27 May '16, 7pm

Is it the right time to buy property in Singapore?

Real estate prices rose by almost 80 percent in Singapore between 2008 and 2013. Alarmed by the rapid increase in values, the government took several measures to cool the overheated property market. The steps taken by the government worked well and, consequently, prices fell 4 percent in 2014 and then a further 3.7 percent in the next year. The outlook for the current year? In January, Mr Ong Teck Hui, national director of research at premier real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle, said that if the economic slowdown gathered pace, prices could drop a further 8 percent. Impact of government measures According to the Financial Stability Review conducted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in November 2015, Singapore residential prices would have been 17 percent higher if not for the steps taken by the government. The government was careful to ensure that first-time bu...

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