, prolonged military conflict have on property prices? On a first principles basis, this is what we know about real estate Inflation hedge. Rents and prices for property generally rises together with the inflation rate. Derived demand. i.e. demand for houses due to population growth results in demand for houses, apartments etc. Demand for legal services results in demand for office space. Demand for retail therapy results in demand for shopping mall space Tangible. Real estate can be felt, touched and seen Requires management. You can’t buy a house, office or retail space...

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4 condominiums with at least 4% yield

Property yield, much like a stock or REIT’s dividend yield, plays a factor in giving an investor his desired returns over the long term. In Singapore, residential property yields have been hovering around the 3-3.5% mark across the island. It’s at the higher end in the Mass Market segment while more compressed in the central districts. Let’s recap – how is yield calculated? If you remember high school math, the numerator (the number above) is the rental income generated by the property, while the denominator (the number below) is the price paid by the investor for the property. There...

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Singapore’s property cooling measures from 2011

Cooling measures form an integral and important part of the Singapore property market. Investors say it’s punitive and unnecessary while the banks and government claims it enhances stability of the market. In whatever case, the cooling measures are here to stay. They were progressively ramped up since 2011 but has since very slightly been reduced in the last year. There are websites that consolidate the cooling measures but this will be different. This post will lay out the text from the government’s ministries and stat boards such as MAS, MOF, MND, URA and HDB when they imposed their cooling...

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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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