Redevelopment of the iconic Golden Mile Complex

The iconic Golden Mile Complex may turn into an important integrated development project if it manages to find an en bloc buyer, says the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). This was announced on January 8, 2019, in response to an application submitted for redeveloping the existing complex with an additional block.


The Golden Mile Complex, situated on the Golden mile stretch between Nicoll Highway and Beach Road. It holds historic importance as the Urban Renewal Department of the Housing and Development Board’s first Sales of Site programme. The programme was conceptualized as part of a redevelopment project of Singapore’s Central Area.


Completed in 1973, the 16-storeyed Golden Mile Complex used to be one of the highlights of the area. Built at an original cost of S$18 million, the complex integrated several functionalities including shopping malls, clubs, ticketing centers besides housing units. The property has a land area of 1.3 hectares approx and was designed with a step-terraced architectural layout. The complex is considered to be one of the earliest mixed-use developments in Singapore’s urban landscape and has been redeveloped in minor ways time and again since.


However, in the recent past, the complex has turned into an urban slum owing to personal development and extensions carried out by individual owners within the site. Much of these personal add-ons and constructions have been carried out without a thought to others around the apartments and this has turned the site into an eyesore. The Golden Mile complex has been critiqued several times in recent times for turning into a source of national disgrace.


The complex has been on a 99-year-old leasehold since 1969. But owing to its current dilapidated state the URA decided to put it up on en bloc sale with an $800 million reserve price. More than 80% of the current owners signed an agreement to this effect in August 2018.


At the current reserve price, the current residential owners, who are 68 in number, stand to get a gross payout of between $1.27 million and $6 million each. The 418 shop units may get a payout anywhere between $200,000 and $7 million each, dependent on the size, location and other specifics of their units. The gross payout for the 227 office units is similarly estimated to be between $360,000 and $3 million each.


As of now, if an en-bloc buyer is found, the URA has agreed to consider an estimated 86,000 sqm of the complex space for mixed-use development with facilities like offices, serviced apartments, hotels and retail spaces as part of the plan. This is subject to the buyer’s willingness to conserve the historic main building of the complex which has rightfully become a landmark in Singapore’s urban history.


It is hoped that a buyer is found soon and the new Golden Mile Complex will turn into an essential part of the redevelopment of the Beach Road corridor. This would indeed be a unique opportunity for preservation and incorporation of an iconic site into a new development if the selling goes through smoothly.


Depending on the buyer’s proposals for the land use, a new premium and lease upgrading premium will be made effective. It is hoped that the new buyer will top the lease up to 99 years as well. The tender exercise for the sale will be closed on January 30, 2019, at 3 pm SGT.



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The HDB allowed some homeowners to obtain their money back on the remainder of their leases, if they wanted to move out of the homes they bought at one point. But, unfortunately, not all homeowners were able to enjoy this buyback scheme until recently. This led to the appearance of numerous senior citizens that are living in large apartments, which can generate rather considerable costs. Mr. Tang Lum Sui, for example, is one of those seniors. He is a widower and living in a large apartment, with 5 rooms. For quite a while now he’s been trying to obtain access to this scheme, but without any success.

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How Much Should You Pay to A Property Agent in Singapore?


When a property agent provides services in the real estate industry; he/she definitely deserve some amount as commission. But most of the sellers and buyers often get confused about how much they should pay. Well! There are several factors associated with the property agent’s commission. If you are taking services from these professionals to buy, sell or rent a property, below we have highlighted few details to ease your confusion for commission payment.


Types of property agents:

The Sellers’s/ Landlord’s Agent:

Property sellers and landlords often need an agent to plan the promotion and presentation of their unit through various means. These agents also bring buyers from different locations while scheduling and managing the viewing process. Even the legal issues and negotiation related affairs are also handled by these agents. 


The Tenant’s/Buyer’s Agent:

These property agents work for searching appropriate properties for the clients and coordinate viewings as per their need. They also take responsibility for negotiating with the landlord’s/seller’s agent. 


Common practices for the commission:

The rates for agent’s commission are listed below as per the complexity involved in various property deals:


For rented and leased properties:

In this case, landlords or sellers are responsible for paying agent’s commission; tenant doesn’t pay any fee. In Singapore, it the rented property is above S$3,500 with two years lease, landlords pay an amount equal to one month’s rent. Whereas, if the property of the sameamount has only one year’s lease, landlords pay half month’s rent in the form of agent’s commission. 

If the property is rented for a two-year lease, but the amount is below S$3500, landlords pay one month’s commission, and for a one-year lease, the fee is half a month’s rent. However, if the tenant has also hired an agent to assist in property search, they also pay one month’s rent and half month’s rent as commission in respective cases. 

It is important to understand that there is no hard and fast rule about this commission amount; the terms are described only on the basis of common practices. 


Commission for condos:

In case an agent provides services to the seller for finalizing the deal of a non-landed private property as like condos; the seller has to pay 2% of the actual amount to the agent. The seller’s agent usually divides this money with the buyer’s agent. 


HBD resale flats:

Those who are seeking property agent’s services for processing HDB resale flats need to pay a reasonable amount in the form ofcommission. As per the common scenario in Singapore, sellers usually pay around 2% of the total amount whereas buyer’s pay 1% of the total amount to the agent as his professional fee or commission. 


Landed Properties:

For the simple landed properties, sellers need to pay around 2% of the total amount to the agent as commission. However, the buyer does not pay any amount because mostly the seller’s agent takes responsibility to split the amount between both service providers. 

If you are in search of some trustworthy property agent to sell or buy property; it is important to talk about the commission amount in advance to ensure complete peace of mind.



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2018 saw a whopping 10% rise in home prices and the Government had to add in restrictive measures by July to bring stability to the soaring numbers. Several aggressive land bids from developers for new and old areas in the early half of the year had caused the sudden inflation in market rates.

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Four New Sites Released for Sale by Government


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These sites are launched under the land sales programme of government in the H2 of 2019. Two properties under this programme will fall under theconfirmed list; they are located at Middle Road and Sims Drive area.


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The previously mentioned event took place with the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore, celebrated with a festive dinner. It was also a very good opportunity for the participants to catch up with the latest news and consolidate their relationships. Of course, Mr. Wong, who represented the Singaporean Government at the event, wanted to let everybody know that the Government will continue to intervene in the property market of the country when and if needed, in order to maintain stability in the property cycle. Thus, no one should be caught by surprise if the authorities will launch measures or decide to make certain adjustments.

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