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  1. STRATA-TITLED PROPERTIES

  2. COMPULSORY ACQUISTION OF LAND

  3. SALES OF DEVELOPMENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION

  4. PROPERTY TAX LAW

  5. INSOLVENCY AND THE IMPACT ON CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE

  6. LIABILITY FOR NEGLIGENCE IN VALUATION

  7. CREATING WEALTH WITH LAND BANKING

  8. IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT LAND POLICIES ON VALUES

  9. CORPORATE INVESTMENT

  10. GENERAL VALUATION PRINCIPLES & METHODS

  11. FINANCIAL EVALUATION OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  12. REAL ESTATE HIGHEST & BEST-USE ANALYSIS

  13. REAL ESTATE FINANCING

  14. VALUATION TECHNIQUES



  1. STRATA-TITLED PROPERTIES



  2. DESCRIPTION

    Students, graduates, property consultants, property managers, property owners and real estate agents will learn everything that they need to know about strata-titled properties in detail. Other persons such as council members and developers may wish to send representatives to learn about the Land Titled (Strata) Act and understand the rights and liabilities of developers and management corporations.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    A. Strata-Titled Properties

    1. Strata-titled Properties

    2. Land-Titled (Strata) Act

    3. Objectives of Land Titled (Strata) Act

    4. Share Value

    5. Determination of Share Value

    6. Common Property

    B. Strata-Titled Properties Owners And Management Corporation

    1. Rights of Owners

    2. Duties of Owners

    3. Formation of Management Corporation

    4. Duties and powers of management Corporation

    C. Strata-Titled Properties Council And Managing Agent

    1. Management Council

    2. Managing Agent

    D. Strata-Titled Properties By-Laws, House Rules, Strata-Titled Board

    1. By-Laws

    2. House Rules

    3. Strata Title Board



  3. COMPULSORY ACQUISTION OF LAND



  4. DESCRIPTION

    Due to the scarcity of land in Singapore, the government has to compulsory acquire properties for Selective En-Bloc Redevelopment Scheme, exhumation, building of transportation infrastructure and parks, among other purposes. Within the context of the law, there are areas which would enhance the compensation award. It is not conclusive that compensation makes an owner poorer. In some instances, acquisition may make a person rich.

    These series of lectures will provide the latest update along with case studies on the topic. Each of the 4 lectures is structured as stand-alone lecture. Participants can attend each lecture separately without the need to attend all lectures. These lectures are intended for property consultants, developers, valuers, real estate agents, officers in real estate departments, property managers, lawyers and those who have an interest in the topic.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    A. Compulsory Acquisition of Land An Overview

    1. Need for Compulsory Acquisition of Land

    2. Land Acquisition Act

    3. Purpose of Acquisition

    4. Can Acquisition be Challenged

    5. Acquisition Procedures

    B. Compulsory Acquisition of Land Rules on Compensation

    1. Collectors Inquiry

    2. Person Interested

    3. Rules for Compensation

    4. Submission of Claim

    5. Collectors Award



  5. SALES OF DEVELOPMENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION



  6. DESCRIPTION

    This session is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the terms and conditions of the prescribed form of the sale and purchase agreement under the Housing Developers (Control And Licensing) Act.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    The session will begin a discussion on the applicability of the Housing Developers (Control And Licensing) Act an d the Sale of Commercial Property Act. Participants will then be taken through the salient terms an d conditions of the prescribed form of the sale and purchase agreement under the Housing Developers (Control And Licensing Act) with special emphasis on those terms dealing with obligations and liabilities of the developer.

    The areas where disputes between developers and purchasers are likely to arise will be examined at length and recent decisions of the courts on such disputes will also be discussed.

    In going through this session, participants will have an un derstanding of the overall sale and purchase process under the Housing and Developers (Control And Licensing) Act.



  7. PROPERTY TAX LAW



  8. DESCRIPTION

    This is a single session to cover fun damental legal concepts in property tax, examine the relevant tax principles with reference to case law, and identify certain tax issues.

    OUTLINE

    1. Statutory framework of property tax legislation

    2. Principles of statutory interpretation

    3. Doctrine of judicial precedent

    4. Fundamental concepts in property tax

    5. Ascertainment of annual value

    6. Principles of assessment & valuation

    7. Chief Assessors discretionary powers

    8. Specific tax issues



  9. INSOLVENCY AND THE IMPACT ON CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE



  10. DESCRIPTION

    As more companies fall into financial difficulties in these times of economic turmoil, Singapore will see a rise in the number of corporate insolvency cases.

    Some companies may resort to external managements and voluntary arrangements. Others may choose to look into debt restructuring activities to alleviate their fiscal predicaments.

    This seminar aims to deal with the effect of business uncertainty and how to address potential exposure.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    This session will take participants through different insolvency proceedings and outline the rationale behind and effect of insolvency proceedings. In addition, issues relating to how potential exposure may be reduced will be addressed.

    In going through this session, the impact of such proceedings on liabilities particularly in the construction industry will be considered as well as the effect these would have on real estate.



  11. LIABILITY FOR NEGLIGENCE IN VALUATION



  12. COURSE CONTENTS

    This seminar will deal with legal issues that arise in the valuing of properties and in quantity surveying.

    The legal duty of care owed by valuers and quantity surveyors will be studied and the extent to which the valuer and/or the quantity surveyor owes a duty to the client and to other parties relying on the valuation and quantity survey will be examined in the light of recent cases.

    The services of the SISV Mediation Centre in mediating disputes on valuation negligence and quantity surveying negligence will also be reviewed.

    The seminar will be an interactive one and there will be opportunities for the audience to participate in case studies and to pose questions to the speaker.



  13. CREATING WEALTH WITH LAND BANKING



  14. DESCRIPTION

    As real estate practitioners (be it as LAND SURVEYOR, PROJECT MANAGER, COST ESTIMATOR, PROPERTY CONSULTANT, MARKETING AGENT OR PROPERTY MANAGER) we help land owners and property investors maximize returns from their investments. We know that tremendous wealth is created in real estate but how can we share in the wealth pie?

    Investing in real estate requires a lot of money. However, the unique property ownership laws in Canada make land banking investments affordable. With a start up capital of less than S$10,000 you can co-own (with a certificate of title issued by the government) a large piece of prime land and share in its value appreciation. Further, the oil wealth and business conditions in Alberta, a province in Canada, make land banking there particularly attractive.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    1. Introduction to land banking

    2. With aid of land development process, show why land banking is less risky, requires the least money but can be more profitable than other real estate investments

    3. A walk through of a real life investment

    4. Risks of land banking

    5. Suggest on how the risks may be managed



  15. IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT LAND POLICIES ON VALUES



  16. COURSE CONTENTS

    1. Alienation of State Land capable of in dependent development

    2. Alienation of State Land incapable of in dependent development

    3. Alienation of "No mans" land

    4. Recent changes to alienation policies

    5. Upgrading of Leases

    6. Circumstances that may lead to downgrading of leases



  17. CORPORATE INVESTMENT



  18. DESCRIPTION

    Do you know how to manage your companys asset in todays ultra-competitive and often changing markets? Wealth managing teaches you the hows and whys of How does wealth management makes your company grow?

    This seminar will lead you on a journey filled with colourful ideas and bottom-line lessons that will teach you how to create value from assets in your company.

    Whether you are a CEO, Director or Finance Manager, you will discover how to create more wealth for your company.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    The talk will focus on addressing the areas of concern that many Companies have in terms of financial management. In addition, a proven methodology process and system will be shared to empower companies to take measurable steps to create more wealth for their companies.

    The following sections will be covered:

    1. Global Economic Condition and its impact on business environment

    2. Selection Process for Investments

    3. Corporate Asset Allocation

    4. Different Types of Investment Tools

      • Alternative Investments

      • Unit Trusts

    5. Investment Risk Management

      • Bankruptcy Protection

      • Keyman Insurance



  19. GENERAL VALUATION PRINCIPLES & METHODS



  20. DESCRIPTION

    Is valuation a science or an art? How does one know whether a valuation is fair or not? Are there standard practices in conducting a valuation? What are the latest changes to Statutory valuation? How is the new economy and IT affecting valuation?

    COURSE CONTENTS

    The talk will focus on addressing the areas of concern that many Companies have in terms of financial management. In addition, a proven methodology process and system will be shared to empower companies to take measurable steps to create more wealth for their companies.

    1. Valuation Practice and Standards in Singapore

    2. Valuation of Standard Properties

    3. Valuation of Special Properties

    4. Latest Changes to Valuation of Statutory Properties

    5. IT and Valuation



  21. FINANCIAL EVALUATION OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES



  22. DESCRIPTION

    Singapores real estate market is now at the trough of its cycle. Prices look attractive and the market has more sellers than buyers. This is where the opportunities arise for investors to put in their money.

    However, opportunities come with different risks and returns whilst every investor seeks to maximize returns.

    Given the various opportunities available in the market, the average investor needs to know how to identify, analyze, compare and evaluate, to decide the best returns for his investment.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    1. Setting the objectives or investment criteria

    2. Identifying real estate opportunities available in the market

      • Traditional options (with illustration):

        1. Land for redevelopment

        2. Income-generating properties


      • Todays alternative options (with illustration):

        1. REIT

        2. Mezzanine Financing

        3. Property Funds

    3. Evaluating and analyzing of the various types of opportunities

    4. Deciding on the opportunities

    5. Structuring your investments

    6. Maximizing and realizing your returns: the exit strategies

    7. Illustrated with 2 case studies

    8. The final analysis your scorecard



  23. REAL ESTATE HIGHEST & BEST-USE ANALYSIS



  24. DESCRIPTION

    This course seeks to provide participants with an appreciation of the economic concepts, tools and techniques for analyzing real estate markets.

    The sessions will be interactive with real-life examples & case studies to liven the course.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    • Functions and characteristics of the real estate market

    • Tools and techniques for analyzing real estate markets

    • Housing markets

    • Office markets

    • Retail space

    • Overseas real estate markets: framework for evaluation

    • New trends: securitisation & property funds

    • Future of real estate market analysis



  25. REAL ESTATE FINANCING



  26. DESCRIPTION

    This course is designed to provide:

    • An insight to the key considerations and analysis of financiers with respect to real estate financing; and

    • An update on the various types of funding structures/instruments (exclude housing loans) and norms for real estate financing

    COURSE CONTENTS

    During this course, you will learn these key concepts in real estate financing :

    • Types of real estate financing situations

    • Project feasibility evaluation

    • Facility structure

    • Current financing norms

    • Traditional and latest funding structures/instruments

    • Numerous illustrations and examples of actual transactions to reinforce concepts



  27. VALUATION TECHNIQUES



  28. DESCRIPTION

    Valuation is a very important and central part of the entire purchase transaction. It can either make or break a transaction and determine its overall profitability. Financiers look towards it to determine the quantum of loan to make, as well as to assess the blended interest rate of their loans extended. On a macro level, it can even be said that valuation techniques in a market are the main causes of real estate bubbles and crises.

    While the real estate market in Singapore has evolved over a relatively long period, the most prevalent valuation techniques here are still infantile compared to more advanced economies.

    This course brings the attendee through various financing techniques, from the prevalent methods here to those used in very advanced markets. It also explores in detail why different interested parties rely on different methods to assess the value of a property.

    COURSE CONTENTS

    The prevalent valuation techniques in Singapore

    • Why they are used extensively

    • What are their fallacies & intricacies

    • How they can be abused

    Prevalent techniques used in more advanced markets

    • History behind its uses

    • Comparison between these techniques and prevalent techniques in Singapore

    • Why are these techniques better

    • In what environment are these techniques not as effective

    Valuation techniques for different role holders

    • The buyer

    • The seller

    • The financier

    Valuation techniques for peculiar assets/transactions, e.g.

    • Valuation of mixed developments

    • Valuation of operating real estate assets

    • Valuation of assets supporting mortgages

    • Valuation of non-performing loans supported by mortgages of real estate

    • Valuation of Real Estate companies

    • Valuation of REITs

 

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