This is part 2 of “Dumb Sh!t My Property Agent Said”, where I list down the dumb stuff my property agent said to my family.
If you missed the first part, please click on the link below to read about it.
Dumb Sh!t My Property Agent Said – Part 1
My family recently went shopping for a new house.
After we visited one of the homes, we had a conversation with the seller-side property agent.
The agent was explaining how to earn money in Singapore’s property market.
Needless to say, I thought half of what the agent said was completely crazy or stupid.
To quote Uncle Roger, “Different people have different opinions, just some people are wrong”.
Dumb Thing the Agent Said
“99-years properties has risen much more than 999-years and freehold property over the last decade. The trend is there. So I tell my buyers that buying 99-years property can give better returns than 999-years or freehold properties if done right”
Not the agent’s exact words, but that’s the gist of it.
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My Inner Thoughts
The salvage point of the whole statement the Agent gave, was that ending of “if done right”.
Otherwise, the whole statement is just a logical fallacy.
“99-year properties have risen more in value (or price) than 999-years or freehold properties over the last decade.”
This statement is true – refer to 99.co research.
But it is a bad idea to presume what happened in the past will continue forward, especially for the following reasons.
A: the Government announced in 2017 that all 99-years properties will be worth $0 at the end of its lease.
Would you still push prices up knowing that it’ll be worthless after 99 years?
B: assuming that 99-years higher growth rates will continue indefinitely into the future.
The price will probably peak at where the price matches those of freehold status.
People are not that dumb to spend equal or more money to buy a 99-years property when that same amount can be used to buy a freehold.
So that growth rate will reach a cap and eventually the 99-years will grow at the same rate as the freehold.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of property investments because of several reasons.
1. Govt always has a stake in ensuring property prices/rentals are not too high.
If prices are too high, people will complain, and Govt will lose votes.
Which is why we have tools like ABSD, etc.
All these policies are putting a cap on my returns.
2. Too many fees involved.
Commissions to agents for buying/selling/renting.
Then there’s maintenance, conservancy, property tax, etc.
With stocks, I pay no capital gains tax, no dividend tax, & I don’t even need to manage anything.
Of course, this is just my point of view.
You can have your point of view on why properties are such great investment.
A great property agent is not a great financial or investment adviser.
If the Agent can get your house sold easily, GREAT!
But financial or investment advice from them, take it with a pinch of salt.
There are more to come as a slowly breakdown crazy stuff the property agent said.
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