HDB to launch 17,000 new flats in 2018

Singapore — The Housing and Development Board (HDB) will launch about 17,000 new flats in 2018, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said in a blog post on Thursday (Dec 14).

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos/hdb-to-launch-17-000-new-flats-in-2018-9500082

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How Singapore’s 50-year-old land sales programme is evolving

Singapore — Have you wondered how the government knows what land to use, and when? And even further back, how did Singapore’s dense and diverse landscape come into being?

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos/how-singapore-s-50-year-old-land-sales-programme-is-evolving-9496814

Proposed SIBOR revamp may lead to more fluctuation in home loan rates: Analysts

Singapore — The proposal to enhance the benchmark, which is used as reference for mortgages, was announced last week. Analysts said these changes, if implemented, will cause the benchmark to be more sensitive to market conditions.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos/proposed-sibor-revamp-may-lead-to-more-fluctuation-in-home-loan-9493204

When to Refinance Your Home Loan in Singapore

By Joanne Poh (via moneysmart.sg)

Singapore — Your home loan is probably the single biggest financial commitment you’ll ever take on, and one you could spend the next few decades paying for. Given the magnitude, you obviously want to ensure you lighten the load as much as possible. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of when it’s time to refinance your home loan.

It can save you thousands of dollars over the years, raise your capital gains on resale and basically make your expensive home purchase a bit less expensive.

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You might get into trouble for doing these 5 things in your HDB flat

By Joanne Poh (via moneysmart.sg)

Singapore — 80 per cent of Singaporeans live in HDB flats, and many of us grew up playing with the stray cats in the void deck and trying to imagine the lives of the people in the blocks opposite.

HDB living is part and parcel of life in Singapore and, for most young couples these days, the only remotely affordable way to become a home owner. But it does come with a bunch of trade-offs. Here are five things that aren’t allowed in HDB flats.

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Private home prices up 0.7% in Q3, first rise in nearly 4 years: URA

SINGAPORE: Signalling the upturn of the property market, private home prices in Singapore went up 0.7 per cent in the third quarter, rising for the first time in nearly four years, according to latest figures from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Oct 27).

The rebound compares with a 0.1 per cent decline between April and June, and is also better than the 0.5 per cent estimate flashed by URA earlier this month.

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