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Newton and other regions will benefit from the abandoned construction of Singapore Underground Road System

Also featured on the latest video news on Channel 8
Lianhe Zaobao, 31 August 2017

Empowering kids key to saving electricity

Research shows children's nudging can reduce household electricity consumption
The New Paper, 21 August 2017

The rise of the Asian Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) market

REIT as an asset class had provided real estate developers with a new source of funding and also improved liquidity through securitization.
Lianhe Zaobao, 10 August 2017

Signs of new vigour in the property market

Range of data points to uptick in market, while conditions for recovery may have legs
The Straits Times, 9 August 2017

The ugly supply-side dynamics that can temper an en bloc frenzy

We are likely to see more successful residential collective sale deals in 2017. But developers beware the nasty disputes that may arise among owners, argues NUS' Sing Tien Foo.
Channel NewsAsia, 27 July 2017

S'pore's real estate story

Two trends dominate real estate's development in Singapore in the past 50 years. The market went from local to global; and from being a bricks-and-mortar to a capital market.
The Straits Times, 29 March 2017

Dragon babies, muted achievements

Prof Sumit Agarwal and A/Prof Qian Wenlan’s research findings suggest that taking advantage of the allure of Dragon years for childbearing reduces the economic well-being of cohorts in these years.
The Straits Times, 27 January 2017

Building uncertainty, flexibility into infrastructure Megaprojects

The hope is that with the research underway, novel, easy-to-use techniques will become the new standards to make better decisions.
The Business Times, 27 January 2017

Gender gap in bankruptcy risks: its meaning for policy at home, at work

Prof Sumit Agarwal and Mr Zhang Jian from NUS Business School, together with Assoc Prof Sing Tien Foo from the Dept of Real Estate at the NUS School of Design and Environment, shared findings from their study on whether Singapore women and men differ in their bankruptcy propensity, and whether there is an association with risk preferences.
The Business Times, 6 December 2016

Use underground space to boost retail in Singapore

An effective URA incentive scheme entails a delicate balance between the objectives of the state and the market, where profit matters.
The Business Times, 28 December 2016

An example of successful public housing policy

In this commentary by Associate Professor Sing Tien Foo, Deputy Director of NUS-IRES and Deputy Head of the NUS Department of Real Estate, he looks at Singapore's public housing policy.
Lianhe Zaobao, 7 July 2016

The 'Hungry Ghost month' effecting on housing

Buyers who do not find it taboo to buy houses during the Hungry Ghost month are taking the opportunity to visit developers' show-flats and to negotiate good discounts, when other superstitious Chinese buyers shun the market.
Lianhe Zaobao, 5 September 2015

SOHO becoming more common in Singapore

Assoc Prof Sing Tien Foo, Deputy Director of IRES shares his view. Combining living (residential) and office "under one roof", SOHO units offer attractive rental yields relative to condominium units of the same prices. SOHO tenants will also likely to come from market segment, which are not catered for by the traditional CBD prime office space.
Lianhe Zaobao, ZBNow, p3, 10 September 2011

What Will Happen to China's Economy If Its Property Market Collapses?

Prof Deng Yongheng, Director of IRES shares his view on the Chinese property market. While the housing finance situation in China differs from the US, increasing property prices in major cities have been largely due to competitive land bidding from state owned enterprises (SOEs).
The Wall Street Journal, 27 June 2011

FSinsight Interview: Green buildings in Asia and the Green Mark standard, Sep 14, 2011

Developing green buildings is a relatively new industry in Asia. Setting up a Green Mark standard, which has already proved to be successful in Singapore, could increase this awareness and boost the development of green buildings in other parts of Asia. Yongheng Deng, Professor of Finance and Real Estate and Director of the Institute of Real Estate Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS), talks about Singapore's Green Mark program, why it works and why he believes the Chinese government should also propose such a program.

A Blow to Household Wealth

What will happen if China's overheated real estate market goes bust? Currently, the housing sector consumes about 40 percent of all steel and lumber in China. As a result, a shock to China's housing sector will not only have a devastating impact on the Chinese economy, but also on the global raw material markets like steel, cement and timber. The ripple effects arising from China's deflating housing sector cannot be underestimated.
The New York Times Online, 18 April 2011, The Opinion Pages - Room for Debate

Hidden perils of China's stimulus boost

The recent financial crisis saw many governments and central banks use monetary and fiscal interventions to propel their economies out of the recession. Such packages have met with mixed success.
The Straits Times, 16 October 2010, Review, pA26

China's Stimulus May Be A Curse In Disguise

The financial crisis and global recession saw central banks and governments react with monetary and fiscal interventions. While the results of these stimulations in advanced economies were limited, the Chinese stimulus policies delivered incredibly significant and effective responses.
Forbes.com, 25 August 2010

Just how risky are China's housing markets?

China is experiencing spectacularly fast growth - so fast that many fear it is driven by a bubble - a property bubble to be precise. Recent memories of what happened when the US housing market bubble burst make the possibility of a Chinese housing bubble a critical concern for the world economy.
VoxEU.org, 28 July 2010

Housing In S'pore Still Affordable

The recent spikes in both public and private housing prices have added fuel to the debate on affordability. Analysts and experts have attributed the price increase to a rise in demand, especially from foreigners and permanent residents.
The Straits Times, 27 February 2010, Review, pA20



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