Tag: Housing

Singapore is second-most expensive housing market in the world

Singapore—According to a new report from real estate firm CBRE, Singapore ranked as the second-most expensive city in the world to buy a house in 2018 again. Hong Kong also kept its place on the top of the list. In third place is Shanghai, making...

How much do you need to earn to live in different neighborhoods in Singapore?

Different neighbourhoods in Singapore, naturally, have different prices for housing. Value Champion, a site that provides information regarding financial products, came up with figures on how much a person would need to earn in order to be able to pay for and live comfortably...

En bloc law should be re-calibrated to better balance interests of competing groups

By Ravi Philemon Singapore's Constitution guarantees every citizen equality before the law and the privilege of enjoying equal protection under the law. But the right to property, which is considered sacrosanct in many other countries, is not protected under the laws of Singapore. In 2017, the...

Bank Negara can still review policy on property loans

Bank Negara Malaysia has admitted there is an acute housing problem in Malaysia! The Malaysian central bank recently released a statement regarding the housing situation in Malaysia, but it is the quotes from the Bank's governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim on the problems faced in the...

They call it Greater Singapore

When we crossed the Causeway, we were expecting to see the Johor we knew. The vast land, the terrace houses leading up to Johor Bharu. We anticipated the familiar sight of the yellow "bus sekolah" on the weekdays and the old shop houses...

Academic dismisses Forbes commentary, but says….

A stinging commentary in Forbes about Singapore's march towards an Iceland-like economic meltdown is making the rounds online. Here, academic Donald Low digs into the article dismissing its main thesis but saying there are some valid points that the government should not ignore. -- You...

Getting an EC vs. BTO Flat: What are the Differences?

Why does everyone assume you're rich if you buy an EC? That doesn't make sense. By the time you make the down payment and cover the installments, the EC means you're pretty much the opposite of rich. Here's a run-down on the painful differences,...

One solution to HDB crunch

HDB flats for rent
By Vignesh Louis Naidu Should people be allowed to rent out their HDB flats? They were meant to be their homes, not units to let. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) was established in 1960 to provide low-cost housing for the masses and solve Singapore’s housing...

Executive condo or BTO flat: Some painful differences

MRT train passing by executive condominiums
By Ryan Ong Why does everyone assume you're rich if you buy an EC? That doesn't make sense. By the time you make the down payment and cover the instalments, the EC means you're pretty much the opposite of rich. Here's a run-down on the painful differences,...