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I recently seen the I Quadrant's advertisement on Facebook where they advertised to help Singaporeans own 34 properties in 2 years with little or no money. Is it MAS approved? What are the risks?

Seen their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/theiquadrantgroup/), am interested. But seems to be a scam. Just want to check it out.

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  • Jacob Chong
    Jacob Chong, Executive Financial Advisor at PIAS
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Answered on 30 Jan 2019

    Hmm.... Honestly I am very intrigue by their so call 0 downpayment and owning all the 34 properties without any cash down payment.

    I have been in the Banking industry long enough to know where they are going on with the scheme of theirs.

    Lets take things into prespective:

    Legally, if you are to own another property (investment) you will be subjected to ABSD of 12%, Legal Fee, and what have you, of about 15% in total... That's to the Government. Now after securing your so call investment property, you have mortgage to take note, Maintence fee, rental, Property Tax, insurance etc....

    I have seen people doing de-coupling of properties so as to escape the ABSD, then what about the legal fee and the rest.... (In the end, its the lawyer, the bank and the Agent most of all the earns the most) not you. Think about it, when you have no financial means to pay the mortgages who is being sued?

    Bank takes back the property (no lost)

    Lawyer wash their hands off, because they are only doing the conveyance (money already collected)

    Agents earned their comm and now long gone (again money collected)

    You? Charged for bankrupcy because you should have known better about your finances.

    The funny thing about all these that I have mentioned there are still people in Singapore wanting to buy up property for retirement, for captial gain. When these ads comes up in FB or any social media many rushes in to see and roped into it. A 1million property (which is very rare now) would cost you to lose 15% to the Government. Thats a Whooping 150k. How then can you make back this 15% initial Loss in a matter of 2 years, 3 years or even 5 years....

    Foreigner you say? Foreginers will make up for that 15% lost you made. Statistically, you will know you are just trying to comfort yourself. Government has already limited the number of Foreigners into Singapore, and looking that the tax that they are paying i doubt so.

    What they are trying to make up is a Private investment scheme to properties under many co-owners pulling funds and resources together and since you have a miserable 5% share of the subject property you are considered as OWNED A PROPERTY.

    I don't know about you but i will Definetly GIVE this A BIG MISS. When Sh**s hits the Fence, you know those gurus that say they are just teaching Singaporean how to own 34 properties for free(trust me they get kick backs from lawyers, agents, developers there is no such thing as free) are already long gone and there isn't a think you could do to them because they are not regulated.

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  • Lim Chun Long Jimmy
    Lim Chun Long Jimmy, Biz Partner at Flagship Games
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 27 Jan 2019

    It is never MAS regulated as MAS does not regulate real estate investments. The regulator that would concern this is the Council for Estate Agencies. You may try raising your concerns to them about the I Quadrant's Facebook advertisement.

    Given a choice, I would rather own and rent out 34 fine arts with money down, and I won't have loan repayments and stamp duties to worry about.

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  • Budhi Darmojo
    Budhi Darmojo
    Level 1. Freshie
    Answered 4w ago

    Beware...all these Crooks! money gone is...gone!

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  • Kenneth Fong
    Kenneth Fong
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    Level 4. Prodigy
    Answered on 27 Jan 2019

    Hi anonymous, that's a great question and one which was talked about in a recent article here (if you'd like to read more).

    From a property investor's perspective, here are some key concerns:

    • What're the consequences if fellow co-owners don’t pay up (especially if loans are involved)?
    • How are you going to evaluate the competence of the manager(s) in charge
    • How easy is it for you to sell your share?
    • Is there such a thing as guaranteed rental rates? (Hint: there isn't)
    • This kinda sounds like buying a REIT, but does it carry any 'unnecessary' level of risk?

    As Jimmy Lim stated, I highly doubt that this I Quadrant venture is MAS approved. And as is with all investment instruments (especially those that sound too good to be true), always do your due diligence!

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  • Jason Ong Wicky
    Jason Ong Wicky
    Level 1. Freshie
    Answered 17m ago

    I know her tricks. Message me @ 81953340 to learn how to buy property with little or no money down.

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