Buying What To Look For In An Older Condo Before You Buy

  • July 22, 2020
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Ryan J

Ryan is an old school print journalist gone digital. He's lived in almost every type of housing in Singapore, from flats to landed homes. Over the past 18 years, he's been a content developer for companies large and small, a co-founder in an education business, and sometimes a voice on the radio. He also spends too much time and money on painting little plastic soldiers.

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Jas Tang
Jas Tang

Hi Ryan,

Looking to buy a <10 year old condo in district 11 with good layout. Do you have a review on properties in the Derbyshire Road area? How do I go about getting the construction plan around the area like the north-south corridor tunnel and construction to the empty plot of land behind SJI school. Thank you.

Ryan
Ryan

Hey Jas! Will drop you an email about this. Thanks!

Gracexayl
Gracexayl

Hi there, what do you think about Clementi Park? Will you be doing a review of this project anytime soon?

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Hi! Thanks for your comment. We don’t have an in-depth review on this project yet. But given how old the project is, it’ll perform like it’s peers Pandan Valley, Bullion Park etc. Some units here also have an odd layout which is something to take note of when you’re renovating. We’ll add that to our condo review pipeline nonetheless!

zoey
zoey

Hi Ryan,

do you have a review on the Tessarina in D10?

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Hey Zoey! Thanks for your request. We currently don’t have a review on Tessarina, but we’ll shortlist it in our condo review pipeline 🙂

Jason
Jason

Hi, any opinions on Double Bay Residences in Simei? Looking at own stay but concerned about stagnant prices and lease decay thanks

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Hey Jason! Double Bay Residences is the only available big development in the area with good-sized units and decent facilities. Hence we think it’ll continue to do fairly well due to resale demand for these reasons up until the 21st-year mark when we think the depreciation would accelerate.

Ampatzis Alexandros
Ampatzis Alexandros

Hi Ryan,

Looking to buy on Sunrise Gardens. Do you have a review about this project or opinions about this area?
thank you!

L W
L W

Hi Ryan,

I learn a lot from your analysis. What do you think about The Lanai in Hillview Area ? Thank you.

Stacked Homes
Stacked Homes

Hey! The Lanai as a development is ok, but we’re more concerned about the Hillview Area which has a lot of competition. In the area, there’re a lot of the older freehold developments that also transact at the same price (bigger with lower $PSF), so it does suppress the development in terms of resale demand. Given the supply, we don’t think that The Lanai would fare exceptionally well capital-appreciation wise, however, if the entire Hillview Area does appreciate, then The Lanai would also increase in tandem.

Apama
Apama

Hi Ryan,

Is pebble bay a good investment for own stay? Appreciate your views on the resale or En-bloc potential in the future. PSF is higher than the peers in the vicinity… your knowledge is really helpful. Thank you.

Joey
Joey

Hi Ryan, was researching about purchasing old condos and saw your great post. Would you be able to share your views on The Gardens at Bishan? Would like to purchase for stay for 10 years but worried about lease decay..

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