SINGAPORE: When choosing between a shiny new launch and a well-maintained resale condo for your investment property, here’s a key tip: Consider whether you are a new landlord or seasoned investor.One popular argument is that investing in resale units are less risky for new landlords, while new launches are better suited for seasoned investors to assess.Bear in mind that when you are buying an investment property to rent out, you have a different set of considerations from the typical homeowner. That means looking at things in terms of cold, hard numbers - how pretty (or otherwise) a property might look could matter less.Why choose a resale condo as an investment property?By and large, most investors prefer a resale condo. This is not always the case, but going down the resale route does provide a few big advantages:1. You can start renting out the place immediatelyThis is the most common reason for choosing a resale investment property, if you are buying for … [Read more...] about New launch vs resale condo: Which is a better investment property?
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By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., Nov. 25, 2018 This is certainly the longest mailbag we’ve had in recent memory, mostly because there was all kinds of questions and reaction to a Grey Cup item earlier in the week. So I’d suggest maybe reading this in shifts but being back for the 6 p.m. that leads into the of Le Couple Grey Cup. - Q: Hello Doug, I like the Grey Cup. Because it's Canadian and usually a better game than that spectacle to the south in (now) early February. And for the past couple of years I can't even think of that event without the visual of an aging Roger Daltry coming to mind. Article Continued Below Maybe the Boomer Generation will be the last one for whom the Grey Cup was An Event. And it was such an event, wasn't it? Lots of us kids at the time went to more Grey Cup Parades than Santa Claus Parades. Driving downtown, finding a parking space. Scouting out the best viewing spot hours before it started, … [Read more...] about Grey Cup? Great Canadian tradition and it dominates the mail
If great mentors are a must to becoming a hotelier of note, then Jove Schrottman is one lucky guy. His father is the German Dieter Schrottman who built and ran the award-winning spa resort Mandala in Boracay until he passed away in 2015. His mother is the fabulous Ping Fideris, a top model of international caliber in the 80s. His stepfather is Jose Marcel Panlilio whose family is steeped in the hospitality industry. Remember that icon of 80s lifestyle called Puerto Azul? “I got my business savvy from my stepdad; how to present myself I got from my mom; and my dad Dieter taught me the law of attraction and the whole lifestyle aspect of Mandala,” Schrottman says, sitting like a king on a Chesterfield sofa at The Fort Strip’s The Refined. The place is a gentleman’s barbershop, haberdashery, events place and spa all rolled into one, which the 31-year old co-owns with partners. It’s where men go to hang loose, which is what Schrottman seems to be doing at the … [Read more...] about This Boracay son is spreading his wings
By Amy Dempsey Staff Reporter Thu., Aug. 30, 2018 In January, as the city of Toronto rolled out its final fleet of new raccoon-resistant green bins, Suzanne MacDonald was flooded with emails from citizens fretting about the fate of the masked bandits known for pillaging our food waste. The worried residents wrote to MacDonald, an animal behaviourist and known raccoon sympathizer, because they hadn’t seen the creatures creeping through their backyards lately, and were beginning to wonder: Where are they? Are they starving to death? Have they been forced to relocate in search of nourishment? What have we done to the raccoons? Designed with a special raccoon-resistant lock, Toronto’s new organic waste bins, which the city began distributing to great fanfare in 2016, were perhaps the greatest human effort in what we like to call our “war” against the raccoons. The animals had been effortlessly pillaging our first-generation green bins for … [Read more...] about Toronto built a better green bin and — oops — maybe a smarter raccoon
caption Symphony CEO David Gurle, left, and Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg, right. source Symphony/Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Jenny Cheng/BI Graphics Major Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan have invested almost $300 million in Symphony, a startup building encrypted, cloud-based communication tools. Google is also an investor. The banks want to build a platform they can all communicate on to help them cut down on expensive Bloomberg terminals. Almost four years into the project, Symphony has over 300,000 users. But there are questions around usage, partnerships, and whether its really having an effect on Bloomberg. This story, based on conversations with 35 sources, looks at how Wall Street’s audacious bet has gone so far and the challenges the startup still faces. “Thank you David Gurle,” French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in June. “Your trust and your enthusiasm show, once again, that France is … [Read more...] about Inside Symphony’s battle to break into a $28 billion market for Wall Street chat — and avoid becoming Bloomberg roadkill