• Top 11 Real Estate Agencies in Singapore: A Complete Guide

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    Singapore has one of the most active real estate markets in the world, attracting everything from institutional to private investors.

    While analysts say that you should be bullish on upcoming markets in developing countries, Singapore will remain an attractive choice for decades.

    Just to give an example, J.P. Morgan predicts that real estate prices will double in Singapore until 2030, which speaks for itself.

    Before you engage in Singapore’s real estate market, it’s important that you find a reputable and experienced partner that can help you find suitable objects.

    In this article, I list the top agents in Singapore.

    1. Propnex

    Having almost 7,000 agents, Propnex is the biggest real estate agency in terms of employees.

    The company is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and has won plenty of awards that are listed on the website. Ismail Gafoor is the CEO and originally from India.

    Ismail has received many personal awards as well, including:

    • 2008 – Entrepreneur of the Year (Association of Small and Medium Enterprises), Top Entrepreneur (eCommerce Awards), Overall Indian Entrepreneur of the Year (Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
    • 2015 – Entrepreneur of the Year (Spirit of Enterprise, Nexia-TS)

    Recently, the company merged with another big real estate agency called Dennis Wee group.

    Property types

    Being one of the biggest real estate companies in Singapore, Propnex deals with all kinds of property, including:

    • HDB apartments
    • Condos and apartments
    • Commercial property
    • Land
    • Industrial properties

    Services offered

    Propnex helps local and foreign clients with consultancy services, valuations, corporate leasing, corporate sales & auction, and investment & collective sale.

    Office address

    480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, HDB HUB East Wing #10-01, Singapore 310480

    2. ERA Realty

    ERA was the biggest real estate agency in terms of agents until Propnex merged with Dennis Wee Group. The company was established in 1982 and has thousands of agents, helping foreign and local buyers.

    The same as for Propnex, ERA has won many awards such as:

    • Top Brand preferred by consumers in the category of Property Agency under Influential Brands, 2017
    • Top Grandeur Award in Asia Enterprise BRAND Awards 2016

    The CEO of the company is Jack Chua and he joined the Senior Management of ERA in 1990. ERA is responsible for the marketing of 200 projects and works with everything from developers, designers, and advertising companies.

    Property types

    Include any kind of residential and commercial properties, like condos, apartments, villas, factories, retail properties, and more.

    Services offered

    • Sales and leasing
    • Valuation
    • Property management
    • Property auctions
    • Project marketing
    • Research

    Office address

    229 Mountbatten Road #03-01 Mountbatten Square Singapore 398007

    3. OrangeTee & Tie (JV)

    OrangeTee and Edmund Tie & Co were previously two of the biggest real estate agencies in Singapore and decided to merge. The new company resulting from the merge became the third biggest agency in terms of the number of employed agents.

    Orange Tee was founded in 2000 and the managing director is Steven Tan who previously worked as a Branch Manager for Knight Frank. Steven has been working with OrangeTee since he founded the company in 2000.

    The company has won plenty of awards, including:

    • Singapore SME 1000 (2016)
    • “Best Real Estate Agency in Singapore” at the Asia Pacific Residential Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television – 2010

    Property types

    The company deals with both residential and commercial property, not only in Singapore but overseas. Countries include Cambodia, Malaysia, and Japan for example.

    Services offered

    • Sales and leasing
    • Valuation
    • Research
    • Investments

    Office address

    430 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-01, OrangeTee Building, Singapore 319402

    4. Huttons Asia

    Huttons Asia was established in 2002 and is one of the fastest-growing real estate agencies in Singapore. Around 3,000 persons work for the company at the moment, which kind of speaks for itself.

    Huttons also have many offices in different parts of Asia, including Cambodia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

    Property types

    Includes residential and commercial properties, for example, condos, apartments, factories, land, condo-hotels, and more.

    Services offered

    Huttons can help you to buy or lease both residential and commercial properties. They also help with relocation and overseas projects.

    Office address

    3 Bishan Place #05-01 CPF Bishan Building Singapore 579838

    5. SLP Scotia

    SLP Scotia was founded in 2013 when SLP merged with Scotia Properties Ltd. The current CEO is Steven Seah, since he entered the real estate profession in 2005 he has worked with many renowned and big companies.

    For example, prior to SLP Scotia, Steven worked for Propnex Realty and headed the business unit at Knight Frank.

    In 2013, he decided to leave Savills together with 4 partners and they co-founded SLP Scotia. The other co-founders are Jimmy Giam, Mel Peck, and Derek Lim.

    Property types

    Include residential, commercial, retail, and industrial properties. They cover many other countries in addition to Singapore such as Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

    Services offered

    • Corporate leasing
    • Investment sales
    • Assets management
    • Property management
    • International Project Exhibitions

    Office address

    2, Bukit Merah Central, #03-01, Singapore, Singapore 159835

    6. Vestor

    Vestor was established by Colin Tan, well-known for being kind of a guru in the local real estate industry.

    He created ColinTan Training & Consultancy, a company that provides services to turn “poorly performing real estate agents into super salespeople.”.

    Colin has received many testimonials and is claimed to be one of the best trainers in Singapore.

    Property types

    Includes residential properties both locally and overseas, for example in the UK and Malaysia.

    Services offered

    • Training
    • Residential and Commercial Sales & Leasing
    • Project marketing

    Office address

    85C Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-384 , Singapore 313085

    7. Cushman & Wakefield

    Cushman & Wakefield was founded in New York in 1917 and currently has 250 offices worldwide. Their first Singapore office was established in 1997.

    Steve Saul is the Managing Director of their Singapore branch and has more than 40 years of experience in the industry. He previously worked in the United States, New Zealand, and South Korea and studied at both Harvard University and Stanford University.

    The company has received many awards in previous years, including ‘The International Property Awards Asia Pacific – Highly Commenced Property Consultancy (Singapore) in 2012.

    Property types

    The company manages both residential and commercial real estate properties, including villas, land, industrial real estate, and office space, for example.

    Services offered

    • Landlord Representation
    • Logistics & Industrial Services
    • Offices
    • Retail Services
    • Tenant Representation
    • Valuation
    • Advisory

    Office address

    3 Church Street, #09-03 Samsung Hub, Singapore, 049483

    8. Savills

    Established in 1855, Savills is one of the oldest and most renowned real estate agents in the world. The company employs around 35,000 in over 600 offices worldwide.

    Savills has won dozen of awards in Singapore and that are all mentioned on their website. The company is known for its property management services in countries like VietnamProperty types

    Includes both residential and commercial properties, like bungalows, condos, executive condos, HDB apartments, houses, and more.

    Services offered

    • Hotel services
    • Industrial services
    • Office services
    • Sales and leases
    • Property management
    • Valuation

    Office address

    30 Cecil Street, #20-03 Prudential Tower, Singapore 049712

    9. Knight Frank

    Knight Frank is a global real estate company and one of the first foreign real estate companies to set up an office in Singapore in 1940.

    Headquartered in London, the company currently employs around 15,000 persons worldwide. You can find many high-end properties in the millions of Singapore dollars on the website, up for sales.

    Property types

    Include both residential and commercial properties like apartments, houses, land, factories, hotels, offices, and more.

    Services offered

    • Auctions
    • Consultancy and research
    • Valuation
    • Investments
    • Property asset management
    • Sales and leasing

    Office address

    491B River Valley Road #07-02 Valley Point, Singapore, 248373

    10. CBRE

    CBRE is the biggest commercial real estate company in the world and opened its Singapore office in 1977. Not surprisingly, they have a long experience of catering to foreigners and locals who want to invest in Singapore.

    The Singapore office currently has around 1,250 professionals but with a total of over 80,000 professionals worldwide.

    Property types

    CBRE works with residential and commercial properties such as Industrial properties, offices, and retail properties.

    Services offered

    • Capital Advisors
    • Consulting
    • Leasing & Advisory
    • Property Management
    • Enterprise Facilities Management
    • Leasing & Advisory
    • Occupier Consulting
    • Project Management
    • Transaction & Portfolio Services

    Office address

    168 Jalan Bukit Merah Tower 3 #03-08, Singapore, 150168

    11. Colliers International

    Colliers incorporated their first Singapore office in 1989. Previously being a small-sized office with a handful of employees, it’s grown into becoming one of the biggest agents in Singapore with over 300 professionals.

    Colliers is one of the biggest real estate agencies in the world has 60 offices spread globally.

    Property types

    Includes industrial, retail, office, mixed-use, residential properties, and more.

    Services offered

    Colliers help investors to buy and invest in properties, manage, lease, and develop properties.

    Office address

    Colliers International | Singapore, 1 Raffles Place, #45-00, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616

    FAQ

    Below I have included some commonly asked questions and our replies. If there’s anything else you wonder about, feel free to write a comment below or send us a message.

    How many real estate agents are there in Singapore?

    As of early 2019, there are more than 29,000 real estate agents in Singapore. It grew by 2% from the previous year.

    How high are the real estate agent commissions in Singapore?

    The commissions differ but are usually like follows:

    Non-landed private properties (e.g. condos)

    Sellers usually pay usually 2%, but sometimes up to 4%.

    Landed properties

    Sellers usually pay 2%, but sometimes even more.

    HDB flats (resale)

    Sellers: Usually pays 2% commission usually. Buyers: Usually pay 1%.

    What kind of residential property can I buy as a foreigner in Singapore?

    Foreigners typically buy condominiums, executive condominiums, or commercial real estate as there are limitations to purchases of landed residences and HDB apartments.

    If you want to buy land, you need to be a permanent resident for at least 5 years or make a significant financial contribution.

    The nation is well-known for putting its citizens first, a reason why they limit ownership, and introduced heft buyer’s stamp duties.

    Should I hire a solicitor when buying property in Singapore?

    Singapore has a transparent and well-functioning system, but there are many restrictions that foreigners are often unaware of. This is particularly the case for landed units or commercial real estate, where we often see large transaction values.

    The benefits of hiring a local Solicitor is that they understand the local regulations that apply to foreigners, in and out. They will also communicate with the seller, on your behalf, to make sure that the process is managed swiftly.

    The solicitor will help you with services such as:

    • Prepare and review the contracts
    • Participate in valuations
    • Check the title deed and confirm that there are no hidden encumbrances or mortgages on the property

    For purchases of condominium units, guidance from a reputable agent is often sufficient throughout the buying process.

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