I have been sharing a few articles in my blogs recently, explaining why you should invest in Singapore property and how property investment can grow your wealth through systematic, strategic planning.
Let me share with you how I had helped my client, Mdm Tan to grow her wealth.
I came to know Mdm Tan in the year 2007. She is the mother of my Brother-in-law’s campmate, Mr Lim.
She was renting half a shop in an HDB shophouse near where she is living in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, selling stationary and provide photocopying services and photo development.
When she heard that the shop owner had the intention to sell the shop, she was worried that the new owner might either increase the rental or even worse, vacate them after the tenancy expired. She approached me to assist her on the procedure in buying over the unit.
Mdm Tan had already utilised her CPF in her HDB 3 room flat and had about S$50K cash in hand. She has 2 sons, one is a civil servant and the other was helping her on her business.
Both had funds in their CPF account. Back in the year 2007, Singapore Citizens were still able to buy a commercial property using their CPF funds.
After a more in-depth conversation and understanding of their financial status, I proposed that they buy over the HDB shophouse with living quarters (A HDB 3 room flat on the second level of the shop).
The price of the HDB shophouse unit was $600K back then! A down payment of 20% was $120K which was easily managed with her $50k cash and funds from her son’s CPF account. And the rest of 80% was settled with a bank loan with a 30-years mortgage!
And she only had to pay $1,250 monthly without worrying landlord having to increase her rental when the market picked up.
What did Mdm Tan benefit from this purchase?
Her rental was $1500 before the purchase, now she had saved $250 monthly!
Not forgetting she continued the tenancy with the existing tenant who used it as a hair salon on the other half shop at a rental price of S$1,750.
They kept the residential component on the 2nd floor for their own use.
Mdm Tan then had a positive income of S$2,000 monthly after paying the mortgage instalment and a residential component for her usage!
Things didn’t stop here! Over time, we built a friendship on top of that business relationship! We could talk about everything from her work to her family.
One day, after a conversation with her, she mentioned her HDB 3 room flat is a bit small for her family now that the kids are older and needed their own privacy. So I proposed for her to sell her HDB 3 Room flat and upgrade to a bigger flat.
I managed to get her an HDB 5 room flat within the vicinity close to her shop. This time she bought the flat with her elder son. The transactions were done on a contra manner, meaning both the flats were transacted at the same time, they stayed in the living quarters at the shophouse during the renovation for the HDB 5 Room flat.
2 years down the road, in 2011, the tenant moved out of the shop and I was asked to assist to rent out the shop for her.
While handling the marketing of the shop, Mdm Tan complained to me that business wasn’t as good as before, her son had no intention to take over her business after his graduated in his part-time course, etc. It was taking quite a while to look for a replacement tenant, her health is failing etc…
Offloading To Reap Profit
Understanding her problems, I did a quick analysis of the commercial property market in Ang Mo Kio and found the demand of shophouses in that area is high and she would be able to reap some profit if she sells it.
I suggested her to offload her commercial property and reap the profits so she could retire, She is already close to 60 years old then
After a meeting with the 2 sons and all agreed to sell the HDB commercial shophouse if they could achieve at S$900K selling price.
Nobody would have imagined that the demand for the shophouse was tremendous.
I sold the unit in record time (one day after I advertised!) and a record price in the vicinity and above the expectation of what the sellers wanted. The closing price was at S$1.1M.