Private home sales continue upward climb in July

SINGAPORE: A total of 1,108 private home units – excluding executive condominiums (ECs) – were sold last month on the back of more project launches, according to the latest figures from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday (Aug 15).

The figure is a 35.1 per cent increase from the 820 units sold in June, which saw stronger-than-expected sales despite it being the school holiday period. Including ECs, property developers sold 2,086 units in July, almost double of June’s 1,064 units.

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Some real estate agents unhappy about PropertyGuru’s impending price hike

SINGAPORE — Local property search portal PropertyGuru’s decision to increase prices for property agents to list on its platform has sparked a backlash among some real estate agents.

A notice sent by PropertyGuru to its subscribers on Monday showed that the prices of its four new agent packages will range from S$880 to S$9,880 per year from Friday (Aug 4).
According to figures publicly available on its website, PropertyGuru has three packages that cost between S$630 and S$2,240 per year. A fourth package, which currently costs S$11,200 per year, is available on its official platform for agents, it said.

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5,200 homes launched in August BTO exercise, first re-offer of balance flats

SINGAPORE: A total of 5,291 flats were put up for sale by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Tuesday (Aug 1), and it also marks the launch of the first Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercise.

Under the Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise, 3,897 flats were put up for sale, and these range from two-room Flexi to five-room flats. They are spread across three projects in the non-mature towns of Bukit Batok and Sengkang, the housing board said in its press release.

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HDB resale transactions jump 32.5% in Q2, despite prices remaining flat

SINGAPORE — The resale market for Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats saw a jump in the number of transactions last quarter, despite prices remaining mostly unchanged, according to figures released by HDB on Friday (Jul 28).

Resale transactions rose 32.5 per cent in the April to June period, rising from 4,530 to 6,001 transactions. Prices fell by just 0.1 per cent, with the Resale Price Index inching down from 133.9 to 133.7 in the second quarter.

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5 Must-Have Upgrades To Increase The Value Of Your Flat

Are you spending your renovation in the right areas? (via dollarsandsense.sg)

Moving in to a new home can be both exciting and troubling at the same time, especially when there are multiple factors to decide on before you spend your hard earned money into the home renovation.

Before you hit the panic button, watch this video to find out more about the 5 key areas of your house that you can renovate to make your place comfortable to live in, and at the same time to retain its value or even increase the value of your home by more than what you spent on it.

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HDB to build 2,000 flats next to Pasir Ris Park as part of town’s renewal plans

SINGAPORE: About 2,000 more public housing flats and a new mixed-used development that’s integrated with the bus interchange will be built in Pasir Ris in the next few years, announced the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Saturday (29 Apr).

The new flats, which will be launched in three to five years, will be located next to Pasir Ris Park, and near elevated cycling and pedestrian paths that are being planned to provide direct connection from the town centre to the park, said HDB.

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