3 questions to ask before buying your second residential property

Nearly 30% of Singaporeans own more than one residential property, according to the Singapore Business Review. Yes, you can quote me to your hesitant spouse. While owning a second property is not uncommon, the questions “is it really necessary?”…

Conversations with: Auctionjia - Singapore's first online property auction platform

When you hear the words “online auction”, what comes to mind? For many of us, this term rose to fame back in the late 1990s when e-commerce site eBay revolutionized the world wide web and introduced its auction-style listings.These days,…

Upgrading from an HDB flat to a condo unit – steps to take

If you’re making the big step to upgrade from an HDB flat to a condo, it pays to know the finer details. Here’s what you’ll have to go through, depending on whether you sell-then-buy, or buy-then-sell: Key highlightsIf a condo…

FAQs on The Use of CPF For Home Purchase

Undeniably, purchasing a property is a major decision, and probably the heaviest financial commitment for most of us. However, the use of Central Provident Fund (CPF) to pay the down payment and make monthly financial obligations has been a…

The foreigner's guide to investing in Singapore properties

Singapore has just retained, for better or worse, its title of the World’s Most Expensive City for Expats for 4 consecutive years by the EIU (Economic Intelligence Unit) in 2017. However, the high costs can be said to be, in a way, justifiable.…

Conversations with: Gani Atmadiredja, Managing Director, W. Atelier

When it comes to buying and renovating a new home, many of us hardly place any emphasis when it comes to our toilets. Traditionally, most of us opt for the practical way; the bare necessities are sufficient for us. But there’s been a rising…

9 things to consider when you buy a property in Malaysia

Given the comparatively high home prices in Singapore, it is understandable that many Singaporeans have, over the years, turned their heads to investing overseas. Nevertheless, buying a property in Singapore can be very overwhelming; let alone…

What I wish I knew before I purchased a property

“How do I buy a property?” - It is absolutely critical that we answer this question before we start the shopping. Learn about the “How” before jumping into “What property should I buy?”If we skip the initial preparation, we will…

Conversations with: Sharon Lee, Head of Auction, Knight Frank Singapore

For many of us, the word “auction” brings up imagery of a tense yet exciting environment where an auctioneer takes the lead in accepting bids and declaring goods sold. Or maybe when “auction” comes to mind, you think of art auctions…

Why your HDB is not going to make you any money?

Just like any young couples would as they begin their next chapter of life, you ballot for a BTO and, after 4 years of wait, move happily into your first matrimonial home. Over the years, you start a new family and draw greater income…