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Posted by Jayson Ang on March 3, 2024
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If you’re in the market for a new home, integrated developments could be just what you’re after.

Why? They’re like a one-stop-shop for home buyers, bundling up everything from top-notch transport links – think direct access to the MRT and bus interchange – to a bunch of awesome retail and food outlets right on your doorstep.

So, what exactly are we talking about when we say ‘integrated development’?

Easy mistake to make, but they’re not the same as mixed-use developments. These bad boys are big projects that roll a whole heap of uses into one convenient spot – we’re talking residential, commercial, and transport hubs. The game-changer here is the direct link to a transport node, something mixed-developments can’t offer.

The genius behind an integrated development is it’s like having your own mini town where you can live, work, play, and commute without ever having to step foot outside. It’s got all the bells and whistles; from shops and fun activities to community facilities and a fool-proof way to get to the transport hub, whether that’s an MRT station, bus interchange, or both.

These developments come in all shapes and sizes, offering a variety of housing options for everyone from singles, young lovebirds, to families. These properties are a hot ticket item in Singapore, no matter if they’re nestled in the suburbs or smack dab in the city center. Why? They serve up a ton of perks for residents, like top-tier convenience, a whole range of services and amenities, plus buzzing community spaces for some good old socializing.

Living in an integrated development comes packed with a handful of perks:

1. Easy-Convenient living: Picture this. You step out of your home, hop onto an MRT station right next door and voila, you’re at work in no time. And if it’s raining cats and dogs? No worries, you can stay dry as a bone from your doorstep to your desk. That’s the level of convenience an integrated development offers.

2. Neighborly vibes: These developments are like mini villages. With shared spaces like gardens or gyms, there’s plenty of room for chit-chat and bonding. It’s not just about having a roof over your head, but feeling part of a community, too.

3. Feeling snug and secure: Now, we all want to feel safe at home, right? Well, these places have got you covered. From gates that keep out unwanted guests, security cameras that don’t miss a trick, and watchful guards on duty – you can sleep easy knowing you’re well-protected.

4. Loads of cool stuff nearby: Think of everything you need or love doing, within arm’s reach. Parks for a morning jog, playgrounds for the little ones, pools to cool off, gyms to stay fit, food joints for a tasty bite, and shops for some retail therapy. Integrated developments offer all these goodies and more, helping maintain a swell work-life balance.

5. A smart money move: Let’s talk dough. Owning a home in an integrated development could be a golden ticket. They usually fetch a pretty penny when sold or rented out, thanks to all their awesome features. Plus, finding someone to buy or rent your place is a piece of cake – they’re super popular! So, you can expect a nice little nest egg from your property.

After taking a look at five key projects that kicked off and got snapped up during the 2010s, and comparing them to their 2022 resale value bump, we saw a sweet increase in resale worth by 16% to 26% compared to their original launch prices. For example, let’s talk about Park Place Residence at PLQ. This project was introduced to the market in 2017 with an average price tag of $1,806 per square foot. Fast forward to 2022, it’s rocking an average resale price of $2,151 per square foot, which is a cool 19% growth in just half a decade since its birth year. Not bad, huh?

Looking at five integrated developments and their resale value in 2022, we found out that these projects were trading at a profit margin of 15%-56% more than their separate counterparts in the same district. Take Bedok Residences, for example. In 2022, it was going for an average resale price of $1,559 per square foot – a cool 20% more than what other private condos in District 16 were getting.

When you look at rental data, it’s clear that combined projects were raking in more dough in 2022 – anything from 21% to 62% more than other developments in the same area, actually. Take North Park Residences for example, they were pulling in nearly $5,000 a month on average. That’s almost 48% more than other private condos were making in District 27. Not too shabby, right?

It’s pretty logical that integrated developments would be more pricey than other projects in their neighborhood. After all, they’ve got a lot going for them. The convenience, the easy access to everything, and that warm, fuzzy feeling of community are like catnip to renters and homeowners alike.

Still, there are a few things to keep in mind. Owners might have to cough up more cash for maintenance and upkeep, because these projects can get complicated. Also, if you’re the type who prefers peace and quiet, remember that integrated developments can get a bit rowdy with all the shoppers and business activities buzzing around.

All things considered, though, the pros of living in an integrated development often outweigh the cons. Especially in a go-go-go place like Singapore where folks really value convenience and easy access, these developments – with their smooth connectivity and plethora of amenities – continue to be hot commodities for buyers.

Currently, several mixed-use projects are making waves in the market. These include: CanningHill Piers, Lentor Modern, Midtown Modern, Pasir Ris 8, and Piccadilly Grand. As of March 2023, these developments have all managed to rack up sales figures surpassing 87%. Two other notable projects, Sengkang Grand Residences and The Woodleigh Residences, are completely snapped up, indicating their popularity among buyers. On another note, there’s a fresh entrant on the block – The Reserve Residences at Jalan Anak Bukit. This new kid on the real estate scene is set for launch in May 2023, promising an additional choice for potential homeowners.

Should You Buy, Sell or Wait?

If you’re reading this, you must be trying to figure out the best course of action right now: is it the right time to buy or sell?

It’s difficult to give an exact answer since everyone’s situation is unique and what works for one person may not necessarily work for you.

I can bring you a wealth of on-the-ground experience and a data-driven approach to provide clarity and direction. From beginners to experienced investors, our top-down, objective approach will help you on your real estate journey.

I can help you by:

  1. Offering Strategic Real Estate Advice – I can help create a comprehensive plan to guide you through your property journey.
  2. Connecting Your Home with the Perfect Buyers – Through stunning visuals, an effective communication strategy, and an in-depth knowledge of the market, we’ll ensure your home is presented in the best possible way to fulfill your goals.

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