Ask Mr. Propwise#9 – What is the Impact of Income, Interest Rates and Deposits on Property Prices?

By Mr. Propwise I recently received the following email from a reader of Propwise.sg: Dear Mr. Propwise, Thank you for your weekly report. You’ve done a very sound analysis in putting housing growth and property growth together in your article 6.9m Population by 2030 – Good or Bad for Property? If most people agree with…

Should Short Term Room Rentals Be Allowed?

By Mr. Propwise A recent article in The Straits Times highlighted the growing trend of home owners and tenants renting out spare rooms to paying guests for short periods of times (such as a few days). Websites such as Airbnb, Wimdu, 9flats and Roomorama have sprouted out to facilitate these lettings by effectively creating a…

Should Shoe-box Factories Be Allowed?

A recent investigative report by The Straits Times found a diverse array of non-industrial businesses and institutions taking up space in industrial estates. A check by the reporter across places like Woodlands Industrial Park, JalanPemimpin, Alexandra Industrial Estate and Henderson Industrial Park found furniture markers and warehouse operators co-located with offices, churches, tuition centers, travel…

Are Shoebox Residential Units Profitable Investments?

By Mr. Propwise Shoebox apartments (aka “mickey mouse” apartments) have become increasingly popular in recent years, with caveats lodged rising from fewer than 30 in 2004 to more than 1,900 units in 2010. They are becoming a more prominent feature in our private housing landscape – they made up just 6% of new private home…

Singapore Property – Top 5 News Stories This Week #13

Here’s issue #13 of the 5 most important Singapore property news stories for the past week (thanks to Propertyguru). 1. HDB launches record supply of flats for sale The Housing & Development Board (HDB) launched more than 8,200 flats for sale yesterday, under the joint Build-To-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercises. 2. Average mass…