Worst Mistake When Buying Condo

Worst Mistake When Buying Condo

What is the worst mistake when buying a condo? Are you committing this costly mistake?

📌 Are you buying for your own-use or for investment?

Many commit the mistake of using their own personal preferences to decide when buying for investment. The truth is, your preferences matter less when you buy for investment. More important factors are:

  • Low entry point
  • Rentability
  • What you tenants may like

For investment, it is OK to get the cheapest units. Usually found on low floors with little or no views. Tenants are unlikely to be willing to pay significantly more rent for a higher floor unit with better views which would have cost much more to purchase.

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You should also avoid first-floor patio units, a penthouse with a high ceiling, or an open terrace. I call them lifestyle units. Resale demand is usually smaller for these units & may take a longer time to sell than a regular unit

Also, beware of our parents, “those were the days” factors. They are usually our consultants or will sponsor some funds for the purchase. Our parents are used to big-sized layouts and will complain about, “Here small, there small…”, even though you are not buying to stay.

worst mistake when buying condo small layout

To understand why our parents feel that way, let’s do a layout flashback to the 80s.

📌 Layout flashback

In the 80s & 90s, a helper’s room with windows, a yard, a backdoor in the kitchen are common. For example, let’s take a look at this 2 bedroom at the Bayshore which TOP in 1999. It is about 1100 sqft.

Worst Mistake When Buying Condo
It is common for unit layouts to have a helper’s room with windows, a yard, a backdoor in the kitchen

In the 2000s, big balconies and long bay windows are common. In 2010s, open kitchen concepts plus induction cookers are common.

Until recently, 2 bedrooms with 1 bath are popular, and 3 bedrooms come in a compact 900+sqft. The fact is, the per-square-foot price is increasing. Developers reduce the sizes of the units and provide more efficient layouts, to make the quantum affordable. Otherwise, the prices will be too high.

So avoid this worst mistake when buying condo for investment. It is important to consider what your tenants like more than what you like when buying for investment.

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Dennis Lim

Dennis has more than a decade of experience investing in real estate. Like many fellow Singaporeans, he grew up in a HDB flat with dreams to live in a condominium. Through careful financial planning & hardwork, this became a reality when he was 30. He now owns 3 private properties in Singapore and has helped hundreds of Singaporeans to achieve their goal of upgrading their homes in land-scarce Singapore.

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