GIC steps up investment in real estate

Singapore — The Singapore sovereign wealth fund is expected to invest more in real estate going forward as the returns are higher than other fixed income assets such as government bonds, experts say.

Source: channelnewsasia.com

 

 

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More than 4,300 new flats launched in first HDB sales exercise of 2018

SINGAPORE: A total of 4,381 new flats were launched for sale in the Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) first sales exercise for the year.

The flats include 3,664 Build-to-Order (BTO) units and another 717 units under the Re-offer of Balance Flats exercise, HDB said in a press release on Tuesday (Feb 6).

The BTO flats will be spread across two projects in Choa Chu Kang and Woodlands, and another three projects in Geylang and Tampines.

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Private home sales rise 17.4% year-on-year in December

Singapore — Sales of new private homes rose 17.4 per cent in December 2017 compared to the same month a year ago, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Monday (Jan 15).

Excluding executive condominiums (ECs), developers sold 431 units last month, compared with 367 units in December 2016.

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Singapore’s collective sales could ‘fuel the market’ in 2018

Singapore — Singapore’s property market could see a strong 2018 among Asia markets as collective, or en bloc, sales bring redevelopment, says Nicholas Holt of Knight Frank.

Source : https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/01/03/singapores-collective-sales-could-fuel-the-market-in-2018.html

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

Singapore’s Property Market: Is 2018 The Right Time To Start Investing In Private Properties Again?

Investing in Singapore’s property market doesn’t necessarily mean you have to own a condominium unit. (via dollarsandsense.sg)

By Timothy Ho, via dollarsandsense.sg

SINGAPORE — URA reported that the private residential property index for 3Q2017 have increased by 0.5 per cent. This is the first time an increase has been seen, after 15 straight quarters, or close to four years, of decline.

Having endured a lacklustre market for four years, there is finally good news for property experts and real estate developers to get excited about. But should you, as a retail investor, be looking to jump back in to the market now that sentiments are slowly starting to pick up?

Of course, this is the million-dollar question on everyone’s mind. Should we buy a private property now in the hopes that we can strike it rich when the market takes off, or do we risk missing out on the cycle?

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