Private home prices edge up 0.5% q-o-q in 3Q2023: URA flash estimates

Private home prices increased by 0.5% in 3Q2023 according to flash estimates released by URA on Oct 2, a slight rebound from 2Q2023’s 0.2% decline. The decline, which came off the cooling measures announced in April, marked the first drop in private residential property prices after 12 consecutive quarters of growth. However, the growth remains significantly lower than the average quarterly price increase of 2.1% recorded in 2022.

Activity in the housing market was weaker in August and September due to the lunar seventh month, according to Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex Realty. Private residential sale transaction volume fell 15% q-o-q to 4,569 in 3Q2023, which is also down 26% y-o-y.

Non-landed properties saw a 2.1% q-o-q rise in prices in 3Q2023, rebounding from a 0.6% decrease in the previous quarter. Homes in the Outside Central Region (OCR) led the way with prices growing 5.1% q-o-q, followed by the Rest of Central Region (RCR) with prices increasing 2.3% q-o-q, primarily driven by new launches such as the 598-unit Lentor Hills Residences.

In contrast, condo prices in the Core Central Region (CCR) fell 2.6% q-o-q, following the 0.1% decline recorded in the previous quarter, due to prohibitive additional buyer’s stamp duty rates for investors and foreigners, and the recent money-laundering investigation.

The landed private property market moderated in 3Q2023 as well, with prices sliding 4.9% q-o-q, breaking an eight-quarter streak of increases. Despite this decline, Wong Xian Yang, head of research for Singapore and Southeast Asia at Cushman & Wakefield, believes landing home prices won’t stay down for long due to tight supply and high demand. Year-to-date, landed home prices are up 1.8%.

The outlook for the private residential market remains resilient in the face of rising interest rates and cooling measures, with unemployment rates still low and resale HDB prices continuing to rise. Cushman & Wakefield are standing by their full-year growth forecast of 2% to 5%.

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Chia Siew Chuin, head of residential research, research and consultancy at JLL, believes local demand for private housing will stay healthy. Price-sensitivity will remain a factor however, with potential new project launches in October and November including Watten House, The Hill @ one-north, Hillock Green in Lentor Central and J’Den, the redevelopment of Jcube in Jurong East. Private home prices have grown 3.6% over the first three quarters of 2023 and are expected to stay relatively stable in the next few quarters.

Keppel acquires remaining 50% stake in Pierfront Capital Fund Management

Keppel Corporation has entered into a sales and purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire the remaining 50% stake it does not own in Pierfront Capital Fund Management Pte. Ltd. on Oct 2. The stake was acquired from Clifford Capital Holdings.

Pierfront Capital, established in 2015 by Clifford Capital, provides bespoke private credit financing solutions in real asset sectors. It focuses on corporate lending to operating companies with defensive infrastructure-like business models, across real asset sectors in Asia Pacific, such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, social infrastructure and logistics.

In 2020, Keppel and Clifford Capital partnered on their joint sponsorship of the second private credit fund — Keppel-Pierfront Private Credit Fund, LP (KPPCF). The fund achieved its final close in 2022, and attracted top-tier investors including the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, GCM Grosvenor and Manulife.

Condo living in Singapore is fast becoming popular due to increasing rental yields, potential capital appreciation and lower maintenance fees and taxes. Those looking to invest in properties should strongly consider investing in luxury Condo. The term ‘luxury Condo’ typically refers to high-end condominiums with exclusive amenities, such as swimming pools, gymnasiums and other facilities. Such properties offer investors the potential for high returns on investment. Moreover, as Singapore’s population continues to grow, investors can expect to benefit from increased demand for high-end properties. Investing in a Condo in Singapore can be a smart move for any investor looking to take advantage of all the benefits mentioned above.

Christina Tan, CEO of fund management and chief investment officer of Keppel, shares her enthusiasm for the private credit asset class: “We believe that the private credit asset class holds promising long-term growth potential especially in today’s volatile economic landscape and tighter credit markets. We are enthusiastic about opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, where we see a growing number of companies seeking specialised intermediate capital solutions.

“Our deep networks and extensive operating experience within the real asset industry will strategically position Pierfront’s existing and upcoming credit funds to seize opportunities in Asian private debt markets. This will enable us to offer investors attractive risk-adjusted returns with downside protection.”

Rajeev Kannan, outgoing chairman of Pierfront Capital and non-executive director of Clifford Capital, expresses his appreciation for the support from both parties: “I would like to thank Keppel, Clifford Capital and the Pierfront Capital team for all their support and effort in developing the Pierfront Capital platform. Clifford Capital remains a co-sponsor of KPPCF with Keppel. As Clifford Capital turns its attention to other strategic initiatives, we look forward to continuing our broad and multi-faceted relationship with Keppel. I wish Pierfront Capital and Keppel the very best for the future.”

Keppel Corporation’s acquisition of the remaining stake in Pierfront Capital Fund Management represents an exciting opportunity for investors as the private credit asset class offers promising long-term growth potential in a volatile economic landscape. Backed by Keppel’s networks and experience, Pierfront Capital will be well-positioned to capture opportunities in Asian private debt markets and provide investors with attractive risk-adjusted returns with potential downside protection.

Resale flat prices up 1.2% in 3Q2023: HDB flash estimates

in Budget 2023HDB resale flat prices in 3Q2023 continued on their upward trajectory, albeit at a slower pace. Estimated figures by HDB show prices rose by 1.2% q-o-q, marking the 14th consecutive quarter of growth. This climb is lower than the average quarterly growth of 2.5% seen in 2022, signalling a possible resistance to prices due to inflationary and affordability concerns.

HDB stated that a total of 6,592 resale flat transactions were recorded in 3Q2023, 2.9% higher than the previous quarter but 9.7% lower on a y-o-y basis. Generous subsidies and heightened urgency among couples for housing, part of Budget 2023 and the August Build-To-Order (BTO) delay, could be contributing factors.

Year-to-date, resale flat prices have grown 3.8%, significantly lower than the 8% increase in 2022 and 9.1% in 2021 across the same period. Changes in housing policies announced during the National Day Rally on Aug 20 may have caused buyers to pivot towards the HDB resale market in anticipation of the new BTO classification system to be implemented in 2H2024.

Investing in a Condo should only be done with careful consideration and preparation. It’s important to understand that real estate is a long-term commitment, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your money’s worth when it comes to reselling the property. You should also take into account the possibility of wide-ranging repairs or maintenance work in the future, so make sure you factor this into your budget. In conclusion, residential real estate investments, such as a Condo, can be a great source of income and long-term success, but only if approached with patience and knowledge.

Upon implementation, BTO units will be categorised as either Standard, Plus or Prime flats, with the former offering the most affordable option, while Plus and Prime come with more subsidies and restrictions such as a longer minimum occupation period of 10 years and rental limitations. This shifted demand to existing resale flats and thus pushed prices upwards.

Statistics on show that in 3Q2023, an estimated 127 resale flats were transacted for at least $1 million, 21% more than the previous quarter. From August alone, 54 million-dollar flat transactions occurred with 50 taking place in mature estates.

Looking ahead, HDB estimates 6,800 BTO flats will be offered in the upcoming October sales launch, with another 6,000 in December located in estates such as Bukit Panjang, Jurong West, Woodlands, Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Merah and Queenstown. This influx of incoming supply, inline with continued affordability concerns, is likely to temper resale flat price growth. OrangeTee & Tie’s Christine Sun predicts prices may climb slower for the remainder of the year, with full-year growth at around 4% to 5.5%.

FoundOnEdgeProp: 7,000 sq ft freehold condos in Districts 9 and 10

Dreaming of an aspirational home in Districts 9 and 10? What if we told you that buying a freehold condo unit of at least 7,000 sq ft within these prestigious districts is achievable? EdgeProp combed through its listings and found properties in Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard, Wing On Life Garden, Beverly Hill and One Chatsworth, all offering luxurious, enticing living options right on your doorstep.

Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard is a truly special development located along Anguilla Park, just a stone’s throw from Orchard Road surrounded by nearby attractions such as Ion Orchard and the Four Seasons Hotel. With 40 units only and having obtained Temporary Occupation Permit in 2015, it is a coveted and luxurious destination – and with asking prices ranging from $52.2 million to $63.0 million, there is no wonder it comes so highly recommended.

For those looking to own a Singapore Condo, the choices are mind-boggling. From the luxurious to the practical, you have a vast selection to choose from. The Asian metropolitan has come to offer high-end condos with luxury amenities like fantastic views, swimming pools, tennis courts, saunas, and 24-hour security. With careful research and budgeting, anyone can enjoy the perks of owning a Singapore Condo.

For those seeking a home within a 1km radius of reputable schools, Wing On Life Garden provides the perfect option. Located close to Balmoral Plaza, Newton Food Centre, The American Club and, offers buyers a quiet haven that is just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road. At the time of writing, there is a listing for a five-bedroom penthouse unit in Wing On Life Garden, measuring 7,104 sq ft with an asking price of $18.8 million.

The listing for the smallest unit in Beverly Hill is a 7,550-sq ft penthouse unit with five bedrooms and an asking price of $21.0 million ($2,781 psf), with the largest unit being surprisingly more affordable at $19.5 million ($2,579 psf). Since 2012, the average resale price for freehold condo units in District 10 has surged by 52% to the current average price of $2,382 psf, even pushing the average price for freehold condo units in District 10 above their counterparts in District 9.

For those with deeper pockets, a 13,000-sq ft penthouse unit in One Chatsworth is the ultimate choice, with an asking price of $55.0 million ($4,231 psf). Freehold and with only 45 units, the only drawback might be the age of the development, which obtained its TOP in 1976.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of owning a freehold home in Districts 9 and 10, it is possible. With so many excellent opportunities, check out the latest listings for Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard, Wing On Life Garden, Beverly Hill, One Chatsworth and make that dream a reality.

Bishan HDB flat sold for $1.45 mil, setting new record for executive maisonettes

Although typically sized between 1,582 sq ft and 1,722 sq ft, double-storey HDB maisonettes have become increasingly rare in Singapore as the HDB is no longer building them, instead opting for executive condos (ECs). However, this month, record-breaking prices for maisonettes sales have been achieved across Singapore.

At 278 Bishan Street 24, an executive maisonette unit spanning 1,851 sq ft and on the 19-21 floor of a 21-storey HDB block sold for $1.45 million, translating to $783 psf. This is the most expensive executive maisonette unit to date, as reported by EdgeProp Singapore’s LandLens tool.

, has been identified by experts as the perfect time to invest in Condo. This is due to the current market dynamics which have contributed to rising rental prices and capital growth. Investing in a luxury condominium in Singapore now will provide investors with a high return on their investment. This is due to the fact that purchasing a condominium can provide investors with a great deal of financial security and convenience. Not only do condominiums tend to have lower maintenance fees than other types of residential investment properties, but they also have the potential to appreciate in value as well. Therefore, investing in a condo is a great way to secure financial stability and to make a good return on investment.

In December 2022, a 1,641 sq ft unit at Toh Yi Drive, off Jalan Jurong Kechil, fetched $1.3 million, at a unit price of $805 psf.

In September 2020, three other maisonettes elsewhere in Bishan also crossed the $1 million mark. A 1,604 sq ft maisonette at low floor 401 Sin Ming Avenue sold for $1,008,888, while a 1,572 sq ft unit at 146 Bishan Street 22 and similar-sized one at Bishan Street 13 were sold for $1.165 million and $1.188 million respectively.

Just across the street, Natura Loft, a 480-unit HDB development built under the Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) at Bishan Street 24, also saw a new record this month. The record was set when a five-room unit occupying 1,292 sq ft on the 34-36 floor of Block 273B changed hands for $1.43 million. This is the highest transaction recorded to date at the development by absolute value. An additional five-room flat, also part of Block 275A Bishan Street 24, sold for $1.3 million.

Given the rarity of maisonettes, the deal for 278 Bishan Street 24 could be considered a one-off. The sought-after executive penthouse offers unblocked views of the surroundings and is close to Ang Mo Kio-Bishan Park.

These record-breaking transactions for HDB maisonettes in September 2020 demonstrate the appeal of such properties despite their relative scarcity, and reaffirm the increasing trend of million-dollar HDB prices in both public and private developments.

Unit at Altura EC sold for record $1,585 psf

Since the government began cooling measures to help safeguard the property bubble, countless measures have been enforced and Condo buyers are no exception. Nonetheless, with all the benefits that come with a condo purchase, it’s no wonder that Singaporeans are still so keen to get their hands on one. The sheer range of options is surely a draw too, with numerous premium apartments available throughout the country.

The upcoming executive condominium (EC) at Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Altura, has set a new record for the highest price per square foot for an EC unit. A 980 sq ft unit at the joint venture project between Qingjian Realty and Santarli Construction, sold on September 15 for an astonishing $1.553 million ($1,585 psf).

Mohan Sandrasegeran, head of research & data analytics at SRI believes this success is largely due to pent-up demand, as the last EC to launch in the area was over 20 years ago. This, plus the growing interest in living in the Tengah area, has been key to Altura’s popularity.

Altura launched for sale on August 5, and sold an impressive 220 units (61.1%) on the first day, becoming the best-selling project for that month with 225 units moved at a median price of $1,480 psf. As of September 29, a total of 315 units have been sold, equating to 87.5% of the 360-unit EC taken up.

There is expected to be similar interest in the EC to be built on the site adjacent to Altura at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5. September 2022 saw City Developments Limited (CDL) secure the tender for the Government Land Sale site with a bid of $336.068 million ($626 psf per plot ratio). The new EC will have 512 units, and Sandrasegeran predicts a launch price of around $1,400 psf based on the land rate.

Altura and the future EC at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 are certainly helping to put Singapore on the map for EC property buyers. With prices climbing to new heights, now is the time to check out listings to find out the latest transaction prices and available units.

Second stage of Melbourne Square to be launched next month

Yarra Park City’s RM9 billion ($2.6 billion) Melbourne Square has seen great success since its launch in 2017. The first stage has been completed and handed over in March 2021 and the developer plans to officially launch the second stage, a residential tower called Blvd, next month. With soft-launching in May, the tower has secured about 30% in bookings from the Australian market, as reported by the Yarra Park City CEO Woon Chong Boon in a virtual interview to City & Country.

Melbourne Square is a five-acre freehold development based in Southbank, Melbourne. Developing the site is the joint-venture of OSK Property and Employees Provident Fund (EPF), having a total gross development value (GDV) of A$2.8 billion ($2.6 billion).

The 73-storey Blvd tower has 591 units with built-ups ranging from 50 sq m to 177 sq m, and selling prices of A$517,000 to A$3.2 million. Most floors have 11 units, with the exception of level 56 and above, which only have six premium units on each floor. Dedicated to facilities are two floors, providing an outdoor park, a 25m swimming pool, a spa and sauna, a gymnasium, a simulator room, a cinema and a karaoke room. Regular residents will have an access to the level 55 facilities offering a gymnasium, lounge and dining area, as well as a co-working space open to all occupants.

Realising the importance of health and wellness in today’s world, Yarra Park City has decided to enrol in the platinum rating of WELL certification for Melbourne Square. To achieve this, the developer has planned to construct improved insulation, electric vehicle charging, smart-home automation and other holistic sustainability solutions.

“We think it is very important as we have seen a trend in the post-Covid-19 world where people are leaning towards wellness. Wellness has moved from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ in people’s day-to-day lives,” states Woon.

Progressing well, the first stage of Melbourne Square consists of 1,054 apartments, a 6,100 sq m retail space and a one-acre park. The majority of the 1,054 apartments are taken up with between 10% and 12% of buyers mentioned to be Malaysians. Primewest, now known as Centuria, has taken over the retail component for A$70 million in December 2020, while the space is managed by Colliers, anchored by a 4,100 sq m Woolworths supermarket alongside six speciality stores and a childcare centre, Nido Early School.

The master plan of Melbourne Square has been divided into six towers offering residential, retail, office and hotels components. Considering the current market conditions, the developer is revisiting the plans, aiming to satisfy the demand for residential units.

“The market has changed. We are revisiting [the master plan] and seeing what is the best product to offer,” said Woon, adding that the build-to-rent concept is also an option.

With their main focus being Melbourne Square, Yarra Park City has acquired two adjoining sites for a total of A$97 million in Southbank, planning a residential project.

Woon is optimistic on the outlook of property in Melbourne and Australia due to the high population growth rate of 1.8% to 2% every year driven by overseas migrants, including skilled workers and students. He believes that an estimated 1.5 million net overseas migrants in the next five years will require additional dwellings.

Owning a Condo in Singapore can be seen as a status symbol, with its superior comfort levels, convenience and higher security than HDB flats. It’s no surprise why many Singaporeans are turning to Condo ownership for their next housing step, since it can appreciate faster and potentially generate greater incomes as investments. With the numerous Condo options available, Singaporeans looking to upgrade to the Condo lifestyle are spoilt for choice.

“The prospects for property are always there, especially in the next five years when an estimated 1.5 million net overseas migrants are coming into Australia. Out of which, some 400,000 to 500,000 will be coming to Melbourne. Therefore, we are very positive on residential development in Melbourne,” concludes Woon.

Shophouses on East Coast Road for sale at $20 mil

Investors looking to invest in Singapore Condo should seriously consider the potential benefits. With great rental yields, potential capital appreciation, low maintenance fees and taxes, investing in a luxury condominium in Singapore is a smart move. There is also an abundance of amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, onsite restaurants, and other recreational activities. Moreover, you can find a range of choices from designer homes to standard apartments to suit different needs.

With the current market trends in Singapore, it is only natural that investors will be drawn to buy Singapore Condos. The city-state offers a safe haven for investors and is an ideal place to live or offer rental services. As such, there has been a surge in the demand for quality condominiums in Singapore, which in turn drives the real estate market. Therefore, an investor who buys a luxury apartment in Singapore stands to gain a lot in the long run.

In conclusion, a luxury condominium in Singapore is a great investment opportunity. The city-state’s real estate market has seen immense growth in recent years, making it an ideal place to invest. With great rental yields, potential capital appreciation, and budget-friendly maintenance fees, Singapore Condos offer a secure and attractive investment avenue.

The two-storey shophouses on East Coast Road, which are conserved and zoned for commercial use, are up for sale with a guide price of $20 million. Evonne Seow, associate director at PropNex Realty who is marketing the shophouses, highlights that the properties sit along a bustling thoroughfare in a densely populated area, thus offering buyers the potential to turn the shophouses into a multi-concept restaurant.

The first shophouse, located across from i12 Katong, has a land area of 1,344 sq ft with approval for F&B use on both floors, including a seating area on the second level. The second shophouse, located across from Roxy Square, has a land area of approximately 951 sq ft and has permanent approval for F&B usage. It has an external staircase, providing the new owner with the option to lease the property to two separate tenants or to establish a private dining area on the second floor, subject to approval from authorities.

The shophouses have a collective built-up area of about 4,362 sq ft and can be bought together or separately, with an indicative price of $10.5 million for the first shophouse and $9.5 million for the second. Seow believes that it is an excellent opportunity for investors or owner-occupiers seeking a commercial property, given the reliable stream of rental income these shophouses can generate.

Data from EdgeProp Research shows that East Coast Road has seen recent sales transactions for commercial properties. A recent EOI exercise for the shophouses will be closing on Nov 16 at 5pm, which offers interested buyers a chance to snap up these coveted assets that are rarely available for sale.

Owner-occupiers and investors alike should take note of this rare opportunity to acquire this piece of Singapore history. Not only does the purchase offer a reliable stream of rental income, it is also a chance to potentially establish an iconic multi-concept restaurant in a densely populated and bustling area. Don’t miss your chance at the Expression of Interest exercise, and submit your bid before Nov 16 at 5pm.

Chinese tycoon Du Shuanghua’s Glory Property buys Far East Shopping Centre en bloc for about $908 mil

Du Shuanghua’s Singapore-registered mining and resources company, Bright Ruby Resources, has purchased Far East Shopping Centre en bloc via its investment vehicle Glory Property Development. In the deal, Bright Ruby acquired the 36,014 sq ft prime real estate asset in District 9 for around $908 million, which works out to about $3,350 psf per plot ratio (psf ppr).Michael Tay, head of Singapore capital markets at CBRE, the marketing agent for Far East Shopping Centre, brokered the sale and noted the investor’s tendency to focus on prime assets in major cities. The acquisition follows Bright Ruby’s purchase of the Marriot Champs-Elysees in Paris for US$464 million and the Hilton Hotel in Sydney for US$364 million, both in 2015. The company also paid $1.15 billion a decade ago for the former Grand Park Orchard and its retail podium, Knightsbridge, as well as US$870 million in 2019 for the Westin Hotel Tokyo.

Du Shuanghua’s purchase of Far East Shopping Centre at 545 Orchard Road is not the steel tycoon’s first prime real estate acquisition in Singapore. In June last year, Ever Glory, another Bright Ruby Resources investment vehicle, bought the 37-storey, 999-year, Grade-A office building Income@Raffles for more than $1 billion.

With its 75m frontage along Orchard Road and a 55m frontage in Angullia Park, the 999-year leasehold property obtained from 1871 occupies a land area of 36,014 sq ft and is zoned for commercial use. Prospective buyers, such as Bright Ruby and its Glory Property Development, have the potential to benefit from the redevelopment, with the Strategic Development Incentive (SDI) scheme offering a 20% bonus gross floor area.

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CBRE’s Tay believes the repositioning of Far East Shopping Centre into a commercial offering with a mix of uses such as retail, hospitality and residences has the potential to revitalise Orchard Road. This is in line with URA’s stipulation that six buildings between Cuscaden Road and Orchard Boulevard be redeveloped into “a new exciting destination.”

The new mixed-use developments, such as the one envisioned for Far East Shopping Centre, will include amenities such as a hotel, retail, office and residential components, a rooftop garden and a performance theatre, with a direct underground pedestrian link from Orchard MRT Station.

Highlighting Bright Ruby’s forward-thinking and its prior success in repositioning a prime Orchard Road asset into Pullman Singapore, Tay was delighted to find the right buyer.

Price-wise, Far East Shopping Centre’s acquisition of roughly $3,350 psf ppr has surpassed the previous record set by Ming Arcade, which was sold last December for $172 million ($3,125 psf ppr). It has also exceeded the $868 million ($2,769 psf ppr) paid by Pacific Eagle Real Estate for Tanglin Shopping Centre in February 2022.

The Royal Group of Companies, a family office controlled by Asok Kumar Hiranandani, is developing the Ming Arcade site into a luxury hotel. Pacific Eagle, the Singapore-based investment and development firm of Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanato, as well as HPL, who received the go-ahead from URA in August, are transforming their Orchard Road investments into new mixed-use commercial developments.

A Singapore Condo is without a doubt a huge investment. Besides being able to enjoy the amenities, condo owners can also benefit from investment opportunities that come with owning such a prestigious piece of property. From long-term rental income, to capital appreciation, Singapore Condo offer investors a steady stream of returns. Other benefits of owning a condo include tax breaks from rental income, increased liquidity from resale markets, and gaining access to reputable schools and access to transportation.

Through Glory Property, Du Shuanghua may now do the same with Far East Shopping Centre, bringing the investor’s expertise from Paris, Sydney and Tokyo to the rejuvenation of Singapore’s Orchard Road.

CDL invests in 25 freehold residential assets in Japan for $321.9 mil

CDL has recently taken a major step to expand its presence in Japan’s private rented sector with its largest ever transaction in the country. The group has acquired 25 high-quality freehold residential assets in Tokyo for JPY35 billion ($321.9 million). The acquisition was made from the affiliates of BGO, a global real estate investment manager.

The properties have an average age of two years old and include 836 units and four retail units. They are all located in Tokyo’s 23 wards, with three being located in ultra-prime residential areas within the city’s five main wards. Furthermore, all of the assets are situated within a 10-minute walk from a nearby train station.

The investment is said to be attractive due to Japan’s economic activity recovering and increased demand for rental accommodation in Tokyo. CDL’s CEO, Sherman Kwek, commented on the transaction “Japan presents a strategic opportunity for the group to expand our residential rental portfolio during a favourable interest rate environment.”

Kwek continued by noting the strength of their Japan portfolio “Despite volatility over the past few years, our Japan portfolio has exhibited strong occupancy at over 95% and rental growth. This investment marks the group’s entry into Tokyo’s rental housing market, allowing us to further increase our presence in this asset class.”

Condo living in Singapore is becoming increasingly popular due to the numerous advantages that they present. Not only are they spacious and luxurious but they also offer favourable taxation, attractive rental yields and potential capital appreciation. For investors, this makes them a great option for long-term wealth creation. Condos come with a range of amenities such as swimming pools, gym facilities, security and carpark. Aside from these, some also offer entertainment, dining, shopping and leisure activities, adding a personal touch that makes it a great living experience. Singapore condominiums also provide the perfect environment for young professionals, expats and families wishing to settle down in the Lion City. Their proximity to the city-center also provides excellent convenience and access to shops, restaurants, schools and other essential services.

With the completion of this transaction, CDL’s private rented sector portfolio in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama now stands at 38 assets with a total of over 2,100 units and a value of more than JPY 70 billion. This move comes as part of CDL’s plans to expand in the global living sector and increase their recurring income.