We've simplified the 2019 prices for a BTO flat, resale flat, executive condominium, and private condominiums in Singapore. If you've been thinking about buying a flat in Singapore, you might have felt confused and overwhelmed about the fees and costs involved. In this article, we get down to brass tacks. Here's what you realistically need in the bank to buy your first house, and what other expenses to prepare for. Be sure to also read up on the latest Enhanced CPF Housing Grants and higher income ceilings for both families and singles looking to qualify for housing grants, which take effect on 11 Sep 2019. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUY A HOME IN SINGAPORE? The costs of properties can vary significantly, based on factors such as location, facilities, surrounding amenities (like MRT station) and age or condition of the unit. There will always be the occasional neighbourhood or unit in which the price is much higher or lower than the norm. These are general estimates only: 2019 PROPERTY … [Read more...] about How much do you need to buy your first home in Singapore?
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Ride-hailing is a very lucrative business in Singapore. And although there've been many players who've tried to join the fray, few of them ever had a chance against Grab and ComfortDelGro. Could GoJek - the newest contender - be the one to break up the duopoly? The Indonesia-based operator has been in Singapore for about half a year, and now has a sizeable fleet of drivers and users. Personally I'm thrilled - after all, the stiffer the competition, the better the discounts, right? Let's compare the 3 ride-hailing services and take a closer look at their pricing models and other features. Many factors can influence your ride prices - what time it is, how far away your destination is, how many drivers/riders are nearby, and even whether or not it's raining. For this price comparison, I'm using an example journey from the MoneySmart office in Commonwealth to Orchard ION at around 4pm (off-peak) on a Friday. Ride-hailing service Price for a ride from Commonwealth to Orchard ION (7.1km) … [Read more...] about GoJek vs Grab vs Comfort Taxis in Singapore
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan The Washington Post Sun., May 12, 2019 I’ve stopped counting the number of cities I’ve fallen in love with. But I think Pittsburgh might be the first city to have loved me back. On a Sunday morning in February, the sun broke through rain clouds, and I walked along Pittsburgh’s waterfront to a 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of Mister Rogers tying his shoes. I heard his voice through overhead speakers. “Did you know that wondering about things is one of the first steps to understanding them?” Birds chirped, a freight train rumbled, and I looked upriver toward the sparkling skyline. I’d intended to make this a quick stop, but I couldn’t step away from that familiar voice. By the time Fred had reminded me that there’s nobody else in the world who is exactly like me, I had cried, laughed and called my mom. Steel City remains gritty. On dreary days in western Pennsylvania, the pitter-patter of rain is the … [Read more...] about Soaking in the sights and sounds of the Steel City
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., May 3, 2019 Bumped into Nikita Soshnikov over at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Thursday (as you might have surmised from this story about Egor Korshkov). Sosh looked good. He’s working out on his own, starting to get ready for next year. He figures he’s going back to the KHL – maybe St. Petersburg -- after things didn’t work out for him in the NHL. There was real hype – and hope – for him. He remembers it, and believed it and in himself. He was terrific his first call-up (two goals, three assists in 11 games) at the end of the 2015-16 season. “I had a lot of ice time, I had a lot of confidence,” he said. “It’s all confidence. The coach trusts you. You feel good. You’re going to play. But injuries. You have to find a way to stay healthy.” A concussion and a neck injury cost him playing time in Toronto. He was traded to St. Louis. He suffered a concussion in … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Whatever happened to Nikita Soshnikov?