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9 things about SORA for home loan interest rates (before it replaces SOR and SIBOR)

SIBOR and SOR are synonymous with property loans and bank interest rates. But what is SORA and how does it change the way we look at home loans? The three most common terms related to housing loans in Singapore are Singapore Dollar Swap Offer Rate (SOR), Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR), and now, Singapore Overnight…

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Dengue cluster in your neighbourhood? Here’s what you need to know and do

In 2020, Singapore had a “historic” dengue outbreak, with a total of 35,315 reported cases. Then in June 2021, the National Environment Agency (NEA) warned that mosquito populations of the dreaded Aedes aegypti breed have grown by 30 per cent in April, compared with January. Also, as we enter warmer and humid months from June…

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Properties for sale or rent within walking distance to Shaw cinemas (including IMAX theatres)

It’s great when you can live in a neighbourhood with easy access to a shopping mall, food outlets, transport hub and a top-grade cinema. Even more so if they’re within walking distance (or a lift ride down) from your front door. While most of us are usually satisfied with Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Videos or…

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Singapore’s Buyer’s and Seller’s Stamp Duty: What you should know

Update as of 12 January 2022: This article has been updated to include the latest ABSD rates, in light of the recent cooling measures announcement.  Stamp duty – it’s one of the many additional but often-overlooked costs associated with buying property. Stamp duty refers to the tax relating to the purchase or lease of a…

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6 home and decor sites, including IKEA Singapore, to jazz up your apartment for the holiday season

With Deepavali in November and Christmas less than 100 days away, it’s never too early to start decorating for the festivities. This holiday season, whether you’re celebrating as a first-time homeowner or you want your home to feel extra special (it’s unlikely we will be travelling anyway), here are some furniture and furnishing pick suggestions…

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What factors are necessary for a possible en bloc or collective sale?

Earlier in September 2021, Flynn Park at 18-22 Yew Siang Road went en bloc at S$371 million, making it the largest collective sale of the year. Brokered by Savills Singapore, the buyer (a joint venture between Hoi Hup Realty Private Limited and Sunway Developments Pte. Ltd) bought all 72 apartments at S$1,355 psf per plot…

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8 reasons why cluster homes or strata landed houses are worth buying

While Singapore’s landed properties usually come at a premium, there is an affordable variety with the perks of condominium living – cluster homes or strata landed houses. We’ve covered a few comparisons and recommendations before. In a broad sense, strata-landed houses are commonly associated with landed units, either within a cluster, or part of a…

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Diversity-Friendly Property Rentals In Singapore

Renting a property or even a room isn’t hard for most people as they are free to choose their preferred area with little constraint other than a budget. However, for the #LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, rental opportunities are still much more challenging, unfortunately. Despite being a leading metropolitan city-state, some aspects…

Would you be willing to live underground or out at sea if we ever run out of land?

Being in land-scarce Singapore has its challenges, so it comes as no surprise that besides building ever taller (and more compact) apartment buildings, we’re also looking at building (downwards) deep underground and (outwards) at sea. In just four decades, Singapore has gone from being an urban slum to a thriving global city-state. As a densely…

7 reasons Singapore continues to be a safe haven for foreign property investors

Within Southeast Asia and APAC, the pandemic has demonstrated how challenging it is for countries to protect their borders and secure their residents’ health and safety. For Singapore, which is often compared in economic terms with Hong Kong, the situation remains fluid, as foreign investment money moves in search of ‘safe-haven cities’. In light of…

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