Monday, May 29, 2017

A Residential Guide to Individuals Working in Singapore


The market for property is at times very overwhelming and rather confusing and this does not spare the bustling Singapore property market scene. It would, therefore, be prudent to put a guide together that would explain whatever one would require knowing concerning property within Singapore.

Rental Options

There are those individuals who would wish to look for rental properties in Singapore. In such cases, it would be prudent to look for agents who are reputable and have the potential of using their knowledge concerning the whereabouts of rentals in Singapore to provide you with a good rental deal. The crucial information that is required on this occasion is that regarding the research on suitable areas likely to be suited for living. Such places would include areas close to schools and transport systems. The process of renting a house is not a tedious one. However, some basics would be required including a photocopy of one’s ID card or passport for the foreigners. An employment pass or a letter of intent may also be required. The LOI is one in which the intentions of one regarding the rental situation is properly outlined. After making a copy of the letter of intent, the tenant is required to give the landlord the same to sign before an agreement document on the tenancy is produced.

This kind of agreement is recognized as an escape or a reimbursement clause that is intended to protect the event of tenancy in case the employment contract gets terminated, or one gets relocated to a different country. The tenancy agreement in Singapore must be subjected to stamp duty then gets “stamped” in the office of the Inland Revenue Authority to ensure that the agreement is valid. The tenant incurs all the costs that are covered in such a process. The stages of the agreement are prepared to supersede the upfront costs likely to get incurred during the initial stages of the rental process within the country of Singapore.

Buying of Property

In considerations of the rentals, individuals looking forward to purchasing property within Singapore should ensure that they get a reputable agent too. In the Residential Property Act, restrictions exist that deter foreigners or individuals from buying property within the country. Such restrictions as in the RPA pertain to land that is vacant, the shop houses, apartments in the HDB, residential property, and the executive condominiums. The process of ensuring that such properties are purchased will thus need prior approval. Afterward, an application is made through Singapore’s Land Authority Office. One will, therefore, be able to make purchases on apartments without any form of approval like condominiums. Also, the solicitors’ and agency fees that are also paid during the property purchasing period in Singapore should be considered.

Procurement Options

In Singapore, the purchasing price for the property is about 1% lower than the ordinary price. Such a case is likely to be prepared by the agency that is allocated the procurement process. The follow-up process is however performed by the payment of a finalization fee of about 4% - 9% the initial fee. Also, the issue of the stamp duty happens to be based on the value of the property purchase price or the market and depends on the greater amount. Another ABSD buyer’s duty stamp is to be also bought which is about 15% for the permanent residents in Singapore.

Political Factor Affecting Property Procurement

Most of the corporations that began operations in Singapore in 1979 faced influence from the political regime of the country. Changes in the form of rules and regulations of the country affect the daily operations of each and every company including those who are eager to purchase properties in the country. The most apparent changes include laws of labor and those of property procurement. The country Singapore is a bureaucratic one with the sovereignty in the hands of the temporary government. Businesses have to, therefore, be flexible enough to comply with the state regardless of the myriad of problems including changing rules and purchase complications associated with hefty charges.

Economic and Social Factors Affecting Property Procurement
Heritage Foundation's Index ranked Singapore as the country with the second most open economy in the world. There is no foreign debt on Singapore; therefore, it is one of the countries with a very stable economy. Looking into the aspect of business operations, we can't be wrong when we say that the economy of Singapore is an excellent harbor for the sales of rentals and other property. Singapore harbors people from different social and cultural backgrounds. It is, therefore, a magnificent tourist site.

The tourists visit from various parts of the world and therefore come with different tastes and property choices. Agents, therefore, take advantage of the different tastes and preferences of the tourists to provide a broad range of housing property that would suit the need of the tourists. The culture of the country is also materialistic with a constant influx of people. Those who live in Singapore maintain their lives using the 5 C’s theory. Singapore is also one of the technologically developed countries. The businesses within the state, therefore, depend on the well-advanced production, distribution and marketing platforms of the country. Any tenancy agreement must ensure that the process meets the standards of the housing policy in Singapore. Such agreements are also entitled to tax obligations as required by the national government of Singapore. The government of Singapore is also very particular concerning quality requirements of any tenancy agreement in the country.

Property Types

Condominiums and Private Apartments
Private Condominiums are the most common rental property in Singapore. This is an apartment that is serviced and which include facilities like a swimming pool, tennis court, and a gym. However, private apartments look similar even though they don’t have additional facilities. These private apartments include studios and five bedroom apartments that also happen to be having a dining room separately. In the country, there are also issues of shared accommodation.

HDB Apartments
These are particular apartments constructed by the Housing Developments Board of Singapore and maintained by the same body. Such apartments also happen to be on the restricted list concerning procurement. People can, however, rent these rooms in case such individuals have valid employment passes.

Executive Condominiums
These apartments are the executive condominiums. These apartments resemble the private condominiums. However, they are between the public and private apartments. On the contrary, renting these executive condominiums is easier compared to the flats in the HDB. The executive condominiums are designed to ensure that the citizens of Singapore afford to have a place for living.

3Gen flats
These third generation flats were also constructed by the Housing Developments Board of Singapore. They are however designed as multi-generational flats. Most of the Singaporeans including couples and large families prefer these flats. Such flats are preferred because they can accommodate such large families. However, these flats are not viable due to their nature.
There are no foreign debts on Singapore; therefore, it is one of the countries with a very stable economy.

Looking into the aspect of business operations, we can't be wrong when we say that the economy of Singapore is an excellent harbor for the sales of rentals and other property. Singapore harbors people from different social and cultural backgrounds. It is, therefore, a magnificent tourist site. The tourists visit from various parts of the world and therefore come with different tastes and property choices. Agents take advantage of the different tastes and preferences of the tourists to provide a broad range of housing property that would suit the need of the tourists. The culture of the country is also materialistic with a constant influx of people. Those who live in Singapore maintain their lives using the 5 C's theory.

Singapore is also one of the technologically developed countries. Because the switching from a consultancy firm to another within Singapore is easy, clients have the ability to impose their demands on the businesses.

However, some basics would be required including a photocopy of one’s ID card or passport for the foreigners. An employment pass or a letter of intent may also be required. The LOI is one in which the intentions of one regarding the rental situation is properly outlined. After making a copy of the letter of intent, the tenant is required to give the landlord the same to sign before an agreement document on the tenancy is produced. This kind of agreement is recognized as an escape or a reimbursement clause that is intended to protect the event of tenancy in case the employment contract gets terminated, or one gets relocated to a different country.
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2 comments:

Aliza Sara said...

Its amazing how informative this is! Thank you for taking the effort to do the write up.

Jack Son said...

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