Author: Property Soul

Podcast Ep#20: Another Crap Property News

We have regulations in Singapore governing the property industry. But we don’t have any guidelines in Singapore monitoring the property news. That’s why we see misleading headlines, biased statements and hard-sell advertorials flying everywhere. Last week, there is another piece of crap property news seen all over the place. Let’s cut the crap here and get to the truth in this video. I will share with you five things in the podcast: 1) Who started all these crap? 2) Why we crave for country rankings? 3) How objective is the report? 4) How they built a virtual office market?...

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Property investment is all about timing

When I presented “When Is The Best Time To Buy or Sell?” in September’s SMART Expo, I talked about timing in property investment. I mentioned that property agents often tell you it is impossible to time the market. You may not be able to time the market. But you can never be too good if you can’t tell the difference between a good versus a bad time to buy. You don’t have to wait until there is blood everywhere in the street to buy. But you don’t buy when the time is not right. The end of a legendary property...

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Podcast Ep#19: How Reliable Are Property Data?

Every day we read in the media all sorts of property data, research findings and market forecasts. They come from different organisations, authorities, industry stakeholders or government departments. Have you ever wondered how these people come up with those numbers and insights? How reliable are the information and data they provide? Can you trust the official property data released by the government? I will share with you how the Chinese provincial governments manipulated property price data to show perpetual market growth that fooled all the western media except the Chinese themselves. We are going to discuss the following in...

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New launch returned units and 3 mysterious cases

It all started with long queues at the shopping mall roadshow. It took us some time to realize that people are not queuing for popular food or warehouse sale, but for the trackers of National Steps Challenge Season 4 – an initiative by the Health Promotion Board to encourage Singaporeans to be physically active. Getting fit or getting freebies? The first exercise people do was queuing which is no doubt the national sport of Singapore. The new season of the steps challenge has been very successful. With so many shop vouchers and prizes to be won, the programme draws lots of...

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Thank you for crossing the 1,000 mark with me

As I am writing this post, the Property Soul youtube channel has reached 1,024 subscribers and a total of 54,563 views. They are very humble figures. But I am very happy because I know you are one of the subscribers of my youtube channel. Thank you very much for your support! For the last six… [read more] The post Thank you for crossing the 1,000 mark with me appeared first on Property...

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When developer’s new launch becomes emperor’s new clothes

In my latest youtube video “What Q3 Property Data Tell Us”, I mentioned that developers are not doing so well after the July cooling measures, even though they learn to face the reality that buyers are limited and start lowering prices at new launch. How bad are new launches doing? End of September, Qingjian Realty’s… [read more] The post When developer’s new launch becomes emperor’s new clothes appeared first on Property...

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Podcast Ep#18: What Q3 Property Data Tell Us

On October 26, URA released the 3rd quarter 2018 real estate statistics. Let’s study them in details to see what the latest property numbers are telling us. I will share with you four things In this podcast: 1) Where the numbers show the shrinking size of buyers in the market; 2) Why the developers are… [read more] The post Podcast Ep#18: What Q3 Property Data Tell Us appeared first on Property...

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The 7 kinds of property investor animals

I totally enjoy the new property workshop on Finding and Managing Residential Rental Properties held last Sunday at the National Library. The participants were seated in cluster groups to facilitate interactions and discussions. We started by introducing ourselves to everyone and identified our property investing style with different animals. In general, there are seven common… [read more] The post The 7 kinds of property investor animals appeared first on Property...

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How to spot property gems and make them shine

Forget about what marketers bluff about hidden gems in the property market. We can never be too good doing anything for the first time, especially when it comes to investment. With lack of knowledge and experience, we can have all the money in the world, but still end up buying a lousy property which turns out to be an underperformer in both value appreciation and rental yield. Last year, I wrote a post to share my story about “The day I bought my first private property”. With a limited budget, I picked up five small properties in less than...

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Podcast Ep#17: Market Implications of New URA Guidelines

This week the most exciting property news is no doubt the new URA development guidelines for non-landed private residential projects. In this video, we are going to discuss the market implications of the new URA rules for the developers, home buyers and property investors. 1. What are the two major guidelines? 2. Why is it another blow to the developers? 3. What home buyers should thank URA for? 4. Why buyers and investors should stop buying shoebox units right now? You can now watch the podcast below. If you want to read the script, turn on the “cc” button...

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When home ownership is a religion

Our Prime Minister said home ownership is Singapore’s key national policy. A high home ownership rate of 90 percent has improved the lives of Singaporeans significantly. It allows us to enjoy the fruit of the country’s economic growth. It also gives us a stake in the country and something to fight for. Did our leader have to emphasize this if all Singaporeans can see it? What exactly are we unhappy about? Housing in Singapore has improved by leaps and bounds from humble squatter houses and over-crowded slums in the 1950s to world-class public housing today. HDB homes gives us...

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Podcast Ep#16: Should I Buy Resale HDB Now?

Are you currently looking to buy a home for your own stay? Should you buy resale HDB flats? Let’s discuss it in this podcast. We will cover four main topics in the video: 1. Will HDB resale prices continue to fall? 2. Why more are buying HDB resale flats? 3. Which property types should you buy? 4. What about the age of HDB flats? You can now watch the podcast below. If you want to read the script, turn on the “cc” button – the leftmost button at the bottom right hand corner. Remember to subscribe to my youtube...

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Why you need to be contrarians in property investment

In the preface of No B.S. Guide to Property Investment, I mentioned the reason why I wrote the book. I bought my first few properties in the early and mid-2000s during the economic downturn. Back then, there was not much public interest or media coverage of properties. I couldn’t find any good book on buying properties in Singapore. I thought it would be useful if I could write a book from a fellow property investor’s perspective to share neutral and unbiased views for the reference of property buyers. The situation is totally different now. Everyday there are many new...

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Accept that Singapore has the world’s lowest fertility rate

Last Friday a Straits Times article said Singapore’s total fertility rate plunged to a seven-year low of 1.16 last year. It is well below the replacement rate of 2.1. Do you know that Singapore has the lowest fertility rate in the world? According to the 2017 World Factbook published by the Central Intelligence Agency, the four countries with the lowest total fertility rate in the world are namely Singapore (0.83), Macau (0.95), Taiwan (1.13) and Hong Kong (1.19). Our neighbour Malaysia obviously has much higher “productivity”. It occupies the 80th position in a list of 224 countries from high...

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Podcast Ep#15: When Is The Best Time To Sell?

Podcast episode 15 is the second part of my presentation “When Is the Best Time To Buy and Sell?” presented at the SMART Expo at Sands Expo & Convention Centre on September 22. I apologize for “shouting” at the top of my voice during the speech because I couldn’t hear myself on the stage. Thanks for all of you who answered enthusiastically my question “When is a good time to buy for you?” at the end of my presentation (that’s a nice surprise!). And sorry I forgot to open the floor for Q&As after getting all your great answers....

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