When I first moved to Singapore, I was shocked by the unscrupulous practices employed by some property agents to further their own selfish interests. From fake listings and misleading information to omitting important property details, these dodgy practices would have definitely resulted in legal action in the States (where the majority of real estate agents are held to fiduciary standards). With more than 30,000 property agents in Singapore, how can one find not only an honest agent but also the most suitable agent to fit his/her situation? This is where Propseller can help.
When I was renting a condo unit, I never had to deal with drain flies. But ever since I bought an HDB flat, they seem to want to share the flat with me. After trying another blogger’s method on how to get rid of them and then trying an all-natural method, I found an even better way. One that is not only easy, but also non-toxic and cheaper in the long run. (more…)
I recently painted my 3-room flat. The cost of painting a 3-room HDB flat using a washable (higher quality) paint is approximately $1000 to $1500. How much did I spend? Only $100. I bought the paint on sale and with coupons: two 5L cans for $80 (from Qoo10). The other supplies — rollers, brushes, tape — cost me around $20 altogether. (more…)
[This article was contributed by Electrify Pte Ltd] The nation-wide roll-out of the Open Electricity Market (OEM) is on the horizon, and this could mean saving money on your utility bill. This article will help you plan for the roll-out. And if you’re unsure whether switching to a retailer is the right choice, here’s a list of benefits that could help you weigh your options. (more…)
“Owner”, “ownership”, “rent”, “lease”, “leasee” — these are words commonly thrown around in recent debates. But are these all semantic arguments? Before you get out the standard dictionary or legal definitions of these words, think about what they really mean, particularly with respect to your everyday life. These words are often presented in a black-and-white manner, but in life, there are rarely matters which are truly black and white. (more…)
This November, households and businesses can buy electricity on the open market. Currently, the Open Electricity Market (OEM) is only available in parts of Jurong (as a pilot). But soon, it will be open to everyone. And this means you can choose plans that best suit your needs so that you can save money. (more…)
As you may already know, you actually don’t need an agent to buy or sell a home, particularly an HDB flat where the transaction and process is very structured and transparent. Information on HDB resale prices and recent transaction are readily available for anyone to see. In Singapore, the legal aspect of a sale is handled by lawyers. So in addition to using sites like Propertyguru, don’t forget to include FSBO (for-sale-by-owner) sites. Here are some popular FSBO sites (pronounced fizz – bo) in Singapore: