Monthly archive - January 2013

How to Measure Your Property’s Actual Investment Returns?

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 in Articles, Investment Strategy by 5 Comments

Investor A or Investor B?

I recently came across two investors who made money in property investing, albeit in very different ways in the last three years i.e. from Mid-2009 till End 2012 in the midst of a property boom period. I have taken the liberty to simplify and change some numbers as well as ignore all expenses so that we can compare apples with apples. Also, I used residential properties for this article as it’s a very much familiar arena to most readers.

7th Property Cooling Measures for Residential & Industrial Properties

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 in Articles, Singapore Property Investment by 5 Comments


Below is a detailed illustration for the additional property cooling measures announced by the government on 11th Jan, 2013.

The Government announced a comprehensive package of measures to cool the residential property market. It also introduced a Seller’s Stamp Duty on industrial properties for the first time, to discourage speculative activity in the industrial market.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 in Articles, Property Investors, Property Market by 2 Comments

Singapore’s private residential property index continued to climb to 211.9 in Q4 2012 from 208.2 in Q3. This is a hike of 1.8 percent compared to the 0.6 percent increase in the previous quarter. HDB re-sale prices have hit an all-time high and Executive Condominiums (ECs) have reached record-selling price of S$2 million dollars. The statistics are already well-known to you so I’m not going to further bore you with it in this article.

While writing this article, frustrations have gotten me to a point of banging the table and screaming, “STOP saying ‘fairy tales’ to property buyers!”

Listening to the ‘property experts’, you’d never guess it was the 21st Century. They all seem to be teaching the same old strategies for property investing and telling unwitting buyers that beautiful ‘fairy tale’ endings are a reality, financial crisis only belong to pre-historic times and property downturns are just myths and legends!