Of Singles, HDB Flats and Shoebox Apartments

The recent speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally, has generated plenty of murmuring in the property market, as expected. After all, such a major change in policy is more than a mere pebble in the Singapore property pond. The potential effects would be more akin to a splash than just [...]

 
Parking Problems: Growing Faster Than We Realise?

It seems that how, where and why Singaporeans park their cars is hot news lately. From fistfights over curb-side parking to the legality of installing your own mechanical car-lifts, the issue of vehicle parking keeps cropping up in the news. Even the latest issue, as seen in the Straits Times, is nothing more than a [...]

Aug 162012
 
The Long Debt

Much has been said of the recent 50-year housing loan offered by United Overseas Bank (UOB). Most commenters agree that such a loan is a niche product. Only a small group of potential buyers would benefit from such a loan; the majority of the buying public would be ill-advised to take up such loan, despite [...]

 
A Tale of Two Car-Lifts (and Ministries)

In light of the recent incidents due to the parking squeeze in landed housing estates, one would have expected the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to issue a statement; especially with the many misconceptions floated by residents and other interviewees. Yet, the silence is almost deafening. However, fresh on the heels of that episode is a [...]

Aug 102012
 
How Was Your 47th?

Hello dear readers! For the Singaporeans here, I hope you had a great National Day yesterday, our nation’s 47th birthday. There’s probably a fortunate lot of you who have managed to get a very nice long weekend, but those of you have to work today (like us!), TGIF! Have a great weekend, long or otherwise.

 
Parking at the Kopitiam

The parking woes of landed estate residents have become a highlight in recent news articles. It even prompted us to write a blog post about it. Following that, another news article quoted residents’ reactions to a hypothetical creation of official parking lots and roadside markings along the roads in their neighbourhood. Ah Tan, who has just [...]