The Redbrick Team

The Redbrick Team

Redbrick Mortgage Advisory is an independent advisory working with all 16 banks and financial institutions in Singapore. We have achieved an excellent track record of financing more than 40,000 properties and over SGD$5 billion in annual mortgages.

Living in a Condo vs landed property in Singapore

Condo vs landed property Singapore Singapore is a wonderful place to live and work in. People from all over the world flock here to enjoy this busy and beautiful land of opportunities. And of course, everyone has to live somewhere. There are magnificent luxury condos available, but you can also enjoy your own, exclusive landed house. Which should you pick? As with every decision you make, considering the pros and cons of living in a condo vs landed property in

US Fed secures interest rate hike

After months of speculation, the US Federal Reserve has finally raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25%, a collective vote which saw the key rate increase from 0.5% to 0.75%. While this hike was considered a conservative one, rates might continue to rise at a faster pace in the coming year, due to the new Donald Trump administration. Members of the Federal Open Markets Committee, who controls the interest rates, are predicting an increase in spending, and up to three

HDB property taxes lowered for 2017

HDB flat owners, rejoice! According to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), your property tax next year will be lowered. Owners of all private property will either see a decrease as well, or no changes made to their taxes. Property owners will receive their tax bills by the end of 2016, and payment has to be made by 31 January 2017. The payable property tax for each HDB flat type are as follows: Assistance will be provided to those

HDB loan vs Bank loan : Comparison of similarities & differences

Real estate purchase is easily one of the biggest financial commitments we will undertake in our lifetime. We spend the next 20-30 years contributing a portion of our salary to the repayment of the amount. The good news is that you have the choice of getting a HDB or bank home loan in Singapore when you purchase a HDB flat. There is no hard and fast rule that places one above the other but you have to weigh the options

SIBOR and SOR see increase after months of stagnancy

With Trump as President-Elect, there is a likelihood that his administration could encourage spending to fuel inflation, and an 80% chance that interest rates will hike in December. Closer to home, Singapore’s domestic interest rates saw an increase on Tuesday (15 Nov), on both the three-month Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) and the three-moth Swap Offer Rate (SOR). Having remained static at around 0.87% for close to 4 months, SIBOR rose to 0.88% on Monday, and again to 0.91% on

Singapore company in billion-dollar deal with consortium that includes Warburg Pincus

First it was Neptune Orient Lines, then SMRT. Now a third Singapore listed company, ARA, is soon to be bought out by an association of investors in another billion-dollar deal. These investors include Warburg Pincus LLC, a U.S. private equity firm, as well as the founder of ARA Asset Management Ltd. The offer made to buy ARA is valued at S$1.78 billion. Founded in 2002 by John Lim, ARA manages real-estate investment trusts (REITs) in Asia. ARA Asset Management manages property

Property Quotient: A Real Look At Real Estate, the second instalment

In June, The Redbrick Team hosted her very first real estate summit, the first of many to come. Without a doubt, its success was highly attributed to the strong support of fellow partners and clients, and this fuelled the team’s enthusiasm to put together the second instalment ahead of its original timeline. Apart from a change of scenery, we had a completely new panel of speakers, and a whole different set of door gifts in our Redbrick goodie bag. Our

11 tools every homeowner should have

One of the responsibilities that come with home ownership is the ability to improve and maintain your house. You might even be passionate about do-it-yourself projects after spending a day at IKEA. Depending on how proficient you are at putting together pieces of wood, it may take as fast as a couple of hours or up to a day. But of course, don’t expect to get anything done unless you have a basic toolbox in your home. A toolbox is

Foreigners picking up more properties in Singapore

The co-owner of Hong Kong luxury jewellery business Temptations Jewellery recently purchased a duplex penthouse at Nassim Park Residences for S$21.2 million. Naina Buxani purchased a 6,878 sq ft penthouse, just two units away from another penthouse that was purchased last year by her husband, Mahesh. Each penthouse unit consists of four bedrooms, a family area and a private swimming pool. Prior to this, Mrs Buxani purchased two four-bedroom units in the same development in June this year. Aside from

Luxury developments popular among Indonesian investors

The government’s firm decision on the Singapore property market cooling measures is no deterrent for a group of property investors – Indonesians. Between January and August this year, Indonesians snapped up 30 Singapore properties worth at least S$5 million, a clear indication of their preference for luxury housing. Some may argue that the cause of this is due to the passing of a law in Jakarta; one that enforces Indonesians to pay taxes instead of evading them by parking their