The secrets hidden behind Chinese wisdom

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Gong Xi Fa Cai! This year’s Lunar New Year was different for the devoted Buddhists. Due to Covid-19, the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple at Waterloo Street was closed early on the eve of Chinese New Year – no more race to be the first to put the incense sticks inside the burner right… [read more]

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How well are developers’ new projects selling?

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Normanton Park is the biggest new condominium launch since the start of 2021. Marketers had been bombarding consumers with e-mail, print and online ads for weeks. Before the end of the launch weekend on January 17 Sunday 6 pm, The Straits Times and The Business Times published unanimously a celebratory headline online that read “Normanton… [read more]

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Why homebuyers do the wrong things

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Once we were invited to a friend’s housewarming party. The young couple was pleased to show us around. We were impressed by the great efforts they made to decorate their new home. Suddenly, the wife lamented that they were upset about the agent who sold them the flat and the contractor who renovated it. After… [read more]

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Best deals in the market as of December 31

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As we are approaching the last day of the year, we have no time to waste for the tasks below: 1) List all the unfinished business and set a completion deadline. 2) Clear up things that need to be done by the December 31 deadline. 3) Put our money in all the right places in… [read more]

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How To Buy First Private Home Workshop

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Good news! I am running a new workshop in January 2021 to cater to the needs of homebuyers looking to purchase or upgrade to private properties. Event: How To Buy First Private Home Workshop Date : 23 January 2021 (Saturday) Time : 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Venue: Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road The following… [read more]

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4 life lessons that blogging about properties has taught me

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As we are approaching the end of 2020, it’s time we took a moment to do some year-end reflections. It has been more than ten years since I first started this blog in August 2010. I don’t know how many readers followed my blog since Day One (and I am very grateful if you are… [read more]

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Another unpublished letter to The Straits Times Forum

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Last Tuesday, the Monetary Authority of Singapore has urged households to be prudent when taking up new debt or committing to property purchase (“Households urged by MAS to stay prudent when taking up debt or buying property”, Channel NewsAsia, December 2, 2020). As of the third quarter of this year, about 36,000 mortgage relief applications… [read more]

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Ecohouse conman finally arrested

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Ecohouse, a fake Brazilian public housing development, used to be the most popular overseas property project among Singapore investors back in 2012. Two years later, after it closed its office at Suntec City, more than 800 Singapore victims found that the project was a scam. They lost a total of over S$50 million. Last month,… [read more]

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Real-life story of a real estate author and Quick Poll

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My daughter thinks her mother is cool to be an author. Apparently, none of her classmates’ parents has the same profession. The truth is: There is barely any local competition. The reason is: Unless you are publishing assessment books, you can’t make a living out of writing books in Singapore. Being an author is more… [read more]

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Follow the hot money

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When there are already not many activities planned under the threat of Covid-19, we still see rare, exciting events being cancelled at the eleventh hour. The long-awaited inaugural flight under the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble arrangement was rescheduled last minute at 5 p.m. the day before its official takeoff. Earlier this month, the high-profile… [read more]

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