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A Resurgence of New Prime Condo Development Investors Targeting 8 Saint Thomas

Since Singapore’s new development condo real estate property market has improved dramatically, there’s a huge resurgence of investors making their way back into the condo real estate market. Especially along Prime River Valley Road where 8 Saint Thomas is. Why is this so? There was a huge boost in investment property prospects ranks throughout Singapore. Ultimately, the reason why there was a huge boost is simply because the market is doing better and bottoming out, but even with the market doing better, those ranking was still at the bottom in 2017. Those investment prospect rankings that were so low, are now elevated to the third place in the Singapore condo property market. This has brought back many foreign investors targeting top luxury condos like 8 Saint Thomas at 8 Saint Thomas Walk.

The emerging trends for resurgence

Well, the trends show throughout Singapore in the new development condo market that the sentiment in the rather large resurgence of 2018, is due to the fact that major developers are ready to take on the stabilizing real estate market and this is why they are coming back to the real estate condo property market, so they can invest now before it’s too late. However, some may think that this resurgence is premature, although the market is on the upturn, they’re not certain if it’s too soon to be making any kind of significantly large purchases for investment property, despite the investment prospect rankings for 2018.

The new development – PRIME residential condo sector

The new development condo real estate sector is on the upturn, but its showing imminent signs of a boosted recovery with rising investment transactions for condo property for the first time in the past 4 years. This is also why there has been such a price hike in the new condo development market. Especially those high-end luxury projects in and around Orchard Road and River Valley. Amid the rise in investment transactions, the sales of investment sites to ambitious developers has somewhat put a limit on the supply of investment property and developers want these land sites so they can bring more real estate investments to the market and ultimately gain through these investments.

What about the market rebound?

The rebound for the new condo development housing market is a sustainable market and seems likely that it’ll remain that way for the immediate future, but with forecasts in the condo property market shows it’s likely it will remain sustainable further than what is predicted, which is sustainability up to 2030. Many developers have been actively buying prime district sites around Singapore (River Valley Road in particular) and elevating the property site auctions because these land bank sites are in demand locally. These elevated auction prices of land for newly developed condo real estate significantly rose since the beginning of 2017.

The new developed condo private residential market rebound could be due to the partial cooling measures of the government. Since this may be the case, the cooling measure have eased the seller’s stamp duty during the end of February. It may have done less to help new condo developer investment funds, but there is a slight advantage to the eased of seller’s stamp duty, because the extra funds applicable to the seller may ultimately show a larger boost on return in the investment properties. This is why there is a large resurgence of property development investors in the 2018 new condo property market moving forward.

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Buying Park Colonial Condo at Woodleigh

Are you looking to purchase your first home? Well, there are many great options available when it comes to buying a home. Developments such as PARK COLONIAL at Woodleigh Lane are largely gaining more popularity when it comes to home purchases. A condo in Singapore is not only a dwelling for residential use, but condominiums are advantageous for people looking to buy homes when they have great amenities inside as well as outside surrounding the property. Condos are generally large complexes with divided and sold individual units. Although, condo buildings are seen as buildings, they can take the form of many different property structures.

Knowing what makes a condo a condo

A condominium, often referred to as a condo, some parts are owned privately by you, which is your residence and the other parts of the building such as the common areas are owned by all of the residents, collectively that live in the building. However, many people may see owning a condo as just owning an apartment, but there are several advantages to owning a condo vs. the traditional residential single-family home. Condo developments offer you more unique amenities that a traditional single-family home most likely won’t.

Condos are popular in areas with higher property values

Condominiums are very desirable in places with substantially higher property values. They are most soft-after in urbanized residential areas, as well as suburban areas because they provide a more affordable solution for people who are looking to buy a home but want to live in a great neighbourhood. Why is this so? A single family detached home is generally more expensive in all aspects, in many areas, especially where any additional residential building spaces are widely inadequate to the area. Therefore, for people to live in the area under affordable means, condos present the best choice for living among expensive real-estate.

Searching for the right condo

Since there are many options, searching for the right condo is an essential process for you and your family. A condominium purchase should be a comfortable experience for you when purchasing the condo. You should be able to enjoy not only your residential dwelling, but the surroundings of the condo as well. Living in a condominium, you are owning/sharing your lobby and other common areas with all the residents in the building. You also pay building maintenance fees for the upkeep of these areas. Finding the right condominium is a process that has to be well thought out when it comes to getting all of the amenities that you desire and right prices when looking to potentially acquire them.

Condos are most sought after properties because of the affordability, functionality for residential living and amenities they provide homeowners. When getting ready to purchase a condo, you should make sure that the overall condo building can offer you the requirements you seek for a condo property. Since condos are an owned individual unit with shared/owned common areas, you’ll want to make sure the building is suitable to your needs and/or your family as well.

Recommended development for you

Therefore, we highly recommend Park Colonial as your first choice when it comes to purchasing your first home. It is located very conveniently beside Woodleigh MRT station for your traveling needs should you require them. They have a good mixture of unit layouts for you to choose from as well as sufficient amenities right across the street and with a shopping mall for your daily needs.

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The Opus of CDL and Hong Realty

The Opus of CDL and Hong Realty

When you’re out hunting for a suitable condo for your loved ones, you’ll have to really consider the general environment of the targeted condo. Because family protection will top the rundown against anything else that you ought to be searching for. You will also have to consider the proximity to all the immediate communal facilities for your family as well.

Former Amber Park was sold to City Developments Limited and they did a great job while developing The Opus as they were thinking about the overall liveability for residents. It is a freehold tenure condo and located in the epicentre of Katong area, one of the most highly-sought after locale worth taking into consideration since you’re hunting for a perfect home sweet home.

If you’ve yet to be convinced by the excellent locale, you will have to drive down and experience the lifestyle here yourself. The Opus will be replacing the former Amber Park ever since it was sold via collective sale to CDL and Hong Realty.

The rare and attractive plot of land that The Opus at amber road will be in very close-proximity to Tanjong Katong MRT, benefiting all the residents with quick access back home if you’re not driving. Apart from that, if you are working in the central business districts such as Marina Bay Financial Centre, you will be able to reach your workplace in 10 minutes due to the great location.

Right before you make any hasty decision in selecting a home for your loved ones, you will need to ensure the convenience of having any shopping malls in the neighbourhood. It will eventually save you and your family a lot of precious time by not traveling far to purchase something as simple as a bag of toilet rolls. Right? Fortunately, the opus condo will be in the vicinity of I12 Shopping Mall, Parkway Parade as well as several other commercial malls.

One such commercial malls will be the nearest Katong Shopping Mall along Mountbatten road. It is one of the oldest commercial building within the entire katong area. You will be able to find some simple and budget eating houses, tailors, maid agencies and other niche retail services including a family KTV establishment for your weekend singing competition with your family members.

Biggest Advantage Residing in The Opus

If you are not familiar with this area, it is one of the most coveted address due to the close proximity to east coast park where the beach is. You will be able to escape from the daily harsh reality and retreat back to the sandy beaches with your partners right at your doorstep every evening.

You will have the perfect outing with your family here as and when you want with your friends or relatives. There will be hordes of families here with smiling faces on them every single day and it is often touted to be the beach of smiles here.

Besides the famous local eateries and BBQ options available here, there will also be water sports for the adventurous to engage in. If you’re keen to find out more about the opus price guide before making any decision, we’re more than pleased to update you on this down the road.


The Artra Condo by FEC Skyline

Singapore Artra condo by FEC Skyline, a piece of vacant land with a planned future swanky and modern condominium development went on public tender sale recently by Urban Redevelopment Authority. It is on a 99 year leasehold with total site area of about 445,000 square foot in size, sold at the staggering price of over $840 per square foot including everything. Based on market observers, it is due to the attractiveness of the site locale that garnered so many bidding interests over this land parcel.

According to the specifications, Artra condo by FEC Skyline will be a mixed project featuring a commercial podium on the ground floor. Including a childcare centre, novelty retail shops, restaurants, cafes and a huge supermarket for the residents. It is also sitting next to the great redhill mrt station and it is so good to the extent of being just 5% difference on the bidding margin between the top few bidders on this land. It certainly is a champion site by default.

FEC Skyline is Far East Consortium International and is a subsidiary from Tang Group of Companies. Better known for their reputation in the hospitality segment and you know you won’t be disappointed by their premium quality of work even if it is in a residential segment.

The artra development will be featuring a lot of the smart living systems for the residents as well as having a full condominium facility within the property. It includes a long swimming pool overlooking the main road and station, a rare green tennis court for you to smack away your blues, an indoor airconditioned gym so that you won’t sweat that much and sky gardens for your quiet moment when you needed it after a tiring day from work.

Apart from having more than 20,000 square foot of commercial space at your own backyard, you can also travel to the city centre in a quick fashion either by driving or by taking the major public transport right at your doorstep. You are only a few stations away to Orchard Road, the major shopping destination recognised by the tourists worldwide.

It has already been put on sale by the developer, offering a wide layout config for home buyers. Allowing you to have a choice of being a retail investor or being a proud home owner within Artra condo. If you’ve not seen the development showflat, we strongly encourage you to have a trip arranged as soon as possible. Do not miss this golden opportunity if you’re looking to purchase something during this Chinese New Year period.

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Amber 45 Condo by UOL Group

Amber 45 at amber road, were once a plot of land occupied by Ban Nee Chen Pte Ltd, a homegrown landscaping and floral business including horticulture running for more than 30 years in the local market. They will soon be making way for a brand new modern and luxury residential development.

This freehold site was owned by the developer Sin Lian Huat and it was sold to UOL Group Limited via a private treaty agreement sale back in January 2017. For the purchase price of $156 million exactly a year ago.

If you do not know where the location of this new condo is, it is located right in between The Sea View condo as well as The Shore Residences (Opposite Katong Shopping Centre). A relatively small plot of land with about seventy thousand square foot in size.

Amber 45 condo, with an existing plot ratio of 2.1 (URA MASTER PLAN 2014) will be redeveloped into a single block of ultra-modern and luxurious looking structure. Designed by award-winning ADDP architects, a top architecture firm in Singapore. It will be housing around 140 private homes in a 21-storey high building including facilities such as swimming pool, gym and a tennis court!

On top of that, developer will be incorporating a smart living environment for all the residents by integrating the latest advanced technology devices into the luxury development.

However, you will be disappointed if you’re looking to purchase a smaller one-bedroom layout in this condo for investment as there won’t be any one-bedded at all. It will launch from two-bedroom units instead as a single bedroom is no longer “in trend” in our local property market due to the perceived matchbox or mickey mouse homes that they have to live with regardless of comfort level.

The location in amber road itself is already a winner by default, a highly favoured prime district 15 in our katong vicinity. A private residential enclave within Marine Parade’s planning area. It used to be sited right beside the seaside of east coast but due to the lack of land in the 1960s, reclamation works have been done from the current east coast park to make up for the shortage.

Katong was also the preferred locale of numerous huge villas and big mansions of the extremely wealthy elites in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Along the beachfront of Katong Park and all the way to the extreme end of the East Coast line.

So, if you have been yearning to be a big part of this rich culture and to reside in this community, this could be your perfect opportunity as Amber 45 at amber road is already undergoing the construction phase and will be ready for move-in condition sooner than the other developments situated in the same neighbourhood.

Last but not least, UOL Group has been known to build quality homes at an affordable price tag as seen in their previous projects and they are almost all fully sold by now at the time of publishing.

Buying a Proper Land

Tips for Buying Proper Land

Buying a piece of land can be very hard, especially if you are doing it for the first time. There might be several reasons why you are buying an empty plot; you might want to build a brand new house in the plot or want to start a long-term investment or even plan to start your own business in the plot. Whatever be your intentions, you need to do a lot of research and know a lot before you invest in a property.

Buying a Proper Land

The following are some of the tips you can use to buy a piece of land:

  • Choose your location wisely.
  • Check for easy transport facilities.
  • Water, sewer and drainage facilities.
  • Get a survey which defines the property.
  • Hire a real estate agent.

Choose your location wisely:

Location of the land is one of the most important things to check before you buy any piece of land. Depending on what purpose you are buying the property you need to select the location, if you want to run a business then make sure that the location is not far from your potential customers. If you are buying a property as an investment, then make sure that the property has a high resale value otherwise, it is a loss for you. If you are thinking of building a home, then buy a land that has a good neighborhood which has easy access to grocery shops and other resources that you may need.

Check for easy transport facilities:

Make sure that you get a property that has vehicular access to a public road. Especially, if you are buying a land in the countryside, then you need to have a road to your piece of land. If the location does not have proper road facilities, try to get a proper easement and the rights of way.

Water, sewer and drainage facilities:

Water supply is essential for any piece of land you purchase. The water, sewer, and drainage are some of the critical concerns that you need to look. Make sure that you have the right to use any water body that runs near your location. There might be laws which require you to keep your livestock t at a certain distance from the water body.

Get a survey which defines the property:

Sometimes the survey which is done on the land can be outdated. So, it is always advisable to get a new survey and make sure that your property line is defined. These are important when you have to delve into legal matters like easements. The survey can also help you to have a rough idea of the dimensions of the house if you are planning to build on the vacant land.

Hire a real estate agent:

Real estate agents are professionals who are trained to help you out with various processes in buying a property. They can guide you on what property to buy and deal with the sellers and get you a great deal.

Colleges for Real Estate

Real Estate Education

Real estate has always had a good market, and the demand for a real estate agent or a broker keeps increasing. If you are looking for a career opportunity in the real estate market, then you need to be familiar with things like markets, finances, zoning, tax laws, insurance, mortgages, and banking. If you happen to be good in analytical thinking and have good communication and collaboration skills, then you can consider taking up courses to become a real estate agent.

Colleges for Real Estate

The following are some of the colleges that provide real estate courses:

  • University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison.
  • University of California – Berkeley.
  • Arizona State University –Tempe.
  • The University of Connecticut.

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia:

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is a world-renowned research institute which provides innovative education and has its place in the Ivy League institutions. It is ranked 8th among the best universities in the year 2016 by U.S News and world report. The university also provides some of the best business courses in the whole nation. The core coursework in the college helps students become good in analytical and communication skills.

University of Wisconsin – Madison:

The University of Wisconsin is a public institution that was established in the year 1848, and it is one of the leading university in education, research, and public service. The real estate programs that are offered have a high recognition and regard from many real estate agents. Some of the degrees that are offered are BBA, MBA, and executive MBA in real estate. They also provide MS, MAcc, and Ph.D. degrees. The students are expected to complete an experimental project in real estate and have courses like real estate law, process finance, valuation, urban and regional economics, and residential property development.

University of California – Berkeley:

The University of California, founded in the year 1868, is part of the California school system. The students who enroll in the college have the option to either get a certification, an undergraduate program or an MBA or a PH.D. The University has partnerships with many local real estate industries which provides many good opportunities to learn.

Arizona State University –Tempe:

The Arizona State University offers a Master degree in real estate development, and the programs that are offered are cross-disciplinary. The University also provides minor real estate courses for the undergraduates. It is the most innovative schools in America and one of the largest public universities by enrolment in the U.S.

University of Connecticut:

The University of Connecticut is one of the top-ranked universities in England; established in the year 1941, the university offers academic programs which are leading in business, and the students get many opportunities to research. They have a brilliant set of faculty who are scholars and have terminal degrees. The coursework includes finance, GIS applications, use of internet in real estate markets, economics in business decisions, insurance, risk management and real estate investments. The courses that are provided incorporate both practical and theoretical studies.