The Impact of the 6th Round of Property Cooling Measures

By Mr. Propwise The MAS announcement on October 5, 2012 of the new restrictions on mortgages has been well covered by the media. In this article I will focus more on my thoughts on the impact of these measures on the market, and also present some concrete illustrations of how these measures will impact different…

Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty – The Straw that Breaks the Camel’s Back

By Mr. Propwise On the evening of December 7th the Government announced an Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) to be imposed on certain categories of residential purchases. The intent is crystal clear – stamp out (pardon the pun) investment demand, especially from foreigners. There have been a flurry of news reports and opinion pieces, and…

Will Interest Rates Go Up Soon?

By Mr. Propwise Many people are concerned that the current low interest rate environment in Singapore could end by the end of this year, driving up the cost of mortgages and putting pressure on the property market. In this article we take a look at how interest rates in Singapore are determined, and where they…