Women’s choice: Finding your dream home
Women always know what they want, especially when it comes to their dream home. In the past few years, homebuyers have been spoilt for choice with real estate developments cropping up faster than ever in Singapore. Although, sometimes having too many options makes it even harder to decide on a dream home.
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The biggest mistakes homebuyers make is emotional buying. It wouldn’t be far off the mark to say that women could be more prone to an emotional purchase, even when it comes to the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. So leave those tingly sensations and feel-good hunger in your purse when you head out to find for your dream home!
Yet, property is personal business, and every home buyer wants to invest in a fabulous abode that speaks to her personality, lifestyle and taste. Are you in the market and just don’t know where to begin? Here are some home buying tips to help you match your lifestyle:
BAG A BARGAIN
If you’re in the property market for a bargain that you hope to look at as an investment rather than long-term place to call home, you’ve certainly got your work cut out for you. Prices are at a premium, and one could wait for a cooling off window to get in, or you could consider a HDB. It’s certainly a safe and long-term investment. Simei, Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio are the most sought after areas among new PRs, and the demand is pushing rental prices up, up, up.
30 & SINGLE
You’re young, you’re single, you work, you travel and you want to be where the action is. Central districts that fringe the CDB are hot right now, but be prepared to compromise on space. A recent article by iProperty.com.sg described how shoebox apartments are becoming the investment vehicle of choice. Average apartment sizes are shrinking from about 1249 square feet to 721 square feet. The good news: so are prices. Look in the pockets in between and you might find more bang for your buck. Areas like Queensway, Alexandra and further along East Coast such as Siglap offer modest yet new condos you’ll definitely be happy with.
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The key to balancing work and a family is convenience and amenities such as schools, child care centres, supermarkets and transport. Keep your eyes peeled for the things that make your life easier, as well as other family lifestyle features like parks, family restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres to keep the whole family entertained on the weekends.
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You need a space that is part home, part office and the cleverness of design to keep those two areas separate. If you can afford it, the obvious choice is the SOHO apartments in Chinatown. If not, you’ll need to keep an eye out for a central location so that you can nip out to meetings at a moment’s notice. If you can find a double storey apartment, that would be a real bonus.
You have lots of interests, hobbies – and need enough space to do them in. Start with the kitchen, and look for an open plan kitchen, as they are the ones that tend to have more space. Plus, open plan kitchens make for interactive environments. You may also want a spare room to house your hobbies, and a home with lots of storage cupboards. You’re not fussed over location which is good news, since you’ll need to free up your dollars to afford space!
It’s time to put your feet up, take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the city, surround yourself with peace and tranquility, and perhaps even reconnect with nature. The heartland districts around Sembawang are fantastic for being close to nature. But if you like the sea breeze and salty air, than perhaps Punggol is more your cup of tea.
Albeit pricey, Singapore offers a vast range of properties to suit different needs and lifestyles. Although, with so many areas to choose from, property hunting could turn into a wild goose chase. So make your property search easier by going online to websites. You’ll be able to browse property listings, find out about new developments and compare projects and prices to help you narrow your wish list and jump on the homeowner bandwagon.
iProperty.com Singapore is one of Singapore’s leading real estate websites. Using the site, you can rent or buy apartments, condominiums, landed properties, commercial property, hdb flats or new condominium projects. You can also search for specialist agents using its Agent Directory.