4 Promises By Overseas Property Developers That Should Make You Wary

By Sim Kang Heong, via dollarsandsense.sg

It seems like every other week that one sees advertisements for overseas property investments “opportunities”. Once in a while, we see news reports of yet another overseas project flopping.

While legitimate overseas investment opportunities exist, shady or extremely risky ones are also out there, and the savvy investor would think long and hard before sending their hard-earned money abroad.

Here are 4 common “promises” that make appearances in marketing collateral and uttered during talks, that you should think twice about.

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En Bloc Sales: How Much Do Private Property Home Owners Stand to Gain?

By Joanne Poh, via moneysmart.sg

SINGAPORE — Many Singaporean property owners think of en bloc sales as 4D or Toto, but with better odds.

But the reality is a little different, if you understand how en bloc sales work. Basically, you are getting paid to vacate your property. That means that, unless you have somewhere else to live, you will have to use that cash to buy another home.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Property Valuations in Singapore

By Lynette Goh, via moneysmart.sg

In a perfect world, I’d be buying homes for a dollar and selling them off at a million each. But hey, this isn’t the land of make believe. We have property valuations to prevent people from overpricing their homes, and to prevent us from becoming the schmucks that buy those. Here’s 4 things you didn’t know about property valuations (or at least, I didn’t):

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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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Private home prices down for 15th straight quarter; pace of decline eases

SINGAPORE: Private home prices in Singapore fell for the 15th straight quarter in the April to June period, although the pace of decline eased, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Jul 28).

Prices fell by 0.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter, compared with the 0.4 per cent decline in the first quarter and the 0.5 per cent decline in the last quarter of 2016.

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Condo rents rise 0.5% in June, HDB rents fall 0.6%: SRX Property

SINGAPORE – Private residential and HDB reversed course last month, according to SRX Property flash estimates released on Wednesday (July 12).

Rents of condominiums and apartments rose 0.5 per cent month-on-month in June, swinging from a revised 0.6 per cent decline in May, though the number of units leased dropped

After a sustained slide last year, private rents have fluctuated monthly this year. But after June’s increase they are now down just 0.3 per cent to date this year. They are still 19.1 per cent off their peaks in January 2013.

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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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