Fed interest rate hike likely to lead to higher borrowing costs in Singapore

Singapore — The latest interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve is expected to lead to higher borrowing costs in Singapore, according to analysts.

Source: channelnewsasia.com

 

Advertisements

Safe as houses? The property investment story so far

By Kalpana Rashiwala, via businesstimes.com.sg

It is in the collective consciousness of Singaporeans that owning property is a big part of being – and getting – rich. For many families in Singapore, investing in property has proven to be a good way to preserve, if not enhance, their wealth and to build up a retirement nest egg. Veteran property consultant Tan Tiong Cheng, president of Knight Frank Asia Pacific, recalls that in the early 1970s, one could buy a freehold terrace house in the Siglap area for about S$25,000 to S$30,000; today you’d pay S$2.7 million to S$3 million for one. Similarly, a semi-detached house in the vicinity would have cost in the ballpark of S$35,000 to S$40,000 back then; today’s prices are S$4 million to S$4.5 million. “So in both cases, prices today are about 100 times what they were nearly five decades ago,” he said.

Continue reading

SERS & VERS – Complete Guide to “HDB En Bloc Sale” Schemes 2018

By Joanne Poh, via moneysmart.sg

There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether Housing Development Board (HDB) flat owners really own their flats, or whether they’re just tenants on a 99-year lease.

We can argue about this until the cows come home, but deep down, what Singaporeans really care about is whether there is money to be made out of that HDB flat.

For older flats, (right now, that generally means those with 50 years or less left), be prepared to see a huge drop in value once they start creeping towards the tail end of their leases. For instance, there will be no point to get a resale HDB flat if there are only 35 years left on the lease.

Once the resale value of a flat begins to fall, it’s time to start praying that it will be selected for the SERS, or that you and your neighbours can band together to get it redeveloped under the newly-announced VERS.

Continue reading

Outbound property investment: Singapore surpasses China in first half of 2018

Singapore — A report from CBRE Research said Singapore was the biggest Asian outbound property investor in the first half of the year. This comes as overall Asian outbound investment declined compared to the same period last year due to capital controls in China.

Source: channelnewsasia.com