Committing to Singapore Properties

“It is not calling it buy but when you sell that makes the gap to your profit”.

Hence I consistently advise my investors to ensure that they have gone through their financial plans thoroughly as they will be entering into a 4-year commitment – after with the 4-year Seller’s Stamp Duty (SSD) that they must pay if they sell their property before 4 years.

Once they have determined the amount of finances they are willing to outlay, they will set themselves at a boon by entering the property market and generating passive income from rental yields compared to putting their cash in the bank. Based on the current market, I would advise they will keep a lookout virtually any good investment property where prices have dropped more than 10% rather than putting it in a fixed deposit which pays three.5% and does not hedge against inflation which currently stands at suggestions.7%.

In this aspect, my investors and I are on the same page – we prefer to make the most of the current low interest rate and put our profit in property assets to produce a positive cash flow via rental income. I myself have personally seen some properties generating positive monthly cash flow of up to $1500 after off-setting mortgage costs. This equates for annual passive income up to $18 000 per annum which easily beats returns from fixed deposits furthermore outperforms dividend returns from stocks.

Even though prices of private properties have continued to elevate despite the economic uncertainty, we are able to access that the effect of the cooling measures have result in a slower rise in prices as the actual 2010.

Currently, we cane easily see that although property prices are holding up, sales are starting to stagnate. Let me attribute this towards following 2 reasons:

1) Many owners’ unwillingness to sell at more affordable prices and buyers’ unwillingness to commit with a higher charges.

2) Existing demand unaltered data exceeding supply due to owners finding yourself in no hurry to sell, consequently in order to a increase prices.

I would advise investors to view their Singapore property assets as long-term investments. They ought to not be excessively alarmed by a slowdown in the property market as their assets will consistently benefit in the long term and trend of value due to the following:

a) Good governance in Singapore

b) Land scarcity in Singapore, and,

c) Inflation which will place and jade scape upward pressure on prices

For clients who would like invest various other types of properties besides the residential segment (such as New Launches & Resales), they likewise consider throughout shophouses which likewise can help generate passive income; and are not controlled by the recent government cooling measures like the 16% SSD and 40% downpayment required on homes.

I cannot help but stress the importance of having ‘holding power’. You shouldn’t be made to sell household (and create a loss) even during a downturn. Always remember that the property market moves in a cyclical pattern and it’s sell only during an uptrend.