Investing in Singapore REITs: A Complete Guide

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Real estate investment trusts (abbreviated as REITs) have become increasingly popular in Singapore over the past two decades.

By distributing at least 90% of the taxable incomes as dividends, the trusts can produce exceptionally high yields and cash flows for investors.

Singapore is renowned for being the top financial center in Southeast Asia and with the biggest stock market in terms of market cap. It’s comparatively easy to set up a brokerage account and start trading REITs with global coverage.

Yet, many Singaporeans and foreigners aren’t sure how they can start buying REITs. In this article, I explain the basics and cover the following topics:

  • Can foreigners buy REITs in Singapore?
  • How can I invest in REITs in Singapore?
  • Opening a CDP Account
  • What are the benefits of buying REITs in Singapore?
  • List of REITs in Singapore
  • The 10 Best Performing REITs in Singapore

Can foreigners buy REITs in Singapore?

While this article isn’t solely targeted towards foreign investors, a large size of our audience are foreigners who are interested in capitalizing on Singapore’s REIT market. Continue reading Investing in Singapore REITs: A Complete Guide

Singapore Property Market Outlook in 2021: An Overview

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Singapore’s real estate market has been one of the hottest topics in newspapers throughout 2020 and this will most likely continue throughout 2021.

Even if the economy has been affected badly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the property market has performed surprisingly well with prices reaching new heights.

In this article, I share our predictions for Singapore’s property market in 2021. First, I will recap how the market behaved in previous years for you to better understand the current market climate.

Topics Covered:

  • Singapore’s Property market in Previous Years
  • Singapore’s Property Market in 2018 – What happened?
  • How will Singapore’s property market perform in 2021?
  • Will investors move from Hong Kong to the Singaporean market?

Singapore’s Property market in Previous Years

Singapore’s property market was in a downward trend since 2013 and finally began to show signs of recovery in the second quarter of 2017.

During the first and second quarter of 2017, property prices and rents were still declining while the demand and prices for land started to increase.

Still, the vacancy rates reached new record levels in 2017, contributing to a further drop in rents. Continue reading Singapore Property Market Outlook in 2021: An Overview

Buying Land in Singapore: The Ultimate Guide

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Singapore has one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world and was placed only second behind Hong Kong in 2020, with prices averaging at USD 874,372 per home.

To protect its middle class and locals in general, a series of new regulations have been imposed on foreign buyers and speculators. Truth be told, Singapore is not the easiest place to buy land as a foreigner, but it is possible.

In this article, we cover the most important information for land buyers.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy land in Singapore?
  • Regulations to Foreign Property Ownership
  • Buying Property on Sentosa Cove
  • How much does it cost to buy property in Sentosa Cove?
  • Is Sentosa Cove freehold?
  • Restrictions to Foreign Ownership of Property
  • How can I contact the SLA for land purchases?
  • Who owns the most land in Singapore?
  • What taxes do I have to pay when buying land?
  • Land Sale Procedures

Can foreigners buy land in Singapore?

Singapore might have a transparent system and the ease of doing business is significantly high compared to other regional countries. Continue reading Buying Land in Singapore: The Ultimate Guide

Investing in Singapore Commercial Property: The Ultimate Guide

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If you read this article, you’ve probably understood that residential property is not your only option when investing in Singapore.

This small nation has a transparent system with favorable ownership regulations compared to most of its neighbors, making it a preferred choice for commercial property investments.

In this article, you’ll learn how foreigners can buy commercial property in Singapore, what the benefits are, about commercial property taxes, if you can get loans when buying commercial property, and more.

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Singapore?

Singapore might be one of the most expensive places to buy property in Asia, but it’s also one of the best in terms of foreign property ownership rights. Continue reading Investing in Singapore Commercial Property: The Ultimate Guide

Top 4 Singapore Property Exhibitions 2021

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Do you live in Singapore and want to learn about overseas property markets and new upcoming projects? Then you should consider attending a local property exhibition.

Visiting property exhibitions is the preferred choice among many investors, not only in Singapore, but in Hong Kong. Here, you can discuss with professionals face-to-face and get the latest market information.

With that said, it can be challenging to find summarized information about interesting property exhibitions online. In this guide, I present four of the biggest and most popular exhibitions in Singapore.

I will also explain how you can find smaller yet useful property events and seminars that are held by investors and real estate agencies.

1. SMART Investment & International Property Expo Singapore

Started in 2004, the SMART Investment & International Property Expo is one of the biggest property exhibitions in Singapore. Since its inception, the organizers have produced 53 expos in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, and Malaysia.

It’s usually held in October each year but we still wait for information regarding the upcoming exhibition. Continue reading Top 4 Singapore Property Exhibitions 2021

List of Serviced Apartments in Singapore: Our Top 7 Picks

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Are you looking for a serviced apartment in Singapore?

Singapore is a well-known hospitality industry city, and there are many serviced apartments today. Whether you are planning to travel to Singapore for business or vacation purposes, a serviced apartment would be a flexible solution.

In this article, we list 7 serviced apartment companies and compare them according to their rent span, unit size, minimum duration of stay, location and facilities.

Overview

Benefits of renting a serviced apartment in Singapore

The first benefit of opting for a serviced apartment is that you don’t need to commit to a 6-12 month rental contract.

This is especially true for Singapore, where it’s possible to find a serviced apartment with a minimum stay as short as 2-6 nights, while in other cities – for example, Hong Kong, the minimum stay is generally set to 30 days.

Another important benefit of serviced apartments is that you won’t have to pay the agent fee, and that utility bills such as water, internet, and others are almost always included in the price.

Even if this might seem a small detail, in a city like Singapore this might save you SGD 150-200 per month.

Finally, service apartments are provided fully furnished and are usually located in a convenient location.

This will save you time both while moving in and during the daily commute to your job. Continue reading List of Serviced Apartments in Singapore: Our Top 7 Picks

Apartments for Sale in Singapore: 8 New Projects & Launches

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Singapore is a popular choice for overseas investors with deep pockets. It’s not strange as it has a well-functioning system, it’s safe, and offers a high quality of life.

This small tax haven will continue to attract people for decades. J.P. Morgan even predicts that prices will double until 2030. Neighboring countries, like Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia are not as stable and still have much to prove in the long run.

In this article, you’ll learn about some of the most interesting new property projects for sale in Singapore, including condos, apartments, and villas. We update the list continuously for you to stay up to date.

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Eco Nest, Iskandar Puteri: Investment Opportunity 19 km from Singapore

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Today, we introduce Eco Nest, a high rise luxury condominium built by the renown developer, EcoWorld. Eco Nest is located only 19 km away from Singapore and 20 km from Johor Bahru’s city centre. These serviced apartments will be located at a very strategic location. There are Starbucks, Royal tea, Japanese food, cafes, and other restaurants within a walking distance.

The project has 9 different types of units, each one with its own unique layout and size. If you’re looking for a serviced apartment to invest, Eco Nest is a suitable project in Iskandar Puteri area because. There will be a tall British Colonial style street mall, right beside the serviced apartment.

Educity is located just next to Eco Nest

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In addition to the above, Educity, a growing area having 9 colleges and universities is located just next to these serviced apartments. If you look for an investment vehicle, a home for your family, or if you commute between Singapore and Johor, then this project should definitely be of interest.

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Eco Nest is located close to Singapore

Eco Nest is only a 15 minute drive away from Singapore Tuas Second Link. Thus, we encourage Malaysians that work in Singapore to check Eco Nest, as you’ll pay the same amount of money by renting a room in an HDB.

Below you’ll find more pictures of the project, giving you a better overview of these serviced apartments.

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The Chateau Iskandar – Colonial-era Style Houses 19 km from Singapore

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Inspired by the grand English country manor, The Chateau is a high end luxury landed property. It’s built by the renown developer EcoWorld, that also manages the renown project Eco Nest. The Chateau is located in Eco Botanic and in a prime residential area surrounded by much nature.

The area is perfect for those who prefer to escape from the hustle and bustle of Johor Bahru city centre, located only around 20 minutes away.

The Chateau is a gated community with eco-themed residences, including superlinked houses and semi-detached homes, merging the indoor with the outdoor space.

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The houses have spacious 20-foot gardens at the front, forming a piece of green heaven that is private, serene and reinvigorating. It is the perfect venue for hosting social events, whether a boisterous BBQ or an intimate dinner, or for moments of quiet contemplation with the nature.

A gated community with plenty of green areas

Let loose and fully immerse yourself in all that The Chateau has to offer. Watch the young ones roam and explore nature with absolute freedom. Raise and nurture a family without fear and uncertainties. The Chateau is a strata-titled property, a gated and guarded community, and has a multi-tier security system. This will keep you and your loved ones safe, every day and every night.

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How to Buy Property in Singapore: A Complete Guide

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Singapore is renowned for being one of the most business-friendly nations in the world. It has an efficient and transparent system and foreigners are welcomed with open arms.

The market is predicted to grow much over the decade as foreigners find Singapore to be a safe place to invest their money.

Buying real estate is also fairly easy, even if there are some regulations toward foreign ownership that you should beware of beforehand.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

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