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Thomson Line, Downtown Line and future Singapore MRT map

Now that everyone is saying that property prices are at its peak, so why are there still so many buyers rushing in for the new launches? To better answer this question, let’s take a  quick recap on the exciting announcement by LTA on the confirmed stations of Downtown Line and also Thomson Line just this year (2012).

Refer to the future Singapore MRT map (some unannounced as of this writing) below, for your privileged use as readers of SGRealist. 😉 I believe the property growth potential will be in these locations as these estates  will benefit the most from the improvement of its accessibility to rail transport. And apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so…

“I would expect just a 5 per cent downward pressure. This is when the construction starts. But if they wait out the five to seven year period, and wait for the MRT to come on, I think the benefit will be more than 50 per cent – the increase in price.” -Christina Sim, director, Residential, Cushman and Wakefield

What is the Downtown Line?

The Downtown Line will be Singapore’s fifth Mass Rapid Transit line. When completed by 2017, the 34 stations (constructed over three phases) are expected to serve about half a million commuters daily.

Stage One involved the stations of the original Downtown Extension, running 4.3 kilometres from Chinatown to Bugis. It will consist of six stations, (Bugis, Promenade, Bayfront, Landmark, Cross Street and Chinatown) and is scheduled to open in 2013.

Work on Stage Two started in 2009, covering 12 underground stations over more than 16 kilometres. When completed in 2015, Downtown Line 2 will run from Bukit Panjang (Petir), and end at Rochor Station.

Tunnelling works on the final 21-kilometre stretch of Downtown Line 3 started in July 2012. The line of 16 stations will run almost parallel to the East-West Line, and upon completion, link Expo in the East, to Bukit Panjang, with a loop through Marina Bay. It is expected to be completed by 2017.

Future Singapore MRT Map |

Where is the Thomson Line?

The Thomson Line (TSL) is a 30km underground train line that is expected to be fully completed in 2021. The sixth MRT line will have 22 stations and 6 interchange stations which will link to the East-West Line, North-South Line, North-East Line, Circle Line and the future Downtown Line.

Commuters can start enjoying the TSL from 2019 when the first stretch (three stations from Woodlands North to Woodlands South) will be completed. The second stretch (six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott) will be completed in 2020 and the final stretch (13 stations from Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay) in 2021.

An estimated 400,000 commuters can look forward to MRT stations at their doorstep. They will enjoy savings in travelling times. For instance, a resident travelling from Sin Ming to Republic Polytechnic will have his journey time reduced by half, from 50 minutes to 25 minutes. And residents from Springleaf Estate in Sembawang will only need 35 minutes to travel to the Great World City shopping mall, instead of the current 60 minutes.

For more on the announcements of Thomson Line or Downtown Line by LTA, you may want to read here.

Future Singapore MRT map

Looking at the future Singapore MRT map, there are many gems to be discovered. Residential properties near the Thomson Line stations have seen an initial rise in prices of up to 10 per cent, according to analysts.

While residents may have to tolerate inconveniences during construction, they can expect to see further upside to their home prices when the stations start operations.  Prices of residential developments near the Woodlands MRT station and the future interchange for the Thomson Line are set to see a surge in prices, according to analysts.

Liberte & new Newton MRT Interchange Vicinity |

Home prices in estates that are up north along the Thomson Line, which now have poor access to rail transport, including areas surrounding the Lentor, Springleaf, Mayflower and Sin Ming stations, have rose, following the announcement by LTA. For example, the new launch – Thomson Grand at 23 Sin Ming Walk – was initially sold at around $1,100psf, was sold at the higher ends of $1,400psf for its last few units. If you’re thinking of buying a property there, Thomson Grand is 100% fully sold.

Another upcoming new launch that will potentially reap the benefits of high capital appreciation due to MRT lines constructions would be Liberte @ Sarkies Rd. Newton MRT will be one of the interchange for the Downtown Line, with shops in the underground Xchange connector and new exits that leads out directly to Liberte‘s side gate!! You don’t get to many (if any at all) FREEHOLD properties that has a gate that opens directly into any MRT, not to mention such a near town MRT like Newton station. An opportunity? Find out more here.

Becoming A Successful Singapore Real Estate Investor

In Singapore real estate, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to accumulate wealth and become financially free. Poor financial planning coupled with wrong investments have made many people poor wealth accumulators, making you forever stuck in the rat race. You work, you eat. You stop, you starve.

Singapore’s inflation has just been reported at 5.4% in April 2012, while bank interest rates are at a meagre 0.2-0.3% and CPF ordinary account interest rates at 2.5% (i.e. your money is getting smaller and smaller each year just by sitting inside your CPF!). Property on the other hand is a natural hedge against inflation. When general prices goes up, so will the price of your property!

realestaterichesMost people acquire their financial knowledge once they start working or though trial and error. This traditional of learning would cost them thousand of dollars and it would set them back a few years financially. When it comes to putting money to work, it requires a different mindset and new set of skill that is best learned from the experts.

For example, many people had made wrong investment into stocks and options and with the volatility of the market these days, it costed them thousand of dollars and setting them back a few years financially.

Singapore real estate is one of the few cities in the world where if you know how to get it right, you can easily invest in one property every three to five years. Singapore’s property has a huge advantage over any other countries as our land is scarce. Therefore supply is limited. Demand on the other hand is always going higher. Therefore in the longer view of things, property prices will always go up, unlike other countries.

Until new government interventions, the most popular property for investment in the market is the ‘shoebox’ apartments. One can esily buy a one that gives rental return of 4 to 6% per annum for as low as $400,000. All you need to do is come up with a deposit payment of only 20%, or an equivalent of $80,000 in cash or cpf (which most of us, another working for around 10 years would definitely have).

Properties also provide an excellent long-term investment vehicle to fund your children’s education and retirement needs while providing a steady and predictable passive rental income that will help you to gain financial independence and ultimately, financial freedom.

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