Just across the water, north-west of Singapore, a new metropolis is taking shape. According CIMB, now that Khazanah (Malaysia’s government investment arm) have jumped into the fray and that international schools are springing up, Iskandar has taken a major shot of credibility to the arm.
Along with the new schools, decent(ish) infrastructure and bungalows, such as the Horizon Hills development currently going for around S$230 (US$184) per square foot (as opposed to Singapore’s District 10, currently running at an average of S$2,000 per square foot), Iskandar is beginning to look particularly attractive.
In the April-May 2013 issue of Property Life magazine we look at houses, or landed properties as they are otherwise known, and compares and contrasts what bang can be bought for your buck.
With London and Tokyo running at over US$2,400 per square foot, a million greenbacks doesn’t really get you much more than a one-bedroom apartment, whereas in Sydney, it will get you a reasonably sized four-bedroom house, just a walking distance from the iconic Opera House.
The year 2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year in the global property markets. The USA is rebounding and there is wealth of excellent inventory on sale at rock-bottom prices. London is still on the up, and plainly an excellent investment opportunity. Australian Property Monitors reports that the national average house price in the country rose 2.1% in 2012, reversing much of the 3.6% decline of 2011 – and it’s projected to continue in that direction this year too.
With the cooling measures kicking in in Singapore, overseas property has never looked quite so attractive and with low mortgage rates, finance has never been cheaper.
However, caveat emptor is even more relevant now than ever; according to The Daily Mail, ‘Harlequin Resorts, which apparently now looks derelict and nothing like the promotional materials... seems to have preyed on 3,000 Britons, who have fallen victim to a £250 million (US$380 million) fantasy villa fiasco that was promoted by Pat Cash and is now being investigated by UK fraud police.’
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Alexander Knight is a Singapore-based property commentator.