A Voice of Experience from HDB

Late last week, the former chief executive officer of the Housing and Development Board, Liu Thai Ker, commented on the current state of affairs in public housing. He also gave a few indications of what he thought should be the direction for public housing in Singapore. Amongst his observations were to “forget the bells and [...]

Singaporean Responses to Property Measures and Plans

As we at BLUTA monitor the various media for all things related to property, we’ve noticed a few trends in response to the recent spate of property and housing announcements by the government to hit Singapore. These have turned up on various other websites, including some that feature a recent article of ours. There are the [...]

The Hidden Costs in Renovation

A couple of months ago, I decided to renovate my old apartment, to give it a new lease of life. I’m currently well into the implementation phase, and have hopefully encountered (and passed) most of the hurdles and pitfalls that crop up while renovating an old residence. With the clarity of hindsight, I’ve written down [...]

Minister Khaw Tackles Affordability - What Are His Options?

In our previous article, we talked about the goal Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan has, to lower the affordability ratio in Singapore. Today, we’d like to explore the various courses of action he might take to realise that goal. The following actions, or a combination of them, could help achieve Minister Khaw’s goal. [...]

Minister Khaw Tackles Affordability - Back to Basics?

Just a few days ago, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan highlighted calls for the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to return to basics and the original mission of providing affordable housing for Singaporeans. This prompted him to define what “returning to basics” means. He mentioned that the HDB’s primary mission (to provide affordable [...]

SHiFT Exposes Need For a Shift in Attitude

In the news lately, due to the mention in parliament, is Jurong Town Corporation (JTC)’s Scheme for Housing of Foreign Talent, also known as SHiFT. But what exactly does this scheme, started in 1997, entail? Well, directly from JTC’s website, we can find the general idea and implementation of SHiFT. It is meant to offer a wide [...]

Deconstructing the Construction Method

  In his blog Housing Matters, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan suggested that technology is key in increasing productivity in our construction industry. As you all know, the construction industry is largely responsible for all the roofs over our heads, and thus could be considered of high importance. That was on 17 January [...]

And You Thought That Bishan HDB Was Expensive...

For months we’ve seen the government roll out tighter limits and restrictions for almost every aspect of property, from loan-to-value (LTV) to loan tenures to eligibility restrictions. Recently, however, they seem to think that, even when it comes to cars, Singaporeans need help with financial prudence. The recent Budget 2013 announcement included changes to some [...]