About Me

I am Mike Tan, a professional in Singapore real estate.   I focus on both residential and commercial properties, and I am still trying to evolve this website into a hopefully useful resource for property buyers and sellers.  Any feedback will therefore be very welcome.

At this time, I just want to make a comment about residential properties in Singapore.  It is generally true that newer properties – not just new launches – have greater life-style appeal, while enjoying a fresher lease (in the case of leasehold properties).  From an investment angle however, older freehold as well as older leasehold properties increasingly have enbloc redevelopment potential in land-constrained Singapore.

Whatever your perspective, I argue that it may be advisable to focus on a subset of such condos that are in “chosen” locations – specifically, those geographic localities that are / have been “chosen” to be positively impacted by the government’s ongoing development plans, whether economic, recreational or transportation-related.

In first formulating and then implementing the various Master Plans, the Singapore government has been and will continue to indirectly influence the relative levels of property prices in different locations within the country. This is because “chosen” locations will inherently benefit – more than other locations – from the planned economic, recreational and infrastructural developments.

In other words, while the Government may continue to manage / control property prices across the board – at a macro level – via policy intervention (ie. cooling measures – of which Singaporeans have no control over), we should be alert to the opportunities at the local level – created by the Government’s development plans. There may be opportunities to ride on the “ascent” of chosen locations that will benefit most from the progressive implementation of the various master plans. In property purchase decisions at least, it may pay to be on the same side as the government!

Timing the property market now is especially crucial, since the good old days of huge capital appreciation windfalls are probably over.

The above arguments are captured in my article “Implications of the URA Master Plan and LTA Master Plan for Singapore’s Property Market” written in January 2018 — BEFORE the July 2018 cooling measures.

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