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Asked on 08 Jan 2019

What do you think of investing in a second property in Singapore in current times?

Is it still worth it to go through the hassle of purchasing a second property in Singapore in current times - with stamp duty and rising interest rates. And limited capital appreciation. I know that in our parents' time, property investment is the way to go - or so it seems. But how about now? How does it compare to say, UT or insurance? Can someone enlighten me? Thanks!

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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh, Director at Seniorcare.com.sg
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 23 Nov 2019

Definitely not a second residential property because the ABSD kills the profit. You lost 12% immediately when you buy a 2nd one?

And I will only buy old properties for the chance to enbloc.

Other than that, REITS is a terrific choice.

In the older days, our parents have no REITS, there is no way to get real estate in their portfolio other than outright buy a property.

We are luckier now, we have REITS and we can diversify from day 1.

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Property investment is always a smart choice for investment as by investing in property market you get theregular passive income source.

It is good that you are investing in property directly by buying the preoperty but there are other indirect way to invest in property i.e . Singapore REIT.

You migh be wondering it is even more hectiv to do all the study to find best Singappore REITs.

Well, it is not if you know the right source to guide you.

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Luke Ho
Luke Ho, Money Maverick at Money Maverick
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 12 Jan 2019

Current times are currently in a pear shape for Singapore - we used to have a lot of opportunity and demand, but its considerably less now because there just aren't as many people to fill these slots in. We compensate with foreigners, which is fine but its not to the same effect.

Additionally, affordable housing policies means that the government will compensate via taxes, which is exactly what they did.

There are some plus points - if you enjoy management, and challenging yourself to get an above market-value deal, especially if you get and flip a good location, you'll get a substantial amount of rent before selling it at a profit - but those come with risks, time and a lot of active management.

Even then, I'd be impressed if you can yield an annualized double-digits yield across a 10year period. For example, if you buy a property at $600,000 and sell it ten years for $888,000, its a $288,000 gain.

That's substantial, but when you actually do the math its less than a 4% annualized yield. You could get more from your CPF, and even more from investing.

Investing in funds will also allow you much more liquidity and flexibility while saving time on management.

I'd love to consult you on this if you're comfortable - we could easily put together a fairly balanced, diversified portfolio that can yield 7% or more.

You can reach out to me below.

https://www.facebook.com/luke.ho.54

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