Author: Property Soul

Podcast Ep#37: Finding Gems In The Property Market (Part II)

Episode 37 is a recording of the second half of my presentation “Finding Gems In The Property Market” at the SMART Expo on 5 October 2019 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. I will touch on the following in Part II of my presentation: 1. When were the two times I was passionate about buying in the property market?2. How did people respond to my optimism in property purchase?3. What happens now for new launch projects that had good traffic at preview?4. What are the similarities between going to ROM and visiting sales galleries?5. Can buyers find gems...

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Podcast Ep#36: Finding Gems In The Property Market (Part I)

Episode 36 is a recording of the first part of my presentation “Finding Gems In The Property Market” at the SMART Expo on 5 October 2019 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. I will touch on the following in Part I of my presentation: 1. Why are there so many gems in a soft market?2. Who are sharing those “property secrets”?3. What happens to private residential transaction volume?4. What a typical month of HDB and private transactions tells us about property agents?5. How are property agencies contradicting themselves with their quarterly results?6. Why most property buyers only settle...

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What Recession Means for Properties

Last week, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah told the media that Singapore hasn’t slid into recession yet. However, bad news keeps pouring in: Our manufacturing and exports contract sharply in August. Factory outlook from PMI falls to 3-year low in September. 2019 GDP growth is revised further down to between zero and 1 percent. A technical recession (two consecutive quarters of fall in GDP) can be avoided if we do some adjustment on the GDP of this quarter or the previous quarter. Other industries are doing fine if we are not looking at manufacturing and retail...

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See you at SMART Expo on October 5

Dear readers, I will be speaking at the SMART Expo next Saturday, with details as follows: Event: SMART Investment & International Property ExpoDate : 5 October 2019 (Sat) 5 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.Venue: Hall 405, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition CentreTopic: Finding Gems In The Property Market– There are more gems in a soft market. Why and where?– Why most buyers go for average deals– Telling good buys from lousy ones– How to find hidden gems and make them shine Registration is free. Get your free pass here and see you next Saturday! Share...

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Podcast Ep#35: How BTO Fares Against Condo

These days BTO projects and condo projects share a lot of similarities. Putting their pricing aside, let’s examine how they look alike in three areas: 1. Product Packaging; 2. Buyer Incentives; and 3. Sales Performance. You can now watch the podcast below. The video comes with full script or subtitles. If you are watching from your mobile, ensure that the “Caption” function is on. If you are on your desktop, turn on the “cc” button – the leftmost button at the bottom right hand corner. If you like this video, please give me a “Like” and subscribe to my...

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Podcast Ep#34: Who’s The Loser of New CPF Grants

On September 10, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong announced higher CPF grants and higher income ceilings for HDB and EC homebuyers. The new policies make it more attractive to buy new BTO flats and HDB resale flats. Can old HDB resale flat owners really benefit from the additional CPF grants? Who are the biggest loser the new changes? Let me tell you the three main reasons in this video. You can now watch the podcast below. The video comes with full script or subtitles. If you are watching from your mobile, ensure that the “Caption” function is on....

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Will buying a home make us happier?

This week the government announced higher CPF grants and a raised income ceiling for first-time HDB buyers. More citizens are now eligible to buy new BTO flats or resale HDB flats. A recent advertisement from the CPF Board is seen at MRT platforms with a headline that reads, “In 2018, nearly one million Singaporeans used CPF for their housing and found what really sparks joy.” Did you remember the joy you had when you bought your first HDB flat? Are you happy that you can use your CPF money to pay off your home loan? Is owning your home...

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Members’ Networking Event (19 Sep 2019)

Join us for a networking evening with fellow property buyers, investors and owners. Date   : 19 September 2019 (Thu) Time   : 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Venue  : (restaurant in Bugis) Fee    : $49 per pax with dinner (limited to 40 members only) Speaker: Ku Swee Yong, CEO, International Property Advisor Pte Ltd Topic  : Old Wives Tales of the Residential Property Market The misconceptions in the residential market has been building up ever more quickly in the recent past. Old wives tales from decades ago get propagated exponentially due to information pushed through social media and ever more convenient broadcast channels. Join...

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Quick Poll: Pick the topic at coming SMART Expo

Dear readers, I will be speaking at the next SMART Expo this October. Please mark your calendar! Event: SMART Investment & International Property ExpoDate : 5 October 2019 (Sat) 5 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre As usual, I have 3 presentation topics in mind. I would be very grateful if you could let me know which one you prefer me to cover at the event. Please cast your vote on the table below by next Tuesday (Sep 3). Thank you in advance for your participation. 1st Topic: Finding Gems In The Property Market– There are more...

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Podcast Ep#33: Impact of Greater Southern Waterfront

During the 2019 National Day Rally, our Prime Minister shared more details about the future Greater Southern Waterfront project. With 30 km coastline and 2,000 hectares of land, how will it impact the existing and future landscape of properties in the South? In this episode, I will ask Ku Swee Yong, CEO of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd, the following questions: 1. What will be the impact on housing with 9,000 more homes added in the area? 2. How will existing projects, including Corals, Caribbean and Reflections at Keppel Bay be affected by the new plan? 3. Will there...

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Choosing Prime Properties In Singapore Workshop

Ku Swee Yong is the Chief Executive Officer of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd. in Singapore. He was a Director in the Real Estate Centre of Expertise at Société Générale Private Banking, responsible for advising clients on real estate investments, the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Savills Singapore and the General Manager at Far East Organization’s Indonesia office. Swee Yong’s opinion is regularly featured in the Straits Times, Business Times, 新明日报, 联合早报, Channel NewsAsia, TODAY, etc. He has published five books on the property market. He lectures on a part-time basis in the Singapore Management University and the Ngee Ann...

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Can this ‘CPF Key’ truly unlock the value for old flats?

(Article contributed by Ku Swee Yong, CEO of International Property Advisor Pte Ltd.) In May 2019, the government relaxed rules for older people looking to buy old flats using more money from their CPF accounts. The aim of amending the rules was primarily to improve the demand for older flats, so that the value of older flats may be maintained for longer. (Source: MOM Press Release: More Flexibility to Buy a Home for Life While Safeguarding Retirement Adequacy) One of the examples quoted in the Ministry of Manpower’s press release described a couple, John (age 48) and Jane (age...

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Will Hong Kong people buy Singapore homes?

Some readers ask me whether there will be more Hong Kong people buying Singapore homes, and whether this will raise local property prices and sales volumes. Maybe they know I was from Hong Kong two decades ago. Or they have seen too many media reports on riots in Hong Kong. Like many foreign countries, protests and strikes to Hong Kong people are like typhoons that often happen during the typhoon season. If the people are unhappy about something, they don’t just rant at coffee shops or on social media. They join like-minded people to show their discontent openly in...

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Podcast Ep#32: How Numbers Can Lie

In this episode, I will give you a quick lesson on how to play with numbers. These are tricks not just limited to the use of industry stakeholders in the property market. They are widely adopted by every company, everyone and everywhere. Let me show you how easy they can be learned and applied in real-life. Before you watch the video, see whether you know the answers to the following questions. Write down your answers somewhere. Have a go now. 1. What are the ways to present poor or average numbers and results in good light? 2. How do...

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What properties to buy in a recession

When Singapore missed its GDP target in Q2, Maybank said we are heading for a technical recession next quarter. A technical recession happens when there are two successive quarters of fall in GDP. I remember it was July 2001. Three years after I came to Singapore, the country was in recession. The economy contracted by 2 percent – a big contrast to the strong growth of 10.3 percent the previous year. Manufacturing shrank by 12 percent, compared to 15 percent growth in 2000. It was Singapore’s worst performance since independence. Unemployment rate was at 15-year high. Our Manpower Minister...

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