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11th May 2014

Singapore Real Estate

Applications surge after housing grant is extended

Source: Straits Times

Applications for a housing grant originally meant for low-income earners have surged after it was extended to middle-income households last August. Almost twice as many flat buyers took up the Special CPF Housing Grant in the first three months of this year than in all of last year, the Housing Board (HDB) said.

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What to buy as interest rates are set to rise

Source: Straits Times

A deep gloom has settled over the Singapore housing market since the start of the year amid weak rental demand and tight loan curbs. Cooling measures to rein in the once red-hot sector are having an impact, with both private home and HDB resale prices sliding in the first three months of the year.

Integrated home for autistic adults needed

Source: Straits Times

A few months ago, I came across a heart-rending video that told the story of a mother's journey with her 27-year-old autistic son. It highlighted the urgent need for an integrated and permanent residential home for the 19,000 autistic adults in Singapore. Currently, there is no residential home that can support a spectrum of autistic adults.

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