Greatest Firm in Singapore is Temasek Holdings

Temasek Holdings has been named the greatest land firm in Singapore, with aggregate resources under administration at US$39.9 billion, as indicated by the most recent Estates Gazette positioning, which pulled together the world’s main 100 financial specialists. Developers are now looking at a more cautious approach to buying land in Singapore.

The state-connected venture firm surpassed the sovereign riches reserve GIC, a year ago’s top entertainer, for the most obvious spot. Temasek has stakes in real nearby and local players, for example, CapitaLand, M+S, Mapletree and Pulau Indah Ventures.

CapitaLand brought second place with US$33.3 billion of benefits, trailed by GIC with US$22.4 billion, Global Logistics Properties (US$16.7 billion) and City Developments Limited (US$14.9 billion). Every one of the five organizations have a joined resource estimation of an incredible US$127.2 billion.

This year, the main 100 organizations possessed an aggregate of US$3.6 trillion worth of property, a US$400 billion increment over a year ago’s quality.

With developers looking at a more robust outlook, there appears to be better demand for new launches around in the vicinity

Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management, remains the worldwide pioneer, with nearly US$130 billion of benefits.

Samantha McClary, Head of Content at Estates Gazette, said: “Our Global 100 rundown, which depends on genuine resources as opposed to property securities and obligation, demonstrates how huge a business the worldwide land business sector is.

“The rundown, now in its third year, keeps on developing with new firms seeming each year. The presence of more property proprietors from new areas demonstrates exactly how worldwide a play area the land business is.”

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Pinnacle Duxton Properties Transact at Record Prices

The Pinnacle@Duxton in Tanjong Pagar has recorded a fewtransactions of above $1 million mark in 2016 for its 5-room flats, similar to the four deals seen in the first three months of 2015.

According to Eugene Lim, Key Executive Officer of ERA Realty, which helped to sell both deals, these flats commanded sky-high prices due to their unblocked, panoramic views of the city, and the Pinnacle’s status as a landmark project in Pinnacle.

Aside a short walk to the MRT stations, another key selling point is the scarcity of such units in Singapore. “Not everyone at the Pinnacle wants to sell as there are only a few listings available. Those who have decided to sell are leveraging to get the maximum premium for their units,” Lim said.

Based on statistics from ERA, the two said these transactions were three percent higher than the average transacted price of $977,846 for a 5-room flat at the project. But compared to older flats in the area, such as those at Smith Street and Tanjong Pagar Plaza, this translates to a premium of 25 percent to 46 percent. This is due to the fact of the location as a premium

The current resale prices are also a far cry from the original selling price range of between $345,100 and $439,000 for the 5-roomers during the project’s launch in 2004.

Nevertheless, Lim noted that these record flat prices are unique to the Pinnacle and does not represent the market. “They do not represent the majority of resale HDB transactions, which are trading at around valuation in the current market environment.”

However not everyone showed the same enthusiasm for macroprudential measures. Glenn Stevens, the Australia’s Central Bank Governor, was not overly willing to embrace the regulations quite so quickly, calling attention to the fact that Australia has seen both the initiation and the subsequent discontinuation of the measures in the past, and the risk for the policies to be evaded.

It’s also unlikely that prices of 5-room flats there will rise significantly higher or reach the $2 million mark as the TDSR has restricted the loan which buyers can ger, as home buyers could easily purchase a private apartment within the area for the same price, he said.

Looking ahead, prices of HDB resale flats are expected to remain stable in the long run as more buyers are choosy over the projects which they can buy, while transaction volume is expected to pick up as the reduced focus on cash-over-valuation (COV) premiums would attract immediate  buyers in immediate need of housing.

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Double Agent Strength in Singapore Properties

There is the proposed ambitious goal of increasing more than double its agent strength in Singapore to at least the acquirement of 2,500 via mergers and acquisitions (M&As) by the homegrown property agency SLP International, which is considered to be part of ZACD Group. It also has strategies in place to obtain 10,000 agents regionally via organic and inorganic methods for Woodlands Avenue 12 EC.

This type of expansion propositioning would seem to ignore the reality of the current market situation, which has actually been the reason that many agents have decided to quit the industry. After the occurrence of the latest license renewal exercise, the number of agents was sitting wobbly at close to 1,000 concerning SLP’s agent strength, which takes into consideration agents from SLP International, SLP Realty and Scotia Real Estate Group.

Northwave EC by Hao Yuan Investment Woodlands Avenue 12 EC. According to Kain Sim who functions as the ZACD Group chairman, the business of the agency is experiencing a hard time due to the fact of property cooling measures that have come into play and there is the threat of technology being able to displace intermediaries concerning property transactions. Also, there is an increase in the number of savvy Hao Yuan Gambas EC buyers who are more willing to buy international properties right from the overseas developer directly.

Quite soon, due to the influx of technology, the services of agents can become redundant if they continue on as only agents, according to the perception of Ms. Sim. But with the backing of the strength of a project pipeline from the ZACD platform, expansion truly has been made viable for SLP in Northwave EC Woodlands Ave 12 Hao Yuan EC.

She added that many agents will perceive the value of utilising the platform not only for the transactions of properties, but also for the implementation of being able to function as relationship builders in order to be able to provide a whole suite of products regarding investment opportunities for their clients.

Thus this provides the agents with a suite of products that raises their skills and enables them to have a career path. It also offersthe option for those who would eventually like to pursue working in financial services. Therefore, the platform is deemed to be very diversified and dynamic in comparison to the traditional agency business in Gambas Hao Yuan EC.

She also shared the fact that there is a plan by SLP to construct a regional platform that was put into motion due to the fact of the realisation five years ago that developers could no longer be restrained in their own country. Thus the need was born to market regionally.

Ms. Sim informed that if a developer launches a project in Singapore, her agency can promote it via a road show in major key cities.

SLP plans expansion for setting up its office in Australia and also for Malaysia. Next month an office will be set up in Johor Baru. SLP had already set up an office in Jakarta in the year of 2006 and in Shanghai in the year of 2009.

According to Ms Sim, she has much confidence regarding moving into the arena of investment sales, which will allow clients to pool together for making purchases in bulk via the SLP platform in Hao Yuan Gambas EC.

Going beyond t he scope of project marketing, SLP has additionally taken on asset management along with property management. There will be an expansion of its property management team of 20 members to accommodate up to 100 team members. The MCST (Management Corporation Strata Title) business and the management bodies of private house are typically handled by this team.

The group has gone on to shed its image as a pure agency business following its inception of ZACD in the year of 2005, four years after the founding of SLP. Developers are noticing the advantage of becoming partners with ZACD for joint venture deals in order to tap into its financial strength, as suggested by Ms. Sim.

Quingjian Realty Natura Loft, an HDB Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) was a case in point project held in Bishan, which had been launched one month following the crisis of the Lehman Brothers in the year of 2008, but it was still able to achieve an internal rate of return set at 11 percent for Hao Yuan Woodlands Ave 12 EC.

With the arm of the agency, they are committed to enduring a crisis and feel confident about weathering the storm, Ms. Sim announced. Their clients realize the merit of possessing an agency business within a real estate fund (management firm).

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