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Executive Condominiums (ECs) are always popular; how else can you can buy private properties with the help of government subsidies? For first-time homeowners above a certain income, ECs* are the logical choice. This is especially so for those who exceed the income ceiling for BTO flats ($12,000 vs $14,000 for ECs) but find the price point of non-EC condos out of their reach. On top of that, they could also have reservations about buying a resale flat. So, ECs have the spotlight all to themselves right now. Bookmark this page to stay updated on all the EC launches to look out for in 2019 and 2020 (there are no launches in 2018).

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While Jurong may be considered ulu by some home buyers, Singapore’s industrial heartland is set to become a more vibrant and attractive neighbourhood to live in.

There are various factors contributing to the bright outlook, but three stand out as game changers.

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Most cities in UBS Group's Global Real Estate Bubble Index are overvalued or at risk of a bubble, according to the Swiss bank's 2018 report on housing prices.

Chicago is the only undervalued housing market in the 20-city index, while Milan, Singapore and Boston are deemed fairly valued, the report released on Thursday shows. Ten cities, from New York to Sydney to Stockholm, are overvalued, while six are in bubble-risk territory, with Hong Kong's market the most inflated. A year ago, New York had been scored as fairly valued.

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SINGAPORE: Private-sector economists have maintained their growth forecast for the Singapore economy this year at 3.2 per cent though downside risks including trade protectionism continued to loom large, the latest quarterly survey from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) showed on Wednesday (Sep 5). 

This forecast falls within the Government’s estimates for full-year gross domestic product (GDP) to come in between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent. Official data released last month showed second-quarter GDP coming in at a slightly better-than-expected 3.9 per cent from a year ago. 

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SINGAPORE: The new property cooling measures announced on Thursday (Jul 5) were not entirely unexpected given the recent euphoria in the housing market, but the speed and timing at which the measures were introduced as well as the extent of the curbs were “heavy-handed”, some analysts told Channel NewsAsia.

Among the curbs are a 5 percentage point hike in Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates for citizens and permanent residents (PRs) buying second and subsequent homes, as well as a 5 percentage point tightening for loan-to-value limits for all housing loans granted by financial institutions .

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Are changes in HDB and CPF policies, and remarks by politicians causing a crash in the prices of older HDB flats? 

I refer to the article “Owners worry older HDB flats a depreciating asset” (Sunday Times, Apr 15).

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Over the past decade, condominium projects linked to an MRT station have generated strong sales. This is especially so for projects that are not only linked to an MRT station, but also part of an integrated development with a sizeable commercial component such as a shopping mall.
According to Alice Tan, head of research and consultancy at Knight Frank, an integrated development is defined as a mixed-use development with a residential and large commercial element that is seamlessly connected to a transport node and public spaces.
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SINGAPORE - The imposition of heftier additional buyer's stamp duty (ABSD) on developers is "a big setback for the property market in Singapore", Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (Redas) president Augustine Tan said on Tuesday (July 17).

Referring to the government's recent cooling measures that also include tightened loan-to-value (LTV) ratios, he said that the changes have raised the cost of home ownership and cooled demand from investors and foreigners, while possibly eroding the confidence of developers, investors and buyers.

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Having en bloc potential is not a sure sign you’ll hit the jackpot. Even when enough signatures are gathered, some collective sale attempts appear to have as much chance of going through as a US-North Korea peace deal. Many condos have proceeded to the tender stage, such as Faber Gardens, Windy Heights and Casa Meyfort (just to name a few), only to find a lack of interested developers at their stated reserve price.

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While price data might underscore such fears, market watchers note that there are many mitigating factors to keep the upgrading momentum from owners of Housing & Development Board (HDB) flats going, who sell their flats to move to private housing.

First, the truth be told, price indices do not tell the whole story, said Edmund Tie & Company CEO Ong Choon Fah.

The HDB resale landscape has been uneven, with larger flats in mature and sought-after estates such as Toa Payoh, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Merah, Geylang and Queenstown holding up in prices or even registering an increase in Q4 2017 from Q4 2012, based on median resale prices published on the HDB website.

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Koichi Hamada is Professor Emeritus at Yale University and a special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

In the last few years, for many people and their leaders, globalization has become a scourge to be purged in favor of greater protectionism and unilateralism. This represents a sharp departure from the recent past, when globalization was widely regarded as a positive force. What changed, and why?

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The economy of Singapore will be severely and negatively impacted if there is any changes to the established economic world order. The prospect of a trade war between the United States of America (US) and China has not died not despite the leaders of both countries being more measured in their comments in the past few weeks. In tit-for-tat actions, US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on US$150 billion worth of goods on everything from solar panels to aircraft to cars, after China’s Xi Jinping  imposed preliminary antidumping tariffs of 178.6 per cent on sorghum (a crop used to make alcohol and biofuels).

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If the trade war between the United States of America (USA) and China gains further steam, it may deal a nasty blow to the en bloc mania. On Thursday, the President of the USA doubled down on the potential trade war with China. He was responding to the Chinese announcement that $50 billion in American products would be hit by tariffs – including soybeans and pork.

China’s announcement was a tit-for-tat move against the Trump Administration which had earlier slapped a 25 percent tariff on Chinese products in a sweeping trade measure aimed at penalizing the country for its trade practices.

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SINGAPORE: Private home prices in Singapore continued to rise in the second quarter of 2018 with a 3.4 per cent increase, according to flash estimates released on Monday (Jul 2) by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

But the increase was less than the 3.9 per cent rise in the previous quarter.

Overall, the private residential property index increased 4.9 points from 144.1 points in the 1st quarter to 149.0 points in the 2nd quarter this year.

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DBS Group Research expects home prices in Orchard Road to reach or even surpass the $4,000 psf mark, given the aggressive bidding for prime sites within the area, reported Singapore Business Review.

Hong Kong-listed Shun Tak Holdings, for instance, acquired two prime sites in Orchard Road – 14 & 14A Nassim Road and 21 Orchard Boulevard (Park House) – for a total of $593.5 million.

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Property consultancy Savills reckons that private home prices here may rise 15 to 20 percent for the whole of 2018 – up from its previous forecast of between 12 and 15 percent, reported Singapore Business Review.

It raised its estimates after 22 units were sold for a minimum of $10 million each over the past few months, with 102 units taken-up for at least $3,000 psf in Q1, according to data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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Private home prices in Singapore continued to grow in Q2 2018 with a 3.4 percent increase from the previous quarter, according to flash estimates of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s price index released on Monday (2 July).

“This is the fourth consecutive quarter of increase in the URA Property Price Index since Q3 2017 and following the 3.9 percent increase in Q1 2018,” said Eugene Lim, key executive officer at ERA Realty.

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SINGAPORE - Private home prices rose 3.4 per cent in the second quarter from the previous three months, keeping pace with the 3.9 per cent increase in the first quarter, flash estimates from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) showed on Monday (July 2).

The increase in the April to June quarter was led by a 3.8 per cent rise in the prices of landed homes, followed by a 3.3 per cent increase for non-landed homes.

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For the first time in five years, the Government is offering sites for hotel rooms in its Government Land Sales (GLS) programme for the second half of this year, amid a rosier tourism outlook for Singapore in the next few years.

On the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) list of sites for sale is one in Club Street near Raffles Place which is a hotel site on the confirmed list, while a "white" site in Marina View on the reserve list allows for hotel rooms to be built. White sites are flexible-use sites.

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At $2,910 psf ppr, this latest collective sale price for the prime Orchard Road site is the highest so far.
Two blocks from St Regis Singapore, where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stayed for the historic summit with US President Donald Trump, a milestone of a different sort was set. It was the collective sale of Park House, a 15-storey building located at the corner of Tomlinson Road and Orchard Boulevard. The tender for the building closed on May 31, and the deal was sealed at 12.30am on June 1. The purchase price was $375.5 million, a 21.9% premium to the guide price of $308 million when the site was launched for sale on April 23.
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District 1
Marina Bay Condo | Shenton Way Commercial | Marina Bayfront Condo | Central Boulevard Condo | Central Boulevard Towers | Marina View | V on Shenton | Marina South Pier Condo | Marina One Residences | Shenton Way Condo |
District 2
Pearl Bank En Bloc | Outram Park MRT Condo | Outram Road Condo | Pearl Bank Apartments | Asia Gardens | Asia Gardens En Bloc | Normanton Park Condo | Normanton Park En Bloc | Tanjong Pagar Condo | Tanjong Pagar Commercial | Greater Southern Waterfront | Wallich Residence | Tanjong Pagar Centre |
District 3
Queenstown Condo | Queens Peak Condo | Dundee Road Condo | Margaret Ville | Margaret Drive Condo | Alexandra View Condo | Prince Charles Crescent Condo | Rest of Central Region Condo | Principal Garden | Silat Avenue Condo | Jalan Bukit Merah Condo | Kampong Bahru Road Condo | Stirling Road Condo | Stirling Residences | Commonwealth Avenue Condo | The Crest @ Prince Charles Crescent | Commonwealth Towers | Highline Residences | Alex Residences |
District 4
Corals at Keppel Bay | Skyline Residences | Reflections at Keppel Bay |
District 5
Park West Condominium En-Bloc | West Coast Vale Condo | Park West Condominium | Parc Riviera | The Trilinq | Bijou | West Coast Way Condo | Clementi Avenue 1 Condo | Jalan Lempeng Condo |
District 7
CityGate Condo | Tan Quee Lan Street Condo | Middle Road Condo | South Beach Residences | Duo Residences | Beach Road Bugis Rochor Condo | Beach Road Commercial | Golden Mile Complex | Textile Centre | Golden Mile Complex En Bloc | Textile Centre En Bloc | The Oasis |
District 8
Selegie Road Condo | Peace Centre Mansions En Bloc | Sophia Road Condo | Perumal Road Condo | Uptown at Farrer | LYF | Tessensohn Residence |
District 9
Cairnhill Mansions En Bloc | Orchard Bel-Air En-Bloc | Pacific Mansions En Bloc | Robertson Quay Condo | Paterson Road Condo | Cavenagh Gardens En-Bloc | Cavenagh Gardens | Cavenagh Road Condo | Orchard Boulevard Road Condo | Orchard Road Condo | Scotts Road Condo | Cairnhill Road Condo | Riviera Point | Cairnhill Mansions | One Tree Hill | River Valley Road Condo | Martin Place Condo | Martin Modern | Kim Seng Road Condo | Handy Road Condo | Jiak Kim Street Condo | New Pacific Mansions 123456 | Pacific Mansions | Great World MRT Station Condo | Martin Place Residences | The Rise at Oxley Residences | Orchard Paterson Cairnhill Road Condo | Core Central Region Condo | Robertson Quay Condo | Paterson Collection | St Thomas Walk | Leonie Hill Road Condo | Horizon Towers | Leonie Gardens | New Futura | Cairnhill Nine | 3 Orchard by the Park | Twin Peaks |
District 10
Grange Road Condo | Farrer Road Condo | Tulip Gardens En Bloc | Tulip Garden | Tanglin Road Condo | Jervois Gardens | Crystal Towers | Balmoral Road Condo | Jervois Road Condo | Tanglin Shopping Centre En Bloc | Tanglin Shopping Centre | Jervois Gardens En Bloc | Spring Grove En Bloc | Spring Grove | Hallmark Residences | Ewe Boon Road Condo | Bukit Timah Road Condo | Robin Suites | Cluny Park Residence | Cuscaden Road Condo | Boulevard 88 | Pollen and Bleu | Leedon Residence | Gramercy Park | Ardmore Three 3 | Sculptura Ardmore | RV Residences | Robin Residences | 18 Nouvel@ Anderson Road | Holland Road Condo | The Estoril | The Estoril En Bloc | Hollandia En Bloc | Hollandia | TwentyOne Angullia Park | D'Leedon | Mon Jervois | Holland Village Condo | Toho Mansion | Toho Mansion En Bloc |
District 11
Chancery Court En Bloc | Chancery Court Condo | Thomson Road Condo | Novena Condo | Newton Road Condo | Dunearn Road Condo | Dunearn Court Condo | Derby Court | Derbyshire Road Condo |
District 12
Balestier Road Condo | Toa Payoh Condo | Neem Tree | Riverbay | Boon Teck Towers | Eight Riversuites | Boon Teck Towers En Bloc | Gem Residences | Kallang Riverside Condo |
District 13
Woodleigh Residences | Upper Serangoon Road Condo | Park Colonial | Woodleigh Lane Condo | Woodleigh MRT Condo | Woodleigh Condo | Woodleigh Link Condo | Bidadari New Estate Condo | Upper Aljunied Road Condo | Tre Ver | Raintree Gardens | Potong Pasir Avenue 1 Condo | Potong Pasir Condo | The Maisons | The Quinn | Mattar Road Condo | The Poiz Residences | The Venue Residences | Sant Ritz |
District 14
Eunos Condo | Eunos MRT Condo | Sims Avenue Condo | Changi Road Condo | Parc Esta | Eunosville | Eunosville En Bloc | City Plaza | City Plaza En Bloc | Paya Lebar Road Condo | Sims Drive Condo | Park Place Residences | Park Palace Residences | Paya Lebar Quarters | Sims Avenue Condo | Paya Lebar Central |
District 15
Albracca | Siglap MRT Station Condo | Marine Parade Road Condo | Casa Meyfort Condo | Nanak Mansions | Meyerbank | Nyon | Amber Park | The Opus | Parkway Mansion | Amber Park En Bloc | Hawaii Tower En Bloc | Parkway Mansion En Bloc | Albracca En Bloc | Laguna Park | Laguna Park En Bloc | Tanjong Katong MRT Station Condo | Meyer Road Condo | Hawaii Tower | Katong Park MRT Condo | Katong Park Towers | Amber Gardens Condo | Amber Road Condo | Neptune Court | Neptune Court En Bloc | Lagoon View | Lagoon View En Bloc | East Coast Marine Parade Condo | Katong Shopping Centre | Katong Shopping Centre En Bloc | Mountbatten Road Condo |
District 16
Siglap Road Condo | Mandarin Gardens | Mandarin Gardens En Bloc | New Upper Changi Road Condo | The Glades | Bedok South Condo |
District 17
The Inflora |
District 18
Tampines Court | Treasure at Tampines | Tampines Court En Bloc | Tampines Street 11 Condo | Tampines Avenue 10 Condo | The Alps Residences | The Santorini | Coco Palms |
District 19
Florence Regency En-Bloc | Florence Residences | Florence Regency | Rio Casa | Kensington Park En-Bloc | Kensington Park | Serangoon Ville | Serangoon Ville En Bloc | Forestwood Residences | Hougang Avenue 2 Condo | Hougang Condo | Riverfront Residences | Hougang Avenue 7 Condo | Affinity | Serangoon North Avenue 1 Condo | The Garden Residences | New Condo | Serangoon Gardens Condo | Serangoon Central Condo | Lorong Lew Lian Condo | Riverbank Sengkang West Way Condominium | Yio Chu Kang Road Condo | Toho Green | Rivertrees Residences | Parc Botannia | Fernvale Road Condo | High Park Residences | Sengkang West Condo | New Tampines Road Condo | Kingsford Waterbay | Botanique at Bartley | Buangkok Condo | Buangkok MRT Station Condo | Sengkang Central Condo |
District 20
Shunfu Ville | Marymount Road Condo | Braddell View En Bloc | Braddell View | Shunfu Road Condo | Jade Scape | Shunfu Residences | Far Horizon Gardens | Far Horizon Gardens En Bloc | Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 Condo | Faber Gardens | New Lorong Puntong Condo | Thomson Impressions Condo | Adana | Panorama | Upper Thomson Road Condo | Yio Chu Kang Road Condo | Lentor Road Condo | Lentor Drive Condo |
District 21
Beauty World Condo | Goh & Goh Building En Bloc | Pine Grove | Pandan Valley Condo | Ridgewood Condo | Ridgewood Condo En Bloc | Mayfair Collection | Mayfair Gardens Condo | Mayfair Modern | King Albert Park MRT Station Condo | Mount Sinai Condo | Ulu Pandan Road Condo | Pine Grove En Bloc |
District 22
Jurong Condo | Lake Grande Condo | Lakeville | J Gateway |
District 23
Goodluck Garden | Toh Tuck Road Condo | Goodluck Gardens | Kismis View | Dairy Farm Road Condo | Foresque Residences | The Lanai | Hillion Residences | Bukit Batok Condo | Hillview Rise Condo |
District 25
Woodlands Square Condo | Woodlands Square Commercial | Woodlands Central Condo |
District 26
Springside Road Condo |
District 27
NorthPark Residences | Watercove Ville @ Sembawang | Canberra Drive Condo Sembawang | Canberra Link Condo Sembawang | NorthPoint City | New Yishun Ave 4 Condo | The Wisteria | Condominium Yishun Central | Symphony Suites | Yishun Avenue 9 Condo |
District 28
Jalan Kandis Condo | Kandis Residence |
Executive Condo
Parc Life EC | Choa Chu Kang Drive EC | Wandervale EC | Sol Acres EC | The Vales EC | Tampines Avenue 10 EC | Tampines EC | Signature at Yishun | Choa Chu Kang Grove EC | Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 EC | Woodlands Avenue 12 EC | Sembawang Avenue EC | The Visionaire | Canberra Link EC Sembawang | Yishun Street 51 EC | The Criterion EC Yishun | Yio Chu Kang Road EC | New EC | Serangoon North EC | Yishun Avenue 1 EC | The Terrace EC Punggol | The Amore EC Punggol | Westwood Residences EC | Bellewaters EC Sengkang | Anchorvale Lane EC Sengkang | Rivercove Residences | Sungei Punggol Reservoir EC Sengkang | Treasure Crest EC | Anchorvale Street EC Sengkang | Anchorvale Crescent EC Sengkang | Westwood Avenue EC | Choa Chu Kang Way EC | Canberra Drive EC Sembawang | BrownStone EC | Choa Chu Kang EC | LakeLife EC Jurong | Forestville EC Woodlands | Jurong EC Jurong | Punggol Drive EC Punggol | Woodlands Avenue 5 EC Woodlands | Bellewoods EC | Sumang Walk EC Punggol | Punggol Central EC Punggol |