Monthly Archives: February 2011

Rising inflation poses investment challenge

Published 23 February 2011 The Business Times By Siow Li Sen Inflation is blasting a hole in savings as depositors face negative interest rates but there’s nowhere to hide either in an increasingly risky environment. A $1 million fixed deposit … Continue reading

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Singapore set to be ‘Switzerland of Asia’: HSBC

Published 2011-02-23 The Business Times By Conrad Tan SINGAPORE is set to become the ‘Switzerland of Asia’, a major private banking centre that attracts wealth from across the Asia-Pacific, according to HSBC’s top executive in the region. Peter Wong, group … Continue reading

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Cooling moves stop prices going north

Published 22 February 2011 The Straits Times By Esther Teo Crowds still showing up at condo launches, but sales not quite hopping THE property cooling measures certainly did not deter crowds from visiting a number of launches over the weekend. … Continue reading

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Amber Towers up for collective sale at $168m-$172m

Published 22 February 2011 The Business Times Amber Towers, a freehold residential development at Amber Road, is up for collective sale with a price tag of $168 million to $172 million. This works out to $1,152-$1,180 per square foot per … Continue reading

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Singapore is 4th most liveable city in Asia: EIU poll

Published 22 February 2011 The Business Times SINGAPORE is the fourth most liveable city in Asia, after Osaka, Tokyo and Hong Kong, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). With a rating of 88.7 points, Singapore also … Continue reading

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One in three Singaporeans wants to quit before 60: poll

Published 22 February 2011 The Business Times By Chuang Peck Ming Policymakers may face even bigger social problem than just labour shortage POLICYMAKERS pushing Singaporeans to work beyond their retirement age to keep the economy humming are not going to … Continue reading

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Indian expats snapping up prime property in Singapore

Published 2011-02-11 tabla! AFTER four years of renting, Ms Amareen Shami is ready to buy her own home in Singapore. However, the homemaker, who moved here from Dubai with her family, has one condition: It has to be in central … Continue reading

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升涛湾有地私宅买气旺 但有500公寓仍未售出

2011-02-19 《联合早报》 李敏雯 过去一年,升涛湾公寓推出新单位的认购率欠佳,平均认购率为70%,有些项目的认购率还不到四成。然而升涛湾的有地私宅,尽管价格一再刷新纪录,买气却依然旺热,丝毫没有放慢的迹象。 与升涛湾有地私宅相比,升涛湾公寓的市场供应仍然非常充裕,至今有近500个单位还未被市场消化,其市场反应也日趋两极化。 过去一年,虽然升涛湾公寓新项目的销售带动核心中央区(CCR)私宅整体上涨了14%,但推出新单位的认购率欠佳,平均认购率为70%,有些项目的认购率还不到四成。(见表) 然而另一方面,尽管价格一再刷新纪录,升涛湾有地私宅的买气却依然旺热,丝毫没有放慢的迹象。 升涛湾有地私宅的价格一年内已经飙涨了约36%。发展商的库存已经几乎“干涸”,只剩区区五个洋房单位,还没有找到买主,其中包括四个未推出的单位。 市场人士指出,“两极化”的反应在升涛湾已经越来越明显。这也造成多数豪华公寓的发展商暂时扣住公寓不发。 加上推出但没有售出的单位数目,升涛湾总共还有484个单位的公寓潜在供应量,这在行情大好的时候,也需要好几个月才能消化掉。 2600元尺价起跳公寓买气大不如前 根据本报向莱坊(Knight Frank)收集的数据显示,市场对升涛湾公寓的普遍反应只属于“微温”,估计是受到2008年金融海啸的打击,因此市场仍然没有恢复危机前的买气。 不过升涛湾新公寓项目的售价都几乎从2600元的尺价起跳,已经远远超越较早前推出并已经竣工的项目,因此尽管销售情况相当缓慢,整体上仍然把这个地区的私宅价格推得水涨船高。 陆续在2006年至2010年取得临时入伙证(TOP)的四个公寓项目当年都卖得满堂红。它们分别是泊宁轩(The Berth by the Cove)、The Azure、海韵湾(The Coast)和升涛舫(The Oceanfront),这些项目推出时的售价介于每平方英尺855元至1600元之间。 不过虽然取得双位数的涨幅,升涛湾公寓的市场反应似乎远跟不上有地住宅,受访的市场人士不感到意外。 专门负责升涛湾一带房屋买卖的戴德梁行转售部高级促销董事吴荣昂受访时指出,他绝大多数的外国客户对升涛湾的公寓缺乏兴趣,只对该区的有地私宅情有独钟。 他受访时说:“论海景,升涛湾的夜景其实大不如滨海湾居(Marina Bay Residences),因为没有灯火,即使请朋友来作客,也无法欣赏美景。” 他也指出,多数公寓买家或租户每天都需要出岛工作再回家,因此交通就是个问题。多数有地私宅的买家,却都不住在本地或只把洋房当成度假屋。 此外,升涛湾所有的地皮已经售罄,因此未来再有新发展的空间有限。相比之下,新加坡主岛的变化仍然一日千里,投资潜力更佳。 莱坊研究部主管方宝顺也发现,升涛湾公寓当中面积少于1290平方英尺的交易宗数去年增加了超过七成,这主要是受到W升涛湾公寓(W Residences)项目推出的影响。 他指出,升涛湾的公寓价格涨幅要比新加坡主岛的涨幅来得高,这主要是因为买家多属于财力雄厚的“深口袋”,外国买家也占了相当的比例。据报道,购买升涛湾有地住宅的中国买家所占外国买家的比例,今年上半年已经达到60%。购买升涛湾有地和非有地住宅的中国买家比例则近三成。 整体而言,方宝顺认为虽然升涛湾公寓的认购率因不同项目而异,但整体的供应量并非如外界人们所想的那么有限。“若发展商推出Seascape和Seven Palms的其余单位探温,那对升涛湾公寓的市场反应会是个很有意思的衡量。” 1657万元买丽沙岛豪华洋房香港商人预测价格会显著上涨 42岁的香港商人蔡朝晖,以总值1657万元(每平方英尺1950元)在2009年买下丽沙岛上一栋8500平方英尺的豪华洋房,不但觉得便宜,还认为这一带洋房的未来价值预料还会有显著的上涨空间。 他接受越洋电访时说,他只钟情于升涛湾的有地私宅,因为这个价位比起香港和其他国际大城市都便宜。 “相比之下,升涛湾公寓的价位就已经与国际大都会差不多了,因此对我不怎么有吸引力。” 他买的洋房位于圣淘沙升涛湾的丽沙岛(Sandy Island),是岛上18栋濒水洋房的其中一栋。该项目由马来西亚杨忠礼集团发展,特邀曾为名牌服装店阿曼尼设计店面的克罗迪奥(Claudio … Continue reading

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Radio and TV licence fees to be scrapped

Published 19 February 2011 The Business Times By Winston Chai Fees losing relevance as TV ownership, viewing no longer linked to higher incomes THE government will abolish its near five-decade old policy of collecting radio and television (RTV) licence fees … Continue reading

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3-month SOR plunges amid higher inflation forecast

Published 18 February 2011 The Business Times By Siow Li Sen This will benefit borrowers whose home loans are pegged to it Home loan borrowers on loans pegged to the Singapore swap offer rate (SOR) must be jumping for joy. … Continue reading

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