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The case of the female tenant of a studio apartment whose stories had too many plot holes

If you’ve been following the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial on live TV/YouTube, you probably will find some of the exchanges in this particular case interesting: Just over a week ago, a former tenant who alleged that she was wrongfully evicted from her rented studio unit of a dual-key apartment at 301-unit My Manhattan…

Jalan Besar neighbourhood no peeing

Litterbug vigilantes living in Jalan Besar condos: “We just want a clean and civic-minded neighbourhood.”

For years now, residents in the Jalan Besar neighbourhood, specifically around the Petain Road, Somme Road and Cavan Road areas, have stepped up to ensure their neighbourhoods remain clean, civil and welcoming. Recently, their efforts garnered far more attention (and admirers) than they had anticipated. For example, one of them, Ms. Wendy Chan, who lives…

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Government panel on “neighbourhood noise” to develop set of norms for residents

On April 29, 2022, the Municipal Services Office (MSO) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) met to form a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) on a very interesting problem. The agenda? To develop a set of community norms that will address the issue of “neighbourhood noise”. Neighbourhood noise in this case means noise from…

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Post-FIRE homebuyer unable to secure home loan or refinance because he’s only earning passive income

A few months ago, someone asked if it’s possible to get a new housing loan or refinance his existing home loan if he’s: a) Retired, or b) Living off passive income (ie. unemployed) By passive income, he means adopting the FIRE lifestyle. FIRE stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early, which is a movement by individuals to…

Are Hong Kong Investors Buying Singapore Properties Or Not?

Are we seeing more Hong Kong residents buying or renting properties in Singapore?

Even before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020, Hong Kong was already in crisis with pro-democracy street protests, curfew rumours and disruptions to commuters due to the controversial extradition bill of 2019. At the time, Bloomberg reported a surge from anxious expatriates sizing up schooling options beyond the former British colony to send…

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Woman denied share in Bukit Timah house when court ruled that it’s not her ‘matrimonial home’

In a February 2022 landmark ruling by the Appellate Division (AD) of the High Court, a woman was denied a share of her ex-husband’s one-third share (S$1.77m worth) of a home, where they’d lived with his parents and his brother before they divorced. The husband (a 37-year-old CEO) and wife (a 36-year-old dentist) got married…

Family of five Executive Apartment - profile home-buying journey

Family with 3 kids bought and overhauled HDB Executive Apartment (EA) in Punggol after forgoing condo option

When cybersecurity specialist Daren (now 39) got married, the couple moved into their first home – a 4-room BTO in Punggol. It was a nice location and they got their apartment within the budget they wanted then. However, as time passed, they became a family with three children – “4 kids with their toys, if…

How different properties performed in Q1 2022 after 16 Dec’s cooling measures

It’s the last day of March, which also means the end of Q1 2022. URA’s official real estate quarterly statistics for Q1 2022 won’t be released until the end of next month. The agency will release flash estimates in early April, so that’s something to look forward to. While we speculate on what those numbers…

Do new launch condos with fast take-up rates perform just as well in the resale market?

Oftentimes, we read about new launch condos with take-up rates of 90 to 100% of total units sold within the first week or two of launch – if not within a day or two. There are many reasons for their popularity: lower quantum, location, developer cred, attractive psf pricing, lifestyle promise, etc. However, we also…

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