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Property Agents in Singapore Must Display Agent Card

24 Feb 2011 AsiaOne
http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20110224-265130.html

Starting from 01 Mar 2011, all property agents in Singapore must display their Estate Agent Card when representing their agency.

Estate Agent Card
Agency Logo Agency NameAgency License NumberAgent NameAgent Registration NumberRecent Photograph of AgentAgent Registration Expiry DateNon-Compliance

Agents can be fined up to S$10,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 6 months.

Verify Agent Card

We can visit CEA's Public Register to verify agent card information.

For more information about CEA, you can visit http://www.cea.gov.sg.

Buy HDB Flat with Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) Spouse

Eligibility

You are a Singaporean Citizen (SC) and you are planning to buy a HDB flat with your SPR spouse.

What Can You Buy

For a SC/SPR household, you can either go for subsidized housing or a Resale Flat.

You can purchase under the following schemes
If you are married, you can buy under Public Scheme.If you have not married but planning to do so, you and your future-spouse can buy under Fiance/Fiancee Scheme.CPF Housing Grant

As a SC/SPR household, you are eligible for a Family Grant of S$20,000.

Buy HDB Flat with Foreigner Spouse

Eligibility

You are a Singaporean Citizen (SC) and you are planning to buy a HDB flat with your Foreigner Spouse (FS) who is holding a social visit pass or work permit.

What Can You Buy

For a SC/FS household, you are not allowed to purchase subsidized housing. Subsidized housing refers to any housing that is bought directly from HDB.

List of subsidized housing
New flats from Build-to-Order (BTO).A flat from Sale of Balance Flats.Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS).Executive Condominium (EC).But you can buy a Resale Flat from the open market and you must buy under Non-Citizen Spouse Scheme.

Note that you can buy a subsidized flat if your spouse is a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR).

CPF Housing Grant

As a SC/FS household, only the Singaporean is eligible for housing grant i.e. Singles Grant of S$11,000.

UPDATE: For resale applications received on or after 15 Aug 2011, the grant amount will be S$15,000.

Make Cheap Calls from Singapore to Thailand

Use Callback Card
It's the cheapest way to make an international call if you have a number with free incoming calls. You can use either pre-paid or post-paid sim cards.

Where To Buy
https://www.phonecard.com.sghttp://www.phoenixcomms.com.sghttp://mycard.sgHandphone shopsPrice
For a card with a value of S$10

Buying at phonecard.com.sg
S$8.50 for fund transfer
S$9.70 for eNETS

Buying at phoenixcomms.com.sg
S$10 for eNETS

Buying at mycard.sg
S$8.72 for eNETS

Buying at handphone shops
Around S$8 to anywhere below S$9. It really depends on which shop you go to.

There's a shop (actually it's just a outdoor counter) at Tampines Central Block 503 that sells at S$8.20.

Which To Buy
Phoenix Callback Card @ phonecard.com.sg - https://www.phonecard.com.sg/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=7&categoryid=18Phoenix Callback Card @ phoenixcomms.com.sg - http://www.phoenixcomms.com.sg/web/consumer/callback.aspWhy Callback Card
We shall compare Skype, Phoenix Callback Card, Phoenix Card, Starhub IDD …

Buy Cheap Air Tickets To or From Thailand

Budget Airlines

There are 4 budget airlines in Singapore that fly to Thailand and back:

Tiger Airways - http://www.tigerairways.comJetstar Airways - http://www.jetstar.comAirAsia - http://www.airasia.comScoot -  http://www.flyscoot.com
Buy Early

The earlier you buy, the more you save because ticket prices increase over time as more people buy.

Compare

Determine which day to depart and which day to return.Check out the one-way ticket prices for each airline for the depart trip.Then check out the one-way ticket prices for each airline for the return trip.Buy the cheapest fare for both depart and return.Save.
Subscribe

No matter which airline you decide to take, remember to sign up for their offers mailing list to receive their latest ticket offers.