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?



Property Update (6 May 2015)

Experts suggest possible sites for KL-Singapore High Speed Rail terminus |

SINGAPORE : After Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that Singapore’s High Speed Rail terminus will be located at Jurong East, experts have suggested several possible sites where the High Speed Rail terminus could be located.

Should you worry about volatility in Asia markets? |

ASIA : Asian markets are “caught in a dilemma” between a looming rate rise in the U.S. and concerns over growth, says Binay Chandgothia, managing director and portfolio manager at Principal Global Investors.

Consultants see 1.02 million sq ft reserve site near Jurong East MRT station as likely location

Consultants see 1.02 million sq ft reserve site near Jurong East MRT station as likely location

Choice of Jurong East for rail terminal sparks immediate buzz |

SINGAPORE : A reserve site in Jurong East is seen as a potential location for the Singapore terminal of the high speed rail (HSR) link with Malaysia.

After Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ruled out Tuas West and the city centre – two earlier possibilities – and identified Jurong East as the location of the terminal, consultants homed in on the region and combed it for potential sites.

Most believe the terminal could be built on a 1.02 million square feet reserve site currently occupied by JTC’s iHUB, Jurong Country Club Golf Course, and the Science Centre and Omni-Theatre. Read more here >>


Record prices for apartments in Malaysia |

MALAYSIA : The Pavilion group is setting a record of sorts as it has priced its high-rise serviced residential units of its latest project – the Pavilion Suites – along Jalan Bukit Bintang starting from RM3,000 per sq ft.

The 51-storey project comprises 383 one and two-bedroom service residentials and offers 450,000 sq ft of retail space on a gross floor area basis. On a net basis, this is expected to be about 240,000 sq ft.

The record price for the residential units comes as no surprise to some as it is being built on a half-acre parcel that created a buzz in the property sector in 2010. That year, Urusharta Cemerlang Sdn Bhd, a company controlled by property magnate Tan Sri Desmond Lim, purchased the tiny strip of land from Singapore billionaire Kwek Leng Beng for a record price of RM7,209 per sq ft.

Kwek was also planning a high-end serviced apartment project on the land that is next to his Grand Millennium hotel. But Lim saw value because the land was strategically located in front of his landmark Pavilion KL shopping mall and residences.

According to property sector executives, the details of the number of units taken up so far have not been disclosed as the sales were only done on an invited basis. Read more here >>

Property Update (23 April 2015)

Suburban hotels can appeal to certain market segment: Analysts |

SINGAPORE : One such hotel is the 15-storey Genting Hotel Jurong, which has 557 rooms, with rates ranging from S$380 to S$800 a night.


More home sellers renting out their units first, amid declining prices |

SINGAPORE : With the residential property market remaining sluggish, analysts have said more homeowners are choosing to rent out their homes first, hoping to fetch a better selling price when the market recovers.

However, this is putting downward pressure on rentals. Industry watchers said tenants are now signing shorter leases, expecting rentals to dip.

Prices of private homes have been on the downward trend since the third quarter of 2013, as property cooling measures kick in and loan curbs weigh on demand. Along with that, the number of resale transactions has also dropped.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) data showed that 4,860 private homes were sold in the secondary market in 2014, down from 6,671 in 2013, and sharply lower than the 13,214 in 2012.

Property watchers said the drop in resale volume suggests that potential sellers are holding back and putting out their units for rent instead. Read more here >>


Q1 industrial rents, prices cool sharply on ramped-up govt supply: JTC |

SINGAPORE : Industrial landlord JTC Corp reported on Thursday that industrial prices and rents have cooled significantly while occupancy rates have moderated as the Government stepped up supply of land and space.

Its market report for the first quarter of the year found that prices for all types of industrial space only grew 0.5 per cent, compared with a year ago.


Rents of industrial space slid 2 per cent for the first three months of the year, compared with the same period a year ago, while occupancy rates fell 0.9 per cent. Read more here >>


Singapore consumer prices fall in March for fifth straight month, by less-than-expected 0.3% |

SINGAPORE : Falling housing rentals and transportation costs once again dragged consumer prices down for a fifth straight month in March, according to official data out Thusrday.

Singapore’s all-items consumer price index (CPI) fell 0.3 per cent last month from the same period a year ago. The fall was lower than the 0.5 per cent decline predicted by economists in a Reuters poll.

The last time Singapore experienced a prolonged drop in consumer prices – also known as deflation – was in 2009.

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Forbes richest real estate tycoons revealed |

It has been a good year for the world’s property tycoons, according to the ever-growing 2015 Forbes Billionaires List.

And it has been a particularly good year for Chinese real estate moguls: 10 of the top 20 richest real estate billionaires come from Hong Kong or mainland China, and they also make up the top three.

The richest real estate mogul on the list is Hong Kong’s Lee Shau Kee with an estimated worth of US$24.8 billion.

Dubbed “one of Hong Kong’s richest landlords” by Forbes, Lee is bullish in the property sector in Hong Kong and also mainland China. Read more here >>