Safe Havens in Turbulent Times

By Ku Swee Yong (guest contributor) In the first half of August, a few days after Standard & Poor’s downgraded US debt and caused a 600-point drop in the US stock market, a related entity S&P Equity Research published their stock recommendations which consisted of big names such as General Electric, PepsiCo, McDonalds, Abbott Laboratories, etc….

How to Invest in Property for Your Retirement

By Ku Swee Yong (guest contributor) Can the average Singaporean enjoy a comfortable retirement by investing in property? We recently caught up with Ku Swee Yong, CEO and Director of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd, a real estate family office, to find out his views on the Singapore property market and how to do just that….

How to Invest in Singapore REITs

It was recently reported that Far East Organization, a leading Singapore real estate developer, was planning to raise more than S$500 million via a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) by listing some of its hotel and serviced apartment assets next year. Indeed Singapore’s REIT market has been growing with a number of new listings despite…

Residential properties: Why are investors still buying?

By Ku Swee Yong (guest contributor) Despite round after round of cooling measures in 2010 and 2011, many investors remain eager to park their funds in residential properties. The tightening measures have merely relegated a fraction of the investors to the sidelines and, while they watch the market closely, others continue to invest. Why are investors…

Ask Mr. Propwise #5 – Sell HDB to buy a private property for investment?

Have a question about Singapore property? Ask Mr. Propwise (AMP)! Dear Mr. Propwise, I would like to seek your views on one of my property investment decisions. Some experts think private properties are better investments than HDB flats. I currently own a HDB flat (for own stay) and a private property. I have the intention to…

How the en bloc process works

The following post is excerpted from the newly launched Secrets of Singapore Property Gurus, in an interview with Dillon Loi, Master Trainer at the Real Estate Academy. Click here to get your copy now. What is a collective sale? An en bloc sale, or collective sale, is the sale of an entire private strata development…

How to find a good and reliable real estate agent

The following post is excerpted from the newly launched Secrets of Singapore Property Gurus, in an interview with Mohamed Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex Realty. Click here to get your copy now. A good real estate agent adds value to the investor’s assets through sound advice on property investment and reliably facilitating an investor’s property…