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5 things to consider when buying a home, Singapore News

Buying a home is a multi-faceted decision. Not only does it satisfy the physical need of having a roof over your head, it is also often an emotional decision – and imagine adding the element of investment into the mix! Most buyers long to get their hands on property that has potentially higher returns. But purchasing an expensive property may not guarantee a higher return. Data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) revealed that non-landed price movements for homes in the Core Central Region may not have higher price appreciation…

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Gree Electric and China’s home appliance queen Dong Mingzhu seeking to lead way on SOE reform

Appliance queen Dong Mingzhu may soon become the standard bearer for China’s effort to its reform state-owned businesses.Outspoken chairwoman Dong is widely known to the Chinese public because she appears in many of the adverts for Gree Electric, the listed, state-owned company that is the world’s largest manufacturer of residential air conditioners.Dong is now at the forefront of a highly anticipated deal that will shift the ownership, and the actual control of the company, that she had helped… Source link

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Nas Daily arrives in Singapore to set up home and company, Singapore News

Popular travel video blogger Nas Daily landed in Singapore on Wednesday (April 17) with girlfriend and fellow video blogger, Alyne Tamir, 28. Nuseir Yassin, popularly known as Nas, had said on March 20 that he and his company, Nas Daily Corporation, would be moving to Singapore to set up a new company, the Nas Daily Media Company. The New Paper greeted them at the Terminal 2 arrival hall where they were all smiles despite spending a total of 20 hours in the air. They had flown on Singapore Airlines from…

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Volkswagen’s new chief is betting carmaker’s future on his major push into China’s market, as trouble looms on the home turf

A year into his tenure, Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess is entering critical months as he seeks to craft a review of VW’s sprawling Chinese operations while containing tensions at home in Germany.“China emerged as a powerhouse of the automotive industry,” Diess told reporters late Sunday at a presentation near Shanghai. The country is expanding its role as a production hub and VW will also allocate more research and development operations to China, he said.China plays a key… Source link

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Why pour billions into searching for a black hole and reaching distant stars when worthier causes exist at home?

You know how we care passionately about pandas, elephants and dolphins – “charismatic animals” – but care little about hyenas, mudskippers or tapeworms that uncharismatically ensure the balance of our natural world? Environmentalists have complained about this bias, at the expense of the mean and ugly biomass that indispensably makes up most of our world.I recall Atul Gawande, the surgeon, author and adviser to Bill Clinton, complaining about “charismatic medicine”: how every intern wants to be… Source link

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Inspired by a boutique hotel: A sleek, family-friendly home at Anchorvale, Singapore News

As stylish and as comfortable as it may be, a boutique hotel isn’t a place where you can stay permanently. However, recreating its look at home is something that certainly can be done – just ask Jason, Voila’s director, who collaborated with his partner to bring his classy, industrial-themed residence to life. “In the past, before we got our own house, we loved going to the Warehouse Hotel,” he shares. “I liked the place because it had the right atmosphere and qualities: comfortable, cosy and restful. So when we had…

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Property 

Home sales rise by 64.3 per cent in Chongqing, the barometer of China’s national market

The sales of new homes in the megacity of Chongqing in southwest China jumped by 64.3 per cent in March to 2.12 million square metres, according to consultancy Cric. It had recorded a cooling in its property market in the second half of 2018.The city, with an area 74 times that of Hong Kong, recorded the sale of 31.23 million square metres of new homes last year and is China’s largest market in terms of area of residential apartments sold. It is also indicative of the overall China market, with……

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The political message of Hong Kong’s proposed vacancy tax speaks louder than its efficacy in bringing down home prices

Some cities in Australia and Canada have introduced some sort of vacancy tax to motivate owners to put their homes for sale or rental on the market.Vancouver, a city which Hong Kong people are very familiar with, introduced a tax, equivalent to 1 per cent of the assessed value of a property deemed to vacant for more than 180 days. The tax was introduced two years ago when 5 per cent of Vancouver’s homes either stood empty or were underutilised, amid skyrocketing prices and soaring rents… Source link

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Australia home prices continue to decline in March, but deflation slows

Australian home prices fell again in March as credit conditions remained tight and investors stayed away, though the pace of decline slowed as more auctions found buyers.Monday’s report from property consultant CoreLogic showed home prices nationally fell 0.6 per cent in March, from February when they dropped 0.7 per cent. That was the smallest monthly fall since October. Values were down 6.9 per cent on a year earlier.The index has fallen in 15 of the past 17 months, wiping out more than two… Source link

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A sensible Japanese-style home in Yishun, featuring brass, marble and timber, Singapore News

After living with a dark colour palette for many years, the homeowners of this three-storey cluster terrace home at Yishun tasked their nephew, Mikael Teh of Monocot Studio, with giving their home a much-needed revamp. The new look: a bright and airy space influenced by the streamlined forms and light hues of Japanese design. This built-in sofa sports an architectural silhouette with steel caps. Photo: Home & Decor This concept was chosen not only because of the couple’s love for Japan, but also out of consideration for their grandson. “He…

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