Life in the East – Condos in Bedok

By KK Tong (guest contributor) Bedok is a matured town in the Eastern part of Singapore, and has an estimated population of 289,000, which is the largest of all Sg residential towns. Similar to other towns on the island, Bedok offers a mix of public and private housing. Clusters of private housing are situated in…

Have We Learnt Our Lesson From the Last Financial Crisis?

By Property Soul (guest contributor) More than ten years have passed since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Did the world learn anything from the 2008 financial crisis? Are we heading for the next economic disaster? Rush in quick. Get out fast Speaking to CNBC’s “Crisis on Wall Street: The Week That Shook the World” documentary, Warren…

Unbiased New Launch Review – Stirling Residences

By KK Tong (guest contributor) On 5th July 2018, the Singapore Government announced that it would raise the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty rates and tighten loan-to-value limits on residential purchaseswith effect from 6th July. In view of these cooling measures, some developers brought forward their launches to allow buyers to seal deals hours before these…

Your 2019 Resolution – Practice Financial Discipline

By Property Soul (guest contributor) Do you have a new year resolution for 2019? A common goal for many is to lose weight and stay fit. Today has an article on the Ministry of Health’s vision to help us “live long, live well and with peace of mind”. To lower obesity and the diabetes rates, the government…

Geylang Shoebox Condos – A Comparison

By KK Tong House sizes in Singapore are shrinking – for both HDB flats as well as private apartments. Comparing sizes of HDB flats of the 1980s to those in the 2000s, data shows that a 3-room flat was 69 sq m then vs 65 sq m today, a 4-room flat was 105 sq m…

When Home Ownership Becomes a Religion

By Property Soul (guest contributor) A high home ownership rate of 90 percent has improved the lives of Singaporeans significantly. It allows us to enjoy the fruit of the country’s economic growth. It also gives us a stake in the country and something to fight for. Housing in Singapore has improved by leaps and bounds…

Unbiased New Launch Review – Parksuites

By KK Tong (guest contributor) Parksuites @ Holland Grove – a pretty classy name for an integrated development condo located at one of Singapore’s premium areas – District 10. This110-year leasehold project with 119residential and 18 retail/F&B units was launched in February 2018. Sitting on an area of 101,203 square feet, this site previously housed…

Singapore Has the World’s Lowest Fertility Rate – Accept It

By Property Soul (guest contributor) Recently a Straits Times article said Singapore’s total fertility rate plunged to a seven-year low of 1.16 last year. It is well below the replacement rate of 2.1. Do you know that Singapore has the lowest fertility rate in the world? According to the 2017 World Factbook published by the Central Intelligence Agency, the…

Comparing 3 Popular RCR Condos – Which One to Buy?

By KK Tong (guest contributor) Singapore’s latest cooling measures on the property market – enforced on 6th July 2018 – were to raise the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates and to tighten the Loan-to-Value (LTV) limits for purchases of residential properties. These measures are intended to cool the market for buyers of second and…