How are we celebrating Chinese New Year differently in 2021?

News that a COVID19 vaccine had been developed was met with a mixture of relief, joy and excitement. To some, it signalled the end of the nightmare brought on by the onset of the pandemic. Others kept a sense of perspective, recognizing…

The ‘Lottery Effect’ In HDB Properties

The ‘Lottery Effect’ of HDB properties have once again become a hot topic of debate as the Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) of some 50,000 flats were expiring in 2020-2021. National Development Minister Desmond Lee had also stepped…

February 2021 BTO Sales Launch: Tengah – The hidden gem of the West

If you have been an avid follower of the quarterly Built-to-order (BTO) sales launches, you would be quick to notice that Tengah has been on the list of options for the past few months, offering brand new flats in the thousands. Many have raised…

No Valentine’s? No problem. How to qualify for a flat from HDB as a single?

Being alone on Valentine’s Day can be a mood-kill for singles out there, with no one to spend the special season together. A recent trend to make headlines would be the option of ‘renting-a-boyfriend/girlfriend’ where singles…

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Singapore’s problem with flash floods

For those suffering from travel bug bites and sighing at the inability to travel to Norway or Japan to catch snow during the Winter season, the weather here in Singapore has not disappointed much in the first two weeks of 2021. With temperatures…

HDB issues $800mil fixed rate notes

In denominations of $250,00 and payable semi-annually in arrear, the notes will mature on 19 January 2026.  The Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Tuesday issued $800 million, five-year fixed rate notes, with a coupon of 0.635% per…

Ministerial comments, rising prices spark talk of additional property cooling measures

Minister Desmond Lee’s urge for Singaporeans to exercise prudence when acquiring property and the recent rise in private home prices have experts believing them as signals for another round of cooling measures. Analysts…

More homeowners installing CCTVs outside HDB flats

According to the law, residents in HDB flats are not allowed to install CCTV cameras outside their units, unless approved by the HDB.  A question on the installation of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera outside HDB flats…

Public sector projects to drive construction sector’s recovery

The Cross Island MRT Line, relocation of Singapore Science Centre and the Toa Payoh Integrated Development are amongst the upcoming major public sector projects that will contribute to construction demand in 2021. Construction demand is…

Mount Emily residential buildings on sale for $18mil

Located 200 m away from Little India MRT interchange, the freehold properties are near Mount Emily Park, Orchard Road and the central business district. Image: Edmund Tie & Company A portfolio of three freehold residential buildings…